Preservation Virginia Blog

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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Jun
21

Defining Race in Marshall’s Court

All throughout June, stop by the John Marshall House to learn how race and identity were constructed in early Federal America and the role the Marshall court played in its creation. Several court cases were brought in these years that show the evolution and change in perception of racial identity throughout this period. They include: …

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Apr
16

African American poets of the 18th and 19th century

This Poetry Month, we’re exploring underrepresented stories and poets. From Lucy Terry Prince to Paul Laurence Dunbar to Maya Angelou, African American poets explored rich and complicated themes in several genres, from verse to ballads and epics and every form in between. In the early parts of the 18th century, many African American poets emulated …

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