The first official Thanksgiving Day occured on December 4, 1619 on what would become Berkeley Plantation. This commemorating plaque on my picture was put on the mansion of the Berkeley Plantation in 1969 that was in the 350th anniversary of this event. Nothing very special but at the bottom I found the writing: "Erected by The National Society Daughters of The Colonists. 1969." What's that?
The National Society Daughters of The American Colonists (NSDAC) is the organisation of women, citizens of the USA, who can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who rendered civil or military service in any of the colonies prior to July 4, 1776. It was founded to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and secure America's future through better education for children.
A day before, in Richmond, I found National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). There is also National Society Children of the American Colonists (NSCAC) and National Society Sons of the American Colonists (NSSAC) and many other similar organisations.
I think that it is very American to found such "aristocratic" organisations where membership is possible exclusively for persons who can proof their "right" roots and which main goal is to preserve heritage. History and family roots are very important for right many Americans. That's why more and more of 10 milion Americans with Polish roots visit their old homecountry - Poland recently. You are welcome :-).
Cats are part of country life in Charles City. I found two of them in Indian Field Tavern restaurant. They ignored us and didn't want to pose. They were not allowed to enter the restaurant but they added some southern country charm to this great restaurant.
The window of the administrative house of the Berkeley Plantation, on my picture, had wooden shutters painted in light, soft, delicate blue colour. The house was painted in pastel, pink colour.
Hmm... I thought that soft, pastel colours are unique to some Mediterranean areas in, say, Italy or France. The plantations of Virginia were settled by colonists from England at the beginning in 17th century. Then a lot of different nationalities come.
These strange vehicles on my picture were parked on a lawn by the Berkeley Plantation. At first I thought that... the circus came but there was no circus tent and it surely would be a very strange location for the circus.
Nat explained that the trucks and trailers belong to a movie team. Well, is the Berkeley Plantation or maybe James River popular location for the Hollywood movies?
The plantations were built on the river because the river was the main highway of the day. It aided in transporting not only people, but also crops.