National Stanley Family Association 26th Reunion 2nd Quarter Century Begins June 26 & 27, 2015
Held at Estes Dining Hall, Randolph-Macon College GPS Coordinates: 37.7622545, -77.477650
Corner of E Patrick and Henry St
(North of 204 Henry St)
Ashland, VA 23005
As our 2015 theme states, "2nd Quarter Century Begins" in Ashland, VA, the “Center of the Universe.” Come join the Stanley celebration in this old resort town as described below. We return to our ancestral grounds in Hanover County, Virginia where all NSFA Stanleys trace their lineage to Thomas Stanley and his known three sons: James (1688), Thomas, Jr. (1689), and John (1691). You will be able to visit many historical sites in Hanover County including the Cedar Creek Quaker Meeting House site. The speakers will enlighten you on the Quaker involvement in the local slave trade as well as early Hanover History. During the reunion, you will find out more of your family history from Stanley family genealogy experts (and non-experts). Learn how to research your own line, bring your questions, and please bring your pictures to share. Expect to have a good time visiting with your “cousins” whom you might not have seen for a year or more. Highlights of the weekend will include speakers, tours of places of interest and as usual good local entertainment.
Make sure to bring your wallets since you need a Stanley watch, hat, t-shirt and more Stanley history books. Note that we are having a HUGE Stanley book sale at the reunion!!!Click here for more information on that. See you there!
REGISTRATION: Please click here for the registration form. Registration is due by June 21st by mail. Check-in will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at the Blackwell Center for the Performing Arts on 204 Henry St. and will last until 5:00 p.m. Check-in will also occur on Saturday, June 27 from 9:00 a.m. untill 9:30 a.m. at the same location.
You can also pay via PayPal using the link below. Please mail or email your registration form in addition to paying via PayPal. Thanks.
MAPS AND HOW TO GET TO Ashland, VA:
You can get there from anywhere in the world! Click here to see maps and to obtain driving directions from just about anywhere!
Friday Evening: Jack Trammell - "Quakers, the Richmond Slave Trade and Quiet Resistance"
Saturday Afternoon: Gewndolyne Strane - "Some of the Elements of the Underground Railroad"
Saturday Evening: Arthur H. (Art) Taylor, III - "Some more, Hanover History and Such"
HISTORY & LOCAL ATTRACTIONS/EVENTS: Origins: Developed by the railroad as a mineral springs resort, the origin of the town dates back to the late 1840s. Officially incorporated on February 19, 1858, the town was named “Ashland” after native son Henry Clay’s estate in Kentucky. With the relocation of Randolph Macon College to Ashland in 1868, the town evolved from a railroad resort to a small college town.
Both Patrick Henry (1736) and Henry Clay (1777) were born in Hanover County. And but a stones throw away is our State Capitol, Richmond, where on November 1, 1911, Buffalo Bill said his last farewell and in 1775 Patrick Henry gave his fiery speech (Give me Liberty or give me death) at St. Johns Church. Then too, by the 1839's, Richmond had become a flour-manufacturing center of great importance to the point that Dunlop Mills could advertise on November 11, 1911 "Dunlop Flours are Feeding the World.
Some things change but then good things do remain. Still lining the tracks of the historic district are the local restaurants and various Mom-and-Pop stores giving tourists, college kids and the local residents the opportunity to absorb the small-town charm of Ashland. Not far away are the new fairgrounds on the site of Meadow Farm, where triple-crown winner Secretariat, the young chestnut colt, was born in 1970. And do you know, we are talked about as the "Center of the Universe?"
[Wikipedia - Ashland, Virginia]