Nottoway Indian Tribe center opens Saturday in Capron

Published 10:03 am Thursday, May 3, 2012

CAPRON—After nine months of renovating the old Masonic lodge in Capron, the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Community House and Interpretive Center will open at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

The day will start with a ceremony and include tours of the home, native music, storytelling, crafts, demonstrations and food. A permanent exhibit detailing the history of the tribe will be on display at the building at U.S. 58 and Main Street.

The center, which will be open until 5 p.m. this Saturday, will have changing exhibits. The goal is to educate through programming and sharing local cultures and traditions.

“We think it’ll benefit the community,” said Chief Lynette Allston said. “It will help to let others know of the history.”

Donations from Nottoway families and friends matched by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities paid for the permanent exhibit.

The renovation was mainly to the interior of the building owned by the Turner Allston Preservation.

The center will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Groups can make reservations for other days by calling 653-7932.