As I drive across the towering George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge to Gloucester Point, the York River looks intimidating, a powerful waterway pouring into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
What would it have been like 400 years ago, I wonder, when Pocahontas or her father, Chief Powhatan, paddled these deep tidal waters in a dugout canoe?
This river was certainly familiar to the famous daughter and father. They lived upstream and would undoubtedly have explored the shoreline, likely visiting my destination today: a tiny peninsula not far from the bridge.
The small American Indian community that resided there grew corn, beans, and squash, and harvested oysters from the waters that surrounded their home. Archaeological evidence suggests people had been inhabiting the area for 10,000 years. Today, the land is once again a center for Native American life.