Fall 2009 Membership Meeting  
  The Commonwealth Club, Richmond, Virginia  



Saturday, November 7, 2009
Eleven-Thirty Reception; Twelve-Thirty Luncheon
Nine O'Clock Council Meeting
Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esq., Governor

Speaker: David A. Brown
PhD Candidate in History, College of William and Mary
Gloucester Point, Virginia
with Thane Harpole

Topic: Archaeological Excavations at Weorocomoco,
the Site of Powhatan's Village

Mr. Brown's doctorate will be completed in 2010; the title of his dissertation is "From the Ground Comes Our Empire, In the Soil Rests Our Souls: The Rise and Fall of a Virginia Plantation."

He completed his M.A. in History/Historical Archaeology at the University of Massachusetts - Boston in 2001. His thesis was "To The Place Where It Began: 17th Century Settlement Patterns in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia: History, GIS, and Archaeology."

He received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary in 1996.

Recent courses presented by Mr. Brown include "The Era of Jamestown" and "Architecture & Landscape of the Virginia Plantation."  In addition to being the Fellowship Recipient in 2004 from the Jamestowne Society, Mr. Brown has received the numerous fellowships, grants and honors including Scholar in Residence, John D. Rockefeller Jr Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Old Salem Museums & Gardens Architectural Fellowship; Filson Historical Society Fellowship; Mellon Research Fellowship: Virginia Historical Society; Provost Summer Research Grant- William and Mary, Teaching Fellowship, Lyon Gardner Tyler Department of History - William and Mary. He was president of the History Graduate Student Association at William and Mary in 2004-2005. Mr. Brown also received numerous other grants, including travel grants.

His most recent publications is co-authorship of "An Archeology Tool Kit for Local Communities" (Richmond: Department of Historic Resources: 2009). Publications in co-authorship with Thane Harpole, who will join Mr. Brown in making the presentation to the Society on November 7 include:"The Changing Landscape of Fairfield Plantation" in "Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia," 63:3:164-171; "Fairfield Plantation: Uncovering a Forgotten Virginia Landmark" in "Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia" 63:3:121-122; "The Architecture of the Fairfield Manor House: The Convergence of Wealth, Style and Practicality" in "Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia" 63:3:136-148, "The Werowocomoco Research Project: Background and 2003 Archaeological Field Season Results," Technical Report Series #15 (Richmond: Department of Historic Resources), "Warner Hall: The Story of a Great Plantation" (White Marsh: DATA Investigations); "The Thruston Family and the Tombstone Mystery," in "The Family Tree Searcher" 6:1:34-38, "Fairfield Plantation: Home of the Burwells," copies of which are available at the Rockefeller Library, Colonial Williamsburg; "The Mystery of Gloucester Town: Discovering a Forgotten Virginia Town" in "The Family Tree Searcher" 6:2:31-36; "Archaeological Salvage Excavations at Site 44GL320: A Middle Woodland/Early Colonial Site in Gloucester County, Virginia," Technical Report Series #5 (Richmond: Department of Historic Resources) and "The Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia" 53:3 (105-113). He is author, with Thane Harpole, of numerous professional papers.

Members and Guests $50.00 per person
Reservations close October 16, 2009
Click here to access Reservation Form (PDF Format)
Reserve early: space limited to Ballroom Capacity of 325 Persons


1. Asian Panko Salmon
with Baby Bok Choy, Jasmine Rice, Scallion-Miso Broth
Garden Salad, Commonwealth Club Bread,
Tea or Coffee
Rum Raisin Ice Cream


2. Pork Scaloppini
with Grilled Asparagus, Roasted Red Pepper Couscous, Wild Mushroom Sauce
Garden Salad, Commonwealth Club Bread
Tea or Coffee
Rum Raisin Ice Cream

Make checks payable to "Jamestowne Society"
Mail check and completed reservation form to
Jamestowne Society
P. O. Box 6845
Richmond, VA 23230


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Spring 2010 Meeting
May 15, 2010 at the Williamsburg Lodge
Williamsburg, Virginia
(Details will be on website as date draws near)



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