Huguenots began coming to Virginia as early as 1620. In 1700-1701, five ships arrived at the mouth of the James River, then the York and the Rappahannock rivers, east of present-day Richmond, Virginia. French Huguenots, having fled religious persecution, had lived in England and Ireland and done military services for King William. They were granted lands in the New World for a permanent home where they had the freedom to worship as they pleased. West of Richmond, many founded a colony on the site of a village deserted by the Monacan Indians. This is a society of the descendants of that colony and French Protestants who came to Virginia before 1786 [see history of the society]. The society headquarters and library are located beside the Manakin Episcopal Church on the original King William Parish glebe land in Manakintown. The society convenes for a National Assembly annually (usually in June). For information on membership and branches, contact us by e-mail at manakintown AT yahoo.com.
Pictures from the 83rd General Assembly, 2014, in Fredericksburg, VA.
The next General Assembly of the society will be held June 18-20, 2015 in Richmond, VA.
The next meeting of the Virginia Branch will be at headquarters on March 28, 2014. A Monacan Indian/historian will be speaking about the Monacan Indians whose deserted village served as first homes for the Huguenots coming to Manakintown. For more details as they develop, call headquarters at 804-794-5702.
The Founders' Day Festival at the Manakin Episcopal Church will feature Family Life in the 1850s & 1860s. It will be on Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10-4. There will be Civil War reenactors, children's arts, crafts, and games, a children's program focused on the Civil War (10). talks on Civil War Years in the area (11), bluegrass music and stories (12), a talk on the beginnings of the black church in America (1), quilts of the 1850s and 60s (2), and a talk on the role of the Episcopal church in the 1850s and 60s (3). The old church and the Headquarters Library will be open for visitors from noon until 2. All are invited!
Full index to The Huguenot magazine on our site.
Huguenot Christmas ornament available from the Oklahoma branch.
"The Huguenot World of Young Jefferson"," Ann Woodlief, 2011.
a trip to Williamsburg and curious about the role of the Huguenots there? This
is a "hidden" history, now visible in Carol Cason and Ann Woodlief's
A Guide to Huguenot Williamsburg, an illustrated booklet now
available for sale from our library giftshop.
Going to France? Or would you like to search Huguenot resources there? Check out this listing of Protestant Museums and their websites.
The original 1704 land grant for ten thousand acres