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Governor McAuliffe Signs Deed to Transfer Fort Monroe Land to National Park Service

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed a deed that transfers land at Fort Monroe from the Commonwealth of Virginia to the National Park Service, solidifying Virginia’s commitment to turning the fort into a national monument for the enjoyment of tourists and history-buffs from all over the Commonwealth and country. 

The deed was signed in a public ceremony at the Main Gate of the Fort by Governor McAuliffe and Peggy O’Dell, the Deputy Director of the National Park Service. The document formally and legally finalizes the transfer of land at Fort Monroe from the Commonwealth of Virginia to the National Park Service.

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed a deed that transfers land at Fort Monroe from the Commonwealth of Virginia to the National Park Service, solidifying Virginia’s commitment to turning the fort into a national monument for the enjoyment of tourists and history-buffs from all over the Commonwealth and country

“Fort Monroe is a rich historical site that helps tell the story of our Commonwealth and our country,” said Governor McAuliffe. “By transferring this land to the National Park Service, we are creating the opportunity to enhance this great asset so that we can preserve our history and leverage it to draw greater tourism revenue and economic activity to the Peninsula. I am thrilled to sign this deed and help begin the next chapter in the history of Fort Monroe.”

The land transfer preserves a group of significant landmarks at Fort Monroe that highlight some of our nation’s most important events. Robert E. Lee lived at the Fort and helped design and construct the stone fortification. Jefferson Davis was imprisoned in a Fort casemate. Harriet Tubman spent time at the Fort after the Civil War, and Edgar Allen Poe was stationed there as a young soldier.

The Fort also tells the significant story of the beginning and the end of slavery in the United States. One such story includes three brave men — Frank Baker, James Townsend and Sheppard Mallory – who escaped enslavement and rowed a skiff to Old Point Comfort to seek asylum. General Benjamin Butler declared these men "contraband of war." This inspired tens of thousands of African Americans throughout the South to seek self-emancipation across Union lines.  This monument provides a unique opportunity to share this story with visitors from around the world.

The deed signing marks the culmination of years of hard work by state leaders, the City of Hampton, the National Park Service, the historic preservation community, the National Park Conservation Association and the Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park.

To learn more about Fort Monroe, visit http://www.nps.gov/fomr/index.htm.

Jamestown Rediscovery and Smithsonian Partner to Reveal Identities of Four Lost Founders of Early English America

A team of archaeologists and scientists from the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation at Historic Jamestowne and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History  has identified the remains of four men buried in a church discovered recently at Jamestown dating to 1608. This church is also where Pocahontas married John Rolfe. The identification of the men – The Rev. Robert Hunt, Captain Gabriel Archer, Sir Ferdinando Wainman, and Captain William West – reveals new information about the leaders of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent and successful English colony in America, and sheds new light on the role of religion in the colony. A team of archaeologists and scientists from the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation at Historic Jamestowne and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History  has identified the remains of four men buried in a church discovered recently at Jamestown dating to 1608. This church is also where Pocahontas married John Rolfe. The identification of the men – The Rev. Robert Hunt, Captain Gabriel Archer, Sir Ferdinando Wainman, and Captain William West – reveals new information about the leaders of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent and successful English colony in America, and sheds new light on the role of religion in the colony.

· The Reverend Robert Hunt was the first Anglican (Church of England) minister at Jamestown. He arrived with the first settlers and was responsible for providing religious services to the men as well as for preaching to local Indian peoples.

· Captain Gabriel Archer, a vociferous critic and rival of Captain John Smith, was one of the most important of the early leaders, involved in much of the in-fighting that characterized the colony’s first few years.  Resting on top of Archer’s coffin, the team discovered a small, silver box, which was found to contain shards of bone and a tiny lead ampulla that would have held holy water, oil, or even blood.  The presence of the reliquary, a sacred object normally (but not exclusively) associated with Catholicism may suggest Archer was a secret Catholic.  Alternatively, it is possible the object had significant meaning in the founding of the established church, the Church of England, in the New World.

· Sir Ferdinando Wainman was a kinsman of the governor, Lord De La Warr, and a high ranking officer who was appointed master of ordnance (artillery) and placed in charge of the colony’s horse troops. 

· Captain William West was also a relative of Lord De La Warr and was killed in fighting against elite Indian warriors in the fall or winter 1610.

“Other than in the graves of the wealthy and well-born, it is extremely rare to find artifacts in English burials of this period,” said Dr. William Kelso, Director of Archaeology at Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation.  “The presence of the artifacts and the location of the graves in the church’s most sacred space, the chancel, both indicate the high status of the four men and their importance to the early history of the Jamestown venture.” 

Archaeologists investigated the four burials in November 2013, and then joined with Smithsonian forensic anthropologist Douglas Owsley and his colleagues to determine the identities of the men. The research has been ongoing since.

“With the discovery of four burials in the chancel of the church, we looked forward to the challenge of identifying these individuals by name,” said Owsley, division head of physical anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History. “The skeletons of these men help fill out the stories of their lives and contribute to existing knowledge about the early years at Jamestown.”

Adopting multiple lines of evidence, including forensic analyses of the remains, rigorous examination of artifacts found in the graves, sophisticated CT scans, 3D-technology, and archival research, the names of four leaders were singled out from several dozen high status men who were present in the colony from 1608 through 1617 when the church fell into disrepair. 

“This is an extraordinary discovery, one of the most important of recent times,” said James Horn, President of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation. “These men were among the first founders of English America. They lived and died at a critical time in the history of the settlement – when Jamestown was on the brink of failure owing to food shortages, disease, and conflict with powerful local Indian peoples, the Powhatans.”  

Historic Jamestowne, the archaeology site where these discoveries were made, is open to the public and provides visitors with chances to talk to the archeologists who were part of this remarkable discovery and to learn more about the earliest days at Jamestown.

The Smithsonian’s 3D Digitization Program Office in collaboration with Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists conducted detailed scans of the burial sites. Users can download or interact with 3-D models of the chancel burial ground, the four graves and Archer’s silver box, look at a vast collection of high-resolution field photos and videos or take 360-degree tours of the site. This information is available on Jamestown Rediscovery’s site www.historicjamestowne.org.

Future research will involve genetic testing to learn more about the identities of the four men and to better understand the familial relationship between Wainman and West.  Further work is also underway to discover additional information about the men’s English backgrounds and experiences before arriving in Virginia, to learn more about the significance and sacred meaning of the silver box, and to explore Anglicanism and Catholicism in early Jamestown.

Several additional partners assisted in this process, including GE and Cornell University who generously provided access to their CT scanning facilities, expert staff, and imaging collaborator ZEISS Microscopy, and Micro Photonics who scanned and modeled the contents of the silver box.  Ancestry.com provided invaluable genealogical research support. 

Spend a lovely afternoon touring gorgeous new homes, viewing work from local artists, & enjoying complimentary wine & hors d’oeuvres!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Liz Moore & Associates and the Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery have teamed up to bring you Williamsburg’s first ever New Home + Art Tour on Sunday, July 26th from 1- 5 pm. Spend a lovely afternoon touring gorgeous new homes in Fords Colony viewing work by local artists, & enjoying complimentary wine & light hors d’oeuvres. Click here to download a map of participating properties.

 

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Class registration opens soon for Christopher Wren Association-2015

The Christopher Wren Association for Lifelong Learning has just released its fall 2015 catalogue of classes in advance of fall registration, which begins July 21.The Christopher Wren Association for Lifelong Learning has just released its fall 2015 catalogue of classes in advance of fall registration, which begins July 21.

CWA, a College of William &  Mary program was founded in 1991 by two retired educators, Wayne Kernodle from William and Mary and Ruth Kernodle from Christopher Newport University. In its first semester, enrollment was 105. Today, enrollment has increased to over 1400 members

There are over 100 courses from which to choose – with subjects ranging from Computer Labs/Lectures to Religion & Philosophy – to American History, Art, Music & Film. A typical class might be “The Music of Duke Ellington” or “Conversational Italian” – or it might be “The Holocaust from a Victim’s Perspective” or “Greenhouse Gas Emissions: how to eliminate and reduce them.” Actually, there is no typical class. The subjects are as unique as the instructors who teach them and the members who enroll. Courses are taught by volunteer instructors from William and Mary faculty, both current and emeritus, as well as instructors from the Association’s membership and the community at large. Additional offerings include the “Town and Gown” series of special guest lecturers and special event trips for an additional charge.

Registration for classes opens on July 21st, 2015. Admission is open to any adult who is able to take daytime classes, and tuition for a semester is $100. Interested parties can request a catalogue and register here.

Even though its membership is robust, CWA  is always looking for new members. Besides, who doesn’t want to keep up with current events, continue their personal growth, and have fun learning something new? Or, at the other end of the spectrum, impart wisdom from a successful career?

Learn more about the Christopher Wren Association for Lifelong Learning at http:// www.wm.edu/cwa/

Top Williamsburg VA Real Estate Brokers-June 2015

The numbers are in for June 2015 in the Williamsburg Virginia real estate market. . Year to date for 2015 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with over 16% of the market.

Not to brag but our company’s listings and sales were greater than  the combined listings and  sales of  six area real estate brokerages : KIngsmill Realty, Fords Colony Realty, REMAX Capital , Century 21 Nachman, Twiddy Realty & Coldwell Banker Traditions,  who were the 6th-10th place finishers in sales in the Williamsburg VA real estate market year to date in 2015

In second place is Long and Foster,  third place is William E Wood and Associates followed by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services ( previously Prudential)

 

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Note sales number above are from the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors (WAAR) MLS numbers,  It reflects sales for Residential real estate : (Single Family Detach, Attached/Condo/Townhome, Condo, Townhouse), Lots and Land: within the zip codes of 23188,23185 and 23168.

 

If you’re a Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA Home seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me a tJohn@MrWilliamsburg.com or call 757 254 8136 , and I can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

Read the latest Fords Colony newsletter for July 2015

Anyone considering a move to Williamsburg will find lots of valuable info for the Fords Colony community and Williamsburg VA. Explore the 52+ active clubs, see what’s happening below..

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STAR SPANGLED NIGHTS AT BUSCH GARDENS KICKS OFF FRIDAY WITH EXTENDED FIREWORKS

– Busch Gardens® celebrates America with a bang during a patriotic summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights, every Friday, Saturday and  Sunday, July 3 through Sept. 6, 2015. Guests can enjoy patriotic themes throughout the park during the day. The sky lights up at night with fireworks choreographed to a moving original soundscape. Unique merchandise and culinary offerings blend seamlessly with rich musical traditions, creating a fun red, white and blue event that can only be found at Busch Gardens.

This Friday and Saturday, guests will enjoy an extended fireworks show in honor of the July 4 weekend.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg® celebrates America with a bang during a patriotic summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights, every Friday, Saturday and  Sunday, July 3 through Sept. 6, 2015.

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