The Powhatan Stone.

The Powhatan Stone

Field review by the editors.

Richmond, Virginia

Not all stones are created equal. That's clearly true of The Powhatan Stone, an average rock that had the incredible good fortune to be part of a royal Indian residence occupied by Pocahontas's dad.

The stone's pedigree has served it well, and for the past hundred years it's occupied a place of honor on a bluff above the James River. A too-big bronze plaque is bolted to it, describing its importance, although the stone itself looks like an oversized potato. Set on an elevated slab in an otherwise empty overlook, The Powhatan Stone has a lot of empty space around it, like a priceless masterpiece in an art gallery.

We wonder if the pedestal on which it sits is spring-loaded, and that the Powhatan Stone will someday launch itself over the cliff and into the Fulton Gas Works and railroad yard below, whose construction forced its relocation to its current spot in 1911.

The Powhatan Stone

Address:
E. Grace St., Richmond, VA
Directions:
East side of the city. I-64 exit 193A. Drive southwest on Hwy 33/9 Mile Rd for about a mile. Bear left onto 25th St. Drive about another mile, then turn left onto E. Broad St. Drive eight blocks. You'll see Chazo Park on the right. Turn into it at 33rd or 34th Sts, and work your way back to E. Grace St. (it's not far). The Stone is between 33rd and 34th on the overlook side of E. Grace St. You can also park anywhere in the small park and follow the paved, arrow-straight path straight to the overlook and the Stone.
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