We will once again be returning to Virginia for the 2019 gathering of Bridger cousins, this time in July, 2019.
The last week in July 2019 will probably see more people in Williamsburg, Virginia than ever on record. Our country will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World with the first meeting of what became the House of Burgesses. Many of our ancestors, especially including our Grandfather, General Joseph Bridger was a member of the House of Burgesses and the highly respected Council. His father-in law, Colonel Robert Pitt, Hester’s father, was also a longtime member of the House of Burgesses. All of us have a very close association to the people who formed our American government and won’t it be wonderful to be there to be part of the celebration to honor our ancestors with our presence.
PLEASE OPEN THIS REGISTRATION FORM AND MAIL TO OUR TREASURER ASAP: BFA July 2019 REGISTRATION FORM.
We have reserved rooms again this year at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 50 Kingsmill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185. 1-800-222-8733. If you are planning to attend, YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE DOUBLETREE ASAP as the room block for BFA won’t last much longer and it’s very likely that all rooms will sell out due to all the activities that will be taking place that week. BE SURE TO RESERVE YOUR ROOMS BY TELLING THEM YOU ARE WITH THE BRIDGER FAMILY.
Room rate at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels are:
Single, double, triple and quad rates are all the same:
$149.00 per room plus state and local taxes which is currently 12%
Plus $2.00 Occupancy tax.
Below are our plans for the reunion:
Arrive Thursday, July 25th
Registration. Pick up your packet and nametag in our Hospitality Room. (Ask at front desk for location.)
Dinner on your own Thursday evening.
Friday, July 26th — BUS TOUR
9:30 a.m. Depart Williamsburg, VA, Doubletree Hilton Hotel by luxury cruise bus for:
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va. At Christopher Newport University we will visit the actual lab where Alain Outlaw and his cadre of archaeologists and students are curating the hundreds of artifacts that have been recovered from Joseph Bridger’s Whitemarsh Farm. This will be a first time look at this scientific process that is so important to telling the story of the Bridger family at Whitemarsh.
Driving distance approximately 20 miles. Drive time approximately 30 minutes.
12:00 p.m. We will all relax and enjoy a lunch at CNU provided by Bubba & Frank’s before we
head out to our next destination.
12:45 p.m. Depart from Christopher Newport for St. Luke’s Church, Smithfield, VA. While at
St. Luke’s, first time visitors will have an opportunity to tour the “Oldest Church in Virginia” where our great grandfather is entombed in the chancel of this National Historic Landmark. If you have been here before then please visit the gift shop or simply relax on the beautiful grounds of St. Luke’s.
Driving distance approximately 15 miles. Drive time approximately 30 minutes.
3:15 p.m. Depart Historic St. Luke’s Church for Whitemarsh Farm located on Tan Rd.,
Smithfield, VA. As the archaeological dig continues, Alain Outlaw will share with all of us the progress that has been made and the latest discoveries that will have a significant impact on our family’s history and its relationship with Historic St. Luke’s. You do not want to miss this.
Driving distance approximately 3 miles. Drive time approximately 7 minutes.
5:15 p.m. Depart Whitemarsh Farm for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Chuckatuck, VA.
Driving distance approximately 8 miles. Drive time approximately 15 minutes.
5:30 p.m. A fantastic BBQ dinner with all the fixings will be served by Bubba & Frank’s courtesy of Historic St. Luke’s. Plenty of wine and beer will be available for those who wish to partake, which explains why we got the bus. There will be a lot of fun and some surprises and time to spend with family members you have come to see.
8:00 p.m. Depart St. John’s Episcopal Church for Double Tree Hilton Hotel Williamsburg via the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry in Surry, VA. End your evening with a delightful ride across the James River to Jamestown Island where our history in America all began.
Driving distance approximately 55 miles. Drive time approximately 1 ½ hours.
Saturday, July 27th — Jamestowne Society luncheon meeting. (Luncheon is sold out.)
6:30 p.m. – Bridger Family Association dinner meeting at the Doubletree Hotel.
We’re sorry to say that all the Jamestowne Society activities are sold out.
Sunday – July 28th – Depart – Or attend the Jamestowne Society functions if you’ve already made reservations.
Watch this page for any updates as we get closer to our reunion date.
See this page for more info on the 2019 celebration at Jamestown: https://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/2019-commemoration/