"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Virginia and the Planter Class Gallery

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Portrait of Lucy Randolph Burwell
Portrait of Lucy Randolph Burwell, 1773, 1951.35 Lucy Randolph was fourth generation in central Virginia of the Randolph family, one of the well-known wealthy and powerful “First Families of Virginia.” When writing Moby Dick in 1851, Herman Melville cited the Randolphs as the quintessential “old established family in the land,” the ultimate contrast to those families whose sons were forced in to the perilous profession of whaling.
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Portrait of the Children of Philip and Mary Grymes of Middlesex County
Portrait of the Children of Philip and Mary Grymes of Middlesex County, about 1749–1750, 1893.3 The clothing and toy wagon are evidence that even children in Virginia could “dress after the same modes, and behave themselves exactly as [their counterparts] in London,” as one English visitor wrote in 1724.
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Kettle found at Jenkins Neck
Kettle found at Jenkins Neck, Gloucester County, late 17th-century The enslaved, the poor farmers, and the craftsmen left no portraits, furniture, or silver behind for historians to study. However, manuscripts kept by wealthy landowners listing the names of their tenants and the archaeological excavation at home sites, trash pits, and outhouses reveal a great deal about the lives of the “forgotten” families. (Courtesy of the Department of Historic Resources)
Portrait of Lucy Randolph Burwell
Portrait of Lucy Randolph Burwell
Portrait of the Children of Philip and Mary Grymes of Middlesex County
Portrait of the Children of Philip and Mar
Kettle found at Jenkins Neck
Kettle found at Jenkins Neck