Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Community House & Interpretive Center
The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia is excited to announce that on May 5, 2012, it embarked on another page in the history books as it formally opened the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, Community House & Interpretive Center in Capron, VA. The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia has a rich history from documented first contact in the 17th Century until the present time. Operated and funded by Nottoway family citizens, the Tribe hopes to enrich the local communities and beyond through its’ exhibit, Nottoway Indian History - “From Barter…To Buffer…To Be”.
This exhibit addresses key issues and pivotal points in Nottoway Indian history through time. “ From Barter” explains the earliest trade interactions of the Nottoway with distant Indian Tribes, and later with Virginia’s Colonial government. “ To Buffer” discusses the impact of the actions of the Nottoway on transitions in the expansion of Virginia’s non-Indian population south of the James and Blackwater Rivers. “To Be” addresses the evolution of the Nottoway as citizens of Virginia. The permanent exhibit was made possible by donations from Nottoway families and friends with matching funds provided by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Visitors will come away with lasting impressions and knowledge about facts and depictions for each thematic period so as to facilitate interpretive discussion about Nottoway history and culture.
The overarching goal of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia is to educate through programming and sharing local cultures and traditions. Educational programming at the Community House and grounds includes presentations by lecturers, storytellers, crafters, visual artists, and performing artists from within the Tribe as well as the communities surrounding the center, state, and the nation.
The Community House is located at 23186 Main Street. Capron, VA (Route 58 between Courtland and Emporia). The Community House opens its’ exhibits to the general public, free of any charge,each Saturday 11am to 4pm. Demonstrations; classes on beading, quilting, flute making ,etc.; and community “ Let’s Talk” sessions are announced periodically. The center is staffed entirely by community and tribal volunteers.