Two new historical markers approved for Gloucester

Two new state highway historical markers have been approved for Gloucester to mark the former sites of Werowocomoco and Poplar Spring Church.

The markers are among 16 to be erected around the state following recent approval by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, said a spokesman.

The Werowocomoco marker will be erected on Route 17 or Route 606 and will denote the site of the Indian settlement of Powhatan at nearby Purtan Bay on the York River. The marker wording will signify the importance of the village, where Capt. John Smith was brought as a captive in December 1607 and he met Pocahontas.

The Poplar Spring Church marker will be erected on Route 17 across from Petsworth Elementary School. It will denote the site of the church about four miles away near Purtan Bay, where the first structure was built in 1677 and a second structure was finished in 1723.

The second church was one of the earliest churches in Virginia to have an organ. By the end of the 18th century, the church was abandoned.

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