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041-0106 Indian Jim's Cave

Indian Jim's Cave
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VLR Listing Date 03/17/1981

NRHP Listing Date 08/26/1982

NPS property number 82004562

A natural formation on the banks of the Staunton River, Indian Jim’s Cave was a place of aboriginal occupation dating to 2000-1000 B.C. and possibly earlier. The floor of the cave preserves intact cultural layers of its various periods of occupancy. The shelter takes its name from the tradition that during the 18th century Indian Jim, Halifax County’s last surviving aboriginal inhabitant, lived in the cave with his African American wife. The archaeological remains here should reveal data on subsistence patterns and adaptations to seasonal changes over time by prehistoric Indians. Evidence that may shed light on local Indians’ social interaction patterns also is likely preserved here.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated February 19, 2019