Friday, October 16, 2015

AAHGS 2015 - Day 1 - James River Plantation Tours

Well, as promised, I'm hoping to get back on track with my blogging during the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Conference (AAHGS) in Richmond, VA.

Mom and I left in the wee hours of the morning. And yes I was working off of about 2 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours. We arrived in Richmond and at the hotel in the nick of time to to catch the tour that we had signed up for.

Shirley Plantation

Our first stop was the Shirley Plantation located in Charles City, VA. The Shirley Plantation is Virginia's first plantation. Shirley Plantation is the story of 11 generations of one family. The family continues to own and operate the plantation.

This building is the kitchen.

The laundry house.

The main house

The Pump House

The Root Cellar
Berkeley Plantation

The second stop on the tour was the Berkeley Plantation, which is also located in Charles City, VA. The Berkely Plantation. The first official Thanksgiving was held at Berkley Plantation in 1619.

The tour guides wore period costumes.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

2015 AAHGS Conference

This week the 36th National Conference of the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) will convene in Richmond, VA.

This will be my second time attending the National Conference and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with some of my genealogy buds.

And although my trusty side kick, that would be mom, has been having some issues of late, I’m bring her along, because I think it would do her a world of good to get  away for a few days. Plus, she seems to enjoy these activities as much as I do, especially when she becomes engaged in a conversation with someone and can reminisce about her childhood days.

While at the Conference, I hope to do a bit of blogging and post some pictures, so be on the lookout for those.

Hopefully, by the end of the week, provided life settles down, I’ll get re-energized to return to the hunt.