Then and Now.
The lands of the VCU Rice Rivers Center have a long and rich history of use by Indigenous Peoples -- including the Chickahominy Tribe -- as well as colonization by European settlers in the early 17th Century.
In more recent years, the site hosted plantation-based agriculture, Civil War combatants, and YMCA campers in the 1950s and 60s. In 2000, the property was donated to VCU by Inger M. Rice A.M., to benefit students and advance environmental research.
All of these inhabitants represent distinct cultural traditions and have left behind distinctive marks on the landscape that archaeologists are using to tell the history of this unique land.