Germanna Foundation archaeologist Eric Larsen, Ph.D., packed the house for his lecture “Fort Germanna: Jumping off Point for Lt. Governor, Alexander Spotswood’s ‘Knights of the Golden Horseshoe’ Expedition, 1716” at the Culpeper History Museum’s first Gallery Talk of 2016 on Sunday February 28th. Germanna member Shawn Counts and his father from West Virginia joined nearly 90 people in the audience eager to kick off the 300th anniversary year of Alexander Spotswood’s Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition. Also in the audience were Dale Duvall, President of the Museum of Culpeper History; Lee Langston-Harrison, Director of the Museum of Culpeper History; Sally Jebson, Lynn Nelson, Diane Muzzy, and Kimberly Trickett, all board members of the Culpeper Museum; Jeff Muzzy; J. Marc Wheat, President of the Germanna Foundation; Germanna Foundation Trustee Skip Poole and wife Joy; Bob Sexton; Culpeper Town Council member Keith Price; Elizabeth Arndt; Caroline Elgin, Ashley Abruzzo, Tourism & Marketing Manager for The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership; Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Loba; Ann L. Miller; Mr. and Mrs. Petty Cabot; Newt Green; Rob Petrie; Jane Pease; Dan McMahan; Tom and Eleanor Lewis; Pam Stewart; Bill and Jane Ellen Johnson; Steve Hein, Germanna Foundation Chief Operating Officer and his wife Debbie; Leta Scherquist, Salubria caretaker; Rob Sanders, archaeologist; and Mary Jo Browning, Culpeper Chamber of Commerce 2015 Henretty Memorial Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Following the informative talk, Dr. Larsen answered questions, and Germanna Foundation Chief Operating Officer Steve Hein told the group that the Virginia General Assembly had passed a Joint Resolution commending the anniversary year as requested by the Germanna Foundation at the start of the legislative session in January.
Learn how you can support Germanna’s archaeology program and our 2016 field season here.
Want to learn more about the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe? The 2016 Germanna Reunion and Conference in July will focus on this significant chapter of our early colonial history.