From the Virginia Historical Society:
Join us on Saturday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. for a tour tracing the paths of Virginians who left the Old Dominion in search of prosperity in the wild west. Originally the most populous and politically powerful state in the new nation, Virginia saw its fortunes decline in the early nineteenth century. Tobacco cultivation exhausted the soil leading to an exodus of one million Virginians between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Using letters, maps, and other artifacts, this tour will focus on the people who carried Virginia’s culture west looking for land, gold, and new opportunities.
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