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This is an oil painting of Sir William Berkeley by Hariotte L.T. Montague. This painting was based on the work of England's Sir Peter Lely, a prominent portraitist in the seventeenth-century court who painted King Charles II, Oliver Cromwell, and…

This document is a proclamation written by King Charles I on January 6, 1630 (1631 by the New Style Calendar), in the hopes of regulating the tobacco trade between England and the British colonies. As the British presence in America grew, it swiftly…

This document shows that in 1708, Ann Walker was granted permission by the government to attend the church of her choice -- the Church of England. Prior to this Ann had experienced issues with her husband George, who was not a member of the Church of…

This engraving, attributed to Harry C. Mann, depicts the burning of Jamestown during Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676.Bacon’s Rebellion was named after its leader, Nathaniel Bacon, who was an outspoken opponent of Governor Sir William Berkeley. While…

This photograph depicts sections of the 3166th Quartermaster Service Company, Color Guard, and 3167th Quartermaster Service Company of Camp Hill as they marched down Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. They, along with Shipyard workers' floats, Camp…

On 6 May 1776, during the sixteenth year of the reign of King George III, assistant clerk Jacob Bruce made the last entry recorded in the official journals of the Virginia House of Burgesses, an assembly of elected representatives from Virginia that…

This document is a photograph of a monument erected on Jamestown Island in 1907. It recognizes the first meeting of the General Assembly of the Virginia colony, which met from July 30 to August 4, 1619 in a church building close to the monument’s…

During the Revolutionary War in 1781, an enslaved African American man named Billy, owned by John Tayloe, was indicted for "feloniously and traitorously" joining the British. He was captured and tried for treason, yet pled not guilty and testified…

Throughout much of the nineteenth century, wealthy women's involvement in the public sphere often involved religious or charitable work. During an era when governments provided few social programs, Virginia’s women founded orphanages and schools…

The Virginia Declaration of Rights was drafted by George Mason and later was adopted on June 12, 1776. The Virginia Declaration of Rights was written after the members of Virginia's fifth Revolutionary Convention voted in favor to prepare for a new…
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