"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
Next event
Featured Promotion

Immerse yourself in Virginia's history by visiting one of our exhibitions.

 

The Story of Virginia

Virginia’s Traffic in the Atlantic World Gallery

William Byrd II Enter Fullscreen More information
Portrait of William Byrd II of Westover plantation, about 1724, 1973.6
William Byrd II developed refined tastes in England, where he was educated and became a member of London’s prestigious Royal Society. He founded Richmond and Petersburg.
Dutch tin-enameled earthenware tile Enter Fullscreen More information
Dutch tin-enameled earthenware tile, 1620-1635
The depiction of an African camel on this decorative tile found at Jordan’s Journey is evidence of Dutch commerce that reached from the slave markets of Africa to the New World.
Dutch Delftware ointment pot, about 1625–1650 Enter Fullscreen More information
Dutch Delftware ointment pot, about 1625–1650
Excavated at Jordan’s Journey, Prince George County
Weeding hoe, about 1620-1640, excavated at Jordan’s Journey, Prince George County Enter Fullscreen More information
Weeding hoe, about 1620-1640, excavated at Jordan’s Journey, Prince George County
Used to cultivate tobacco, the colony’s newly-discovered money crop.
Iron wrist shackles, 1600–1700 Enter Fullscreen More information
Iron wrist shackles, 1600–1700
Acceptance of the first slave cargo at Point Comfort, Virginia shaped the subsequent history of the nation. Gradually race-based slavery became entrenched in Virginia and throughout the American South. Twelve and a half million Africans were enslaved and transported from Africa to North and South America—128,000 were brought to the Chesapeake Bay region against their will and in chains.
William Byrd II
Portrait of William Byrd II of Westover pl
Dutch tin-enameled earthenware tile
Dutch tin-enameled earthenware tile, 1620-
Dutch Delftware ointment pot, about 1625–1650
Dutch Delftware ointment pot, about 1625–1
Weeding hoe, about 1620-1640, excavated at Jordan’s Journey, Prince George County
Weeding hoe, about 1620-1640, excavated at
Iron wrist shackles, 1600–1700
Iron wrist shackles, 1600–1700