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[[image:Lake Matoaka in 1926.jpg|right|thumb|365x365px|Lake Matoaka in 1926 <p> Note mill on far right and Jamestown Rd, view is looking north</p>]]
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[[image:Lake Matoaka in 1926.jpg|right|thumb|365x365px|Lake Matoaka in 1926 <p> Note mill on far right and Jamestown Road, view is looking north</p>]]
Prior to acquisition of the original charter for the College of William and Mary in 1693, Lake
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Prior to acquisition of the original [[charter]] for the [[College of William and Mary]] in 1693, '''Lake Matoaka''' was an open watercourse of streams and wetlands known as Archer's Hope Swamp. Some time between 1700 and 1750 this original section of college property was sold to a private landowner who soon dammed the main creek (now known as College Creek) to create a mill pond. The mill was located just south of the current dam on Jamestown Road. Presumably, grain shipped to College Landing could be transported upstream to the mill, with milled flour transported downstream.
Matoaka was an open watercourse of streams and wetlands known as Archer's Hope Swamp. Some time
 
between 1700 and 1750 this original section of college property was sold to a private landowner
 
who soon dammed the main creek (now known as College Creek) to create a mill pond. The mill was
 
located just south of the current dam on Jamestown Road. Presumably, grain shipped to
 
College Landing could be transported upstream to the mill, with milled flour transported downstream.
 
  
Over the next two centuries, the mill went through multiple private ownership before being
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Over the next two centuries, the mill went through multiple private ownership before being destroyed. It wasn't until the 1920s that the College re-acquired the mill pond and surrounding [[College Woods]]. At that time, the pond was re-named Matoaka--after Chief Powhatan's daughter who many know as [[Pocahontas]].  
destroyed. It wasn't until the 1920s that the College re-acquired the mill pond and surrounding
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[[image:Lake Matoaka.jpg|right|365x365px|Lake Matoaka, circa 2000]]
College Woods. At that time, the pond was re-named Matoaka--after Chief Powhatan's daughter whose
 
nickname was Pocahontas.  
 
[[image:Lake Matoaka.jpg|right|365x365px|Lake Matoaka ca. 2000]]
 
  
See Also: Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre
 
[[http://www.wm.edu/about/administration/vps/adminoffice/construction/completedprojects/matoaka/index.php]]
 
  
and Keck Lab [[http://www.wm.edu/as/kecklab/lakematoaka/index.php]]
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==References==
and more facts [[http://www.wm.edu/as/kecklab/lakematoaka/facts/index.php]]
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*SCRC File.
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*[http://www.wm.edu/as/kecklab/lakematoaka/index.php Keck Lab]
  
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==External Links==
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*[http://www.wm.edu/about/administration/vps/adminoffice/construction/completedprojects/matoaka/index.php Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre]
  
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Revision as of 18:20, 19 October 2010

Lake Matoaka in 1926

Note mill on far right and Jamestown Road, view is looking north

Prior to acquisition of the original charter for the College of William and Mary in 1693, Lake Matoaka was an open watercourse of streams and wetlands known as Archer's Hope Swamp. Some time between 1700 and 1750 this original section of college property was sold to a private landowner who soon dammed the main creek (now known as College Creek) to create a mill pond. The mill was located just south of the current dam on Jamestown Road. Presumably, grain shipped to College Landing could be transported upstream to the mill, with milled flour transported downstream.

Over the next two centuries, the mill went through multiple private ownership before being destroyed. It wasn't until the 1920s that the College re-acquired the mill pond and surrounding College Woods. At that time, the pond was re-named Matoaka--after Chief Powhatan's daughter who many know as Pocahontas.

Lake Matoaka, circa 2000


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External Links



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A Note About The Contents Of This Wiki
The information available in this wiki is the best available from known documents and sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. Information in this wiki is not complete as new information continues to be uncovered in Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center and elsewhere. Researchers are strongly encouraged to use the Special Collections search tools for their research as the information contained in this wiki is by no means comprehensive.