August 18, 2013
SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - Suffolk has transferred about 77 acres to the Nansemond tribe for creation of a replica 17th century Indian village and cultural center.
The property is located in Lone Star Lakes Park just off the Nansemond River. The Nansemond originally lived at the site.
Chief Barry Bass tells The Virginian-Pilot that the tribe feels a spiritual connection to the site.
Suffolk officials transferred the land to the tribe on Saturday.
The replica village will be called Mattanock Town. The tribe hopes that it will become a tourist destination to complement Jamestown.
Bass says he hopes the project can be completed within five years.