Birthplace of John Rolfe, the seventeenth-century English settler who introduced a marketable form of tobacco to Virginia and helped develop the agricultural system of the colony, and married the Native American Pocahontas in 1614.

John Rolfe was baptised in St Mary’s Church in 1585, and his parents were buried there. A sculpture of Pocahontas in Jacobean dress by Otillea Wallace, a pupil of Rodin, hangs on the church wall above a plaque dedicated to John Rolfe’s father.

Sources: Oxford Dictionary National Biography; K. O. Kupperman, The Jamestown Project (2007); and H. Rountree, Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown (2005)

A painting of Pocahontas

National Portrait Gallery (NPG.65.61)

One Response to Heacham

  1. Chris Dean says:

    Pocahontas is on the Heacham village signpost dressed in a similar outfit to the portrait that she wore on Twelfth Night 6th January 1617 to attend the Masque Ball at Whitehall Palace invited by King James 1 and Queen Anna with Lord and Lady De La Warr who watched a special play VISION OF DELIGHT especially written for this occasion by Ben Johnson. The original script is preserved in the British Museum Library. She wore her pearl necklace and her pearl wedding ear rings from her father Chief Powhatan that had been made with silver clasps by the alchemist Earl Henry Percy who was locked in the Tower of London with Sir Walter Raleigh after the 1605 gunpowder plot. Pocahontas probably visited him with John Smith as she was staying in London at the Bell Inn Ludgate Road owned by the Savage family near St Pauls Cathedral and St Sepulchres Without Newgate Church where John Smith was buried in 1631 .The inn was renamed after Princess Pocahontas after her stay the BELLE SAUVAGE INN and a statue of John Smith is nearby outside the Old Law Courts with a special window inside the St Sepulchres Church. Princess Pocahontas also received a thank you bible from Queen Anna and King James 1 after this royal visit to the palace for saving the lives of the first starving English settlers when her family brought vital food in 1607 and 1608 to Jamestown Fort

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