Tidewater Virginia Historical Society Forms in Williamsburg

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Formerly known as the Colonial Capital Branch of Preservation Virginia, the society aims to promote the heritage of the region.

What makes us unique is we will actively promote and partner with historical, archaeological and other similar non-profit organizations.

Following 125 years of service to the preservation of Virginia’s antiquities as the Colonial Capital Branch of Preservation Virginia, the Williamsburg based historical society is expanding its services into the new organization of the Tidewater Virginia Historical Society.

The society’s territory stretches from east of the fall line, north to the Potomac River.

“What makes us unique is we will actively promote and partner with historical, archaeological and other similar non-profit organizations,” said Joe Burkart, the society’s inaugural president. “We’re already planning lectures, tours, educational programs and periodic social events as we did with the Colonial Capital Branch”

Because of the society’s history in preservation and historical education, its members serve as a resource to other historic societies looking for resources, guidance and education.

Among the society’s first projects is the creation of the History Museum Trail, a roadmap to lead residents and visitors to and from Williamsburg and along a rural path that showcases nearly 40 mostly small historic sites and museums. Literally.

It links many of the museums and historic sites along Virginia’s byways, encouraging visitors and residents to experience more of the region’s rich history.

The History Museum Trail will start in front of a computer or on a smart phone at http://www.tv-hs.org and feature an interactive web based map (with mobile applications) with information about each museum and historic site located within a short drive of Williamsburg. This trail will include travel directions to get seamlessly from one site to another, and places to lodge and eat along the way.

The first version of the trail’s web map is expected to be available online this summer.

“The Tidewater Virginia Historical Society’s vision to create a museum trail in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck is an opportunity to showcase the region and contribute to local economies,” said Virginia Del. Keith Hodges. “Through sales, income and employment, the museum trail positions the area for unprecedented growth.”

The Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula are already destinations for many vacationers utilizing the region’s vast natural resources to boat and play along the Chesapeake Bay’s waters.

“The vision of these dedicated volunteers,” Hodges said, “will create a natural road map to enable visitors to navigate our beautiful and historic peninsulas."

In addition to the History Museum Trail, the Tidewater Virginia Historical Society is planning a public archaeology project, where the community will be invited to dig with the archaeologists. Thanks to a partnership with the Fairfield Foundation on the Middle Peninsula and York County, a new archaeological dig will kick off to explore a former Carter’s Grove slave quarter in New Quarter Park. Details about the project and how the public will be able to participate will be available at a later date.

Learn more about the Tidewater Virginia Historical Society at http://www.tv-hs.org. For more information, email information(at)tv-hs(dot)org.

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