The Society Will Host a Program – Smithfield Times

The Surry County Historical Society quarterly program will take place at 7 p.m. on March 14 at the Surry Parks and Rec Center. Everyone is welcome to participate in this free and informative program.

In addition, the Historical Society will hold an open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. prior to the March 14 program. Visit the building and the John Smith Deckhouse! See the old surrey once used at Swann’s Point Farm. Visit the Book Room with many local interest books for sale and check out Surry Afghans for sale for $40 by the Surry Ruritan Club.

The keynote speaker for the 7:00 p.m. program will be Connie Lapallo, well-known author, historian and storyteller from Richmond. Some of her works include the Jamestown Sky series, which chronicles the lives of Joan Pierce and other early Jamestown women and children. Joan’s 60-year-old saga begins in England and takes the reader through all the trials and tribulations of a fledgling colony trying to survive in the New World across the Atlantic from their English home.

In commemoration of the four hundredth anniversary of the first Native American uprising against the English in 1622, Ms. Lapallo will explain how the “Surry side” played an invaluable role in saving Jamestown from the event through the efforts of Richard Pace and a Aboriginal boy he had adopted. The 1622 uprising shattered the optimism that was present in Virginia in 1621, and Ms. Lapallo will explain how the English reaction to the uprisings here in Virginia in 1622 and 1644 were Virginia’s first beginnings realizing they were truly alone, the English becoming Virginians, were finally moving towards revolt against the crown.

Light refreshments will be available during the event. Call 757-294-0404 or email [email protected] for more information.

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