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Near Charles City in Charles City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First English Thanksgiving in Virginia

 
 
First English Thanksgiving in Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 2, 2013
1. First English Thanksgiving in Virginia Marker
Inscription. On 4 Dec. 1619, Capt. John Woodlief, a member of the Virginia Company, arrived aboard the ship Margaret with 35 men to take charge of Berkeley Hundred. An experienced former Jamestown settler, he became Berkeley's first governor. He bore instructions that the day of his ship’s arrival “be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to almighty God.” Beginning in 1958, the Virginia First Thanksgiving Festival commemorated this directive as the first English Thanksgiving in North America with an annual reenactment at Berkeley Plantation.
 
Erected 2012 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number V 70.)
 
Location. 37° 19.861′ N, 77° 11.442′ W. Marker is near Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker is on John Tyler Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 5) 0.3 miles east of Kimages Road (Virginia Route 658), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Berkeley Plantation or Harrison's Landing (here, next to this marker); Westover (a few steps from this marker); Herring Creek & Kimages
New Market Road (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 2, 2013
2. New Market Road (facing east)
(a few steps from this marker); Stuart's Ride (approx. 0.2 miles away); Herring Creek (approx. half a mile away); Berkeley and Harrison's Landing (approx. one mile away); First Official Thanksgiving (approx. 1.1 miles away); Origin of Taps (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charles City.
 
Also see . . .  Berkely Plantation. (Submitted on December 2, 2013.)
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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