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  • Starvation Cannibalism at Jamestown

    01/19/2014 4:03:14 AM PST · by Renfield · 35 replies
    Bones Don't Lie ^ | 5-2-2013 | Katy Myers
    If you’ve read any news in the past day, you’ve seen reports regarding cannibalism in colonial Jamestown. It was known prior that the colonists had undergone a number of starvation years where they were forced to eat foods that they wouldn’t normally. The trash pits from the sites hold the remains of animals who aren’t normally butchered, including horses, cats, dogs, rats and snakes. Burials from this period are not given the complete funerary treatment likely due to the high number of deaths, and the skeletons show evidence of nutritional hardship and early death. The colony was founded in 1607...
  • The New Intolerance

    04/19/2010 12:44:06 AM PDT · by BnBlFlag · 83 replies · 1,406+ views
    Human Events ^ | 4/9/10 | Pat Buchanon
    The New Intolerance by Patrick J. Buchanan 04/09/2010 "This was a recognition of American terrorists." That is CNN's Roland Martin's summary judgment of the 258,000 men and boys who fell fighting for the Confederacy in a war that cost as many American lives as World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq combined. Martin reflects the hysteria that seized Obamaville on hearing that Gov. Bob McDonnell had declared Confederate History Month in the Old Dominion. Virginia leads the nation in Civil War battlefields. So loud was the howling that in 24 hours McDonnell had backpedaled and issued an apology...
  • CNN and Roland Martin asks: Were Confederate soldiers terrorists?

    04/11/2010 11:28:46 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 50 replies · 1,566+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/11/2010 | Roland Martin
    Based on the hundreds of e-mails, Facebook comments and Tweets I've read in response to my denunciation of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to honor Confederates for their involvement in the Civil War -- which was based on the desire to continue slavery -- the one consistent thing that supporters of the proclamation offer up as a defense is that these individuals were fighting for what they believed in and defending their homeland. In criticizing me for saying that celebrating the Confederates was akin to honoring Nazi soldiers for killing of Jews during the Holocaust, Rob Wagner said, "I am...
  • Gov. Sorry for Omitting Slavery in History Month

    04/08/2010 12:25:56 PM PDT · by Young Werther · 31 replies · 883+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2010 | unk
    Gov. Bob McDonnell has conceded a "major omission" for not noting slavery in declaring April Confederate History Month in Virginia. As part of his mea culpa, McDonnell inserted into the proclamation a paragraph condemning slavery as "evil and inhumane" and blaming it as the cause of the Civil War.
  • "I Apologize" McDonnell Issues Apology (VA)

    04/07/2010 3:40:28 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 56 replies · 1,548+ views
    WashPost ^ | April 7, 2010
    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) apologized late Wednesday for failing to include slavery in his proclamation declaring April as Confederate History Month. The full text of his statement follows: Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today regarding the proclamation of Confederate History Month in the Commonwealth "The proclamation issued by this Office designating April as Confederate History Month contained a major omission. The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed. The abomination of slavery divided our nation, deprived people of...
  • A-huntin' The Sources of Appalachian English

    03/26/2010 7:00:19 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 184 replies · 1,756+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 26, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    An order of the Virginia Colonial Council dated May 4, 1725, concerned an allegation that "divers Indians plundered the Quarters of Mr. John Taliaferro near the great mountains [i.e., the Blue Ridge] . . .[and carried off] some of the Guns belonging to and marked with the name of Spottsylvania County . . . ." The Council concluded: "It is ordered that it be referred to Colo. Harrison to make inquiry which of the Nottoway Indians or other Tributaries have been out ahunting about that time . . . ." Now, the Colonial Council was an august body and its...
  • Virginia Resolution of 1798

    03/19/2010 8:43:00 AM PDT · by MichiganConservative · 20 replies · 386+ views
    Constitution Society ^ | December 24, 1798 | James Madison and Thomas Jefferson
    Virginia Resolution of 1798 RESOLVED, That the General Assembly of Virginia, doth unequivocably express a firm resolution to maintain and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of this State, against every aggression either foreign or domestic, and that they will support the government of the United States in all measures warranted by the former. That this assembly most solemnly declares a warm attachment to the Union of the States, to maintain which it pledges all its powers; and that for this end, it is their duty to watch over and oppose every infraction of those principles...
  • Mysterious Jamestown Tablet an American Rosetta Stone ?

    01/17/2010 6:07:31 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 26 replies · 1,271+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | January 13, 2010 | Paula Neely
    Slate may show early colonist efforts to communicate with Indians. With the help of enhanced imagery and an expert in Elizabethan script, archaeologists are beginning to unravel the meaning of mysterious text and images etched into a rare 400-year-old slate tablet discovered this past summer at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America. Digitally enhanced images of the slate are helping to isolate inscriptions and illuminate fine details on the slatethe first with extensive inscriptions discovered at any early American colonial site, said William Kelso, director of research and interpretation at the 17th-century Historic Jamestowne site. With the...
  • Lexington, Virginia, Made a Pact with the Devil

    01/14/2010 10:36:21 PM PST · by Brian_Baldwin · 1 replies · 433+ views
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    Shocking revelations into historical folktales of Virginia reveal that a long time ago, Lexington was given over in a Pact with the Devil by a blacksmith just prior to the Civil War. It is called folktale, but there are many who can vouch for the historical side of Wicked John and the Devil. As for Wicked John whom you have no doubt heard of if you know anything about the Wiley ways of the Red Demon, can say of John that critter's so mean the buzzards wouldn't claim him, Too bad for heaven, too mean for hell. One of those...
  • Virginia's Indian tribes leave wild game for Gov. Tim Kaine

    11/26/2009 5:49:17 PM PST · by HokieMom · 20 replies · 1,058+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | November 26, 2009 | Jim Nolan
    VIRGINIA, Va. -- It's probably the last time that Timothy M. Kaine will step outside his house in the morning to find two dead deer and a turkey on his doorstep. But yesterday, the outgoing Virginia governor and his wife, first lady Anne Holton, stood outside the Executive Mansion in Richmond to preside over a Thanksgiving tradition that dates to the late 1600s -- Virginia's Indian tribes paying tribute to the governor. On a damp and gray but mild morning, Kaine welcomed about 200 people, including members of several generations of Indians in traditional garb, as well as Capitol Square...
  • Frontier Culture Museum 1850 American Farm

    08/28/2009 10:31:32 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 2 replies · 333+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | August 28, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    The 1850s American Farm exhibit at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia, features vintage structures including s sheathed log house. The buildings were located originally near Eagle Rock in Botetourt County, Virginia, and were moved to the Museum grounds and reconstructed as one of the original exhibits in 1988.
  • Frontier Culture Museum -- 1740 Log Cabin

    08/23/2009 9:21:25 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 13 replies · 647+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | August 23, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    The Virginia Frontier Culture Museum's 1740s log cabin is displayed as a work in progress. The cabin is a typical peeled-log, saddle-notched settler's cabin of the kind favored by Scotch-Irish moving into the wilds of the Backcountry. The construction was simple and required few tools. The museum's replica is built with one door and no windows -- a common practice which led to laws requiring homesteader's cabins have at least one window.
  • But Where's George? Vernon Downplays Its Lead Character

    07/06/2009 11:05:16 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 8 replies · 590+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2009 | Brigid Schulte
    Just about every American, from the time they're 6 or so, learns that Mount Vernon is Founding Father George Washington's home. They draw pictures of the grand farmhouse in art class. Study it in history. File onto buses and reverently visit the hallowed ground along the Potomac River. And right now, that's Mount Vernon's problem. There's just too much George, according to some international culture experts, who are considering whether the historic estate belongs on the United Nations' list of World Heritage sites. A group advising the U.S. government on getting American sites onto the prestigious list initially rejected Mount...
  • After Jefferson, a Question About Washington and a Young Slave

    05/28/2009 5:25:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 1,396+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 7, 1999 | Nicholas Wade
    Three descendants of Venus' son, who was called West Ford, say that according to a family tradition two centuries old, George Washington was West Ford's father. They hope to develop DNA evidence from Washington family descendants and his hair samples to bolster their case... There is, however, reason to believe that if the child's father was not Washington, it might have been someone closely related to him. The cousins' claim has several elements of truth, enough to set up a historical mystery as to the identity of West Ford's father and to add a new strand to the emerging links...
  • Actor (Robert) Duvall enters battle to save Va. battlefield

    05/04/2009 11:12:18 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 86 replies · 1,989+ views
    www.breitbart.com ^ | May 4, 2009 | STEVE SZKOTAK
    Actor Duvall enters battle to save Va. battlefield By STEVE SZKOTAK LOCUST GROVE, Va. (AP) - Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall has fired a verbal salvo against plans to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter near a Virginia Civil War battlefield where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee first fought the Union's Ulysses S. Grant. Duvall, who is a descendant of Lee, said he will help preservationists in "chasing out" the retailer from a site near the Wilderness Battlefield. At a news conference on Monday, Duvall said he has no grudge against Wal-Mart but believes in capitalism coupled with sensitivity. Duvall was joined...
  • Today is Friday, April 17, Virginia Secedes.

    04/17/2009 5:58:13 AM PDT · by central_va · 52 replies · 777+ views
    on this day.com ^ | April 17, 2009 | Va house of delegates
    Today is Friday, April 17, 2009 Today in U.S. Civil War History 1861 - Virginia left the Union. Within the next 5 weeks Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina seceded bringing the total of Confederate states to eleven.
  • Virginia Governor To Speak On Saving State's Historic Battlefields (Tim Kaine)

    03/24/2009 8:37:12 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 2 replies · 332+ views
    Westwood One ^ | 24 March 2009
    (Fredericksburg, VA) -- Virginia Governor Tim Kaine will speak at an event today aimed at raising awareness and funding for the state's historic battlefields. Kaine will speak at 10 a.m. to a group in Fredericksburg that helps fund and upkeep the Fredericksburg battlefields, where Robert E. Lee is credited for a victory against the Union Army during the Civil War. In the first year of his administration, Governor Kaine set up the Virginia Historic Battlefield Preservation Fund which helps upkeep the state's numerous battlefields.
  • Archaeologist to Discuss Life on Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Plantation

    02/06/2009 9:38:35 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 694+ views
    Smith College, Office of College Relations ^ | Monday, February 2, 2009 | Kristen Cole, Media Relations Director
    Later this month, an archaeologist at Thomas Jefferson's historic home of Monticello in Charlottesville, Va., will speak at Smith College about the use of the late president's plantation by the estate's residents, both free and enslaved. Sara Bon-Harper, archeological research manager, will lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in McConnell Hall, Room 103, about "Defined Spaces: Landscape on the Monticello Plantation." The event is sponsored by the Program in Archaeology and the Lecture Committee and is free and open to the public. Bon-Harper's work at Monticello focuses on an archaeological survey of the original 5,000-acre plantation and the excavation...
  • Roanoke Island: What Happened to the Lost Colonists of 1587?

    02/01/2009 4:59:35 PM PST · by Vendek · 71 replies · 3,327+ views
    A Novel of America ^ | 1/25/2009 | Errol Lincoln Uys
    We found the houses taken down and the place very strongly enclosed with a high palisade of great trees, with curtains and flankers very fortlike, and one of the chief trees or posts at the right side of the entrance had the bark taken off, and five feet from the ground in fair capital letters was graven CROATAN, without any cross or sign of distress. We entered the palisade, where we found many bars of iron, two pigs of lead, four fowlers, iron sacker-shot and such like heavy things, thrown here and there, almost overgrown with grass and weeds. --...
  • President Bush to highlight a Virginia thanksgiving site (tomorrow)

    11/18/2007 10:03:38 PM PST · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 110+ views
    AP/KOIN ^ | 11-18-07
    Some Virginians are giving thanks early this Thanksgiving. It's because President Bush is set to bring recognition to a little-known thanksgiving site in Virginia between Williamsburg and Richmond. On Monday, the president plans to stop by Berkeley Plantation, where English settlers held a thanksgiving service almost two years before the Pilgrims' feast in Massachusetts.
  • Bush to visit rare Thanksgiving site[VA]

    11/17/2007 7:22:01 PM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 124+ views
    AP ^ | 17 Nov 2007 | Sonja Barisic
    President Bush will speak next week about Thanksgiving during a visit to a historic Thanksgiving site in Virginia, not Massachusetts. On Monday, the president will head to Berkeley Plantation, where English settlers held a Thanksgiving service almost two years before the Pilgrims' feast in Massachusetts that came to be considered the first Thanksgiving. "The president will talk about what we as a nation can be thankful for during the holiday season," White House spokesman Blair Jones said. Berkeley Plantation is on the banks of the James River, between Williamsburg, Virginia's Colonial capital, and Richmond, the state's capital today. When...
  • A plan to halt slavery in Virginia

    11/03/2007 9:52:20 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 6 replies · 53+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/03/07 | Steve French
    Although in his day Charles James Faulkner was hailed nationally as an outstanding lawyer, statesman and diplomat, today he is barely remembered outside his hometown. His one-time fame has been eclipsed by the more flamboyant figures of the Civil War era. mat, today he is barely remembered outside his hometown. His one-time fame has been eclipsed by the more flamboyant figures of the Civil War era. Faulkner's moderate views never allowed him to become totally committed to the secession of his native state; consequently, he barely participated in the great struggle. Faulkner, Scots-Irish in ancestry, was born in Martinsburg, Va.,...
  • This Day In History - Civil War July 30, 1864 Battle of the Crater

    1864 : Battle of the Crater On this day, the Union's ingenious attempt to break the Confederate lines at Petersburg by blowing up a tunnel that had been dug under the Rebel trenches fails. Although the explosion created a gap in the Confederate defenses, a poorly planned Yankee attack wasted the effort and the result was an eight-month continuation of the siege. The bloody campaign between Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate Robert E. Lee ground to a halt in mid-June, when the two armies dug in at Petersburg, south of Richmond. For the previous six weeks, Grant had...
  • A Portrait in Letters (Newly Discovered Robert E. Lee)

    07/12/2007 6:04:07 AM PDT · by RDTF · 251 replies · 4,138+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2007 | Peter Carlson
    Two old steamer trunks sit in the rare-book room at the Virginia Historical Society, looking worn and forlorn. The smaller one was once red but the paint has faded to a dull rust. The larger one is brown with a piece of tin patching a hole in the top. On one side, a name is stenciled: "M. LEE." That's Mary Custis Lee, Gen. Robert E. Lee's adventurous eldest daughter. In 1917, she stored these wooden trunks in the "silver vault" in the basement of Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust in Alexandria. A year later, she died at the age...
  • Researchers Seek DNA Link to Lost Colony

    06/11/2007 2:04:04 PM PDT · by varina davis · 65 replies · 2,203+ views
    WRAL & AP ^ | June 11, 2007
    <p>ROANOKE ISLAND, N.C. - Researchers believe they may be able to use DNA to uncover the fate of the Lost Colony, which vanished shortly after more than 100 people settled on Roanoke Island in 1587.</p> <p>Using genealogy, deeds and historical narratives, researchers have compiled 168 surnames that could be connected to settlers in what is considered the first attempt by the English to colonize the New World. The team will try to trace the roots of individuals related to the colonists, to the area's 16th century American Indians or to both.</p>
  • Queen Elizabeth in US for 400th Anniversary of First Settlement

    05/03/2007 11:02:38 AM PDT · by Cecily · 26 replies · 989+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | May 3, 2007 | Jitendra Joshi
    RICHMOND, United States (AFP) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II headed Thursday for a rare state visit to the United States, to mark the 400th anniversary of an English settlement that laid the foundations of history's greatest superpower. After arriving on a chartered British Airways jet, Elizabeth was due to start her six-day trip in the Virginia capital Richmond and address the state's legislature, which is America's oldest representative body. Virginians from Governor Tim Kaine down brushed up on royal protocol as they prepared to greet the British queen during a walkabout and musical concert at the grounds of the newly...
  • Virginia Rolls Out Red Carpet For Queen

    05/03/2007 2:20:24 PM PDT · by Enchante · 131 replies · 2,492+ views
    CBS/AP ^ | May 3, 2007 | AP STAFF
    Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, stepped off a chartered British Airways airplane just after 3 p.m. Thursday in Richmond, Va., signaling the beginning of a six-day American trip. It is her first visit to the United States in 16 years. The queen stopped at the end of a red carpet while both British and American National Anthems were played. Her motorcade left shortly afterward. On Thursday evening, she was expected to take a horse-drawn carriage through Colonial Williamsburg. And while the queen represents a monarchy the United States went to some trouble to get rid of, her...
  • Virginians ready to meet the queen

    05/03/2007 11:01:36 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 1 replies · 311+ views
    CNN ^ | May 3, 2007
    RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) -- Terry O'Neill was just a wee lad from Liverpool the last time he got within a few feet of Queen Elizabeth II. Years later, the burly owner of the Beatles-influenced Penny Lane Pub in Richmond plans to have a second brush with English royalty on Thursday -- with a little help from his friends. O'Neill and his wife, Rose, were among thousands of people expected to jam Capitol Square for a glimpse of the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, when the royals arrive to mark the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown colony. "I left England...
  • Jamestown -- the birth of a nation 400 years ago

    05/01/2007 3:28:31 AM PDT · by Thinkin' Gal · 73 replies · 1,703+ views
    Yahoo (AFP) ^ | 29 April 2007 | by Jocelyne Zablit
    Jamestown -- the birth of a nation 400 years ago The replica Jamestown ships, The Susan Constant, center, Godspeed, right, and Discovery ply the waters of Hampton Roads as they make their way to Virginia Beach to participate in the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Va., Tuesday, April 24, 2007. The centerpiece of the 18-month commemoration of the 400th anniversary of America's first permanent English settlement is almost here after a decade of planning. About two-thirds of the tickets for the 'America's Anniversary Weekend' extravaganza May 11-13 remain available; 31,587 had been sold as of...
  • Vault believers want new dig (secret vault of Sir Francis Bacon)

    08/20/2006 12:15:31 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 28 replies · 3,173+ views
    The Virginia Gazette ^ | 20 Aug 2006 | Steve Vaughan
    WILLIAMSBURG Advocates of our version of The DaVinci Code were back in town Friday, calling for another excavation to locate the secret vault of Sir Francis Bacon, which they still allege is buried beneath the churchyard of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. It is a replay of a saga from 14 years ago that put the church in an awkward position of dispelling some very weird myths. A media circus resulted. The story propagated by Sir Francis Bacon's Sages of the Seventh Seal has all the elements of Dan Brown's theological thriller. The Bacon story relies on a conspiracy theory...
  • Anti-Property Rights Initiative Gets Boost from Unlikely Source: Senator George Allen

    08/18/2006 2:22:36 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 62 replies · 917+ views
    National Center For Public Policy Research ^ | 08-18-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    Washington, D.C.-Nearly one year after the U.S. Supreme Court's shocking Kelo v. New London decision touched off a firestorm of bipartisan support for stronger property rights protections, some anti-property rights groups are receiving support from a surprising source: Senator George Allen (R-VA).Senator Allen is the chief sponsor of legislation that would create a massive federal "National Heritage Area" that would stretch from Charlottesville, VA, through Frederick County, MD, and end in Gettysburg, PA. Such areas are best described as heavily regulated corridors where property rights may be strictly curtailed.
  • Knighthood sought for Capt. John Smith

    07/31/2006 11:05:36 AM PDT · by detsaoT · 8 replies · 659+ views
    The Virginia Gazette ^ | July 29, 2006 | Steve Vaughan
    WILLIAMSBURGIf one becomes a British knight by rendering extraordinary service to the crown, it's hard to imagine anyone more deserving of a knighthood than Capt. John Smith. Yet Smith, a soldier, explorer and diplomat of the first order, a man some consider largely responsible for the success of the first permanent English settlement in the New World, was never knighted. That's because the importance of Smith's accomplishments was not recognized until after his death. But a group of local residents doesn't think little things like death or 400 years should keep Britain from recognizing the man who opened the New...
  • 400-year-old pistol found on site of first American colonists(17th-century Scottish Pistol)

    07/27/2006 8:59:09 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 49 replies · 2,267+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 27 July 2006 | RICHARD LUSCOMBE
    ARCHAEOLOGISTS have uncovered a rare but perfectly preserved early 17th-century Scottish pistol at the historic former British colony known as the birthplace of the United States, making the firearm one of the oldest artefacts of European origin ever discovered in North America. The weapon probably belonged to one of the first settlers to arrive at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, and was recovered from a well at the site with several other "hugely significant" artefacts. "It was like Christmas in July," said Bly Straube, the curator of the Jamestown Rediscovery museum where the snaphaunce pistol, probably made by a manufacturer in...
  • Cache of artifacts found in Jamestown well

    07/26/2006 7:15:53 AM PDT · by Theoden · 26 replies · 1,502+ views
    Associated Press/Yahoo News ^ | July 25, 2006 | DIONNE WALKER
    RICHMOND, Va. - Sometime around 1610, archaeologists figure, a thirsty colonist in Jamestown set his brass pistol on the side of a well as he pulled up some water and accidentally knocked the weapon in.
  • Va. Governor Exonerates Convicted Witch

    07/10/2006 1:53:00 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 102 replies · 1,824+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 7 10 06 | SONJA BARISIC
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Witch of Pungo is no longer a witch. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Monday exonerated Grace Sherwood, who 300 years ago became Virginia's only woman convicted as a witch tried by water. "I am pleased to officially restore the good name of Grace Sherwood," Kaine wrote in a letter Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf read aloud before a re-enactment of Sherwood's being dropped into the river. "With 300 years of hindsight, we all certainly can agree that trial by water is an injustice," Kaine wrote. "We also can celebrate the fact that a woman's equality...
  • Obscure graves for two heroes

    07/04/2006 2:51:28 AM PDT · by leadpenny · 12 replies · 910+ views
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | Independence Day 2006 | FRANK DELANO
    Obscure graves bury the accomplishments of two Northern Neck brothers who signed the Declaration of Independence __ They were brothers whose signatures on the Declaration of Independence made them American heroes for all time. Now Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee rest in obscure Northern Neck graveyards visited by few, even on the Fourth of July. "We only come out here when somebody dies," said H. Gwynne Tayloe III. Tayloe stood Sunday beside a brick-walled cemetery where Francis Lightfoot Lee is buried beside Tayloe's ancestors at Mount Airy Farm near Warsaw. The graveyard is a 10-minute walk from the...
  • Volunteers To Dig Into Croatan Indian Village Site Again ("Lost Colony")

    05/28/2006 6:25:38 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 1,690+ views
    Virginian - Pilot ^ | 5-28-2006 | Catherine Kozak
    Volunteers to dig into Croatan Indian village site again By CATHERINE KOZAK, The Virginian-Pilot May 28, 2006 The last time the long-dormant Croatan site was investigated, a team of archaeologists unearthed a 16th-century gold ring that may be the most significant archaeological find of early American history. In June, the team, with many of the same members who were there in 1998 when the English nobleman's ring was found, will be back to revive exploration of the ancient capital of the Croatan Indians in Buxton. Organized by The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research , the team of...
  • George Mason University, Much More Than Basketball

    03/30/2006 1:30:33 PM PST · by elc · 32 replies · 864+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Wednesday, March 29, 2006 | Radley Balko
    The George Mason University basketball team's ascendance to the NCAA Final Four this weekend may well be remembered as the most improbable run in the college basketball tournament's history. Only one other eleventh-seeded team has made the Final Four. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a school with so low a profile and from so small a conference to have made it through the tournament's first two weekends. In addition to the great basketball the team has given us (the Connecticut game was in instant classic), it would also be nice to see the school's success inspire some discussion about...
  • Colonial Skeleton Stumps Archaeologists (Jamestown)

    03/26/2006 4:31:47 PM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 1,222+ views
    Newsfactor ^ | 3/24/06 | AP
    Results from other recent tests on bone samples confirmed that the Jamestown skeleton was an immigrant to America, showing that he ate a diet rich in wheat as opposed to an American corn diet, researchers said. The quest to identify a nearly intact skeleton found at Jamestown continues. Jamestown officials said this week that without DNA proof, researchers are doing other studies to test their theory that the skeleton discovered in 2002 belongs to Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, a founder of the first permanent English settlement in North America, established almost 400 years ago. The announcement came after The Church of...
  • The Story of Gentleman Jim Robinson

    03/04/2006 1:10:19 PM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 24 replies · 816+ views
    The Story of Gentleman Jim Robinson He was one of the first free African-American landowners here. By Bonnie Hobbs February 16, 2006 The history of Centreville and Manassas is intertwined with the story of the Robinson family specifically Gentleman Jim Robinson, one of the first free African-American landowners in this area. HE RAISED a family here and successfully sued the federal government for Civil War damages to the home he'd built in the 1840s. And in 1924, that home was sold to the Manassas National Battlefield Park and became a historical landmark.' Robinson was born Oct. 6, 1799 on...
  • [Winston] Churchill: Proposal Names the British Statesman an Honorary [Virginia] Citizen

    03/04/2006 6:56:25 PM PST · by Ligeia · 30 replies · 423+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Mar 4, 2006 | PAMELA STALLSMITH
    Sixty years ago this Wednesday, Winston Churchill addressed the General Assembly and urged the citizens of the United States and Great Britain to stand together. * snip * .... posthumously make Britain's prime minister during World War II an honorary citizen of Virginia. * snip * Only three other notables hold honorary state citizenship - the Marquis de Lafayette, the Revolutionary War hero; John D. Rockefeller, the oil baron who underwrote the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg; and Margaret Thatcher, another former British prime minister who also once served as chancellor of the College of William and Mary. She joined the...
  • In Quest for a State Song, Va. Looks West 'Shenandoah' May Get the Nod, at Least for Now

    01/26/2006 3:43:17 AM PST · by aculeus · 55 replies · 779+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 26, 2006 | By Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post Staff Writer
    RICHMOND, Jan. 25 -- It may not actually mention Virginia or even be about Virginia, but "Shenandoah" may soon become the commonwealth's official state song. A Senate panel has voted to designate the melodious folk tune as the state's "interim official state song" -- temporary, that is, in case something better comes along. The commonwealth has gone without a theme since 1997, when lawmakers retired "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia" because its lyrics were deemed offensive to black citizens. Lawmakers labeled the anthem, with its references to "darkies" and "massas," the state's "emeritus song" and appointed a 12-member committee...
  • 700 homes planned at historic plantation site

    01/17/2006 10:29:47 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 643+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Jan 18, 2006 | Lawrence Latane III
    SALUDA -- The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors reaffirmed its support for the biggest housing development in the county's history last night and voted to rezone the historic Rosegill Plantation. The 5-0 vote allows Northern Virginia developers to build 700 housing units on the 848-acre Rappahannock River estate that resonates with Colonial history and shelters the neighboring town of Urbanna in a cloak of picturesque farmland. The Rosegill manor house was home to two Colonial Virginia governors and parts of the house date to 1650, making it one of the oldest in the state. Residents on both sides of the...
  • Leesburg (Va) Pulls All Civic Signs; Confederate Flag At Center Of Controversy

    01/13/2006 11:43:22 AM PST · by robowombat · 340 replies · 3,854+ views
    Leesburg Today ^ | Jan 12, 2006 | Molly Novotny
    Leesburg Pulls All Civic Signs; Confederate Flag At Center Of Controversy Molly Novotny Jan 12, 2006 -- A Confederate battle flag is not the symbol town staff wanted greeting visitors and residents entering Leesburg. So to ensure the symbol would not adorn the towns entrance points, town staff removed all civic organization signs from those gateways. Removing all of the signs, to exclude the Sons of Confederate Veterans sign legally, has caused frustration among the civic groups, many which have been advertising their clubs meetings for a generation. I belong to several of the organizations that post their signs there,...
  • Today Marks Religious Freedom Day 2006

    01/16/2006 11:34:05 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 6 replies · 374+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Monday, Jan. 16, 2006
    Commemorating the day Thomas Jefferson declared religious freedom for all Americans, the nation today celebrates Religious Freedom Day as declared by President George Bush. "The right to religious freedom is a foundation of America," said Bush in his proclamation Friday. "Our Founding Fathers knew the importance of freedom of religion to a stable democracy, and our Constitution protects individuals' rights to worship as they choose." In 1786, Jefferson drafted the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, protecting the civil rights of people to express their religious beliefs without suffering discrimination. Now, 14 years after the first Religious Freedom Day proclamation by...
  • Making Indian warriors into pacifists

    12/09/2005 12:42:23 AM PST · by beaversmom · 8 replies · 596+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | December 7, 2005 | Michael Medved
    http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | "The New World," a film slated for Christmas day release, tells the romantic story of Pocahontas and John Smith, but ads for the movie tell a more depressing story of political correctness. A glossy magazine layout says that what settlers "named the Jamestown Settlement was already home to a noble civilization." On my radio show, I mocked the idea that the pre-literate, stone-aged Powhatan Indians of Virginia constituted a "noble civilization," and in later version of ads for the movie, the word "noble" disappeared. In its place, however, New Line Cinema included an even more absurd declaration, claiming...
  • Marshall's legacy

    09/25/2005 2:27:02 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 3 replies · 502+ views
    Townhall ^ | 9/25/05 | George Will
    <p>A nation's identity consists of braided memories, which are nourished by diligence at civic commemorations. It is, therefore, disappointing that at this moment of keen interest in the Supreme Court and the office of chief justice, scant attention has been paid to the 250th anniversary of the birth of the nation's greatest jurist, Chief Justice John Marshall. The oldest of the family's 15 children, he was born Sept. 24, 1755, into Virginia rusticity where women pinned their blouses with thorns. Yet he developed the most urbane and subtle mind of that era of remarkable statecraft. He was a member of Virginia's ratifying convention, and in nearly 35 years as chief justice he founded American constitutional law. That kind of legal reasoning by Supreme Court justices is a continuous exegesis of the Constitution and is sometimes not easily distinguished from a continuing writing of the document.</p>
  • This Day In History | Civil War July 24, 1864 Second Battle of Kernstown, Virginia

    07/24/2005 4:10:53 AM PDT · by mainepatsfan · 25 replies · 447+ views
    historychannel.com ^ | 7/24/05 | historychannel.com
    This Day In History | Civil War July 24 1864 Battle of Kernstown, Virginia Confederate General Jubal Early defeats Union troops under General George Crook to keep the Shenandoah Valley clear of Yankees. On June 13, 1864, General Robert E. Lee sent Early north from Petersburg to clear the Shenandoah of Union troops and relieve pressure on his own beleaguered force. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had been pinned in Petersburg after a bloody six-week campaign with General Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Potomac. The campaign mimicked that of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's in 1862, when the Confederates...
  • Burial Shaft Found in Jamestown Search

    06/14/2005 12:57:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 824+ views
    AP ^ | 6/14/5 | SUE LEEMAN
    SHELLEY, England -- Archaeologists trying to exhume the remains of the sister of one of the founders of the first permanent English settlement in North America have found what they believe is her 400-year-old burial shaft and hope to find her body soon. They want to use DNA from the remains to find out whether a skeleton unearthed in Virginia is that of Capt. Bartholemew Gosnold, who oversaw an expedition that led to the founding of Jamestown in 1607. British and American researchers began digging Monday beneath the floor of the 12th-century Church of All Saints, where Gosnold's sister, Elizabeth...
  • Freed Slave's Life Uncovered

    06/11/2005 10:47:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 1,348+ views
    Daily Progress ^ | June 9, 2005 | Melanie Mayhew
    Years before the Civil War, a free black washerwoman is believed to have made her living laundering the clothes of University of Virginia students and professors. Little of her story is known, but a new archeological discovery may help unearth her place in history. Archeologists have uncovered evidence of two additional graves on university grounds, a dozen years after archeologists found 12 other grave shafts nearby. The discovery could shed some light on the people who lived - and now rest - on UVa land, said Mary Hughes, university landscape architect. We dont know fully what these explorations mean, but...