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Unincorporated town
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia

Coordinates: 37°47′21″N 76°37′45″W / 37.78917°N 76.62917°W / 37.78917; -76.62917Coordinates: 37°47′21″N 76°37′45″W / 37.78917°N 76.62917°W / 37.78917; -76.62917

Country United States
State Virginia
County Lancaster
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Morattico is an unincorporated former post office town along the Rappahannock River in Lancaster County, Virginia, United States. It sits across Morattico Creek from Belle Isle State Park. "Morattico" is an anglicized version of "Moraughticund", the name of a Native American tribe whose primary village may have been on or near this site. In 1608, Captain John Smith mediated a feud between the Moraughticunds and their neighbors, the Rappahannock tribe.

By 1706 the site had been purchased by Joseph Ball I, who began building a house which became known as Morattico Plantation, or simply Morattico.

The Village of Morattico Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.[1]


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