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The Pierre Chastain Family Association will hold its 44th Annual Reunion in September or October 2019. 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 2019 PCFA Reunion.
 
 
When
Friday 4 October 2019 and Saturday 5 October 2019.
 
Where
Near Richmond / Midlothian, Virginia. This is where the 2018 reunion was scheduled to be, but was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.
 
Why
It will be held in the Richmond - Midlothian, Virginia area which is located close to 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! (Even more exciting than being blown away by a hurricane!)
 

And How

To register, please download the 2019 PCFA Reunion Registration Form and follow the instructions therein. If you want more information about the 2019 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 web site, 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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