Powhatan I SwStr - History


(SwStr: t. 2 415; dp. 3,765; 1. 253'8"; b. 45'; dr. 18'6"; s.
11 k.; cpi. 289; a. 1 XI-inch, 10 IX-inch,
5 12-pdrs.)

The first Powhatan was launched 14 February 1850 by the Norfolk Navy Yard and commissioned 2 September 1852, Capt. William Mervine in command.

After shakedown out of Norfolk, Powhatan joined the Home Squadron as flagship of Commodore John T. Newton and sailed for New York where she was visited by the Seeretary of the Navy, John P. Kennedy. She departed New York 16 October 1852 for Vera Cruz with the new Minister to Mexico Judge Alfred Conkling, on board and returned to Norfolk 27 November via Havana and Pensaeola.

Powhatan, under Comdr. William J. MeCluney, was next assigned to the East India Squadron and arrived on station via Cape of Good Hope 15 June 1853. Her arrival in Chinese waters eoineided with an important phase of Commodore Matthew C. Perry's negotiations for eommereial relations with the Japanese and the opening of two ports. She was Perry's flagship during his November visit to Whampoa. On 14 February 1854 she entered Yedo (Tokyo) Bay with the rest

of the squadron and was Perry's flagship when the treaty was signed 31 March. During August 1855 Powhatan accompanied HMS Rattler in a sueeessful raid against Chinese Dirates off Kulan and reached the U.S. 14 February 1856 with the new treaty.

Powhatan remained active throughout the Civil War. She served as Flag Offieer Pendergrast's flagship at Vera Cruz during October 1860. In April 1861, while under the command of Lt. David Dixon Porter, she assisted in the relief of Fort Piekens, Fla., and in the establishment of the blockade of Mobile 26 May, capturing schooner Mary Clinton 29 May. During July and August Powhatan joined the blockade of the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi, retaking schooner Abby Bradford 15 August. From late August to October she pursued the CSS Sumter throughout mueh of the West Indies. Powhatan operated off Charleston, S.C. from October 1862 to August 1863, captured schooner Major E. Willis 19 April and sloop C. Routereau 16 May, and deploYed for a second time to the West Indies from November 1863 to September 1864 as flagship of Rear Admiral Lardner. She participated in the sueeessful reduction of Fort Fisher, N.C. 24-25 December 1864 and in its capture 13-15 January 1865. In October 1865 she sailed from Boston with Tuscarora and Vanderbilt, escorting monitor Monadnock to California via Cape Horn. She arrived at San Francisco on 22 June 1866.

After the war Powhatan was the flagship of the Soutll Pa eifie Squadron 1866 1869, Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren commanding it from 12 December 1866 to 14 July 1868. In March 1866 she was sent to Valparaiso to protect Ameriean interests during the Spanish attack. From 1869 to 1886 she was attached to the Home Squadron and was flagship from 15 September 1869 until 30 December 1870 and again from 4 July 1877 until 10 December 1879. She ended her long and eonspieuous career by making numerous cruises in Cuban waters to protect American commerce: July-August 1880 February-May 1882, January-May 1883, January-May 1885 and January-February 1886.

Powhatan decommissioned 2 June 18S6 and was sold 30 July 1886 to Burdette Pond of Meriden, Conn., and scrapped 5 August 1887.

Legends of America

The Powhatan tribe, also spelled Powatan and Powhatan, are a Virginia Indian tribe that dominated eastern Virginia when the English settled Jamestown in 1607. Their name means “falls in a current of water.” At the time European settlers arrived in the Chesapeake Bay, the region was occupied by approximately 14,000-21,000 Powhatan Indians, concentrated in some 200 villages along the rivers. They were also known as Virginia Algonquian, as they spoke an eastern-Algonquian language known as Powhatan.

In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a paramount chief named Wahunsunacawh created a powerful organization by affiliating 30 tribes, including not only the Powhatan but also the Arrohateck, Appomattoc, Pamunkey, Mattaponi, Chiskiack, and others. This organization was known as the Powhatan Confederacy. Wahunsunacawh came to be known by the English as “Chief Powhatan.” Though all of the tribes within the Confederacy had their own chief, all paid tribute to Chief Powhatan.

Their territory included the tidewater section of Virginia from the Potomac River south to the divide between the James River and Albemarle Sound and extended into the interior as far as the falls of the principal rivers about Fredericksburg and Richmond. They also occupied the Virginia counties east of Chesapeake Bay and possibly included some tribes in lower Maryland.

The Powhatan tribes were visited by some of the earliest explorers of the period of discovery, and in 1570 the Spaniards established among them a Jesuit mission, which had but a brief existence. Fifteen years later, the southern tribes were brought to the notice of the English settlers at Roanoke Island, but little was known of them until the establishment of the Jamestown settlement in 1607.

The Powhatan were not only hunters and gatherers but were considerably advanced in farming, cultivating several varieties of maize, beans, certain kinds of melons or pumpkins, roots, and 2-3 types of fruit trees. They lived in oblong houses with rounded roofs, which varied in length up to 36 yards. Many of their towns were enclosed with palisades, consisting of posts planted in the ground and standing 10 or 12 feet high. Where great strength and security were required, a triple stockade was sometimes made. These enclosing walls sometimes encompassed the whole town in other cases, only the chief’s house, the burial house, and the more important dwellings were thus surrounded.

They believed in a multitude of minor deities, paying worship to those things of nature that could do them harm, such as fire, water, lightning, and thunder. The office of chief was hereditary through the female line, passing first to the brothers, if there were any, and then to the male descendants of sisters, but never in the male line.

Although early interactions between the English and the Powhatan were sometimes violent and exploitive on both sides, leaders of both peoples realized the mutual benefit to be derived from peaceful relations. The marriage of Powhatan’s daughter, Pocahontas, to settler John Rolfe in 1614 ensured a few years of peace. However, with the death of Pocahontas in 1617 and the death of Powhatan a year later, the peace came to an end.

When Chief Powhatan died, he was succeeded by his brother Opechancanough. Unfortunately for the English settlers, Opechancanough was the deadly foe of the whites, and at once began secret preparations for a general uprising. On March 22, 1622, a simultaneous attack was made along the whole frontier, in which 347 of the English were killed in a few hours, and every settlement was destroyed excepting those immediately around Jamestown, where the whites had been warned in time.

As soon as the English could recover from the first shock, a war of extermination was begun against the Indians. It was ordered that three expeditions should be undertaken yearly against them in order that they might have no chance to plant their corn or build their wigwams, and the commanders were forbidden to make peace upon any terms whatever. A large number of Indians were at one time induced to return to their homes by promises of peace, but all were massacred in their villages, and their houses burned. The ruse was attempted a second time but was unsuccessful. The war went on for 14 years until both sides were exhausted when peace was made in 1636. The greatest battle was fought in 1625 at Pamunkey, where Governor Francis Wyatt defeated nearly 1,000 Indians and burned their principal village.

Powhattan Warrior by John White

Peace lasted until the spring of 1644 when Opechancanough led one last uprising, killing some 300-500 colonists. This time, however, he was captured. While imprisoned at Jamestown, he was shot by a guard and later died of his wounds. By his death, the Confederacy was broken up, and the tribes made separate treaties of peace and were put upon reservations, which were constantly reduced in size by sale or by confiscation upon slight pretense.

About 1656, the Cherokee from the mountains invaded the lowlands. The Pamunkey chief with 100 of his men joined the whites in resisting the invasion, but they were almost all killed in a desperate battle on Shocco Creek near Richmond. By 1669, the population of Powhatan Indians in the area had dropped to about 1,800, and by 1722, many of the tribes comprising the empire of Chief Powhatan were reported extinct.

In 1675 some Conestoga, driven by the Iroquois from their country on the Susquehanna River, entered Virginia and committed a number of depredations. The Virginian tribes were accused of these acts, and several unauthorized expeditions were led against them by Nathaniel Bacon, resulting in a number of Indians being killed and villages destroyed. The Indians, at last, gathered in a fort near Richmond and made preparations for defense. In August 1676, the fort was stormed, and men, women, and children were massacred by the whites. The adjacent stream was afterward known as Bloody Run from this circumstance. The scattered survivors asked for peace, which was granted on condition of an annual tribute from each village.

In 1722 a treaty was made at Albany, New York, by which the Iroquois agreed to cease their attacks upon the Powhatan tribes, who were represented at the conference by four chiefs. With the treaty of Albany, the history of the Powhatan tribes practically ceased, and the remnants of the confederacy dwindled nearly to extinction.

About 1705, the Powhatan were described as “almost wasted.” They then had 12 villages, 8 of which were on the Eastern shore, the only one of consequence being Pamunkey, with about 150 souls. Those on the Eastern shore remained until 1831, when the few surviving individuals, having become so much mixed with African-American blood as to be hardly distinguishable, were driven off during the excitement caused by the slave rising under Nat Turner. Some of them had previously joined the Nanticoke.

Despite all these odds, however, the Powhatan have survived. Today there are eight Powhatan Indian-descended tribes recognized by the State of Virginia. These tribes are still working to obtain Federal recognition. Another band called the Powhatan Renape to have official headquarters in New Jersey. These people are also recognized by the state.

The Powhatan Indians all speak English today as their original language has long been lost. However, efforts are currently being made to reconstruct it.

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated December 2020.

The Detroit Tigers Extend Al Avila And Their Fans' Misery

The Detroit Tigers announced today that they have extended General Manager Al Avila per multiple sources. The deal is said to be a "multi-year" deal, but no further details have been given about Avila's extension.

Much to the chagrin of their fanbase, Detroit Tigers' owner Chris Ilitch seems to be convinced that Al Avila has done a beyond satisfactory job as General Manager. Ilitch says:

Al has methodically implemented his plan, and the execution of that plan has demonstrated progress and results in scouting, drafting, player development and analytics. I am especially pleased with the progress we have made in securing a stable of talented prospects which bodes well for our future. Al has a proven track record in this game, and his nearly three decades of experience is paying dividends in this rebuilding phase.

This is an incredibly odd thing to hear from the owner considering the product the Detroit Tigers have put on the field this year.

Presently Gregory Soto, Buck Farmer, Joe Jimenez, Harold Castro, Nicholas Castellanos, and Christin Stewart are the only home grown players on the roster. Castellanos is the only player on this list whose MLB service time predates the Al Avila era.

Looking at this list, minus Castellanos, there seems to be something very wrong with the notion that there is anything being executed in terms of player development. Outside of Castellanos, only Buck Farmer (0.2 fWAR) and Joe Jimenez (1.3 fWAR) have posted a positive fWAR in their careers and both of those pitchers are having down years due to the offense and starting rotation Al Avila has assembled, or failed to assemble.

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Furthermore, the Tigers truly haven't developed any players since Al Avila has been general manager. Or at least not yet. All of the players mentioned earlier were Dave Dombrowski signings or draftees.

To make matters worse, one of the main reasons Al Avila's boy Christin Stewart (who was drafted by Dombrowski in 2015 the season Avila took over) is on the Major League team is because of the lack of Major League ready depth at the corner outfield positions and he needed to be added to the 40 man roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. While Christin Stewart continues to find his footing at the Major League level, his -0.5 fWAR is hardly a victory for Avila's player development track record.

Another point about Avila's player development record is that he hasn't unearthed any hidden gems through his scouting, drafting or player development.

It's easy to cherry pick success stories from other franchises, but it's hard to ignore the fact that Beau Burrows the Tigers' first round pick in 2015 is still doing mediocre in Triple A, while the Braves were given a significant boost by the emergence of Mike Soroka and Austin Riley two players who were selected after Burrows. Or the Dodgers' Walker Buehler who is starring on one of the best teams in the Major Leagues whose road to the MLB included a year off for Tommy John surgery. Yet, he was able to leap frog a farm system full of arms and pass up proven arms to stake his claim in their rotation.

Going deeper down the 2015 Draft rabbit hole, you'll find names like Harrison Bader (Rd. 3), Paul DeJong (Rd 4), Willie Calhoun (Rd 4), Trent Thornton (Rd 5), David Fletcher (Rd 6), and Chris Paddack (Rd 8). Players like this are the true bread and butter of player development. Players with high ceilings or one carrying tool that need more refinement of their other tools to become Major League contributors.

Although Avila wasn't at the helm for the 2015 draft, he did take over shortly after and those became his players to develop.

And as far as analytics go, the Tigers are one of the worst teams in the league by any metric. They are the worst in the league in fWAR (-0.9, also the only team in the league with a negative fWAR), O-Swing %/Chase Rate (36.6%), SwStr (13%) and are second worst in the league in wRC+ (76), wOBA (.287), ISO (.148), and K% (26). And that's just on offense. If you look at any significant pitching metric odds are you'll find the Tigers in the bottom ten of those lists as well (K/9, ERA, FIP, etc).

So what makes Chris Ilitch believe that this team is making any progress in any of these areas?

It is true that the Tigers farm system has climbed from one of the worst in baseball to an average to below average system depending on who you ask. But it is easy to make those kinds of leaps when your system is held up by back to back seasons of top 5 picks, a couple of other first rounders who have yet to make the Majors and you have traded many of your assets for prospects that wouldn't be top 30 prospects in most other organizations.

This isn't to say that prospects like Mize, Manning, Burrows, and Faedo wont make an impact on the team down the road, but who is going to hit for them? How do you supplement this talent? What if one or more of them gets hurt or flames out as pitchers are prone to do? This is the flaw in laying a foundation for a rebuild around pitching.

The timing of the deal is also odd. The day after the 4th of July when everyone is all tuckered out and full of hot dogs feels like a very calculated time to announce this extension. It feels more similar to some sort of middle class gutting policy put together by lobbyists being passed while half the congress is on vacation and nobody is paying attention. It feels wrong. And that's not the sound of fireworks exploding in the distance on July 5th, it's the sound of frustrated Tigers fans heads exploding.

Perhaps this is the plan. Maybe the Detroit Tigers were tanking after all? Maybe Chris Ilitch is willing to spend Mike Ilitch money down the road once some of these pitchers arrive in a year or two. Maybe another top three pick next year will guarantee that they are better in 2023. However, there were good odds that they would be better by then, because they can't be much worse than they are now.

Cabins, camping


Camping. See below. For information on the availability of other parks' overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK.
Click here for park fees. See details on reservation cancellations and transfer policies (near the bottom of the page).

Cabins: None in the park, but nearby Bear Creek Lake and Twin Lakes state parks have cabins.

The park does not sell ice, food or drinks.

Late arrival packets are located at the park office.

Recreational yurts are a modern adaptation of an ancient nomadic shelter. Functionally speaking, they&rsquore a cross between a tent and a cabin. The park has three yurts in the main campground. Each yurt has a large wooden deck with patio tables, a picnic table and a fire-ring with cooking grate. Reservations are required. Parking for two vehicles is allowed. Those with additional vehicles must pay a daily parking fee and park in the overflow lot by the campground entrance. See images of typical yurts.

Check-in is 4 p.m. and checkout is 10 a.m. The rental season begins on the first Friday in March and ends on the first Sunday of December. Cabin rental and cancellation policies apply. There is a two-night minimum rental during camping season. Here are the transfer and cancellation policies.

  • Maximum occupancy four. Sleeps three. One queen-sized and a twin-sized trundle pull-out. Guests must bring sleeping bags or linens.
  • No smoking, cooking or pets allowed in the yurt.
  • Each yurt has a water spigot but no electricity.
  • Dining table seats four, rocking chairs and a couch.
  • No heat or air-conditioning.
  • Guests use the campground bathhouse.
  • Yurt A is ADA-accessible.

River Bend Campground has 29 campsites with electric (20/30/50 amp) and water hookups for various equipment &ndash tents, popups and RVs up to 60 feet long. The campground offers no river views. Check-in is 4 p.m. and check-out is 1 p.m. Campers are welcome to arrive earlier but cannot be guaranteed a site until the official check-in time. All sites are available for site-specific reservations. The campground is open from the first Friday in March to the first Monday in December. The campground has a bathhouse with restrooms with hot showers. Sites have fire-rings, picnic tables and lantern holders.
Descriptions of site-specific campsites.
Photos of the site-specific campsites.
Campground Map

  • Tents must fit on the 25&rsquo by 35' tent pad.
  • Outlets accept 20, 30 and 50-amp current.
  • All camping equipment and vehicles must fit on the campsite. Sites are limited to two camping units, only one of which may be axled. Site rental includes parking fees for no more than two vehicles. All additional vehicles must be parked in the overflow area. Customers must pay parking fees for additional vehicles.
  • Those visiting overnight guests must pay a daily parking fee and leave the park by 10 p.m.
  • Quiet time is from 10 p.m. through 8 a.m.
  • Campsites have round grills on a cement pad on the ground. The grill may be used to make a campfire or for cooking. Campfires are allowed only in the designated area.
  • Site 13 is paved and closest to the bathhouse.

Primitive- A canoe-in or hike-in campground, accessible by the James River, has nine primitive sites (no electricity or water) and is open year-round. Five of those sites can be reserved online or by calling 800-933-7275. The remainder are held for walk-in or canoe in only. Up to six guests and two camping units are allowed per site. The campground has a composting toilet but no bathhouse. There's also a parking lot .2 miles away from which campers may hike with gear to the campground. If you have a large group that would like to camp together, please consider the Group Campground which is listed below.

Group Camp - The park has a four-campsite campground for tents only. It&rsquos for clubs, scout troops and large family events and accommodates up to 24 campers total. There&rsquos a restroom without running water but there are two water spigots in the area. The River Bend Campground bathhouse is about .5 miles away. Call the park at 804-598-7148 before making a reservation to ensure that this campground is suitable.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km 2 ), all land.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980279 0.7%
1990147 −47.3%
2000141 −4.1%
2010135 −4.3%
2019 (est.)128 [2] −5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census [4]

As of the census [5] of 2000, there were 141 people, 55 households, and 36 families residing in the village. The population density was 258.8 inhabitants per square mile (100.8/km 2 ). There were 81 housing units at an average density of 148.7 per square mile (57.9/km 2 ). The racial makeup of the village was 14.89% White, 78.72% African American, 0.71% Asian, 0.71% from other races, and 4.96% from two or more races.

There were 55 households, out of which 18.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.9% were married couples living together, 25.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.4% under the age of 18, 14.2% from 18 to 24, 14.2% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $16,667, and the median income for a family was $17,250. Males had a median income of $12,500 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $9,488. There were 29.7% of families and 40.2% of the population living below the poverty line, including 64.0% of under eighteens and 17.4% of those over 64.

Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa". (Humid Subtropical Climate). [6]

Growing Conflict

Relations worsened between Powhatan and the English as he tried to maintain control of his territory. In November 1609, Powhatan invited a group of colonists to his new settlement. Instead of trading with them as promised, an attack followed and most of the group was killed. Powhatan then cut off trade with the colonists and ordered those who left the Jamestown fort to be attacked. The settlers had a difficult time until new supplies and leadership arrived in the summer of 1610. At this point, they began to strike out more forcefully against the tribes.

Pocahontas was captured by the colonists in 1613. Trying to secure her release, Powhatan returned a few English to the fort, along with some of the guns that his people had taken. However, Powhatan did not meet all of the colonists&apos demands, so Pocahontas remained in captivity. She soon converted to Christianity and drew the interest of colonist John Rolfe. Powhatan consented to Pocahontas marrying Rolfe, which led to another period of calm between his tribes and the settlers.

Peace Until Powhatan’s Death

That marital alliance between an Indian princess and a colonist brought peace for the rest of Powhatan’s life, until 1618. The peace was not to last though. states:

“After traveling to England with her husband, Pocahontas died there in 1617. Powhatan died soon after, in April 1618, in territory that is now part of Virginia. Powhatan was succeeded by his brother, Opitchapam, and then by another brother, Opechancanough. Under Opechancanough, war with the colonists would begin again.”

'John Smith taking the King of Pamunkey prisoner', a fanciful image of Opechancanough from Smith's ‘General History of Virginia’ (1624). ( Public Domain )

Powhatan was an impressive ruler who had amassed a great deal of power and influence before the arrival of the Jamestown colonists upended his way of life. He ably countered their actions, but numbers and weaponry were not on Powhatan's side for long.

Pocahontas visited England with her husband and young son Thomas in 1616. Their mission was to recruit new settlers. Pocahontas met John Smith, who had been an early settler in the New World. She told him she would be “for ever and ever your Countrieman.”

In March 1617, just as they were about to return, Pocahontas died. John Rolfe returned to Virginia, having been appointed secretary of the colony. Thomas returned to Virginia in the 1630s, but by then his father and Powhatan were both dead. The truce had been broken since 1622, when Pocahontas’ uncle, Opechancanough, led a bloody uprising.

Painting of a meeting of Powhatan warriors, some armed with battle clubs. ( Public Domain )

Diseases and warfare killed many natives of the Powhatan Confederacy. There was intermittent fighting until 1676. Britannica says :

“Long-standing conflicts with the Iroquois were ended by a treaty in 1722, but the greatly reduced Powhatan population continued to decline. Those on the eastern shore of Virginia, who had long intermarried with free and enslaved Africans, were driven off in 1831 during the disturbances caused by a slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.”

There are now an estimated 2,000 Powhatan Indians.

Top Image: ‘The Coronation of Powhatan’ (circa 1835) by John Cadsby Chapman. Source: Public Domain


The Powhatan tribe was traditionally ruled by a male or female leader. Leadership positions were passed down through the women of the tribe. The common people of the tribe paid tribute to the leader in the form of corn, skins, game, and copper. As a result the leaders could afford to wear elaborate clothing, eat the highest quality food, and live in larger-than-average houses. Leaders had almost absolute rule over their subjects. They could order the punishment or death of people who committed offenses. Priests ranked second in command.

Each village also had its individual leader. He or she paid tribute (tax) to superiors and received tribute from lower members of the tribe. Next came councilors, men who gained their position for accomplishing feats of strength or bravery. Along with priests and the tribal leader, these men made up the council that had power to declare war.

Historical & Background Items of Interest

Before the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century, the area was populated by Native Americans. Among these were the Monacan tribe, of a Siouan heritage. They were often in conflict with the members of the Powhatan Confederacy of Virginia Algonquins, generally located to the east in the Tidewater area.
Around the turn of the 18th century, a group of French Huguenot refugees fleeing religious persecution arrived. As the tobacco plantations were dependent upon shipping, the area above the head of navigation at the fall line of the James River had not yet been settled. They settled in the area west of what became Richmond, choosing Manakintown, a former Monacan village located near present-day State Route 288 and State Route 711.
In May 1777, the Virginia General Assembly created Powhatan County out of land from the eastern portion of Cumberland County between the Appomattox and James Rivers. The County was named in honor of Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas. It is an irony that the county was named after the former enemies of the area's Native Americans, although by then, it was at a time when both the Monacans and the Powhatan were no longer major forces, each decimated by European settlers.
The original courthouse was constructed in 1778 and the immediate area was named "Scottville" after General Charles Scott, a revolutionary war hero, who was later a governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky after it was formed in 1792 as a separate state from land ceded by Virginia. The courthouse area later became known as Powhatan, Virginia.

Division News

American Rescue Plan

On 6.8.21, the School Board received information about the American Rescue Plan (ARP). You may review the presentation on Board Docs.

Funds from this plan must address effects of COVID-19 on school operations. We are seeking community input in two ways.

Review the presentation linked above and submit a recommendation using this online form.
Volunteer to participate in a committee to review the ARP process and work with other stakeholders to identify potential needs for the funding. This will take place during the week of July 19. Please complete an application.

Public Comment to Draft of Student Rights & Responsibilities (Code of Student Conduct)

Annually, a division team reviews the guide for Student Rights and Responsibilities (Code of Student Conduct). The School Board received the first draft of a newly formatted version that is in line with the Model Guidance for Positive and Preventative Code of Student Conduct Policy. The School Board welcomes public comment on the draft. More details can be found on Board Docs at

Please submit your comments or questions at

Food Service Press Release Effective 6-9-21

The meal distribution program at PCPS will continue serving free breakfast and lunch meals through the Summer Food Service Program to ALL students who attend Powhatan County Schools, and to any other child 18 years or younger.
Effective June 9th - through August 18th. Distribution Times and Location for Parent Pick-up are as follows:

Powhatan Middle School - 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Door 11 located on the western side of the school.
Lead-in and exit only signs are visible to help with traffic flow.

If you are unable to pick up meals during the scheduled times, please contact Sodexo by email [email protected] for an alternate time or delivery method.

Summer School:

Powhatan Elementary School and Powhatan Middle Schools
June 21, 2021 – July 1, 2021
July 12, 2021 – July 22, 2021
Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for free for all students attending summer school at either Powhatan Elementary School or Powhatan Middle School.

Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

June 1, 2021

This plan describes how Powhatan County Public Schools will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other school and division staff during and following the return to full in-person instruction.

This plan has been developed to comply with Section 2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act and U.S. Department of Education’s Interim Final Rule requiring each LEA that receives ARP ESSER III funds to submit a plan that describes how it will safely return to in-person instruction and ensure continuity of services, including LEAs that have already returned to in-person instruction.

Powhatan County Public Schools

4290 Anderson Highway

Powhatan, Virginia 23139

PCPS Summer School Bus Stops 2021

2021 Summer School Bus Routes are attached below.

Summer Opportunities 2021

We are excited to offer enhanced and expanded Summer Opportunities for PCPS students PreK-12. Powhatan Middle School and Powhatan Elementary School will host the majority of summer activities, with select camps at Powhatan High School. The summer session will be June 21-July 1 and July 12-July 22. We hope to see many of our students taking advantage of these opportunities. The flyer is attached. Full details of all summer learning opportunities found at

Preschool Programs

Powhatan County Public Schools is pleased to offer a Pre-Kindergarten program for three or four-year-old children. The goal of the program is to provide a healthy learning environment for children who may experience factors that place them at risk for poor school performance. The selection of students will be based on student & family needs according to program guidelines for the Virginia Preschool Initiative. Enrollment priority will be given to children with the greatest number of factors that may impact their learning. Factors considered include but are not limited to:

· Income level of the parent/legal guardian
· Education level of the parents
· Child characteristics
· Family stress
· English as a second language

Classes will be located at Pocahontas Elementary School. The classes will operate on the same calendar and school schedule as the elementary schools. Each class will be limited to 18 students. Children will be transported from their home school zones. *Location is subject to change.

This is not a first-come, first-served program. To be eligible for the program, children must be legal residents of Powhatan County and be four years of age by September 30, 2021. Applications must be filled out completely. Proof of residency and financial information will be requested once applications are reviewed. Families will be required to attend meetings and field trips with their child in this program.

For additional information please contact the Powhatan County Administration Office at 804-598-5700.