Historians know that Native Americans regularly passed through the Radford area for centuries, traveling the Great Warrior Path that ran from New York to Tennessee. But until 1971, historians had no idea that Native Americans had actually lived here.
That is when the City of Radford began to convert cornfields – acquired from the Trigg Family – to a new riverfront city park. After the work started, artifacts were found and officials soon realized they had a major discovery – the site had once been a Native American village.
Archaeologists excavated the Trigg Site during the mid-1970s, discovering housing and burial grounds dating to the early part of the 17th century. The dig produced more than 15 tons of artifacts, some of which are now housed at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. Many of the dig’s highlights, however, are on display at Glencoe Museum, just a few hundred yards from Bisset Park where they were first discovered.
Visit Glencoe Museum to explore our captivating collection of Native American tools, jewelry and ceramics – and step back in to the Native American history of the New River Valley.