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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Old Virginia Customs: Hospitality

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Colonel Henry Norwood left England after the ruin of the royal cause and during his stay on the Eastern Shore of Virginia stated that there was much rivalry among the planters as to who should feast him first and most often.  He wrote in 1656 that he was received everywhere with the heartiest of welcomes. "Virginia," he said, "wants not good victuals, wants not good dispositions, and as God has freely bestowed it, they a freely impart with it."  Sources: Norwood's Voyage to Virginia, p. 48; Leah and Rachel, p. 19.

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