The Huguenot Society

of the

Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia

History of Virginia Huguenots and the Society

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. At present, the library is open and staffed: by Bryan Godfry on Sundays, 1-5 pm, and by Susan Brown on Wednesdays, 9 am -3 pm.

The 2019 General Assembly will meet in Richmond, VA on July 19-21, 2019. The spring meeting of the Virginia branch will be at headquarters on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Contact us at if you wish to attend and we will send registration information.

Special Notice: A great trip to Huguenot sites in France is now planned for October but you must put down a deposit by December 10th! Check it out at Huguenot Trip 2019.

Entrance to Manakin property and old church
Entrance and Old Church

Highlights of the site

National officers, 2017-2019.

Full index to The Huguenot magazine on our site.

Society Military Roll of Honor.

"The Huguenot World of Young Jefferson", Ann Woodlief, 2011.

Going to France? Or would you like to search Huguenot resources there? Check out this listing of Protestant Museums and their websites.

French Origins of Virginia/Manakin Huguenots

The original 1704 land grant for ten thousand acres

James L. Bugg, Jr., "The French Huguenot Frontier Settlement of Manakin Town"

Photo Album of Huguenot Church and Monument

Check out the branch sites for Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Reviews of books on the Huguenots