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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg

Raleigh Tavern

The Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg was the favorite gathering place for legislators after the Royal Governors officially dissolved the House of Burgesses. It was constructed before the Revolutionary War and rebuilt ca 1930. Depicted in a drawing by Mary Vaulconer. 



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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Monticello #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Monticello

MonticelloMonticello was the beloved home of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the University of Virginia. Jefferson spent sixty years planning this home to suit his needs. It is situated atop a
mountain overlooking a spectacular view of the University. Vegetable and flower gardens were strategically planted along the hillside, and the Jefferson cemetery 
is located half-way up the mountain. Many of his personal inventions are 
displayed inside the home. 



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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Stratford Hall, Home of the Lees of Virginia #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall is located on the lower Potomac ninety miles from Washington. It is the ancestral home of the Lees of Virginia and has been restored to much of its early grandeur by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall was restored to receive guests.



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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cherry Trees in Virginia

Cherry Trees in Virginia

cherry treesWhen Capt. John Smith visited the Colony of Virginia, he noted that cherry trees and other fruits were in abundance. Also, that there were some very great trees in some parts of the country. Near the dwellings of the savages were Mulberry trees and some parts of the country were found growing naturally in pretty groves. "Virginia doth afford many excellent vegetables, and living Creatures, yet grasse there is little or none, but what groweth in low Marishes: for all the Countrey is overgrowne with trees, whose droppings continually turneth their grasse to weeds, by reason of the rancknes of the ground, which would soone be amended by good husbandry. The wood that is most common is Oke and Walnut, many of their Okes are so tall and straight, that they will beare two foote and a halfe square of good timber for 20 yards long; Of this wood there is two or three severall kinds. The Acornes of one kinde, whose barke is more white then the other, and somewhat sweetish, which being boyled, at last affords a sweet oyle, that they keepe in gourds to annoint their heads and joynts. The fruit they eate made in bread or otherwise." Source: The General Historie of Virginia, New England and The Summer Isles, Vol. I, by John Smith.



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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Fox-Hunting and Gambling #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Fox Hunting and Gambling

Since the Virginians were excellent horsemen, it was but natural that they should enjoy hunting. No sport was more dear than chasing the fox. Washington was known to ride the hounds until his sixty-third year, when a slight injury to his back made such exercise uncomfortable. Washington was a true Virginian in his love for his dogs, to whom he gave such pretty names as Mopsey, Truelove, Jupiter, Juno, Rover, Music, Sweetlips, Countess, Lady, and Singer. Other sports enjoyed by Virginians were cock-fighting, and gambling with cards. The passion for gambling was so intense among Virginians that laws were enacted against recovering gambling debts were and innkeepers who permitted any game of cards or dice, except backgammon, were subject to a heavy fine as well as forfeiting their licenses.



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Beverages Consumed by Virginians #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Beverages Consumed by Virginians

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland AustinAlthough Virginians had various drinks, the best were imports. Englishmen were stern beer-drinkers and the barley which Virginians used to brew beer soon ceased to be cultivated, and attempts were made to supply its place with maize or pumpkins or persimmons did not find preference with the settlers. However, cider was in abundance. Apple-jack and peach brandy were distilled. Other beverages were imported, most commonly sack (the name) was applied to such dry (Spanish seco) and strong wines as sherry and Madeira. In the cellars of wealthy planters were often found choice brands of red wine from Bordeaux and white wine from the Rhineland. Cognacs were also imported, and of rum we have already spoken. Evidently our friends, the planters, had sturdy tipplers among them!



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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Oak Dresser in Colonial Days #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Oak Dresser

oak chestThe oak dresser depicted here dates to the early 18th century England. Its arched formation and serpentine outline on the sides reaches more than six feet. The earliest settlers coming to Virginia with indentured servants also exported certain supplies and furniture necessary for colonial cottages. While they availed themselves of natural materials found in the countryside, such as tree lumber used to build homes and barns and the berries from myrtle bushes used to make wax candles, they soon discovered that the cost of importing nails, glass windows and other implements was prohibitive. As barns and other buildings were dismantled, plank boards and nails were saved for future use. 





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Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Mule Chest #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

The Mule Chest

mule chestThe Mule Chest is one of the earliest form of the chest of drawers. It was made in the countryside as early as the Cromwellian era and for as long as a hundred years. In more fashionable circles it was soon developed into the well-known Jacobean chest of 55 drawers, the prototype of the form in use to-day. The chest pictured was dated about 1701, and did not develop into a new style for fifty years of more.



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