United States Virginia Germanna Foundation
German colonists came to the Virginia wilderness in 1714, sponsored by Governor Spotswood, hoping to have them mine silver. Those 42 pioneers were followed by 20 families in 1717. The First Colony came from the Siegerland area in Germany, and the Second from the Palatinate and Baden-Wuerttemberg area of Germany. Other families joined later.
Today the Germanna Foundation owns land in the original area, complete with a visitor's center, an historic mansion and an excellent genealogical library. Their mission is to preserve the early German-American heritage that began in colonial Virginia. They offer educational programs about the colony's history, and genealogical assistance for the many descendants.
In addition to research assistance, the Germanna Foundation publishes a periodical called the Germanna Record. They also sponsor a DNA project with Family Tree DNA to help identify relatives through genetics.
2015 Germanna Foundation Conference & Reunion:
A Family of Familes - Honoring Our Historic Heritage
July 16-19, 2015, Locust Grove, Virginia
This reunion will feature a tour of the Fort Germanna/Enchanted Castle site on Thursday, a historical & genealogical conference, with a BBQ on Friday, a historic bus tour & banquet on Saturday, and a worship service on Sunday. This is a marvelous chance to learn more about our ancestors in the very place where they lived and struggled together. Find out more at this link:
Membership is open to all, whether descendants of the early colonies, or someone who wishes to support their historic preservation efforts.
P.O. Box 279
Locust Grove, VA 22508-0279
Phone: 540-423-1700 (Tue-Sat, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)