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Monday, June 12, 2017

A visit to Petersburg, Virginia- in 1655-1685 Richard Womack set out from this fort to trade with the Indians

We drove to Petersburg, Virginia on our way to North Carolina. This is the area, just south of Richmond, where the Womack's lived in the 1600's. We wanted to see the ruins of the fort and trading post where Richard Womack set out from to trade with the Indians in the mid 1600's. The path from here followed south along the Occaneechi Trail.

We stopped at the visitor's center, and found out that the courtyard there was the setting for the washing area scene in "Mercy Street" in case you are a fan (we are!) I remembered the gate to the street vividly as that is where the young slave boy had to decide whether to remain with his mistress or make a break for freedom.

Nearby was the trading post, now known as "Peter Jone's Trading Post" which had originally been called Fort Henry. It was commanded by Abraham Wood in Richard Womack's time. Later it was left to Abraham's son-in-law, Peter Jones, for whom Petersburg was named. The ruins stood near the banks of the Appomattox River.

350 years after Richard Womack set off from here on trading expeditions!

Connected Blog Posts:
1655-1685 Richard Womack- Trading Paths 1600's
1655-1685- Richard Womack- Fellow Traders

Further information:
Historical Marker for Peter Jone's Trading Station
Abraham Wood
1673 Abraham Wood's letter describing a trading expedition

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