Join the Frontier Culture Museum for the next installment of its 2023 Lecture Series. This month’s lecture is “Alexander Spotswood’s Germanna: A Gateway to Colonial Virginia’s West” presented by Dr. Eric Larsen from the Germanna Archaeology Foundation.

Alexander Spotswood was Governor of Colonial Virginia from 1710 to 1722. He established two forts along the western edges of the colony’s settlement. One was Fort Germanna. Several families of German-speaking immigrants were placed in the fort to serve as a “barrier” between the French and French-influenced Native Americans to the west. Although the fort itself was short lived, it was an important part in Virginia’s westward expansion.

Frontier Culture Museum’s 2023 Lecture Series

The Frontier Culture Museum is the biggest open-air living history museum in the Shenandoah Valley. Every year, the museum hosts a six-part lecture series with different speakers from various areas of the country. The 2023 iteration is presented both in-person and online, and is supported in part by funding from Virginia Humanities.

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