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Near Charlottesville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Monacan Indian Village

 
 
Monacan Indian Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 7, 2017
1. Monacan Indian Village Marker
Inscription. Near here, on both sides of the Rivanna River, was located the Monacan Indian village of Monasukapanough. This village was one of five Monacan towns that Captain John Smith recorded by name on his 1612 Map of Virginia, though many more existed. Monasukapanough was a chief’s village and was occupied for several centuries until it was abandoned in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century. Monacan descendants still reside throughout the central Virginia area. The tribe’s headquarters today is on Bear Mountain in Amherst County.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number G-29.)
 
Location. 38° 6.169′ N, 78° 27.642′ W. Marker is near Charlottesville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is at the intersection of Rio Mills Road (County Route 643) and Seminole Trail (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling west on Rio Mills Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22911, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rio Mills (here, next to this marker); Skirmish at Rio Hill (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rio Hill 1864 Skirmish (approx. 1.3 miles
Monacan Indian Village and Rio Mills Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 7, 2017
2. Monacan Indian Village and Rio Mills Markers
away); Rio Hill (approx. 1.3 miles away); Proffit Historic District (approx. 2.1 miles away); Albemarle Barracks Burial Site (approx. 3.5 miles away); Convention Army The Barracks (approx. 3.6 miles away); First Buck Mountain Church (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
More about this marker. Marker was originally erected at this intersection, but on U.S. 29 itself, on the right when traveling south. In 2016 when Route 29 was widened, it was moved around the corner where it can be found today.
 
Also see . . .  Monasukapanaugh. “The remains of the Monacan village of Monasukapanough are now buried beneath the floodplain of the Rivanna River at a site marked as 44AB18. The landscape of the area has a very different appearance today than it had while the Monacans were living there. After centuries of plowing, the rolling hills have been turned into a nearly flat plain, and today, a soccer field covers much of the land that used to be the village. The burial mound associated with the village, once
Monacan Indian Village Marker at its original location image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
3. Monacan Indian Village Marker at its original location
at least 12 feet high, is no longer visible as a landform. It takes a great deal of imagination to visualize the world that existed when the village of Monasukapanough was inhabited.” (Submitted on June 10, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,782 times since then and 143 times this year. Last updated on August 11, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on June 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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