Registration for the biggest Germanna event of the year — the 60th annual Germanna Foundation Conference and Reunion — is now officially open! This year we are celebrating the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the 1717 Second Germanna Colony. We have a great line-up of events, activities and lectures that you won’t want to miss. Many events […]
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Front page news during conference and reunion weekend! By Amber Galaviz, published in the July 14, 2016 edition of the Orange County Review. For the first time in 20 years, excavation work is being done at the Fort Germanna/Enchanted Castle archaeology site on the eastern end of Orange County. The Germanna Foundation hopes to discover […]
Over this Memorial Day 2016 weekend, please take time to remember those who have fallen while serving our nation in uniform. Say a silent prayer for their families. Participate in a community remembrance service. Share their stories so that others will understand what freedom, patriotism and service really mean.
Thousands of people pass the place every week, yet far too few know of its international significance. Some remarkable moments in American history happened at the Germanna historic site, on State Route 3 in Orange County. Some of those stories are told, briefly, by exhibits in the Germanna Foundation’s Brawdus Martin Visitor Center where the […]
Photos from days one and two of the 2015 Germanna Reunion are now online by viewing our Photo Gallery. Have photos of the rest of the days that you would like to add? Please let us know.
Many of our 2015 reunion attendees had the opportunity to visit the Fort Germanna/ Enchanted Castle archaeological site during an open house with staff archaeologist Dr. Eric Larsen and special guest Dr. Bernard Means from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Virtual Curation Lab. Orange County Review reporter Amber Galaviz covered the event. Read her “Digging Germanna” article […]
Thank you to our members and other attendees, supporters, speakers, and volunteers for making this year’s reunion events such a wonderful experience. And be sure to mark your calendar now for the 2016 Germanna Reunion and Conference (July 15-18, 2016), celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition led by Alexander […]
German media attended last year’s reunion and conference and produced a video. You can watch it at this link. 300 Jahre Siegerländer in Virginia: Aktuelle Stunde vom 30.08.2014 Die ersten Deutschen, die in den USA siedelten, kamen aus dem Siegerland. 1714 holte der damalige Gouverneur von Virginia einige hundert Siegener und Wittgensteiner nach Amerika und […]
Registration for the 2015 Germanna Foundation Reunion and Conference (July 16-19) is now open. Visit the reunion section of our website for the schedule details and to register securely online. There is also a registration form you may download and fill out if you prefer to mail in your registration. The Spring Newsletter will be arriving in […]
The 2014 Reunion & Conference of the Germanna Foundation was featured in one of Germany’s largest Sunday broadcasts. Listen in here, and read along with the provided text (you can paste the link into Google Translate to get a decent translation of the transcript).
From the Orange County Review: Three centuries ago, 42 people—men, women and children from nine family units —left their homes in the Siegerland area of southern Germany in hopes of making a fresh start in the frontier wilds of what is now Orange County. J. Marc Wheat, president of the Memorial Foundation of the Germanna […]
Photos of select events at the 2014 Germanna Reunion taken by Cindy Kwitchoff (also the Germanna Foundation webmaster, graphics and newsletter designer) are now available to view. Click on the below photos to see the different albums: Visitor Center Reception: Fort Germanna Tour: Enchanted Castle (Gov. Spotswood’s mansion) Tour: Salubria Dinner: […]
You’ve waited 300 years for this! Information about the Germanna Foundation’s event of the year–the 57th Annual Conference and Reunion–is now posted on the website along with links where you can easily register online. You won’t want to miss this very special event with an expanded line-up of events as we celebrate the 300th anniversary […]