Retrace the Route of the Patawomeck Women with Lora Chilton

Lora Chilton's book tour will follow the imagined route of the Patawomeck Women from Fredericksburg through Richmond and Williamsburg to Hampton, stopping at Book People on the way.

In 1666, in their efforts to steal the land of the Patawomeck people in what is now Virginia, colonists massacred the men of the Patawomeck tribe and took the women and children as slaves, marching them to the coast to slave ships that would take most of them to their deaths in the brutal sugar fields of the Barbados. 

In the new book 1666: A Novel, author Lora Chilton, a member of the tribe, renders a fictionalized reimagining told from the point of view of the two women who escaped slavery in Barbados and make their way back to Virginia. Their escape and return is why the tribe is in existence today. 

To honor the women who suffered this ordeal and to pay tribute to the tribe’s ultimate survival in part because of these two courageous women, author Lora Chilton's book tour will follow this imagined route from Fredericksburg through Richmond and Williamsburg to Hampton in Virginia.


Cover of 1666The survival of the Patawomeck Tribe of Virginia has been remembered within the tribe for generations, but the massacre of the men and the enslavement of the women and children has mostly been unknown outside the tribe until now. 1666 : A Novel by Lora Chilton imagines the story of the Patawomeck women who survived the decimation of their tribe in the summer of 1666, after being sold into slavery and shipped to Barbados. As a member of the tribe through the lineage of her father, Lora tells this story with authenticity and heart.

Kirkus Reviews said: "A disturbing, absorbing, and valuable addition to the literature of cruelty inflicted upon Indigenous peoples."



Lora Chilton graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She has workedLora Chilton as a Registered Nurse, a small business owner, an elected official, a non-profit executive and a writer. Memphis is her home. 1666: A Novel is her second work of historical fiction.

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Event address: 

10464 Ridgefield Pkwy.
Gleneagle Center
Henrico, VA 23223
1666 By Lora Chilton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781960573957
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Published: Sibylline Press - April 2nd, 2024