Land acquisition in Gloucester County paves way for Virginia’s 40th state park

The Conservation Fund has transferred 643 acres known as Timberneck Farm to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). This transfer brings Virginia one step closer to opening its 40th state park: Machicomoco.

“Honoring the tribal history of Virginia and telling the stories of Virginia Indians is critically important in our endeavor to create a more inclusive and equitable Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler. “I’m pleased that this focal point is woven throughout the park while simultaneously providing more public land for Virginians to enjoy. With respect to all of Virginia’s Indigenous communities, Machicomoco State Park will stand in perpetuity so that we may learn from the past, celebrate the present and aspire to a better future.”

The name “Machicomoco” was proposed by the tribes in the region who contributed to the park design and interpretive themes. It’s an Algonquian word translated to…

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