John Smith Captured by Virginia Indians

John Smith Captured by Virginia Indians (HM161C)

Location: Providence Forge, VA 23140 Charles City County
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N 37° 24.732', W 77° 7.524'

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Chickahominy Water Trail

John Smith explored the upper Chickahominy River in December 1607. He left his boat and seven of his crew at Apocant, the highest town on the river in the upper part of what is today the lake. Two crew members departed with Smith and two Chickahominy guides in a borrowed canoe. Twenty miles or so above Apocant, Smith was captured by a group of many bowmen from several tribes which he took to be a hunting party. Smith remained in the custody of paramount chief Powhatan for a month before returning to Jamestown.

Sustaining the Chickahominy Tribe
Following the loss of their original land on the Chickahominy River to the English, many Chickahominy Indians eventually settled in this area. Today the Tribal Center stands as the cultural and geographic center of the modern Chickahominy Tribe.

Chickahominy Water Trail and Captain John Smith's Voyages
Learn more about the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and Chickahominy culture by visiting exhibits at River's Rest Marina, Chickahominy Riverfront Park and Rockahock Campground.

This interpretive sign was created by the James River Association with the assistance of Charles City County, New Kent County, James City County, the Chickahominy Tribe, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Virginia Council on Indians, and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information contact the James River Association at (804) 788-8811 or visit Find more information on following Captain Smith's explorations of Virginia at and tracing his voyages around the Chesapeake Bay at
HM NumberHM161C
Placed ByJames River Association
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 6:49am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 311904 N 4142720
Decimal Degrees37.41220000, -77.12540000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.732', W 77° 7.524'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 43.92" N, 77° 7' 31.44" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8200-8248 State Rte 602, Providence Forge VA 23140, US
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