Preservation Virginia Blog

Feb
12

Commemorate Black History Month in Virginia

Black History Month Virginia

This February, commemorate Black History Month by learning more about the complicated and intertwined story of the people who have made Virginia home. 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to Jamestown. These “20 odd” Africans landed first in Port Comfort in August of 1619 and were transported to the …

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Jan
8

Get involved in the 2019 VA General Assembly legislative session

It’s early January in Virginia and that means one exciting thing: the Virginia General Assembly’s legislative session is about to begin! Made up of the Senate of Virginia and the Virginia House of Delegates, the Virginia General Assembly finds its origins in the first legislative assembly held at Jamestown in 1619. The joint body meets …

category: Advocacy
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Dec
28

A Year in Historic Preservation: 2018 in Review

Through our advocacy and community engagement initiatives, we are able to have a broad impact on and support the efforts of others who are working in historic preservation throughout the Commonwealth. Take a look at how your support has helped us make an impact on Virginia’s historic resources and communities. Over the past year, we’ve …

category: Advocacy
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Dec
6

The Fascinating Holidays of Colonial Virginia

When colonists first settled in Virginia, they brought many holidays and traditions from their countries of origin with them. Although many of these early holidays would form the basis for modern customs, the characteristics and meanings of said holidays were different from modern ones in surprising and fascinating ways.  Candlemas Day Not to be confused …

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Dec
3

Preservation Virginia Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Holiday Gift Guide

It’s officially the holiday season! This year, take a look at our holiday gift guide and stop by our historic sites for some truly unique gifts for the history lover in your life—and remember, Preservation Virginia members receive 10% off in our gift shops and free admission to our sites all year long! For the …

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Nov
19

Restoration of slave quarter and smokehouse at Bacon’s Castle will help tell history of Southside Virginia’s plantation life

slave quarter restoration

  The original slave quarter and smokehouse at Bacon’s Castle stand as rare examples of Virginia’s vernacular architecture. Built in 1829 and 1844, respectively, their preservation tells the story of plantation life in Southside Virginia. This fall, we began restoring the outbuildings to ensure their stability for future generations. Restoration of the smokehouse will consist …

category: Bacon's Castle
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Nov
1

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

  This November, commemorate Native American Heritage Month by learning more about the complicated and intertwined story of the people who have made Virginia home. The First People of Virginia have a history stretching back thousands of years. Today, 11 tribes are recognized in the Commonwealth: the Chickahominy in Charles City County, the Eastern Chickahominy in …

category: Untold Stories
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Jul
18

The Early Party Games of Colonial Virginia

With no electricity and limited resources, games played at parties in colonial Virginia were often quite different from modern forms of entertainment. Some games were safe and laid-back, while others went out of style over two-hundred years ago for good reason. In any case, here are some of the most interesting colonial games Virginia had …

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