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Chasing History: The Endview Plantation

Updated: Aug 28, 2022

At For Nurses By Nurses Productions we believe that the intersection between history and social injustice is deeply rooted. In this series, Chasing History we take you along the underground railroad of education in hopes of bridging gaps.

Pawpaw is America's largest native fruit. And just like myself, there is probably a good chance that you have never heard of it. I visited the 18th century Endview Plantation during their Pawpaw festival to get my own taste of this legendary fruit.

The Endview Planation is located on Virginia State Route 238 in the Lee Hall community of Newport News, Virginia. Earlier known as the Harwood Plantation, the house was built in 1769 by William Harwood.

Pawpaws are the fruit of the Asimina triloba tree. The tree is native to the America's and Canada. According to research the distribution of pawpaw is due to Indigenous people growing and trading it.

So, what does it taste like? Some say banana, or mango. I say, a combination of the two.

The pawpaw is only around for a short time between August and October. I am glad I was able to have this taste of history. Oh how sweet it is!

If you get a chance to visit Newport News, Va., during the ripening months of the pawpaw, you won't regret it. A visit to the grounds for a quick history lesson and a treat for the ole' taste buds was beautiful.

Chasing History.

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