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New History Museum Trail Links Museums
and Historic Sites From Colonial Williamsburg Through the
The museum trail will feature nearly 40
sites, some of them somewhat “off the beaten path”, and a web
site that will lead them along an exciting path of discovery.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. –
Visitors and residents of Tidewater, Va. will soon have a
roadmap to lead them from the famed Colonial Williamsburg and
along a rural path that showcases nearly 40 small historic sites
and museums. Literally.
The Tidewater Virginia Historical Society – formerly known as
the Colonial Capital Branch of Preservation Virginia – is
building a History Museum Trail that starts in Williamsburg and
stretches throughout the Middle Peninsula, into the Northern
Neck. It links many of the museums and historic sites along
Virginia’s byways, encouraging visitors and residents to
experience more of the region’s rich history.
Physically the trail starts in Williamsburg. For the traveler,
though, the trail starts in front of a computer or on a smart
phone at www.tv-hs.org.
The History Museum Trail will feature an interactive web based
map (with mobile applications) with information about each
museum and historic site located within a short drive of
Williamsburg. This trail will include travel directions to get
seamlessly from one site to another, and places to lodge and eat
along the way.
first version of the trail’s web map is expected to be available
online this summer.
museum features unique collections with a local slate on their
area’s traditional culture and heritage, as well as how it
played into the overall growth of the state and country. Trail
visitors will also be able to search and choose to visit museums
that feature specific historical topics of interest, including
Civil War, African American, maritime and 18th
Century Anglican churches.
“The Tidewater Virginia Historical Society’s vision
to create a museum trail in the Middle Peninsula and Northern
Neck is an opportunity to showcase the region and contribute to
local economies,” said Virginia Del. Keith Hodges. “Through
sales, income and employment, the museum trail positions the
area for unprecedented growth.”
The Northern Neck and
Middle Peninsula are already destinations for many vacationers
utilizing the region’s vast natural resources to boat and play
along the Chesapeake Bay’s waters.
“We are very excited by this new opportunity for the museum to
expand our base of visitors,” said Middlesex County Museum and
Historical Society Board President Marilyn South.
The Middlesex County Museum &
Historical Society is located in Saluda, on the Middle
Peninsula, and is one of the stops along the trail. This small
museum covers more than 400 years of local history with expanded
exhibits featuring fossils and Indian artifacts, 19th Century
textiles and clothing, a 1930s country store, agricultural and
industrial tools, historical money, toys and medical
Middlesex exhibits also contain stories of the county’s past,
including our African American history, Civil War, Revolutionary
War, WWI and WWII eras, and tales of its most famous local
resident, Lt. Gen. "Chesty" Puller, the most decorated Marine in
U.S. Marine Corps history.
“It is only natural that we highlight the many
historical gems that lie waiting to be uncovered,” Hodges said.
“The economic growth, both direct and indirect will greatly
impact our region with very little capital outlay. The vision of
these of these dedicated volunteers will create a natural
roadmap to enable visitors to navigate our beautiful and
ABOUT THE TIDEWATER VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
Following 125 years of
service to the preservation of Virginia’s antiquities as the
Colonial Capital Branch of Preservation Virginia, the
Williamsburg based historical society is expanding its services
into the new organization of the Tidewater Virginia Historical
The society’s territory stretches from
east of the fall line, north to the Potomac River.
“The Board of Directors,
volunteers and partners of the society serve as promoters and
interpreters of history, archeology, preservation and cultural
heritage.” said Board member Forrest Morgan. The society works
to actively promote and partner with historical, archeological
and other like non-profit organizations such as the Middle
Peninsula’s Fairfield Foundation. The society is also planning
lectures, tours, educational programs and periodic social events
continuing the traditions of the Colonial Capital Branch..
Because of the society’s
history in preservation and historical education, its members
and partners will serve as a resource to other historic
societies looking for resources, speakers, guidance and
In addition to the History Museum Trail, the Tidewater Virginia
Historical Society is planning a public archaeology project.
Thanks to a partnership with the Fairfield Foundation and York
County, a new archaeological dig will kick off to explore a
former Carter’s Grove slave quarter in New Quarter Park. Details
about the project and how the public will be able to participate
will be available at a later date
about the Tidewater Virginia Historical Society at:
www.tv-hs.org. For more information, email
Renovated Ice Cream Parlor Will Be Dedicated to Frank M. Bailey,
Jr. on Kinsale Day, September 21st.
Kinsale’s old Ice Cream Parlor (which dates to 1922) will be
dedicated to the late Frank M. Bailey Jr. on Kinsale Day
(Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013).
Frank Bailey Jr. died
in July of 2000, but his
lives on in the
hearts of his friends
and family. We
he’s glad that Kinsale
continues to welcome
neighbors and to
share the stories of
We are dedicating this Waterways to his memory as well.
We know how proud Frank (a historian of note and one of the
founders of the Kinsale Foundation) would be to see how lively
and welcoming this historic building is looking these days. Like
Kinsale’s other grande dames of that vintage, she certainly
carries her years well.
Since fall of 2012, here
is what’s been happening:
Khajit Wyszynski created a
nice strong replacement window for the attic and did a quick
cosmetic fix on the porch.
The capacious attic has been
cleaned with Herculean effort.
Sharon Beninghove is still
sneezing and tied up in contortionist’s knots.
great space has been insulated and floored, as well.
Bevans Oyster’s carpenters Hub Haydon and Bobby Beale’s
backs (pictured left) will also NEVER be the same.
Bayside Electric rewired and installed brilliant new track
lights and dimmers.
Beauchamp (pictured right) mended ceiling holes, baseboards,
crown mouldings, and some walls. John and Gail Sigler
measured for, ordered and will hang new blinds in the 12
windows and on the doors, with some help on the cost from
task of Painting was taken on by David Butler, and his son
Michael Butler (pictured left as Mitchell Hackett looks
on)--the Butler's carrying on a family tradition of father
and son working together as David did with his Daddy for 20
French kisses for Kinsale! Drama about
LaSalle’s ill-fated final expedition filmed at White
LaSalle’s struggle is being captured in a 23-minute
drama for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in
Austin. Although, sadly, this footage will NOT be coming
soon to a theater near us, it should be worth a trip to
Texas after opening night in November 2014.
1684, on his way into the Gulf of Mexico to establish a
French colony at the elusive mouth of the Mississippi,
one of his four ships (St. François) was pursued and
purloined by a Spanish privateer. Another (L’Aimable)
ran aground, and a third (La Belle) was sunk by a severe
storm, a “blue norther,” in which she was insecurely
moored with a single anchor, according to Director of
Theaters, John Lewis. The fourth (the warship Le Joly)
returned safely to France. Well, sort of safely. Things
Did Not Go Well There, either, while the King’s men were
inquiring as to the fate of the rest of the expedition.
Although LaSalle claimed Louisiana for France, he didn’t
the Mississippi’s mouth, he didn’t capture any
mines, and only a tiny fraction of the
300 who left with him for the New World on this trip
lived to tell the tale. These included the young Talons,
who were held captive by Spanish forces for a number of
years after his men mutinied and shot LaSalle and his
nephew (along with his servant and native translator.)
White Point was chosen as a location to film because of
its quietude, the unspoiled land and waterscape, the
hospitality of the Redfearns and the proximity to D.C.
and Maryland. Cople District VFD offered exuberant
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store ledger shows purchases from 1817
AT RIGHT: One of
98 pdfs, representing a series of scans of the pages of an 1817
ledger from Peter Cox’s store in Kinsale. David Jett, curator of
Richmond and Essex County Museums, not only kindly channeled
this ledger to Kinsale Museum, but scanned it for us, too.
came to Richmond County Museum from Robert
S. Ryland (655
Fifteenth St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20005;
firstname.lastname@example.org), son of Warsaw
Charles Ryland. It was with a group of such records
gone by, the others being from Richmond County. The soft and
tattered brown suede cover and its binding are hanging together
with a few threads. The early months of what were probably also
1817 sales are covered by a melange of neatly stripped-in
printed articles and engravings. One date in the scrapbook
section is 1872 (on a poem in someone’s memory). About halfway
through, the ledger is no longer covered by the scrapbook
material. The top line on the first visible page is “Kinsale,
Wednesday, June 4, 1817, 145/17 9 ½.” The ledger continues past
Nov. 17, 1817 (there are three more pages with illegible dates).
David Jett also gave us a copy of An Over-the-Counter View of
Heathsville in the 1870s from the Bulletin of the Northumberland
Co. Historical Society, Vol. XLVIII-2011, by Thomas A. Wolf. It
addresses a similar ledger. This will stay with the Ryland
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of official Civil War records pertaining to the Northern Neck:
Below is a sample of info available on a CD containing
extracts from the official records of the War of the Rebellion
(Civil War), pertaining to the Northern Neck, as abstracted by
Ed White. Copies of the CD are available for $5 or at
RECORDS: Series 1, vol 46, Part 1 (Appomattox
549 Chapter LVIII. EXPEDITION INTO
WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VA.
MARCH 11-13, 1865.-Expedition from Fort Monroe into
Westmoreland County, Va., and skirmish (12th) near Warsaw, Va.
Report of Colonel Samuel H. Roberts, One hundred and thirtyninth
New York Infantry. HDQRS. THIRD Brigadier, THIRD DIV., 24TH ARMY
CORPS, ARMY GUN-BOAT.
CHAMBERLAIN, Point Lookout, Md., March
GENERAL: In my report of March 9* I had the honor
to state my intention of starting the next morning for the
Potomac and the vicinity of Coan River. The Northerner, being
too unwieldy for the service required, was exchanged for the
Massachusetts and the Pioneer. This change, together with the
coaling, delayed me until the 11th instant, at which date the
expedition again left Fortress Monroe at 8 a. m. We reached
Piney Point, just above the Saint Mary’s River, at dusk, and
waited there for the slower boats to
close up. It was my
intention to land at Machodoc Bay and march first on the village
of Montrose, but there being no place where troops could be
landed rapidly the plan was changed, and 5 a. m. the next day we
sailed up the Yeocomico River, and landed at Kinsale.
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Kinsale Day 2013 to highlight
Flashback: Kinsale Day 2012 focused
on helping Mother Nature
Kinsale Christmas is a Gift of Love
Christmas in Kinsale, December 7th,
2013, will be here before you can say "Jingle Bells!"
... continued in this
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