American Indian history at Virginia site commemorated

Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia (AP) 12-08

A new interpretive sign at Mill Creek will inform visitors of the American Indians who once lived there and the plant and wildlife species that cohabited with them.

The three-county area of Essex, Caroline and King and Queen was part of the Rappahannock tribe’s territory.

Chief Anne Richardson said her tribe’s ancestors also lived with the Nandtaughtacund and other tribes after being moved by the English to a town in the area of the U.S. Army’s Fort A.P. Hill.

Volunteers cleaned up the area surrounding Mill Creek in September to return the land to its natural and historic state when American Indians lived and fished along its banks.

The new sign was unveiled Dec. 15 to coincide with National Public Lands Day 2008.