I’ve discovered a lovely website created by William T. Mitchell. William Mitchell is a historian with a particular interest in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, which sets atop the dividing line between North Carolina and Virginia. This area is rich in history, with Col. William Byrd being one of the first Europeans to actually visit the area he referred to as “Eden.” Of course, this Eden was not uninhabited, there were already residents living here in this Garden, the Native people. William Mitchell, along with others, has documented this area, it’s Native inhabitants and the artifacts left by them.
Rediscovering Pittsylvania’s Missing Native Americans
Visual Reminders of Pittsylvania County’s Native Americans
Have you ever wondered what a Native American Fish Wier looked like? Well, wonder no more….
Col. William Byrd’s Observations 1728-33 – A Self-Guided Tour Of Pittsylvania County’s Southern Border
This is a wonderful retracing of Col. Byrd’s survey crew when surveying the boundary between North Carolina and Virginia. Mitchell has found the locations and photographed them. Many Native locations are included.
Saponi Historical Marker – Saponi Religion Explained
William Bird and Saponi, Ned Bearskin, Remembered
Native American Atlatl Weight
Native American Pottery
Native American Fish Weir
Morrow Mountain, Source of Ancient Artifacts
Whispers of the 1700s in Pittsylvania County
The Rock that Turned the Tide