“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.”
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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
- Getting ready to “land” at the plantation.. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving…
The First Thanksgiving