Powhatan, the paramount chief of many Virginia Algonquian tribes when the English first landed at Jamestown, lived near here at the town of Orapax, having moved from Werowocomoco in 1609 following conflicts with the English. The English boy Henry Spelman lived with Powhatan at Orapax for several months during 1609. By 1614, Powhatan had moved again to Matchcot on the Pamunkey River. In Captain John Smith’s 1624 writings, Smith recounted that he had been taken to Orapax after being captured near the Chickahominy River in 1607 by men of several tribes who were under the leadership of Opechancanough, Powhatan’s military leader.
Year On Marker: 2008
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: New Kent County
Physical Description of Location: E Williamsburg Rd (Routes 33 and 60), Sandston, VA 23150. Marker is on right just over bridge when traveling east, about 750 feet past intersection with White Oak Road.
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