Sappony Heritage Program
Chief Otis Martin & the Sappony Tribal Council
The Sappony Tribe has approximately 850 tribal members made up of seven families. Since the early 1700’s the Sappony traditional home has been the Piedmont region, in the High Plains Settlement which straddles the border of Person County, North Carolina and Halifax County, Virginia. Many of the Sappony families still live in this area, however, some of the families and several generations left to pursue employment and education elsewhere. The Sappony Indians share an important part of history in Person County. It is through the Sappony Heritage Program that the tribe strives to make sure current and future generations understand the significance of their history.
The Sappony host an annual youth camp to pass on our culture to the next generation. The children are taught their tribal history, community values and what it means to be a part of a tribal family (among other fun things).
Every summer the Sappony Youth Camp is held at Mayo Lake. Sappony campers along with members of the tribe worked together to create the Sappony Trail. The Sappony Trail combined with our focus of supporting healthy lifestyles inspired the Sappony Trail Run at Mayo Lake.
For more information on the Sappony Indians go to sappony.org