Germanna Heritage Tour: First Colony Tour

Friday, July 13 2018, 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM [EST]

791 Madison Road, Culpeper, VA, 22701, United States




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Event Information

Friday, July 13 2018, 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

The three Germanna Heritage Tours that take place on Friday, July 13, 2018 are part of the four-day Germanna on the Frontier Reunion and Conference. If you would like to sign up for ALL four days of the reunion/conference, please instead register here:

Seats on the bus tour are limited and have sold out in the past so please register early. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk up to half a mile, climb stairs, and stand. Boarding begins 15 minutes before departure and tours will depart on time to ensure adherence to the tour schedules for the convenience of hosts at various stops.

• HERITAGE TOUR: First Colony Tour

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.


Cancellation policy

Sorry, no cancellation refunds after June 25, 2018. Cancellation refunds subject to a $20 administrative fee. 

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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:

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Event Speakers

Barb Price
Germanna Foundation Trustee

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