61st Germanna Foundation 4-Day Reunion (ALL EVENTS)

Thu, July 12 2018, 11:00 AM - Sun, July 15 2018, 4:00 PM [EST]

2062 Germanna Hwy, Locust Grove, VA, United States

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Thu, July 12 2018, 11:00 AM - Sun, July 15 2018, 4:00 PM [EST]

About the Events

Germanna Foundation's 61st Reunion: July 12-15, 2018

Every summer people from all over the country who trace their family roots back to the original German colonists who came to America in the early 1700s to settle at Fort Germanna and the surrounding area in Virginia gather for a fun four-day reunion held by the Germanna Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring the Colonial Virginia frontier via the historic 1714 Fort Germanna and its German colonists and their descendants. It is located at the Fort Germanna Visitor Center on Germanna Highway (Route 3) in Locust Grove, VA.

2018 Reunion Events include:

Thursday, July 12

Registration Open House

Drop by the Brawdus Martin Fort Germanna Visitor Center to pick up your registration materials. While you are here, take this opportunity to hike the trails, browse the library, and check out the interpretive display.

Fort Germanna / Enchanted Castle Archaeological Site Open House

Germanna Foundation Staff Archaeologist Dr. Eric Larsen, summer intern staff, and Virginia Commonwealth University Field School students will be on hand to lead informal site tours showcasing their seasonal work. Will they #FindtheFort?

Clore Family Gathering

An informal get together for Clore descendants will once again be hosted by Skip and Joy Poole at their home in Lake of the Woods.

Fishback/Rector Family Gathering

An informal get together for Fishback and Rector descendants will be hosted by Fran Rowell in Culpeper.

Friday, July 13

Choose one of three Germanna Heritage Tours: First Colony, Second Colony or Frontier Culture Museum

First Colony Tour

First stop on this tour will be where it all began for the First Colony at the Fort Germanna site with Archaeologist, Eric Larsen. The question as to why the 1714 immigrants were brought here will be answered by your Trustee Tour Guide, Barbara Price. We will follow the road that our ancestors took to Germantown, then on to Elk Run Church with our host, Ed Dandar. Elk Run Church was the local parish church that our ancestors were required to attend and in close proximity to Germantown. As we meander south, we will be met by a local historian in the town of Jeffersonton, the site of the Little Fork Colony, and end our tour at the historic Little Fork Church with not only ties to Germanna, but also to Lady Butler Brayne Spotswood Thompson and Salubria.

Second Colony Tour

Join your guide, Trustee Stephen Chanko, for a tour to Second Colony territory in Madison County, Virginia. Drive through some of the prettiest spots in the Robinson River Valley and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains as the tour takes you past the early land patents. Enjoy a leisurely visit at historic Hebron Lutheran Church. By popular request, a delicious family-style lunch at Graves Mountain Lodge is planned.

Frontier Culture Museum Tour

Travel to the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia at Staunton with its former Director of Research and Collections (Germanna Trustee Katharine Brown) as guide. At this living history outdoor museum, you will visit original, authentic 18th century farmhouses brought from the European cultures that settled the colonial American frontier: England, Germany, and Ireland, see reproductions of African and Native American settlements, and see original Virginia farm houses as those cultures blended in the early 19th century. You will experience how YOUR Germanna ancestors lived in Germany and in America. Special emphasis will be placed on the German farm from the Palatinate, not far from villages from which Germanna settlers emigrated.

Banquet & Auction

The Annual Banquet is the main social event of the reunion weekend. After a day of touring outdoors, join us in air-conditioned comfort overlooking Lake of the Woods. Begin the evening enjoying the social hour with cash bar followed by a buffet dinner. Bid on a variety of items during the silent and live auctions.

Saturday, July 14

Kids Colonial Camp (ages 6-12)

Before you go to the Historical & Genealogical Conference, drop your children or grandchildren ages 6-12 off at the Fort Germanna Visitor Center for a fun day of activities provided by the staff of Camp Flintlock. Kids will spend the day participating in Colonial games and other period activities. Camp Flintlock will provide a Colonial Store where you and your children may shop for souvenirs at the end of the session.

Historical & Genealogical Conference

A full schedule of informative lectures takes place the Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper, VA. Between conference sessions, browse and shop the many vendor booths at the Vendor Hall. 8:30 am. Coffee and donuts start the day and a box lunch is included in the conference fee. Enjoy meeting people interested in history and genealogy from around the local area as well as from across the country.

Conference Sessions:

• Ashley Abruzzo, Journey to the Land of Lincoln: Germanna Settlers in Illinois

As Illinois celebrates its bicentennial, Illinois native Ashley Abruzzo will present on the various Germanna families who settled there. With assistance from Germanna descendants, she has collected family histories and images to narrate the lives of these settlers. Where in Illinois did they live? Did any serve in the military? What were their occupations? Did they rub elbows with any famous politicians? All that and more.

• John Blankenbaker, Germanna Short Stories

Through a series of short stories, our Germanna people are presented in novel ways. Still we will see that they are much like the people you know today. They weren’t always angels and model citizens and they came from varied backgrounds. Some of the stories have humorous elements while some have their tragic moments. An entertaining and educational presentation.

• Glenn Cress, Interpreting DNA Test Results

Your DNA test results includes the names of others (who have tested) who match with your DNA. These names may include close relatives as well as distant cousins. Vendors provide only estimates of the actual relationships. The main focus of this presentation is to review some of the techniques/tools that can be applied to help analyze/interpret your DNA test results for y-DNA, mt-DNA, and at-DNA.

• Kevin Duffus, Blackbeard’s Last Battle

The notorious pirate Blackbeard stands among the best-known figures of early colonial American history, yet no one still knows who he really was. To this day, his identity, his origins, and his motivations for committing acts of piracy remain in contention. Did he hail from England, Jamaica, or the Carolinas? Was his surname Teach, or Thatch, or something else entirely? Was he an undistinguished common sailor suddenly thrust into command of a pirate ship? Was he a former Royal Navy sailor and an aristocratic, Anglican slave-owning planter who inexplicably turned Jacobite and pirate? Or was he a mariner on a salvage mission lured to piracy by a mob of looters, and who later became a pawn in an attempted political coup in proprietary North Carolina? These conflicting interpretations have provoked hostile debate. At stake are the credibilities of monolithic institutions and museums, the reputations of researchers and authors, the financial stakes of publishers, and the future of a popular historical narrative. History carved in stone is never easily disconfirmed, especially when history’s icons have been sculpted and burnished by centuries of myth and folklore. For more than 45 years, award-winning research historian Kevin Duffus has followed the wake of the notorious pirate’s journey through history. Along the way he has discovered significant clues and pivotal waypoints in the Blackbeard records that point to a startling conclusion—one that many scholars do not want the public to know.

• Carole Nash, Area Native Americans

Learn about Native Americans of the Germanna settlement area from one of our Germanna cousins, Madison County native and Carpenter descendant Dr. Carole L. Nash of James Madison University. Dr. Nash is well known in the Virginia archaeological community and has spent her career studying the Native Americans of western Virginia.

EVENING DINNER:

Germanna Oktoberfest and Pirate Fun

Put on your dirndl and lederhosen or your best pirate gear and head to the grounds of historic Salubria for this casual, family friendly dinner. Celebrate our German heritage and partake of some pirate fun. Tour the mansion during the pre-dinner cocktail hour. Back by popular demand, traditional Oktoberfest fare catered by Bavarian Chef is on the menu. Schmeckt so gut! Sample Blackbeard’s punch if ye dare! After dinner enjoy entertainment provided by the Low’n’Brows, a local German band.

Sunday, July 15

Worship Service at Hebron Church followed by Lunch

Join fellow descendants and current members of the congregation for a meaningful worship service at historic Hebron Lutheran Church. Lunch will be provided following the service by the women of the congregation.

Living History

Our favorite historical re-enactor, Dennis Loba, and his cohorts are in the midst of planning a display just for us. How will they top the 2016 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe encampment? What will they have in store for us in 2018?

Cancellation policy

Sorry, no cancellation refunds after June 25, 2018. 

Event Location

About the Organizer

The Germanna Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring the Colonial Virginia frontier via the historic 1714 Fort Germanna and its German colonists and their descendants. It is located at the Fort Germanna Visitor Center In Locust Grove, VA, between Fredericksburg and Culpeper. Behind the Visitor Center is our 170-acre Siegen Forest nature and hiking trails along the Rapidan River. The Foundation conducts archaeological exploration and conservation, genealogical research and publishing, and historic preservation and interpretation. Its Archaeology Program, run by a professional archaeologist and his team of archaeology student interns, conducts digs during the summer at the original Fort Germanna site seeking to locate remains of the actual five-sided fort and its walls. They also study the remains of Alexander Spotswood's "Enchanted Castle" on the same site. The Germanna Foundation owns and maintains several historic sites and properties, such as Salubria Manor, that were part of or closely connected to the Germanna colonies, the town of Germanna, and the other early colonial Virginia settlements and towns in the Piedmont area of Virginia. For more information about the Foundation, go to its website: GERMANNA.org.

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Event Speakers

Ashley Abruzzo

Historian, Germanna Membership Manager

http://germanna.org
John Blankenbaker

Genealogist and Historian

Glenn Cress

DNA Expert

Kevin Duffus

Award-winning Research Historian

http://www.kevinduffus.com/about/
Carole Nash, PhD

Assoc. Professor, James Madison University

https://www.jmu.edu/isat/people/faculty/nash-carole.shtml
Katharine Brown, PhD

Germanna Foundation Trustee

Barb Price

Germanna Foundation Trustee

Stephen Chanko

Germanna Foundation Trustee

Event Sponsors

Event Schedule

  • July 12, 2018
  • July 13, 2018
  • July 14, 2018
  • July 15, 2018
11:00 AM
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03:00 PM
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Registration Open House

Fort Germanna Visitor Center, 2062 Germanna Hwy (Route 3), Locust Grove, VA

Drop by the Brawdus Martin Fort Germanna Visitor Center to pick up your registration materials. While you are here, take this opportunity to hike the trails, browse the library, and check out the interpretive display. Please note: The Germanna Foundation Visitor Center will be closing early, at 3:00 pm on this date.

12:00 PM
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04:00 PM
Track : A

Fort Germanna / Enchanted Castle Archaeological Site Open House

Fort Germanna / Enchanted Castle Site, Gordon Farm Road, Locust Grove, VA

Drive across Germanna Hwy (Route 3) to explore the Fort Germanna / Enchanted Castle site. Germanna Foundation Staff Archaeologist Dr. Eric Larsen, summer intern staff, and Virginia Commonwealth University Field School students will be on hand to lead informal site tours showcasing their seasonal work. Will they #FindtheFort? Closed toe shoes are required. Other protective gear and bug spray are highly recommended. Beware of chiggers, ticks, snakes, and poison ivy. Directions will be available at the Visitor Center during Registration.

02:00 PM
to
04:00 PM
Track : A

Clore Family Gathering

262 Washington Street, Locust Grove, VA

An informal get together for Clore descendants will once again be hosted by Skip and Joy Poole at their home in Lake of the Woods. Directions will be available at the Visitor Center during Registration.

03:30 PM
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05:00 PM
Track : A

Fishback/Rector Family Gathering

Culpeper Location TBD

An informal get together for Fishback and Rector descendants will be hosted by Fran Rowell. Directions will be available at the Visitor Center during Registration.

05:00 PM
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07:00 PM
Track : A

Board of Trustees Reception by Invitation

Fort Germanna Visitor Center, 2062 Germanna Hwy (Route 3), Locust Grove, VA

This invitation-only event serves as a Thank You from the Board of Trustees to our most generous supporters and volunteers, and to introduce local officials to Germanna. All donors at the Explorer giving level ($500 per year) and above will receive personal invitations.

07:45 AM
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04:00 PM
Track : A

HERITAGE TOUR: Frontier Culture Museum Tour

Katharine Brown, PhD

Depart/Return at Best Western Culpeper, 791 Madison Road, Culpeper, VA

Travel to the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia at Staunton with its former Director of Research and Collections (Germanna Trustee Katharine Brown) as guide. At this living history outdoor museum, you will visit original, authentic 18th century farmhouses brought from the European cultures that settled the colonial American frontier: England, Germany, and Ireland, see reproductions of African and Native American settlements, and see original Virginia farm houses as those cultures blended in the early 19th century. You will experience how YOUR Germanna ancestors lived in Germany and in America. Special emphasis will be placed on the German farm from the Palatinate, not far from villages from which Germanna settlers emigrated. Total amount of walking in the day is about ¾ of a mile. A few golf carts are available for those with some walking difficulty. Box lunch and museum admission are included. Please visit wwwfrontiermuseum.org before registering for this tour.

09:00 AM
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04:00 PM
Track : A

HERITAGE TOUR: First Colony Tour

Barb Price

Depart/Return at Best Western Culpeper, 791 Madison Road, Culpeper, VA

First stop on this tour will be where it all began for the First Colony at the Fort Germanna site with Archaeologist, Eric Larsen. The question as to why the 1714 immigrants were brought here will be answered by your Trustee Tour Guide, Barbara Price. We will follow the road that our ancestors took to Germantown, then on to Elk Run Church with our host, Ed Dandar. Elk Run Church was the local parish church that our ancestors were required to attend and in close proximity to Germantown. As we meander south, we will be met by a local historian in the town of Jeffersonton, the site of the Little Fork Colony, and end our tour at the historic Little Fork Church with not only ties to Germanna, but also to Lady Butler Brayne Spotswood Thompson and Salubria. Up to a mile of walking will be required on dirt roads and uneven ground, so please wear sturdy shoes. Be mindful of poison ivy, mosquitos, chiggers, ticks and, possibly, snakes at the Fort Germanna site. Bug spray is recommended. Box lunch included.

Track : B

HERITAGE TOUR: Second Colony Tour

Stephen Chanko

Depart/Return at Best Western Culpeper, 791 Madison Road, Culpeper, VA

Join your guide, Trustee Stephen Chanko, for a tour to Second Colony territory in Madison County, Virginia. Drive through some of the prettiest spots in the Robinson River Valley and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains as the tour takes you past the early land patents. Enjoy a leisurely visit at historic Hebron Lutheran Church. By popular request, a delicious family-style lunch at Graves Mountain Lodge is planned. Additional stops to be determined.

10:00 AM
to
02:00 PM
Track : A

Photo and Document Scanning

Fort Germanna Visitor Center, 2062 Germanna Hwy (Route 3), Locust Grove, VA

Photo and document scanning will be available in the Fort Germanna Visitor Center library on Friday for those not taking a tour. Do you have antique family photos, family bible records, or documents relating to your Germanna descended ancestors? Want to share them with the Germanna Foundation but don’t have the equipment to scan them? A volunteer will be available to scan them for you. Note: This service will also be available at the Daniel Center during the Saturday Conference.

06:00 PM
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10:00 PM
Track : A

Banquet & Auction

Lake of the Woods Clubhouse, 205 Lakeview Parkway, Locust Grove, VA

The Annual Banquet is the main social event of the reunion weekend. After a day of touring outdoors, join us in air-conditioned comfort overlooking Lake of the Woods. Begin the evening enjoying the social hour with cash bar followed by a buffet dinner. Bid on a variety of items during the silent and live auctions.

08:00 AM
to
04:00 PM
Track : A

Kids Colonial Camp (ages 6-12)

Fort Germanna Visitor Center, 2062 Germanna Hwy (Route 3), Locust Grove, VA

Drop your children or grandchildren ages 6-12 off at the Fort Germanna Visitor Center for a fun day of activities provided by the staff of Camp Flintlock. Kids will spend the day participating in Colonial games and other period activities. Camp Flintlock will provide a Colonial Store where you and your children may shop for souvenirs at the end of the session. Please dress your children appropriately for the weather in clothes and closed toe shoes that may get dirty. A waiver form must be signed upon drop off in the morning if not completed before. Prompt pick-up at the end of the session is expected.

08:30 AM
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03:30 PM
Track : A

Historical & Genealogical Conferences

Germanna Community College, Daniel Technology Center 18121 Technology Drive, Culpeper, VA

Start the day with coffee & donuts, socialize, shop in the Vendor Hall, and enjoy a full schedule of informative lectures. If you have not already done so, registration materials may be picked up at the Germanna booth in the Vendor Hall. Boxed lunch included. Photo and document scanning will be available at the Daniel Center during the Conference. Do you have antique family photos, family bible records, or documents relating to your Germanna descended ancestors? Want to share them with the Germanna Foundation but don’t have the equipment to scan them? A volunteer will be at the Daniel Center during the Conference to scan them for you.

09:00 AM
to
10:00 AM
Track : A

Journey to the Land of Lincoln: Germanna Settlers in Illinois

Ashley Abruzzo

Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center Conference Hall

As Illinois celebrates its bicentennial, Illinois native Ashley Abruzzo will present on the various Germanna families who settled there. With assistance from Germanna descendants, she has collected family histories and images to narrate the lives of these settlers. Where in Illinois did they live? Did any serve in the military? What were their occupations? Did they rub elbows with any famous politicians? All that and more.

10:00 AM
to
11:00 AM
Track : A

Germanna Short Stories

John Blankenbaker

Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center Conference Hall

Through a series of short stories, our Germanna people are presented in novel ways. Still we will see that they are much like the people you know today. They weren’t always angels and model citizens and they came from varied backgrounds. Some of the stories have humorous elements while some have their tragic moments. An entertaining and educational presentation.

11:00 AM
to
12:00 PM
Track : A

Interpreting DNA Test Results

Glenn Cress

Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center Conference Hall

Your DNA test results includes the names of others (who have tested) who match with your DNA. These names may include close relatives as well as distant cousins. Vendors provide only estimates of the actual relationships. The main focus of this presentation is to review some of the techniques/tools that can be applied to help analyze/interpret your DNA test results for y-DNA, mt-DNA, and at-DNA.

01:00 PM
to
02:00 PM
Track : A

Blackbeard’s Last Battle

Kevin Duffus

Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center Conference Hall

The notorious pirate Blackbeard stands among the best-known figures of early colonial American history, yet no one still knows who he really was. To this day, his identity, his origins, and his motivations for committing acts of piracy remain in contention. Did he hail from England, Jamaica, or the Carolinas? Was his surname Teach, or Thatch, or something else entirely? Was he an undistinguished common sailor suddenly thrust into command of a pirate ship? Was he a former Royal Navy sailor and an aristocratic, Anglican slave-owning planter who inexplicably turned Jacobite and pirate? Or was he a mariner on a salvage mission lured to piracy by a mob of looters, and who later became a pawn in an attempted political coup in proprietary North Carolina? These conflicting interpretations have provoked hostile debate. At stake are the credibilities of monolithic institutions and museums, the reputations of researchers and authors, the financial stakes of publishers, and the future of a popular historical narrative. History carved in stone is never easily disconfirmed, especially when history’s icons have been sculpted and burnished by centuries of myth and folklore. For more than 45 years, award-winning research historian Kevin Duffus has followed the wake of the notorious pirate’s journey through history. Along the way he has discovered significant clues and pivotal waypoints in the Blackbeard records that point to a startling conclusion—one that many scholars do not want the public to know.

02:00 PM
to
03:00 PM
Track : A

Area Native Americans

Carole Nash, PhD

Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center Conference Hall

Learn about Native Americans of the Germanna settlement area from one of our Germanna cousins, Madison County native and Carpenter descendant Dr. Carole L. Nash of James Madison University. Dr. Nash is well known in the Virginia archaeological community and has spent her career studying the Native Americans of western Virginia.

06:00 PM
to
10:00 PM
Track : A

Germanna Oktoberfest and Pirate Fun

Salubria, 19173 Salubria Lane (off Route 3), Stevensburg, VA

Put on your dirndl and lederhosen or your best pirate gear and head to the grounds of historic Salubria for this casual, family friendly dinner. Celebrate our German heritage and partake of some pirate fun. Tour the mansion during the pre-dinner cocktail hour. Back by popular demand, traditional Oktoberfest fare catered by Bavarian Chef is on the menu. Schmeckt so gut! Sample Blackbeard’s punch if ye dare! After dinner enjoy entertainment provided by the Low’n’Brows, a local German band.

10:00 AM
to
12:00 PM
Track : A

Worship Service at Hebron Church followed by Lunch

Hebron Lutheran Church, 899 Blankenbaker Road, Madison, VA

Join fellow descendants and current members of the congregation for a meaningful worship service at historic Hebron Lutheran Church. Lunch will be provided following the service by the women of the congregation. They ask that you please register so they have enough food on hand for all. A separate, free will offering in the parish hall to cover the expenses of providing the lunch will be appreciated and help them continue the good work they undertake.

01:00 PM
to
04:00 PM
Track : A

Living History

TBD

Our favorite historical re-enactor, Dennis Loba, and his cohorts are in the midst of planning a display just for us. How will they top the 2016 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe encampment? What will they have in store for us in 2018? Details will be available at the Reunion.