Pocahontas Weekend

Note - this is NOT a Society event



The statue of Princess Pocahontas in the grounds of St George’s Church is probably the best known landmark in Gravesend. Each year, thousands of visitors make their ‘pilgrimage’ to this spot from around this country and around the world. Her story has become the stuff of legend. But who was the real Princess Pocahontas and why does she continue to attract such worldwide interest nearly four hundred years after her death?

This weekend of celebrations at St George’s, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the Pocahontas statue – a ‘twin’ to the one to be found at Jamestown, Virginia – is a chance to find out more and mark an extraordinary life...

'Pocahontas at 50: Programme

This is the programme for the weekend:

Saturday 4 October4.00pm (Talk) and 5.30pm (Reception) Pocahontas: No Myths Barred is the title of the talk by Prof Helen Rountree who joins us from the USA for this special weekend. Prof Rountree is a world-class expert on Pocahontas and the English Settlers, author of Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown. Hear the talk and stay on to meet Prof Rountree.
6.30pmCelebration Concert with Alan Vincent of Gravesham Choral Society and the Pocahontas Performers. Witness a magical programme of well-known music and styles from England and America including barbershop!
Sunday 5 October10.00amSpecial Commemorative Service marking the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Pocahontas Statue (St George’s Church) - all welcome
NoonCommunity ‘Bring and Share’ lunch (St George’s Church Hall); no charge

As well as the talk on Saturday, you may be able to meet members of the Bolling family who will be visiting from the USA and who have traced their ancestry back to Pocahontas.

Click here to download the Booking Form.

Information kindly supplied by the Revd. Canon Chris Stone, Rector of Gravesend