Popular culture may encourage a starry-eyed tabloid fascination with the British Royal Family, but we as citizens of Gloucester have an opportunity to reflect on Her Majesty’s life as inheritors of this place.
Gloucester’s historic connection to the Crown is undeniable. Virginia was the first overseas dominion of James I and the oldest colony of the British Empire. Even though our county was founded during the interregnum, the leadership of the community (including my predecessor, the Rev. Alexander Morey, first Rector of Ware Church) were ardent supporters of Charles II during the English Civil War—and contributors to his affection for Virginia as the most loyal and Old Dominion.
I recognize that this ancestral connection to the British Crown is not our whole story, nor is it individually our stories—we have many different places, cultures, and histories of how we came to be here—some freely, others by force. Not to mention, the American Revolution p...
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