War Memorial Cultural Arts and Community Center

Dedicated in 1950, the entire complex was not completely finished until 1952. The building featured a large gymnasium, lockers, office space, meeting rooms, and a large kitchen. The adjacent playing fields used by Powhatan Youth groups today was “dug out” by an Army surplus bulldozer obtained through the efforts of then School Superintendent J.S. Cardwell. The original bleacher planks were provided by three local lumber companies (Ball, Goodwin, and Palmore). Dunn Chevrolet fabricated the metal framework for the spectator stands. The gymnasium was used by Powhatan High School, and later by Huguenot Academy for basketball games and school events such as proms through the 1950’s and 60’s. community dinners and dances were also held there frequently. 

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Powhatan is for Film Lovers

Powhatan welcomes and encourages the film industry to explore the County.
  • HBO Films filmed scenes in Powhatan for their miniseries on our 2nd President, John Adams. Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks was the film’s producer. The miniseries won several Emmy Awards.
  • More recently, Powhatan was used to shoot scenes for Steven Spielberg's new movie Lincoln, starring Sally Field, Daniel Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones. Powhatan's farmland has proven perfect for a rural movie setting.