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Portal, Passage, Power: An American River Town

Village along the Rappahannock River

The story of the Rappahannock River begins with the Algonquian-speaking peoples who lived in this area prior to European contact. Geared especially toward families with children, this portion of the exhibit will have several areas where visitors are encouraged to touch. Displays featuring reproduction plants, animal tracks and a scaled down replica of a traditional Virginia Indian home will encourage hands-on learning. Themes such as cooking, the making of tools and the use of the river and the land will help visitors understand more about the first inhabitants of this area.

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