November 16, 2007
(AP) President Bush will visit a historic site next week in Virginia -- not Massachusetts to talk about Thanksgiving.
On Monday, the President will head to Berkeley Plantation, where
English settlers held a thanksgiving service almost two years before the Pilgrims' feast in Massachusetts that came to be considered the first Thanksgiving.
Berkeley Plantation is on the banks of the James River, between Williamsburg the former Virginia capital, and Richmond, the capital now.
Captain John Woodlief and his crew of 37 men came upon the site on December 4th, 1619. They fell to their knees and read a proclamation stating that the day of their ship's arrival should be "yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."
Even many people born in the area don't know about the Virginia thanksgiving, but President Bush's visit may raise awareness of Berkeley.
The country's first 10 presidents all spent time at Berkeley Plantation.
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