June 12 - 15, 2008
Historical Poindexter Bus Tour
Friday, June 13, 2008
7:30am - 5:00pm
This year's bus tour is one not to miss! The route takes us past St. Peter's Church in New Kent County as well as some early colonial Poindexter homes. We will also visit a working plantation that has been owned and operated by the same family since 1613. After lunch we willl stop at the Swen Library for some research time at William and Mary College.
Meet in the hotel lobby at 7:30am.
Bus will depart promptly at 8:00am.
Please bring a snack and water with you, lunch isn't until 1:15pm. Please respect those that paid their tour fees by not following the bus in your car. Doing so you will also miss out on the guided tour along the way.
What we will see
St. Peter's Episcopal Church (8:45-9:30am)
The Church of the First First Lady is in New Kent County, where in the 15th Century our immigrant George Poindexter was a founding vestryman of St. Peter's Church and where Martha married George Washington in the 16th Century.
Poindexter Colonial Homes (9:45-10:30am)
We will drive slowly by three colonial era Poindexter homes, Criss Cross, Cedar Lane and Meadow Farm. These properties are privately owned, no bus stop is planned.
Criss Cross was built in the 1680's on land granted to our immigrant George Poindexter. It is the second oldest home in New Kent County and among the 10 oldest in Virginia. It is located between Williamsburg and Richmond. It is believed that our immigrant George was buried here.
Cedar Lane is first noted as being owned by Jacob Poindexter (son of George ll and grandson of George l). Jacob was born about 1687. It is believed that the land was subdivided from the original land grant for Criss Cross plantation (research by Bob Poindexter of Lunchburg 1970/80s). Jacob's son William inherited the house followed by his grandson John Lewis Poindexter, who is buried at Cedar Lane. John's daughter Ann Lewis Poindexter lived there and married Mr. Jacquelin Lewis Howle. He later petitioned that a law may pass changing their names from Howle to Poindexter, dated 9 December 1833. States he is the nephew of John Lewis Poindexter, married his only daughter in order to inherit the land.
Meadows, or Meadow Farm, is located south of Hyw. 249, across the road from Cedar Lane. It seems to have been built as a mother-in-law house, but was lived in by generations of the family related to those at Cedar Lane. At that time the property (since subdivided) extended from Cedar Lane south to the marsh directly across from Criss Cross. The PDA's GEDCOM Database contains additional notes about these homes.
A brochure from New Kent Courthouse Village (a real estate development company) includes a few words about Criss Cross and Cedar Lane along with a photo of Criss Cross in a brochure about the history of New Kent County. You can print a copy.
Virginia's First Plantation - Shirley Plantation (11-12:30pm)
(Guided Tour) Still a working plantation, Shirley Plantation has had eleven generations of one family who to this day continue to own, operate, and work this grand southern plantation. Established in 1613, the current Great House started construction in 1723. During its long history and under the leadership of one family, Shirley Plantation has survived the Indian Uprising, Bacon's Rebellion, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Great Depression.
Lunch at William and Mary College (1:15pm)
We will dine at the University Center of America's second oldest college. William and Mary College was first planned as early as 1618 but the first building was built until 1695. There is a lot of history for the area on the College's web site about the politics and religion of the day. For example, Jamestown remained the capital of Virginia until 1699, when it was moved to Middle Plantation. At that time, the village was renamed to Williamsburg. Keep in mind when our immigrant George wa in the vicintity, arriving about 1657, building his home Criss Cross in the 1680's and dying in 1692.
Research at Swem Library (2-5:00pm)
Built in 1965, the Earl Gregg Swem Library is the central library for all of campus. Even though there are smaller departmental libraries in several of the academic buildings, this structure houses the vast majority of William and Mary's published resources. It has proven to be a treasure trove for genealogists researching area families, including the Poindexter family. Bring your notes and laptop. Research librarians will be available as is wireless networking.
Return to the hotel by 5:15pm
Some images of the Williamsburg area are used with permission of and provided by
Other images and local hotel and tour coordination by Colonial Connections