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Native Americans

First Nations: The Manahoac Populate the Blue Ridge

Archaeologists, farmers, and metal detectors have found evidence of Native Americans in the Culpeper region, and there are still descendants of the Manahoac people here in Virginia.  This confederation of tribes stayed in the Piedmont where they hunted, fished, and created tight-knit communities near Culpeper. Before the age of European settlement, the Manahoacs had left the area to follow the herds of bison west over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Museum has wonderful examples of their stone tools, weapons and projectile points, and even a lovely chain ornamentation made from deer bone.

The Native American Gallery highlights the Manahoac Confederation.

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Museum of Culpeper History
113 S. Commerce Street
Culpeper, VA 22701

Phone: (540) 829-1749


10am – 4pm
CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day



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