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 Godfrey on Sundays, 1-5 pm, and by Susan Brown on Wednesdays, 9 am -3 pm, weather permitting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend and we will send registration information.
Full index to The Huguenot magazine on our site.
"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