Explore African-American History at New Quarter Park on Oct. 2

I just received this email from Sara Lewis, who led us on that fun kayaking trip at New Quarter Park. This tour sounds fascinating, but I’ll be out of town on Saturday, so if you go, please let me know if you enjoyed it. Thank you Sara, for permission to post your email:

Dear Friends of New Quarter Park –

Please join us on Saturday for a very special program! Historian Robert Watson will lead a Walk and Talk, “Remembering the Forgotten” on Oct. 2, beginning at 10 a.m. The program is dedicated to the memory of the African and Virginia-born slaves who toiled on New Quarter farm between the mid- 1660s and early 19th century and the program will be held at the archaeology site. Signs and staff will point you in the right direction when you arrive. The site is approximately a quarter mile from the office.

Before the Walk and Talk and beginning at 9 a.m., the archaeology site and some artifacts that have been discovered there will be on display. Dave Hazzard, archaeologist with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, will be on hand to talk about the dig and archaeology work that has been done on the larger New Quarter property. [Read more…]

Congrats to W&M, Ranked 75th Worldwide

Out of thousands of universities in the world, the College of William and Mary ranks 75th best, according to Times Higher Education.

I think they’ve gotten smarter since I was there.

Two Continuing Education Opportunities

Two lifelong learning opportunities are very popular with Williamsburg’s locals: Williamsburg Area Learning Tree (WALT) and the Christopher Wren Association (CWA).

The new Fall 2010 WALT catalogue of courses will appear in the Virginia Gazette on Saturday, September 11th. [Read more…]

New Quarter Park, Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg’s edible plants were the focus of a “Walk and Talk” by Vickie Shufer on Saturday morning at New Quarter Park. Experts lead a group of outdoor enthusiasts on a tour of the park on the first Saturday each month, covering a variety of topics. This is the only one I’ve experienced where we got to eat the nature that we were observing! I brought home three small Paw Paws to share with my husband. [Read more…]

Williamsburg Charities

Williamsburg citizens are generous with their time, talent, and resources. Every time I pick up the local newspaper, I’m pleased to see so many individuals, clubs, civic groups, and churches reaching out directly to people in need, or working with local nonprofits to strengthen our community.

A case in point is the upcoming 31st Annual Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast, September 11, 2010, 3-6 p.m. It’s a much-anticipated family event that raises money for these local charities: CASA, Bacon Street, Community Action Agency. See you there! [Read more…]

More on Freedom Park

Little did I know when I began my day with a hike at Freedom Park, that I would end my day with the person who discovered the reason for its existence! At an evening Bible study, I told my friend Martha McCartney, a respected historian, how much I’d enjoyed learning about that chapter of African-American history in our community. She said, “well, you know, don’t you, that I’m the one who discovered why it was located there? [Read more…]

Freedom Park

This was my first visit to Freedom Park, but it won’t be my last. I’d gotten into the habit of going to Waller Mill Park, because it opened when I was a kid and it became a family tradition. Now I have good reason to expand that tradition! Freedom park is at the intersection of Longhill and Centerville Roads. I was impressed with the size of the park and complexity of its trails. [Read more…]

Princeton Review’s 2011 Best Colleges List Ranks W&M Highly

Congratulations to the College of William and Mary for maintaining its very high standards during this era of shrinking state financial support. (Full disclosure: I am a graduate of W&M.) The Princeton Review’s List of Best Colleges says, [Read more…]

Pre-1960 Photos Illustrate African American Community in Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg issued a press release yesterday announcing the addition of several photo albums from the estate of Albert Durant to its special collections library: [Read more…]

Register for Fall 2010 Classes at W&M’s Christopher Wren Association

The fall schedule of classes begins Sept. 13, 2010. You can see the catalog on William & Mary’s web site. Note that some courses in this popular program for retirees who want to continue learning are already full, so don’t wait.