From all of us at the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia

 Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving...

 First Thanksgiving

ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1619, a group of 38 English colonists headed by Captain John Woodlief sailed from England aboard the Margaret. They landed at Berkeley Hundred 10 weeks later. The settlers were sent by the London Company; it owned thousands of acres in the area, and settled and supported Berkeley Plantation.

"We ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God." 

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Photograph above is used with permission from Berkeley Plantation, 12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City, VA 23030