A Free and Independent State

Now, therefore, we, the people of Virginia, do declare and ordain that the Ordinance adopted by the people of this State in Convention, on the twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and all acts […]

Briery Church, Prince Edward County

OLD BRIERY CHURCH Just to the north stands Briery Church, organized in 1755 following the missionary work of Presbyterian minister Samuel Davies. The first church was built about 1760 and was replaced in 1824. The present gothic revival church was built about 1855 to designs of Robert Lewis Dabney. Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, 1971 Briery […]

A Pure and Dignified Society

Something of the old Scotch and English manners are still perceptible among the people in this part of Virginia; and there are bits of dialect and phrase which show how little the communities have been affected during the last century by the influences which have so transformed the populations of other sections of America. While […]

Corpse and Quioccos

The Indians are religious in preserving the Corpses of their Kings and Rulers after Death, which they order in the following manner: First, they neatly flay off the Skin as entire as they can, slitting it only in the Back; then they pick all the Flesh off from the Bones as clean as possible, leaving […]

Newes from Virginia

Nevves from Virginia. The lost Flocke Triumphant. With the happy Arriuall of that famous and worthy knight Sr. Thomas Gates: and the well reputed & valiant Captaine Mr. Chri- ſtopher Newporte, and others, into England. With the maner of their diſtreſſe in the Iland of Deuils (otherwise called Bermoothawes) where they remained 42. weekes, & […]

Egyptian Building

Designed by noted Greek Revival architect Thomas S. Stewart of Philadelphia, the Egyptian Building is one of the finest examples of the rare “Egyptian Revival” style. The building was the first permanent home of the Medical Department of Hampden-Sydney College, which later became the Medical College of Virginia. The Egyptian Building has been in continuous […]

Mary Aggie and Benefit of Clergy in Virginia

Miserere mei, Deus, secundum magnam misericordiam tuam; et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam. Psalmus 50. iii. LAWS OF VIRGINIA, MAY 1732−−5th & 6th GEORGE II. CHAP. VII. An Act for settling some doubts and differences of opinion, in relation to the benefit of Clergy; for allowing the same to Women; and taking away […]

Mary Aggie

In one of these Courts, in January last, a Negro woman Slave was tryed for stealing; and as I knew her to be a Christian (for not long before she had, upon some pretence, I forget what, sued for her Freedom in the General Court, where she was examined touching her Faith of which she […]

An Ideal Man

A few words of explanation seem necessary. I was a sophomore at Washington College during the session of 1860-61. On the breaking out of hostilities at Charleston in the spring, or, rather, when the secession of Virginia became inevitable, the college was converted into a military school and the students, with some of the professors, […]

A Cold-Blooded Set

While our citizens were collecting the bodies of the Confederate dead the Federal Government was engaged in the same work and some three hundred Federal dead in our county were removed to the National Cemetery at Winchester. These men were buried in many places, often in the neglected spots where they had fallen in battle. […]

Virginia, See, Thy Governor Appears!

Recitative. VIRGINIA, see, thy GOVERNOR appears! The peaceful olive in his brow he wears! Sound the shrill trumpets, beat the rattling drums; From Great Britannia’s isle his Lordship comes. Bid Echo from the waving woods arise. And joyful acclamations reach the skies; Let the loud organs join their tuneful roar, And bellowing cannons rend the […]