At the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival You’ll Party Like it’s 1619

Prince may not have actually had that in mind — but he could have– if he only knew about the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival.

VATHanksgivingOn November 3rd you can celebrate Thanksgiving with a re-enactment of when Goode Shipe Margaret landed at what is now the Berkley Plantation and Captain Woodlief declared the first Thanksgiving.
“Wait just a minute!” you cry “The Pilgrims are responsible for the first Thanksgiving!!”
Turns out the pilgrims were late in the Thanksgiving game (one year and 17 days late, according to the festival website). WHAT?!

Mind. Blown.

Now that we got that out of the way, we have some good news: the important part (read: the food) remains the same.  At the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival you’ll enjoy a traditional dinner of roast turkey, cornbread dressing, gravy, pole beans, and cranberry chutney, or traditional Virginia BBQ, brunswick Stew and all sorts of other Virginia-inspired yummy treats from The Catering Company of Williamsburg.

In addition to eating and learning about the first Thanksgiving, there’s no shortage of things to do!
A couple of highlights:
Cornhusk Doll Making
Arts & Crafts Vendors
Chickahominy Tribe
Colonial Games
and Quill Writing

So, try to let the shock, anger and dismay go and see how the tradition really started (everyone knows Virginia does it better anyway, right?)
Check out the full schedule (and all the neat stuff that we don’t have room for here) on their website.


Virginia Thanksgiving Festival

Sunday, November 3, 2013
12:00 pm
Berkeley Plantation
12602 Harrison Landing Rd.
Charles City, VA 23030-3339

Car Parking $5.00 Donation
House Tours 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM