Poindexter Family Reunion in Williamsurg June 19-21, 2014

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Blacksmith in Colonial WilliamsburgMonday, June 16 - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Before the Reunion:  Take advantage of the Reunion’s special hotel rates and come to Williamsburg a few days early.   There is so much to do in the area that the only trouble you will have is trying to decide what to see first.  Bring your family and enjoy a vacation together in Virginia.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Swem Library Research Opportunity:   One of the many reasons to come to a family reunion is to build upon our own documentation relating to family history.   One of the great research opportunities for the Poindexter family is right here in Williamsburg:  the Swem Library at the College at William & Mary.  Specific arrangements have been made with theSwem Library staff for a group orientation and tour, followed by access to the Library’s Special Collections.  We will leave together from the hotel at 9am.  Lunch is on your own at the Library’s cafeteria or a nearby restaurant.

Old CapitoBuilding in Williamsburgl Hospitality SuiteReunion Registration starts at 4:30pm today in the Hospitality Suite of the Woodlands Hotel.  Come to meet and greet cousins arriving from near and far.

Dinner:   Meet in the hotel lobby at 5:30pm for our 6pm dinner.  We will car pool to a local restaurant.  Cost of this dinner is not included in Reunion registration.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hospitality Suite:  Reunion Registration starts today at 7:30am.  Stop by any time and often to meet and greet family as people come and go.

Statue of Robert E. LeeRichmond Tour:   If you’ve never been to Richmond, this is an adventure you won’t want to miss.  If you have been to Richmond before, this is a tour like you’ve never experienced.   We are fortunate to have Richmond native and local historian Frank Williamson lead us on a guided bus tour of Virginia’s capital city (only about 45 minutes from Williamsburg).  Frank and the bus will pick us up at our hotel in Williamsburg.  We will depart at 8:30am and return around 3:30pm. The tour bus will be accessible to those unable to do stairs, as are the sites we visit.  In Richmond, we will tour inside the Capitol building, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson.  The Capitol is the site of many significant events in early American and Civil War history.  It was magnificently restored in 2007.  We’ll have lunch (included with a Thursday registration) while Frank tells us stories about Richmond.  In addition to being Virginia’s capital city, Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy.  We will also visit the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, a unique museum exhibiting the different perspectives of the Civil War and its effect on the country and people.  On the ride back to the hotel, we’ll be treated to a sweet delight:  cupcakes from Sally Bell’s Kitchen, a Richmond tradition since the 1950s. SOLD OUT - If you haven't registered for the Reunion yet, you may still select and pay for this option knowing that you will be put on a waiting list.  Should there be any cancellations, those on the waiting list will be notified in the order their registrations were received. 

Dinner:   Meet in the hotel lobby at 5:30pm for our 6pm dinner.  We will car pool to a local restaurant.  Cost of this dinner is not included in Reunion registration.

Hospitality Suite:  After dinner, stop by to see who’s here and what’s going on in the Hospitality Suite before the start of the Board Meeting.  Reunion Registration will be open until 8pm.

PDA Board Meeting:  The Poindexter Descendents Association Executive Board meets in the Hospitality Suite at 8pm.  All members are welcome to attend.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hospitality Suite:  Reunion Registration starts today at 7:30am.  Registration will resume after the group returns from New Kent County.

St Peters Church pictureA Day in New Kent County:   This is the day we’ve all come here for.  This is the day that is the heart and soul of this year’s Reunion.  This is the day that features the old home places of the Poindexter family in New Kent County, Virginia.   See the land, smell the air, and experience the places our ancestors knew.  Our accessible bus will depart from the hotel at 8:15am and return around 4:30pm.  We’ll make stops at Moss Side, Cedar Lane, and Meadow Farm, all Poindexter homes, as John B. Poindexter and Mary Townsend tell us about history and land ownership in the area.  We’ll drive down Poindexter Lane and past Criss Cross, the home built by immigrant George Poindexter in the 1680s.  We’ll make a stop at St. Peter’s Parish Church, known to many as the “first church of the first First Lady”, but to Poindexters, as the place where, in the 17th century, George and his family worshipped and served.   We’ll have lunch together at a quaint local restaurant (included with a Friday registration).  This is also the day we have received a very special invitation:  We will visit Cumberland Plantation, the current home of John B. Poindexter.  Cumberland overlooks the Pamunkey River, at a site most certainly known to George Poindexter over 300 years ago.  At that time Cumberland was a thriving community and port for trading.  Early Poindexters could have shipped their tobacco and other products from here.  John has generously invited us to his home for afternoon refreshments.  Although not owned by a Poindexter until the 21st century, Cumberland Plantation is as much a part of Virginia as are the Poindexters.  This will be a day filled with unforgettable experiences relating to our Poindexter family history.

Three Evening Dinner Opportunities:

Picture of the King's Arms TavernDinner at Shields Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg:   SOLD OUT  If you haven't registered for the Reunion yet, you may still select and pay for this option knowing that you will be put on a waiting list.  Should there be any cancellations, those on the waiting list will be notified in the order their registrations were received.  Description: A memorable day out deserves a memorable dinner…and what better place to be than at a Colonial Williamsburg historic tavern? Seating is limited.  Select this option on the Registration Form if you wish to join the dinner party.  Imagine this: eating by candlelight, listening to strolling musicians playing instruments known to our colonial ancestors, and enjoying a lovely meal with family and friends.   A Colonial Williamsburg pass or ticket is not needed to dine at the tavern.

Seafood Buffet Dinner at Traditions Restaurant:  Just added!   This is a new option for those not going to Shields and for any others.  Traditions is the name of the restaurant located in the Williamsburg Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg.  Traditions offers classic southern cuisine with a modern flair.  The seafood buffet is a feast.  Cost is approximately $38 per person (plus tax and tip).  This is a Dutch Treat dinner (pay for your own meal) and cost is not included in the Reunion registration fees. No pre-registration is needed.

Dinner at Huzzah!   Although still an option, Huzzah!, which offers sandwiches, salads, pizza and BBQ,  cannot easily handle the large number of Reunion registrants who are not going to Shields, plus all those who remain on the Shields waiting list.  If you were planning to go to Huzzah! you still can do so.  It is the least expensive choice of tonight's restaurants. This is a Dutch Treat dinner (pay for your own meal) and cost is not included in the Reunion registration fees. No pre-registration is needed.

Group transportation has been arranged for those going to either Shields or Traditions.  Huzzah! is located at our Reunion hotel, so no transportation is needed.

Time and place to meet for Shields, Tradition, and Huzzah! will be announced at the Reunion.

Saturday June 21, 2014

NOTE:  All of today’s events take place in the Conference Center, just a short walk from the hotel.   Reunion Registration starts at 8am.

Poindexter CrestAnnual Meeting of the Poindexter Descendants Association:  Our Annual Meeting will be starting at 8:30am in the Conference Center.  All members should attend, and new members will be introduced.  The Annual Meeting is the time when the Association’s committee chairs report on their activities during the past year and the members vote for officers and referendums.   Find out more about what it takes to run the PDA and participate in its future.

Poindexter Topics:   We’re having crackerbarrel sessions!  What’s this mean?  It’s the concept of joining together for old fashioned informal sharing of stories and discoveries.  There will be several topics of interest to Poindexter family history, each facilitated by someone who knows quite a bit about the subject, but who will be counting on of all of us to contribute.   This will be a chance to get to know each other just a little better.  Join in the conversation or just sit back and listen as the entire group divides into self-selected small groups. Don’t worry, this will be fun!  And we’ll have the opportunity to share what we’ve learned.   So far, the suggested topics are:   Poindexters in Early Virginia, Comparing Leaves on Family Trees, Poingdestres in Jersey, North Carolina Poindexters, The Poindexter Trek West, Poindexters in the Civil War, and “Famous” Poindexters.  Got other ideas?   Let us know and we’ll pull the final list together as we get closer to the Reunion dates.  The informal conversations will be held from 10am - 11:30am in the Conference Center.

Lunch: No need to look for a place to have lunch.  It’s included (with a Saturday registration) and will be available right here in the Conference Center.  Continue discussions from the morning sessions during lunch and take the opportunity to get to know more of the family.

Presentation: The discovery and story of a late 17th home in Hanover County:  Is this Assassquin Plantation, home of David Crawford? Thomas Poindexter (1670-1707) married David’s daughter, Sarah Crawford in 1695. Learn more about this extraordinary discovery from archaeologist Gordon Lohr, former Revolving Fund Manager of APVA Preservation Virginia, the nation’s oldest statewide historic preservation organization (established 1889).  He will share images of the digs along with the research and stories and some of the many artifacts discovered. The presentation begins at 12:30pm. See full announcement

Poindexter Room:  The Poindexter Room is traditionally the place at every reunion where family members can meet, compare notes, learn more about our ancestry and socialize.  The Poindexter Room is open all afternoon and available to everyone who wants to continue in family discussions and share new breakthroughs.  Here we can check the Poindexter Database for family connections, submit new information, update and/or correct existing family notes and, most importantly, continue to share what we know about the family’s history.  

Family Photograph:   The annual tradition of taking a group photo before the banquet continues this year.  Meet in the Poindexter Room at the Conference Center in 5pm and bring your smiles.

Banquet:   The grand finale for the Poindexter Family Reunion is always the Banquet.  The Banquet starts at 6pm. This year will have a hint of colonial atmosphere about it.  It’s also the chance for local family to bring friends and cousins to the Reunion to join in the festivities.   NOTE:  This year there will NOT be a gift exchange, so do not bring a gift. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bruton Parish ChurchService at Bruton Parish Church:  Bruton Parish Church was established in 1674 and is where immigrant George Poindexter served as a vestryman.  For those wishing to attend service at Bruton Parish Church, we will leave the hotel together at 8:30am via car pool and drive the short distance to the Church.  Bruton Parish Church is in the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg (Historic Area Pass is not required).  The plaque commemorating the first vestrymen of the parish is on the wall inside of the Church. Service is scheduled to start at 9:30am. This should give us ample time to view the plaque and find George Poyndexter’s name before the service begins.

Wig Makers in Colonial WilliamsburgVisit Colonial Williamsburg:   Today might be good day to visit Colonial Williamsburg on your own, especially if going to Bruton Parish Church this morning, as you will already be in the Historic Area.  If you’ve opted to purchase a Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area Pass, you have access to the inside of the Colonial Williamsburg historic buildings, including the Governor’s Palace and colonial Capitol. You can see demonstrations by a wig maker, apothecary, silversmith, carpenter, blacksmith and other trades.  The Historic Area Pass is a multi-day pass and is valid daily for the duration of your hotel stay.  The special rate of $18 per adult is available only to our Reunion hotel guests and MUST be purchased in advance via the Reunion Registration Form.  Contact us if you have children under 13 for reduced ticket price.  NOTE: Visitors may see the outside of the Colonial Williamsburg buildings, visit Bruton Parish Church, shop at Colonial Williamsburg’s stores, and eat at the Colonial Williamsburg taverns without the need to purchase a pass.  Only pass holders are allowed to tour the inside of the buildings and visit gardens, where the demonstrations and exhibits are located.  Pass holders may also visit the museums in the Historic Area.

Picture of tall ships at JamestownMonday, June 23 - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Continue your holiday on your own:   The special hotel room rate for our Reunion guests extends through check out time on Wednesday, June 25.  Take this opportunity to continue to explore Virginia and the Historic Triangle, which includes nearby Jamestown and Yorktown.  There are also many other places within easy driving distance of the hotel, including Naval Station Norfolk (home of the US Atlantic Fleet), the James River plantations, and Virginia Beach.  Immerse yourself in American history.




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