Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The First Thanksgiving

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“On December 4, 1619 settlers stepped ashore at Berkeley Hundred along the James River and, in accordance with the proprietor's instruction that "the day of our ship's arrival ... shall be yearly and perpetually kept as a day of thanksgiving," celebrated the first official Thanksgiving Day.

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims held a celebration to give thanks to God for his bounty and blessings. This occasion was the origin of the traditional Thanksgiving as we know it today.”

Read More:: Jamestown and Plymouth: Compare and Contrast

The James River as seen from the Berkeley Plantation…


Berkeley Plantation was originally called Berkeley Hundred and named after the Berkeley Company of England. ….

Among the many American "firsts" that occurred at Berkeley Plantation are:

  • The first official Thanksgiving: 4 December 1619
  • The first bourbon whiskey distilled: 1621, by George Thorpe, an Episcopal priest.
  • First time Army bugle call "Taps" played: July 1862, by bugler Oliver W. Norton; the melody was written at Harrison's Landing, the plantation's old wharf, by Norton and then General Daniel Butterfield Read More
  • DSC_0140 Getting ready to “land” at the plantation.. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving…

The First Thanksgiving


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We were just talking about our visit there a couple of summers ago. Happy Thanksgiving to both of you.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Joe!

TONY LETTS said...

Enjoy - enjoy!

Snowbrush said...

Gee, didn't they all starve at Jamestown, that is the ones who didn't go mad eating Jamestown Weed (now called Jimson Weed?" And didn't they resort to cannibalizing corpses, ad killing one another in disputes, and mistreating the Indians who (surprise, surprise) got tired of it and attacked them? My memory is rusty, but I can see how those other guys' Thanksgiving is the one that got remembered.

Joe Todd said...

Snow.. May 2nd 2013 Archaeologists revealed Wednesday their analysis of 17th century skeletal remains suggesting that settlers practiced cannibalism to survive. Had a chance to see the skeleton in the museum

A Colorful World said...

Thank you for this wonderful and very accurate historic post! I loved it! So many people don't know about this or just could care less! You sailed to Berkeley!? How wonderful!!!!