“Where is Crow’s Nest?”  Since the 4,000-acre peninsula currently sits behind locked gates that exclude the public, many people who do not live in the immediate area are unsure about its exact location.

On the weekend of August 19th and 20th, though, more than seven thousand people traveled right past Crow’s Nest.  They were on their way to Stafford’s Discovery Days Festival at Aquia Landing, less than a mile from the peninsula.  The weekend’s event offered a great opportunity to educate visitors about Crow’s Nest, including answering that often-asked question: “Where is Crow’s Nest?”

The Crow’s Nest Defense Fund, LLC, hosted a booth at the Discovery Days Festival which featured information about Crow’s Nest and the effort to preserve it.  The event featured a replica of the Godspeed, one of the ships that brought English settlers to Jamestown in 1607.  Numerous cultural and historical exhibits at the festival told the story of Stafford’s early history.


The Godspeed anchored off of Aquia Landing, less than a mile from Crow’s Nest.

Crow’s Nest supporters noted that honoring Stafford’s history should include preserving its natural history.  As the County’s largest tract of undeveloped land, Crow’s Nest offers an unparalleled chance to preserve for future generations a distinct ecosystem with rich historical significance.

As always happens at such events, people expressed enthusiastic support for making the preservation of the entire Crow’s Nest peninsula a top priority for the County.  Hundreds of people signed on to be Crow’s Nest supporters.  Long-time supporters, too, came by offering encouragement and assistance.


Robert “Two Eagles” Green, chief of the Patawomeck tribe and supporter of preserving the Crow’s Nest peninsula, visited the Crow’s Nest booth. Chief Green took part in a symbolic exchange of goods with the captain of the Godspeed as part of the weekend’s events. (Chief Green was an advisor for and appeared in the 2006 Hollywood film about Jamestown, “The New World.”) Green’s ancestors were instrumental in the survival of the Jamestown settlers. The Patawomecks provided the English with food, reportedly at the urging of Pocahontas whose mother is believed to have been a Patawomeck.

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One of Save Crow’s Nest’s littlest supporters. The natural beauty of Crow’s Nest has been here since long before the settlers arrived at Jamestown. Will it still be here for future generations?


Visitors learn more about Crow’s Nest and sign up as supporters of preserving the entire peninsula.