Last weekend, we had the honor of sponsoring a re-enactment of local American History at Smith’s Fort Plantation in Surry, Virginia. Preservation Virginia, along with The Queen’s Own Loyal Virginia Regiment, performed an interpretation of Surry County civilians that have been burned out of their homes by the advancing British Forces in 1781. During the re-enactment, we were more than happy to donate an Uncooked Virginia Ham to their food exhibit that showcased how the families would have prepared the ham to feed the local Surry County militia.
In the video below, Nicole Lemery of The Queen’s Own Loyal Virginia Regiment tells the story behind the importance of Virginia Hams during the Revolutionary War as well as the patriotic acts of Jacob Faulcon; the owner of Smith’s Fort Plantation who purchased food for Washington’s Army with his own credit. Please support your local historical societies and have a fantastic Fourth of July!