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Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Seasonal Encampments

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
1. Seasonal Encampments Marker
Inscription. Seasonal Encampments for river fishing were set up at this place the Native Americans called Yosocomico, meaning “within the enclosure”. These temporary villages were situated on the shoreline at good fishing spots that the Indians returned to year after year. The Coastal Plain Region offered saltwater and freshwater rivers, bays and creeks. In addition to resident fish species, many more migrated here from the Atlantic Ocean each spring to spawn. Among these were herring, shad, and striped bass. The Indians could catch and store large numbers of these fish to support themselves. The fish were smoked or dried, preserving the meat for use throughout the year.

Members of the Late Woodland culture were ingenious fishermen, using what was provided by nature to supply themselves with tools. Nets were made of willow branches skillfully braided together. Lacking iron to make hooks, they fashioned them from bone or wood. Several methods of catching fish were used including spearing, bow and arrow, netting and trapping. Another interesting method was night fishing. A fire was built on a raised deck in the center of the canoe. One person would tend the fire, while a person on each end of the boat would spear fish that surfaced, attracted by the light.

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(lower left) A typical Woodland period
Seasonal Encampments Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
2. Seasonal Encampments Marker
encampment.
(lower center) Smoking fish to preserve it for the months ahead.
(right) Attracting fish to the water’s surface with fire light.
 
Location. 38° 35.128′ N, 77° 15.425′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Daniel K Ludwig Drive 1.8 miles south of Neabsco Road. Touch for map. The marker is located in Leesylvania State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2201 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Annoying the Enemy (approx. 0.2 miles away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pollution Solution (approx. ¼ mile away); Powells Creek Crossing (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mill Wheel (approx. 0.4 miles away); “Pleasureland of the East” (approx. half a mile away); Swimming in Bounty (approx. half a mile away); The Freestone Fisheries (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Seasonal Encampments Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
3. Seasonal Encampments Marker
Map of Leesylvania State Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
4. Map of Leesylvania State Park
Sign at the entrance to Leesylvania State Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
5. Sign at the entrance to Leesylvania State Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 24, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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