Category Archives: Virginia

A Visit to Pocahontas 400; An English Commemoration of Her Death and Interment

By Governor Scarlett Gathings Stahl As Pocahontas was my tenth great grandmother, I was invited by Reverend Canon Chris Stone of St Georges Church in Gravesend, England to attend the March 21, 2017 commemoration of her death and interment in the … Continue reading

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Our Winter Meeting: A Celebration of the Life of Pocahontas

Governor Scarlett Stahl convened our 2017 Winter Meeting in post-deluge Los Angeles on February 18. Nineteen members and guests met to exchange greetings, enjoy fellowship and celebrate the life of Pocahontas. We began with Dr. Jessica Stern’s engaging and informative presentation … Continue reading

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Jamestown in Winter

It’s been a tough weather week in Historic Jamestown. We here show a You Tube video of  Jamestown in Winter shot from a drone by the Jamestown Rediscovery staff. This makes us appreciate our California weather, no matter the current rains. Note how … Continue reading

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Our February 18 Winter Meeting in Los Angeles Will Celebrate Pocahontas’ Life

A Message from Governor Scarlett Stahl: We will next meet on Saturday, February 18 in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of Pocahontas. She was my tenth great-grandmother and the ancestor I chose to join Jamestowne Society with. I have made … Continue reading

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Our Fall 2016 Meeting Had a Romantic Twist

Governor Scarlett Stahl convened First California Company’s fall 2016 meeting on November 12 at Knotts Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park with 27 members, friends and guests attending. All officers and councilors were present, with the exception of Treasurer Suzanne … Continue reading

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Our Fall Meeting: November 12 in Buena Park

Our 2016 Fall Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 12 at Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, La Palma Room, First Floor, 7675 Crescent Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620. We will convene at 11:30 AM to give you an opportunity to renew old and … Continue reading

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Sweet Virginia Tobacco

By Jim Shepherd When the first settlers came to Virginia in 1607, their main problem was food; the 1609-10 winter was known as the Starving Times. They had trouble trading with the local Indian tribes for food. It is not … Continue reading

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John Smith’s Remembrance of an Unexpectedly Merry Christmas

The Little Ice Age made early 17th century winters very difficult in England, but especially in Virginia. Unlike our days of rain, and chill, the Thames and James would freeze over in those days, so this reprinted account of Remembering Capt. John Smith’s … Continue reading

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Exciting New Discoveries at Historic Jamestown

With a video, Jamestown Rediscovery and the Smithsonian Institution today announced the discovery and examination of the graves of four of the colony’s earliest founders in the excavation of the chancel the 1608 church at Historic Jamestown (the site of the Pocahontas/Rolfe … Continue reading

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Report on Our May 30 Annual Meeting

A Message from Governor Donna Derrick: Thirty-Three members, prospective members, and guests gathered on May 30, 2015 for First California Company’s Annual Meeting at the La Gran Terraza Dining Room in Hahn University Center at the University of San Diego. … Continue reading

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Kareene Wood is Honored by the Library of Virginia

Karenne Wood, who delivered an engaging presentation at our commemoration of the 400th wedding anniversary of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, is among eight Virginia women recognized by the Library of Virginia as part of its 2015 Virginia Women in History program. Ms. … Continue reading

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A New Book on Jamestown: The Latest Captain John Smith Biography

Captain John Smith’s iconic shadow still falls over Jamestown 400+ years after his 34-month sojourn in helping to found it. That specter is replete with mythology about a certain prepubescent Powhatan girl, disciplining settlers and facing down indigenous chieftains. A new and … Continue reading

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