This segment of John Smith's 1608 map shows Appamatuck (top left) a chief's
village marked by a house. To the right of "Smith" is the Appomattox river.
Ettrick was an Indian village (probably the 2nd circle with a dot) on the rapids
just to the right of the limit of exploration (marked by the Iron Cross symbol).
In 1607 Christopher Newport
visited this Indian village in Ettrick.
In 1620 all the eastern
villages were moved
west. Many villages were
 consolidated into a
single village on the
Appomattox in Ettrick.
When you add all this up
it's obvious that for the
Indians, there was
something
very special
about
Ettrick.

The answer to this question
lies beneath the surface of
the lake that was created by
the dam downstream in
1773, which backs the
water up to the rapids
above Campbell's bridge.
The Narrow falls of the Appomattox river in Ettrick and Petersburg Va.
Before the dam downstream raised the water level here 9 feet, there was a 9 foot
waterfall located just to the left of the huge boulder in the center, named "The Narrow
Falls" by the early explorers. Migrating fish, including 12 foot Sturgeon would swim
upstream to this point. Unless conditions were just right they could not pass upstream.
  This afforded the Indians in Ettrick one of the best fishing holes in the eastern US.
We have named this huge boulder on the right "Narrow Falls Overlook" because from it
there is a commanding view upstream and down, and before 1773 it was the best
viewpoint of the Narrow Falls waterfall. One can just picture a gorgeous waterfall with
Indians all over it, scooping up the fish.
  Anyone who visits the North Side Mills is drawn to this rock. They climb it and check
out the views. One doesn't need a history book to know that every important historical
figure that came to this spot probably stood on this rock, Christopher Newport, John
Smith, Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas, John Rolfe, who knows. For the record, I have
stood or sat on this rock many times watching turtles fish or the beavers working
upstream

  History and scenery here are inseparable, a feast for the eyes and the imagination.