Wingfield Family Society Annual Gatherings

The Wingfield Family Society’s 2022 Annual Gathering will be held in Richmond, Virginia from Thursday, May 19 to Saturday, May 21, 2022. View a PDF of the print brochure and registration form.

Wingfield Family Society’s

34th Annual Gathering Schedule

We have created an itinerary that we hope you and your family will enjoy. Hope you and your family will be able to join us! Nonmembers are welcomed.

REGISTER for the 2022 WFS Annual Gathering

THURSDAY, May 19, 2022

Cost: $55 per person

Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport
441 International Center Dr., Sandston, VA 23150

Registration and Social
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop by the banquet room located on the ground floor to pick up your registration packet and socialize with others prior to the evening banquet. The Wingfield Store will be open during this time.

Banquet and Raffle
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The banquet and raffle is the main social event to begin this year’s annual gathering. We will begin at 5:30 pm, dinner will start around 7 pm. The banquet will include a general meeting and election of directors and a raffle. Socialize with others before Friday and Saturday tours.

The evening entertainment will include guest speaker Charles Wissinger. Charles has worked on stage and in films, television, and commercials. He also does interpretations of historical figures. Members will remember Charles at the 2017 banquet in Sterling, Virginia. The Wingfield Store will be open after the evening entertainment.

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022

Cost: $65 per person

The day’s tour will depart and return by motor coach to Hilton Garden Inn. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Boarding begins 15 minutes before departure. Tour will depart on time to ensure adherence to the tour schedule for the convenience of hosts at various stops.

Historic Jamestowne & St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Tour
9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Our first stop of the tour will be to the historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in New Kent, Virginia. This historic church is the oldest parish church in the Diocese of Virginia and the third oldest in the Commonwealth.

Thomas Wingfield (b.1664-d.1720) of York River and his wife Mary Stegall attended service at St. Peter’s Church. Their daughters Ruth, Mary and Elizabeth were baptized at St. Peter’s Church on October 18, 1691, February 25, 1699 and July 12, 1702, respectively.

St. Peter’s Church is also where Martha Custis, nee Dandridge and Col. George Washington was married on January 6, 1759 and attended service in their early life. George Washington, was a Founding Father of the United States and led the Patriot forces to victory in the American Revolutionary War and later served as the first president of the United States from 1789-1797.

Our second stop of the tour will be at Historic Jamestowne in Jamestown, Virginia. Here on Jamestown Island on May 14, 1607, Captain Edward Maria Wingfield, President of the Governing Council selected this piece of land to build a fortified settlement which later would become the first permanent British colony in the Americas.

Here we will be given a private guided tour and will consist of a walking tour that will provide insight into 17th-century Jamestown and the research conducted by the Jamestown Rediscovery team.

We will also be given a private tour of the Historic Jamestown Research Center where over 3 million artifacts that have been excavated and curated during the past 25 years of excavations are held.

Our visit also includes entrance to the Visitor Center, James Fort Site, New Towne, and the Archaearium Museum. Our visit at Historic Jamestowne will include lunch.

SATURDAY, May 21, 2022

Cost: $75 per person

The day’s tour will depart and return by motor coach to Hilton Garden Inn. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Boarding begins 15 minutes before departure. Tour will depart on time to ensure adherence to the tour schedule for the convenience of hosts at various stops.

Historic St. John’s Episcopal Church & Hanover County, Virginia Tour
9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Our first stop of the tour will be to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. This historic church is the oldest church in the city of Richmond.

It was the site of two important conventions in the period leading to the American Revolutionary War, and is famous as the location where Patrick Henry, a Founding Father, gave his memorable speech at the Second Virginia Convention, closing with the often-quoted demand, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

Born in Hanover County, Patrick served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786. Our Historic Interpreter will lead our group inside the church where they will discuss events in Virginia that led to the American Revolution. Patrick’s life and political career will be covered.

After our visit to St. John’s Church we will drive through the city of Richmond where Charles Wissinger will provide further commentary about other historic sites.

Afterwards we will depart for Hanover County where the three sons of Thomas Wingfield of York River settled-Thomas Wingfield II (b.1693-d.1782), married to Sarah Garland, John Wingfield, Sr. (b.1695-d.1759), married to Mary Hudson and Robert Wingfield (b.1697-d.1769), married to Ann Holloway.

Our second stop of the tour will be to the historic Hanover Tavern for lunch. John and Eleanor Shelton, parents of Patrick Henry’s wife Sarah, owned the Tavern from 1750-1764. Patrick and Sarah lived at the Tavern for several years after their marriage in 1754.

The Tavern is one of only a few surviving colonial era taverns in the United States. It has hosted such historic figures as George Washington, Lord Cornwallis, and the Marquis de Lafayette. For almost two centuries the Tavern provided meals and lodging to those having business before the Hanover County courts.

The Tavern served as post office for the area from the 1790s until 1911. Until Rural Free Delivery was introduced early in the 20th century residents from miles around viewed the Tavern as a community center as they came to the Tavern to pick up their mail and hear the neighborhood gossip.

After lunch, there will be a guided tour of the historic Hanover County Courthouse where in December 1763, Patrick Henry argued the Parson’s Cause case, the famous challenge to royal authority that helped to spark the American Revolution. In addition, you will have access to the Hanover Museum of History & Culture adjacent to the historic Courthouse.

Afterwards we will briefly visit St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hanover. After departing Hanover, we will make a stop at Upper Church, known today as Slash Church, for a guide tour. This historic church was built in 1729 and is the oldest frame colonial church in continuous use in Virginia. The Wingfield family of Hanover County attended service at these historic churches.

REGISTER for the 2022 WFS Annual Gathering

For more information about things to do while in Richmond, contact Stephen Chanko at info@wingfieldfamily.org or Richmond Visitor Center at www.visitrichmondva.com or phone at (804) 783-7450.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jim, Barbara or Stephen:

Jim Nowak
jnowak1014@aol.com
630-399-9769

Barbara Cortino
Bcortino1114@aol.com
224-622-4664

Stephen Chanko
info@wingfieldfamily.org
860-618-8465

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Past Annual Meetings

(Click on links starting in 2000 to see photos from the meetings)

1987: Ashland, VA

1988: Richmond, VA & UK

1989: Scottsdale, AZ

1990: Atlanta, GA

1991: Fredericksburg, VA & UK & Ireland

1992: Reno, NV

1993: Williamsburg, VA

1994: Kissimmee, FL

1995: Tyson’s Corner, VA & UK

1996: Scottsdale, AZ

1997: Richmond, VA

1998: San Antonio, TX

1999: Washington, DC & UK

2000: Toronto, Canada

2001: Denver, CO

2002: New Orleans, LA

2003: Salt Lake City, UT

2004: Savannah, GA

2005: Nashville, TN

2006: Phoenix, AZ

2007: Williamsburg, VA

2008: Atlanta, GA

2009: Tampa, FL

2010: Jamestown, VA

2011: San Antonio, TX

2012: Charlottesville, VA

2013: Nashville, TN

2014: Williamsburg, VA

2015: Chicago, IL

2016: New Orleans, LA

2017: Sterling, VA & UK

2018: Miami, FL (Carnival Cruise)

2019: Augusta, GA

2022: Richmond, VA

 

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