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Living history returns to Urbanna on Founders’ Day this Saturday

Living history players will perform at 1 p.m. at the Urbanna Founders’ Day Celebration this Saturday, September 5. The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All are invited to attend.

“It’s 1768 in Urbanna, and you are there.”

With these words, living history returns to Urbanna on the lawn behind the Scottish Factor Store at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 5. Local players trained in living history and veteran players from Alexandria and Williamsburg will bring to life a typical day at the Scottish Factor Store in 1768.

“Our drama is based on actual records of Scottish Factor Stores from this era, and the events that take place will both inform and entertain,” said local historian and living history specialist Barbara Lovelace, who researched, created, and directed the presentation. “Prologues and epilogues to the drama will tie the entrepreneurial activities and spirit of Urbanna’s early founders to today’s mercantile success in Urbanna.”

The dedication of a portrait of John Gordon, an Urbanna founder, and a reception at the Scottish Factor Store will follow the presentation.

A town crier and living history players will recreate the streets of colonial Urbanna, and a special visitor to “The Green” (the fenced grassy area between the post office and ABC store on Virginia Street) from the past will be Dr. John de Sequeyra, played by medical historian Doug Cohen. Displaying implements and introducing treatments of the time period, “Dr. de Sequeyra” will enlighten visitors on the practice of medicine in the mid-18th century. The historical Dr. de Sequeyra was the only known “Hebrew” living in Williamsburg in this time period, and he served as the first visiting physician for Williamsburg’s Hospital for the Insane and Disordered Minds from 1771 until 1795.

Also celebrating Urbanna history will be the Moody Crewe Pirates, who bring to life the golden age of piracy in Virginia and offer more than 100 years of combined experience as living historians. Returning to Urbanna after their well-received visit last year on Founders’ Day, these players offer a “pirate school” for children, demonstrate black powder weapon firing, and display a unique brand of education and entertainment.

Many other events, such as colonial games, a concert by the “York River Concert Band,” a historic tour on the town trolley conducted by local historian Larry Chowning, self-guided walking tours, and a “Weekend Getaway to Urbanna” prize drawing sponsored by local merchants will add to the festivities of the day.

This family-oriented celebration is being presented by the Founders’ Day Committee, which is comprised of local citizens affiliated with the new organization “Friends of Urbanna Museum and Parks.”

Chairperson Barbara Hartley promises an entertaining and memorable day and urges all to come out and enjoy the festivities. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

posted 09.02.2015

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