The 15th Carter Reunion will be held in Williamsburg - Jamestown, Virginia on September 21 - 25, 2016. The reunion committee is putting together a spectacular event. A detailed itinerary will be included in the Registration Letter due to go out on May 1, 2016. Hotel reservations can be made now; Reservation information is provided on the Reservations tab below.

Invitation

Dear Carter Society Members,

It is with great pleasure, we the 2016 Reunion Committee, extends to you an invitation to attend The Carter Societ's 15th Anniversary Reunion. Our them this year is:

Jamestown Discoveries: Our Carter Roots in Early Virginia - Their Stories, Our Legacy

You will have an opportunity to walk in the steps of our forefathers and learn the history of how America came to be. Jamestown is considered one of the most hallowed historic sites in the United States. Our nation began at this spot. To visit Jamestown today is to find but small reminders of these beginnings. It resembles little of what the colonists first saw or later built. Fieldwork has unearthed archaeological discoveries of what may have existed those many years ago. We will stand at the gravesites of the first settlers, and we can only imagine sacrifices they made when leaving their homeland and settling in an unknown land.

We will go forward and learn the transition that occurred between Jamestown and what was to be Williamsburg. We will hear about the debates between colonists loyal to the king, and patriots led by Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and our ancestor, Robert "King" Carter. Events moved from peaceful protest of taxation by the British without representation, to a boycott of English imports, to the Boston Tea Party, to armed conflict. The colonists had to make the difficult choice btween remaining loyal to the king and fighting for independence.

The stories will be told by our event speakers who are archaeologists, historians, and authors from Williamsburg, Jamestown and the local communities.

We wish to welcome you to The Carter Society's 15th Reunion and Meeting. While we are in Williamsburg, we will be staying at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Conference Center. The hotel is located in a beautiful woodlands area not far from Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestown. While we are here our new address will be:

Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suite
105 Visitors Center Drive
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185

See the Reservations tab for reservation information.

See the Registration tab for registration information.

Agenda

The 2016 Reunion Program can be downloaded as a large pdf file (609.22 KB) here.

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2016 - The Carter Society Reunion
"Jamestown Discoveries: Our Carter Roots in Early Virginia - Their Stories, Our Legacy"
Reunion Program

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - (Free time - Not included in the Registration)

  • 7:00 - 10:00 am - Breakfast
  • 1:00 - 5:00 pm - Early Tours (Optional - not included in the Registration)
    • Suggestions
      • Mariners Museum in Newport News
      • Colonial Williamsburg's Conservation Labs
      • Colonial Williamsburg (a $20 ticket is part of the registration fee and good for the whole week. If you do a tour, free bus from the Hotel)
      • Williamsburg Winery
      • Plantation Tour
  • 6:00 pm - For all of those coming in early: Red Hot and Blue BBQ. Meet at the front desk to all go together. (Optional - not included in the Reunion Registration)

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Registration Day

  • 7:00 - 10:00 am - Breakfast
  • 1:00 - 4:30 pm - Hotel checkin
    • Registration - Conference Center, Cascades 1
      • Pick up Reunion Packet - Kathy Arth and Nancy Billings
      • Genealogy Presentation - Tracy Sandeen and Vicki Smith have some fun things planned for this year's reunion, more to come.
      • Sign up for a Tour ticket for Colonial Williamsburg. Free bus ride all day long to get you there and back.
  • 4:45 pm - Dinner at Season's Restaurant and Bar. Cash Bar
  • 6:15 pm - Memorial Service and Honor our veterans
  • 7:15 - 8:00 pm - Archeaogist for Colonial Williamsburg - Meredith Pool
  • 8:15 - 9:15 pm - Executive Board Meeting - Conference Center, Cascades

Friday, September 23, 2016 - Trip to Historic Jamestown and the Jamestown Settlement

  • 7:00 - 8:30 am - Breakfast
  • 9:00 - 12:00 pm - Tour Historic Jamestown
    • Suggested reading: A Land As God Made It - Jamestown and the Birth of America by Dr. James Horn of Historic Jamestown
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch at the Cafeteria at the Jamestown Settlement
  • 1:00 pm - Tour the Jamestown Settlement, Museum and Outdoor Exhibits
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm - Annual Meeting, Conference Center, Cascades 1
  • 6:30 pm - Dinner at The Whaling Company, Cash Bar

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Speakers at the Hotel Conference Room, Cascades 1

  • 7:00 - 8:45 am - Breakfast
  • 8:45 - 9:30 am - Speakers
    • Paul Carter - Trip to England
    • Bob Lumsden - Thomas Carter Property Excavation
  • 9:30 - 10:30 am - Mike Terry - An Update on the Carter DNA Project
  • 10:30 - 10:45 am - Break
  • 10:45 - 11:45 am - John Hamant - How Colonial Williamsburg Came To Be: How the minister at Bruton Parish Church got the idea to save this little town for posterity and J.D. Rockefeller's part in the plan
  • 1:00 - 5:00 pm - Free tiem to tour Colonial Williamsburg (please get a ticket from Paul if you plan to tour).
  • 5:00 pm - Dinner at Ford Colony Country Club
    • Happy Hour - Cash Bar
    • Photos
  • 6:00 pm - Texas Tailgate Buffet
  • 6:30 pm - Present Genealogy Awards
  • 6:45 pm - Honor the Founders of the Carter Society
  • 7:15 - 8:15 pm - Spearker: Connie Lapallo - From Starving Time to Cromwell: the Women and Children of Virginia, 1609 - 1652

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - End of the Event

  • 7:00 - 10:00 am - Breakfast
    • Church Service - Burton Parish Episcopal Church - possibly attending service as a group, 9:15 or 11:15 pm. Contacts: Marty Jones or Christine Britton (757) 229-2891. The church is open every day 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
    • Group Lunch (on our own - not included in registration) Suggest Berret's Seafood Restaurant, 199 South Boundry Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185, (757) 253-1847. Will need to make reservations if interested.
    • Turn in Evaluation Forms
    • Safe Trip Home - See you in 2017 in ?????

Program

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