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National Society of Claiborne Family Descendants 2019 Reunion
Williamsburg, Virginia
Saturday, July 27 through Monday, July 30, 2019
Williamsburg Lodge, 310 South England Street, Williamsburg

“Colonel William Claiborne: Mover and Shaker at the Epicenter of a New World”


Saturday, July 27th
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Registration and Hospitality at the Williamsburg Lodge. Dinner and evening on your own with Claiborne and Cliborn relatives and friends.

Sunday, July 28th
9:00 am Meet in the Williamsburg Lodge Lobby for transportation to Historic Jamestown. Guided tour of Jamestown Fort, Church with memorial to William Claiborne, Archaearium Museum of artifacts, archeological digs, walking tour of New Towne area with interpreter, visit to Ambler Mansion ruins.
12:00 Noon: Lunch: Box lunches will be available.
1:00 pm: Board bus for Jamestown Settlement, exhibits, Indian village, ships, and gardens.
4:00 pm: Return to Williamsburg Lodge. Dinner and evening on your own.

Monday, July 29th
9:00 am: Meet in Williamsburg Lodge Lobby for transportation to Muscarelle Museum on College of William & Mary campus, to view painting of William Claiborne (a possible restoration project for our Society).
10:00 am: Visit the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, with galleries of 17th and 18th century decorative arts including paintings of Thomas and Sara Claiborne of Tennessee. Visit nearby Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
12:00 Noon: Lunch at the Museum cafeteria. Return to galleries on your own.
1:45 pm: Return to Williamsburg Lodge.
2:00 pm: Business meeting: Call to Order, Invocation, Minutes, Treasurer’s and Registrar’s Reports.
2:30 pm: Nominating Committee Recommendations, Election, New Business (discussion of proposed restoration project), Presentations.
4:00 pm: Genealogical Research Update, Discussion of next Reunion, Benediction, Adjournment.
5:00 pm: Break
6:00 pm: Banquet
7:30 pm: Dr. Claiborne Smith Award, Installation of new Officers, Remarks by new President.
8:00 pm: Keynote Speaker Ms. Martha McCartney.
9:00 pm: Closing Remarks, New Officers meet.

Tuesday, July 30th
Reunion over; check out on your own. For those choosing to attend the American Evolution Event 1619-2019 at Historic Jamestown at 9:00 am, check out timing will need to be early as well.

Message from the Reunion Chair: Clai Bachmann, Vice President Claiborne Society
New Information on the Claiborne Reunion and the
Need to Make Room Reservations as Soon as Possible

I am looking forward to seeing you in Williamsburg on Saturday, July 27th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Williamsburg Lodge at 310 South England Street in Colonial Williamsburg. This is a different venue for our reception than we had previously planned, so please make note of the address. Please also use the final page of this newsletter to register.

Because of William Claiborne’s extensive involvement in early Virginia government, this year’s annual meeting has been specifically scheduled to coincide with Jamestown’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of the first representative government assembly in the Western Hemisphere. Due to this, hotel rooms are booking up fast. All rooms being held by the Claiborne Society at the Williamsburg Lodge are already booked. However, the Lodge still has four rooms left at our special rate for July 27 and 28 (but not the 29th). There are also eleven rooms left at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel at 105 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, for July 27, 28, 29 that are not being held for our group. This meeting is a very special one because of the Jamestown 400th anniversary celebration, so you may not want to miss it!

Change of registration location: For the convenience of attendees, “reunion registration” is now going to be in the Williamsburg Lodge in the hallway to the left of the hotel “front desk”, instead of at Clai Bachmann’s house. On Saturday, July 27, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, attendees must register and pick up a meeting agenda, gift goody bags, maps and informational brochures. They may also meet up with other Claiborne descendants to make Saturday dinner plans on their own. For late arrivals there will be a brief registration on Sunday morning at 7:30 am. Your Colonial Williamsburg admission passes will already have been purchased for you and will be distributed on Sunday morning.

Special Celebratory Week at Jamestown, July 29 through August 4: For those who do not already know, there are two Jamestown sites: “Historic Jamestowne”, the original site on Jamestown Island, owned by Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service; and “Jamestown Settlement” a re-creation on the nearby mainland, owned by the state of Virginia. The Claiborne Society has organized visits to both of these sites on Sunday July 28.

On Tuesday morning July 30, Historic Jamestowne will be holding a special commemorative ceremony at the old Jamestown Church, to which Virginia patriotic and historical organizations, including the Claiborne Society, have been invited. Following will be a concert by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. (Inside the church is a large decorative plaque to the first William Claiborne in Virginia, honoring the multiple official positions he held in the colony’s government.)

At both Jamestown sites, highlights of the rest of this day and week include living history performances, themed tours, archeology demonstrations, and lectures. There are also three history museums with special exhibits on Jamestown history. Many of these things are only happening during this week.

If you have any questions, you may e-mail Clai Bachmann at, phone her at home 1-757-645-3569, or cell 1-860-567-8077.

Many thanks to our Reunion Committee: Elizabeth Richardson, Pam Meiring, Sara “Sally” Prosch James, Mary Ann Gilman, Ed Ayres, Alex Waldrop, Beverly Davis, Jennie Howe