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.
The 87th General Assembly will meet in Knoxville, TN on July 12-14, 2018. The Virginia Branch will meet at headquarters on October 14, 2017, and welcomes visitors (but please register with us by our manakin e-mail by Oct. 7).
Join us on Facebook! Our public site is Manakin Huguenot Society; our site for members (contact us by email to join) is Manakin Huguenots.
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