“The Fascinating History of King William County,” a new course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL), will be held on October 26 and November 2 and 9 (Wednesdays), from 1 to 3 p.m., at the historic King William County courthouse. Well-known archaeologists Dr. David Brown and Thane Harpole will present the topic, with support from the King William County Historical Society and tour guides Carl Fischer and Rebecca Townsend.
The history of King William County, spanning the period from the early 18th through the early 20th centuries, is preserved in its remarkable religious, political, and domestic buildings. The current course will begin with tours of King William County’s courthouse—the oldest continuously active such building in Virginia—and the King William County Historical Society Museum. Site visits and tours will include churches such as St. John’s Episcopal, Acquinton, and Lanesville Christadelphian, as well as a number of historic houses. The course will also cover recent archaeological discoveries, historical research, and landscape analyses, which alter how the past is interpreted and how these significant places are preserved for future generations.
Dr. David Brown and Thane Harpole received their undergraduate degrees from the College of William and Mary, and have conducted archaeological research and outreach in Gloucester County since 1994. Both are founding members of the Werowocomoco Research Group and attended the graduate program in Historical Archaeology at the University of Massachusetts; also, Dr. Brown recently completed his dissertation in history at the College of William and Mary. Brown and Harpole are co-directors of The Fairfield Foundation in Gloucester County.
Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “The Fascinating History of King William County” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2016.
Photo: Left to right: Thane Harpole and Dr. David Brown will teach a Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning course, “The Fascinating History of King William County,” on October 26, and November 2 and 9.