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Jamestown 1619 – 2019 Bus Tour Hosted by Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation

May 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

The first General Assembly met in the “quire” (choir) of the newly-built wooden church at Jamestown in 1619. Following instructions from the Virginia Company of London, the sponsors of the colony, the Assembly’s main purpose was to introduce “just Laws for the happy guiding” of the people. It met as a single body and was made up of the Governor, Sir George Yeardley, his four councilors, and 22 burgesses chosen by the free, white male inhabitants of every town, corporation, and large plantation throughout the colony. Henceforth, settlers were able to participate in their own government and promote measures for the general good.

In session from July 30 to August 4, 1619, the General Assembly was the first representative governing body to meet in North America, or anywhere in the Americas, and has continued to meet to the present day.

To commemorate the founding of democratic government in North America at Jamestown in 1619, we will have an exclusive tour to Jamestown to visit the original site of Jamestown and also an exclusive tour of the new exhibit “Tenacity:Women in Jamestown and early Virginia.” Join us on May 11th for a fun and educational day in the “birthplace of America.” Tour cost of $90 covers transportation, admission fees and lunch. Space is limited, reservations are required. Call 703-792-4754 for details and to make a reservation!

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