Orapax (HMKMS)

Location: Sandston, VA 23150 Henrico County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 30.882', W 77° 12.256'

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Powhatan, the paramount chief of many Virginia Algonquian tribes when the English first landed at Jamestown, lived near here at the town of Orapax, having moved from Werowocomoco in 1609 following conflicts with the English. The English boy Henry Spelman lived with Powhatan at Orapax for several months during 1609. By 1614, Powhatan had moved again to Matchcot on the Pamunkey River. In Captain John Smith's 1624 writings, Smith recounted that he had been taken to Orapax after being captured near the Chickahominy River in 1607 by men of several tribes who were under the leadership of Opechancanough, Powhatan's military leader.
Marker NumberW 19-a
Year Placed2008
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 6:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 305190 N 4154254
Decimal Degrees37.51470000, -77.20426667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 30.882', W 77° 12.256'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 30' 52.92" N, 77° 12' 15.36" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4960 E Williamsburg Rd, Sandston VA 23150, US
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