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, 12-5 pm, and by Susan Brown on Wednesdays, 9:30am -2:30pm.
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.
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