Happy Thanksgiving

FIRST ENGLISH THANKSGIVING IN VIRGINIA (NOT IN MASSACHUSETTS)

“On 4 Dec. 1619, Captain John Woodlef, a member of the Virginia Company, arrived aboard the ship Margaret, with 35 men to take charge of the Berkley Hundred. An experienced former Jamestown settler, he became Berkley’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 the directive as the first English Thanksgiving in North America with an annual reenactment at nearby Berkeley Plantation.”

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