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Today at Jamestown Settlement, the story of the people who founded Jamestown and of the Virginia Indians they encountered is told through film, gallery exhibits and living history. New gallery exhibits and a new introductory film trace Jamestown's beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony and describe the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans and Africans who converged in 1600s Virginia. Outdoors, visitors can board replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, explore life-size re-creations of the colonists' fort and a Powhatan village, and tour a riverfront discovery area to learn about European, Powhatan and African economic activities associated with water. In the outdoor areas, costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in the early 17th century.

Jamestown Settlement
 2218 Jamestown Road,  Route 31 S.,
Williamsburg,   VA   23185



 Yorktown Victory Center indoor exhibition galleries recount the war�s effect on 10 ordinary men and women who witnessed the Revolutionary War, highlight the roles of different nationalities in the Siege of Yorktown and explore the story of the Betsy and other British ships lost in the York River during the war. Exhibits also describe experiences of ordinary soldiers, Yorktown�s importance as an 18th-century port and the development of a new government with the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Outdoors, visitors can explore a re-created Continental Army encampment, where historical interpreters describe and depict daily life of American soldiers at the end of the war. A re-created 1780s farm, complete with a house, kitchen, tobacco barn, crop fields, and herb and vegetable garden, shows how many Americans lived in the decade following the Revolutionary War.

Yorktown Victory Center
260 Water Street,  Route 1020,
Yorktown,  VA  23690



The Frontier Culture Museum is pleased to announce their new Educational Programs. The Museum will be offering programs to suit the needs of all ages, from kindergarten to college!   Each educational program is designed to complement the learning that happens inside the classroom. All of the programs incorporate the Virginia Standards of Learning.

    * From Germany to the Valley   * From Ireland to the Valley   * Frontier Settlement to Farmstead: Becoming an American Farmer
    * Logs & Rakes, Rails & Shakes: Working with Wood and Iron   * "First, Catch your Hare": Historic Foodays on the Farms
    * Early to Rise: The Life of an Historic Farmer   * People on the Move: Immigrants to America       * The Thread That Binds: Flax and Wool Processing

Frontier Culture Museum

1290 Richmond Road
Staunton, Va  24401


Belle Grove History

The History of Belle Grove begins with the German immigration into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In 1732, Jost Hite with his partner Robert McKay and 16 families, journeyed to the northern Valley to settle on 140,000 acres obtained in two land grants. Isaac Hite Jr, grandson of Jost Hite attended William and Mary College and served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. In 1783, his father gave him and his bride Nelly Conway Madison, sister of a future President of the United States, the 483 acres on which Belle Grove house was later built. In 1794, construction began, and was completed in 1797. The grand mansion was built with limestone quarried on the property, and faced the Valley Pike to display the owners social and financial status.  

Ann Tunstall Maury

After the death of Nelly in 1802, Major Hite married Ann Tunstall Maury, with whom he had ten children in addition to the three born to the Nelly. Twelve of these children lived to adulthood. In 1815, as the family grew, an addition was made at the west end of the original house to finish-out the one-hundred-foot facade as it stands today. The grain and livestock plantation continued to grow until Major Hite controlled 7500 acres of land with 103 slave workers. Hite also owned a general store, a grist-mill, a saw-mill and a distillery. He died in 1836, and nine years after Ann’s death in 1851, Belle Grove was sold out of the family. By the start of the Civil War in 1861, Belle Grove no longer existed as it had during the Hite era. There was a succession of owners before the Brumback family bought what remained of the farm in 1907, and then Francis Welles Hunnewell purchased Belle Grove from the Brumbacks in 1929. Much is owed to the thoughtful preservation efforts of these 20th century owners.

Belle Grove Plantation
336 Belle Grove Road
P. O. Box 537
Middletown, Virginia 22645

Phone: (540) 869-2028


Battle of Fredericksburg The December 13, 1862 battle is known as General Robert E. Lee�s easiest victory. A five- mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to the key spots on the battlefield. Click here to read more about visiting the battlefield and click here to read more about the battle. Among the sites on the battlefield is Chatham Manor.

Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center
1013 Lafayette Boulevard
Fredericksburg, Va  22401
(540) 373-6122




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