In 2016, Werowocomoco was permanently protected by the National Park Service as part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. This conservation success was made possible in large part by advocacy for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Werowocomoco had been an important Powhatan Indian town for hundreds of years before English settlers established Jamestown. The site is located along the York River’s Purtan Bay, in Gloucester County, Virginia. Werowocomoco, translated from the Virginian Algonquian language, means “place of leadership”. It is not yet open to the public while the National Park Service collaborates on a planning process with American Indian tribes in Virginia.