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The Pierre Chastain Family Association will hold its 43rd Annual Reunion in September 2018. All the details available at this time are below. Please revisit often to keep abreast of new developments.
 
Who
All Chastains, families and friends.
 
What
Plans are in the works to have the 2018 PCFA Reunion in the area near Manakintown, Virginia where a group of Huguenots, including Pierre Chastain and his family, first settled in 1700. It will be a fantastic adventure into the history of our family.
 
Highlights
 
One of the highlights of the reunion will be visiting the Manakin Episcopal Church. It’s located at 985 Huguenot Trail, Midlothian, Virginia. (https://manakin.org/)
 
The Manakin Episcopal Church is the same church Pierre Chastain and his family attended. (Well, the building is newer, but there is a church pew with his name on it in the church.)
 
A tour of the church will follow the catered meal, which will be in one of the church gathering room. While we eat lunch, we’ll get to hear about the research being done by Emory Alzheimer’s Research Center on Chastains and Alzheimers.
 
For those who want to attend a church service at the Manakin Episcopal Church, the Sunday services list Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and at 10:00 a.m., the Holy Eucharist or Morning Prayer. The rector of the church is Reverend Virginia (Gini) DeStanislao.
 
When
Friday 14 September 2018 and Saturday 15 September 2018.
 
Where
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Richmond - Midlothian
1021 Koger Center Blvd
Richmond, VA 23235-4752
doubletree3.hilton.com
(800) 445-8667
 
We have arranged to get a special discount room rate of $119.00 per night. This special rate does not include breakfast. When you call to make reservations, please be sure to indicate you are attending the Annual Pierre Chastain Family Reunion and use Group Code "PCF".
 
Why
It will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Richmond - Midlothian, Virginia which is located literally less than a mile from the old Huguenot Trail and Huguenot Road. There are possibilities of visiting many historic places in the area.
 
The planning committee is working hard to make this the most exciting reunion ever!
 

And How

To register, please download the 2018 PCFA Reunion Registration Form and follow the instructions therein. If you want more information about the 2018 Reunion, please contact Karyl @ President@PierreChastain.com
 
Reunion Coordinators
The 2018 PCFA Reunion is being coordinated by Ron and Phyllis Mitchell. They live in the area and are arranging lots of fun activities and visits to historic places.
 
What to Do While in Richmond, Virginia
A few web sites to help guide you:
  • Visit Richmond https://www.visitrichmondva.com/plan/itineraries/
  • Free Visitors Guide https://www.visitrichmondva.com/plan/online-visitors-guide/
  • Richmond Walking Tours http://www.richmondtourguys.com
  • Canal Cruises https://www.venturerichmond.com/experience/canal/rides.html
 
A Few Selected Points of Interest
 
Henricus Historical Park
Travel back in time to the Citie of Henricus, the second successful English settlement in the New World. Explore a moment in time where 300 settlers, led by Sir Thomas Dale, departed the unhealthy environment of Jamestown with the hope of establishing a strong English Colony and with the intention of becoming the principal seat of the Virginia Company of London.

http://henricus.org
 
St. John’s Church
Here Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me Liberty or Give me Death!” speech to the Second Virginia Convention of March 1775. Our programs bring to life the events that led to the American Revolution and allow us to maintain and preserve St. John's Church for future generations.

https://www.historicstjohnschurch.org
 
Tuckahoe Plantation
Tuckahoe Plantation, boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson, is a National Historic Landmark and is protected in perpetuity by a preservation easement donated by the owners. It is considered by architectural historians to be among the finest early 18th century plantation homes in America.

http://www.tuckahoeplantation.com
 
Hollywood Cemetery
It serves as the final resting place for two American presidents, six Virginia governors, two Supreme Court justices, twenty-two Confederate generals and thousands of Confederate soldiers. Known as a "garden cemetery", Hollywood Cemetery ranks as the second most-visited cemetery in the nation, right behind Arlington National Cemetery. The stories and beauty of Hollywood continue to bring visitors from all over the world. To this day, Hollywood Cemetery still provides numerous interment options, allowing you to reserve your place in history among presidents, Civil War generals and many other famous personalities.

https://www.hollywoodcemetery.org
 
Maymont Park
Maymont is a 100-acre (0.156 sq mi) Victorian estate and public park in Richmond, Virginia. It contains Maymont Mansion, now a historic house museum, an arboretum, formal gardens, a carriage collection, native wildlife exhibits, a nature center, and Children's Farm.

https://maymont.org/visit/
 
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
VMFA Arts a top comprehensive US art museum with more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free.

https://www.vmfa.museum
 
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
One of the top gardens in the US; voted America's #4 public gardens by USA Today. Recognized by the Travel Channel as a best botanical garden.

http://www.lewisginter.org
 
The Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Located in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood, the museum is dedicated to American writer Edgar Allan Poe. Though Poe never lived in the building, it serves to commemorate his time living in Richmond. The museum holds one of the world's largest collections of original manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings. The museum also provides an overview of early 19th century Richmond, where Poe lived and worked. The museum features the life and career of Edgar Allan Poe by documenting his accomplishments with pictures, relics, and verse, and focusing on his many years in Richmond.

https://www.poemuseum.org/visit
 
James River Plantations
Five Plantations encompassing three centuries can be seen along Virginia's scenic Route 5 in Charles City County. These plantations and farms along the James River have survived the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the War Between the States. The privately owned and preserved National Register properties are open for visitors to experience and enjoy.

http://www.jamesriverplantations.org
 
The Museum and White House of the Confederacy
A neoclassical mansion built in 1818. Jefferson Davis lived here during the Civil War years, and several pieces of furniture owned by him are on display. The museum contains more than 15,000 artifacts and 500 flags from the Confederate era. The collection includes the swords and other personal effects of Generals Jackson, Lee and Stuart. Personal papers, government documents, journals and rare books are on exhibit.

https://acwm.org/visit-us?qt-directions=1#qt-directions
 
Manakin Huguenot Library
We are not aware of the Manakin Huguenot Library being open just for us. According to the website, it's only open on Sunday afternoons and Wednesdays. If someone wants to remain after the reunion to check it out, they can do so. There is a small gift shop that is probably only open when the library is open.

http://huguenot-manakin.org/manakin/library.php
 
Additional Attractions in RVA and surrounding localities
  • Monument Avenue https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_Avenue
  • Petersburg Battlefield https://www.nps.gov/pete/index.htm
  • Yorktown https://www.nps.gov/york/index.htm
  • Colonial Williamsburg https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com
  • Jamestown Settlement https://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/
  • National Park Service https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/richmond/listsites.html
 
Local Research Facilities
  • Library of Virginia The Library of Virginia is the state's oldest institution dedicated to the preservation of Virginia's history and culture. Today the Library houses more than 110 million manuscript items and more than 1.9 million bound volumes. And FREE parking!
    http://www.lva.virginia.gov
     
  • The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VA Historical Society Library)
    https://www.virginiahistory.org/your-visit/visiting-do-research
     
  • Richmond Virginia Family History Center
    https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Richmond_Virginia_Family_History_Center
 
Shopping in the Region
  • Chesterfield Town Center http://www.chesterfieldcenter.com
  • Stony Point Fashion Park https://www.shopstonypoint.com/directory/
  • Carytown http://www.carytownrva.com
  • Short Pump Town Center https://www.shortpumptowncenter.com
  • Westchester Commons http://shopwestchestercommons.com
 
Local Historical Societies
  • The Powhatan County Historical Society http://www.powhatanhistoricalsociety.org
  • Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia https://www.chesterfieldhistory.com
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia http://www.griva.org
  • Virginia Genealogical Society https://www.vgs.org
  • Goochland County Historical Society http://goochlandhistory.org
  • Henrico Historical Society http://www.henricohistoricalsociety.org/genealogy.html
 
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Please visit often as new information will be posted when it becomes available as plans solidify.
 
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