Pamunkey Indian Reservation
King William, VA
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Brief Description: Visit the Pamunkey Indian Reservation and tour the Pamunkey Indian Museum, Shadfish Hatchery, Pottery School and Powhatan's Gravesite. The Museum houses extensive displays related to the Pamunkey Tribe's history, culture, and subsistence covering the past 12,000 years. Here you can also learn about the Tribe's dependence on and relationship to the Pamunkey River, one of the Chesapeake Bay's most pristine tributaries. The Tribe's pottery-making tradition has also been largely dependent on the Pamunkey River, as the River's banks have provided the clay for the People's pots for generations dating as far back as four thousand years ago.
Location / Directions: From Interstate 64 take the West Point exit (exit 220) and follow routes 30 and 33 to West Point. At West Point, follow route 30 west to route 626. Turn left and proceed to route 633. Turn left again and follow 633 to the reservation. Follow the signs to the Pamunkey Indian Museum.
Driving Directions
Physical Address: Pamunkey Indian Reservation
289 Pamunkey River Road
King William, VA 23086
Mailing Address: Pamunkey Indian Reservation
456 Pocket Road
King William, VA 23086
Visitor Phone: (804) 843-4792

Start a visit at the Museum and learn the history of the Pamunkey Tribe. Exhibits trace "The People", the natural environment, settlement and subsistence from the Ice Age to today.

Set off from the Tribal Council complex at the edge of the woods is the inconspicuous Pottery School. It has been the home of the Pamunkey Indian Potter's Guild since the early 1930s. The Pamunkey Museum Shop literally glitters with the crafts that attest to the industry of the cooperative's members.

At the Pamunkey Shadfish Hatchery learn about the sustained effort to preserve and restore the American Shadfish, one of the Chesapeake Bay’s indigenous species of fish who travel the Pamunkey River each spring to spawn. Since 1918, the Hatchery has been hatching and releasing fingerling Shad into the River during the spawning season.

Bay Art & Decoy Carving Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: Museum: 10 am to 4 pm - Tuesday through Saturday and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sundays.
Fees: Museum: adults - $2.50; children 6-12 years - $1.25; under 6 years free. Group rates available by contacting museum.
Visitor Facilities: The main point of contact for visitors in the Pamunkey Museum and Store, although you can also visit the Pottery School, Hatchery, and the site of Powhatan’s grave that overlooks the Pamunkey River.
Accessibility: Museum is wheelchair accessible

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