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Pocahontas Island

Rolfe Street
Petersburg, VA 23803

Pocahontas Island, actually a peninsula, was originally platted in 1749. Once a warehouse and wharf-filled urban landscape, it is where the first enslaved Africans were brought to work. In the 19th century, Pocahontas became a Freedom Colony, the first predominately free black settlement in Virginia and, by 1860, one of the largest in the nation.

There is a public park with a picnic shelter, 0.5 miles of the Appomattox River Trail, and a natural canoe/kayak launch.

Pocahontas Island
Rolfe Street, Petersburg, VA 23803, USA
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