2022 Reunion Announcement

Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr. Society Reunion

June 8 through June 11, 2022

Winchester, Va.

 

After two years of cancelled reunions due to the pandemic, the Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth Sr. Society will once again gather for a reunion. Our 2022 Reunion will be held from June 8 through June 11 in Winchester, VA, one of the most historically significant locations in early Hollingsworth family history. It is home to Abram’s Delight, the oldest standing home in the city of Winchester, on land originally purchased by Abraham Hollingsworth, son of Thomas of Valentine.


Headquarters for the reunion will be at the Hilton Garden Inn at Winchester. Reservations can be secured by calling 540-722-8881. Hotel details at www.winchester.hgi.com . Request the DVHSS Family Reunion 2022 rate. Reservations must be made by 5/22/22. Any reservation after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis. Reservations must be guaranteed by credit card. For reservations less than 10 days prior to arrival, a check for the initial night’s charge must be received.

Download Registration Form:2022_Win_Registration-3-11-22.pdf


Reunion activities are as follows:

Wednesday, June 8:

Wednesday is check-in day, plus an opportunity to share your Hollingsworth genealogy with our DVHSS Genealogist and other DVHSS members. Notebooks and name tags will be handed out at registration.

The reunion committee requests that participants bring their Hollingsworth ancestral line, if known. The committee has arranged a meet and greet room at the Hilton from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for our members to visit with other members and to discuss your ancestry. Poster boards will be provided to display your family’s Hollingsworth line and to facilitate discussion.

Jo Hollingsworth will be visiting Harper’s Ferry National Park on Wednesday afternoon and is willing to lead a group if anyone is interested. Meet in the hotel lobby at noon.

 

Thursday, June 9:

Hopewell Meeting House

Thursday is a Winchester day and will allow us to recuperate from traveling. The day will start with the DVHSS Annual Meeting in the Hilton’s meeting room. Following the meeting, after a half-hour break, box lunches will be served.

After lunch, a short presentation will be held in the meeting room before carpooling to the Hopewell Meeting House for a presentation by DVHSS member Jim Riley. The Hopewell Centre Meeting was established in 1734 and is the oldest surviving place of worship in the area. It has been in continuous use since it was built. A display of two Hollingsworth quilts (from Waterford Foundation and Loudoun Museum) and a discussion on the importance of quilts will be given by Mary Robare.

An optional dinner at the Piccadilly Public House will follow in the evening.

Friday, June 10:

Antietam National Battlefield

An early, one-hour drive through Virginia and West Virginia by motor coach will bring us to the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. After visiting the Visitor Center, we will reboard the bus for a three-hour Park Ranger guided tour of the battlefield.

A leisurely lunch will follow at the Shepherdstown Bavarian Inn. Added time is allowed to visit the shops in the area.  The bus will deliver us back to the Hilton by 4:00 p.m.  Dinner is on our own with many restaurants near our hotel.

Saturday, June 11:

Abram's Delight

Saturday is our Abram’s Delight day and DVHSS Annual Banquet. We start by carpooling to Abram’s Delight where we will be treated to mulled cider and sweets in the museum’s boxwood gardens. Abram’s Delight is a limestone house believed begun by Abraham Hollingsworth several years before his death in 1748. The house is privately open to family members, with the Winchester/Frederick County Historical Society acting as guides. Five generations of the “prominent Hollingsworth family” lived in the house, spanning 200 years of Virginia history.

The afternoon is open to visit various places in the Winchester area. Lunch is available at nearby restaurants and wineries in charming towns of Loudoun County or at your next chosen site. Notable nearby sites are the Hollingsworth- Parkins Cemetery, Harpers Ferry, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Glen Burnie Mansion, Belle Grove Plantation, a walking tour of downtown Winchester, Frederick County Courthouse, and the Handley Library for research.

Dinner at the historic and iconic George Washington Hotel, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, in downtown Winchester completes our visit in style. The hotel offers the pristine beauty of the Shenandoah Valley with elegant marble flooring and soaring ceiling heights of the 1920s. The dinner features an Italian Tuscany Hills buffet [$50 per person] with choice of salads, and chicken and swordfish entrees, and choice of Italian desserts. An after-dinner speaker will speak.

Important Notes:

It is important that the registration forms be sent in as soon as possible. Due to the large attendance at the 2019 Delaware reunion, several areas such as buses, rooms, and meals will need to be addressed as early as possible. The reunion committee will adapt as the forms are submitted.

Regarding the pandemic’s present status in Virginia, the state is not requiring masks. However, it would be smart to bring a mask in case of local regulations. The board also recommends that attendees have COVID booster shots but will allow the attendee the final decision. Keep in mind most of those who will attend are in the high-risk group. We will continually monitor the pandemic status in Virginia and notify you if things change.

DVHSS 2021 Reunion in Winchester Postponed

Unfortunately, as it was a yer ago, our DVHSS Reunion scheduled for June in Winchester, VA has been postponed due to the continuing Corona Virus Pandemic. The DVHSS Board of Directors and the Reunion Committee are evaluating potential alternatives, including rescheduling for fall of this year or conducting some form of on-line event, with the Winchester reunion held over till June of 2022. As decisions are made regarding these or other options, additional info will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

DVHSS 27th Annual Reunion - South Carolina & Georgia

DVHSS 27th Annual Reunion - 2018 South Carolina & Georgia

The Hollingsworth cousins gathered once again during the first week of May for a great reunion, visiting sites in both South Carolina and Georgia. We headquartered in Columbia, SC, and our first DVHSS Reunion 2018 1RMurphrey-Hollingsworth Cabin at Hagood Mill Site day of adventure on Thursday was to Pickens County, SC, where we initially visited the Pickens County Museum of Art & History for a taste of the local culture . Lunch was on our own in Pickens before boarding the bus to head to the Hagood Mill and Murphrey-Hollingsworth Cabin. We were met at the site by our guest speaker Billy Crawford, who filled us in on the history of the mill and the cabin, once owned by an early pioneer Hollingsworth family. After exploring the site, we returned to Columbia for dinner on our own.

Day two saw us boarding the bus for our trip to Augusta, GA. First stop was the Augusta Museum of History, where we had a guided tour that walked us through years of Augusta history. Following our tour, we were treated to presentation on the Hollingsworth Candy Company, a treaured fixture in Augusta for most of the 20th century. Speaker Bill Baab kicked DVHSS Reunion 2018 2RSpeaker Julie Berry & Past President Jo Hollingsworththings off with a history of candy making in Augusta, followed by a terrific presentation by Julie Berry, daughter of the company's chief engineer, on the history of the company with lots of pictures from the company while in operation. From there, we travelled a few blocks to the Augusta Canal Discovery Center, for our Canal Boat ride. For the next hour we motored up the canal and back, learning about its vital role in the history of Augusta and the surrounding area. After a boxed lunch at the on-site Fat Man Cafe, we boarded the bus for a Sardis, GA and the Sardis Baptist Church. The Church was co-founded in 1803 by Jacob Hollingsworth, and pastored in the 1950's by Rev. Troy Hollingsworth, bookending the long history of the church. Our VP Randy Hollingsworth and Georgia Hollingsworth researcher Lillian Talbert gave a presentation on the history of the church and on the ongoing research into DVHSS Reunion 2018 3RRiding the Augusta Canal Boatthe genealogy of the early Georgia Hollingsworths in the area. It was then on to the beautiful General Elliott Inn in Akin, SC, where we had a terrific dinner amidst the rolling countryside of the self-proclaimed polo capital of the USA.

Day three started out at with a carpool to Newberry County and the Newberry County Museum, which is located in the Coppock House and also includes the Gaunt house a few steps away. The museum has an impressive collection of artifacts and displays, relative primarily to the history of Newberry County and the Gaunt House provides a glimpse into the setting of a dwelling typical of the county in the early 1800's. Following lunch on our own, the group drove to the Bush River Quaker Cemetery. We were fortunate to have Judy Russel speak to us about the history of the cemetery and the efforts starting in 2002 to reclaim the cemetery from nature after years of neglect. Today this final resting place of many of our groups' anccestors is a well maintained DVHSS Reunion 2018 4RReunion attendees at New Berry County Museumand peaceful setting. After the drive back to Columbia and dinner on our own, our reunion concluded with our annual business meeting, which was kicked off by an inspiring talk by James Willbanks, author of the recently released biography of Lt. General James F. Hollingsworth, call sign Danger 79er.

DVHSS Reunion 2018 5RBush River Cemetery TalkThe reunion was a great opportunity to catch up with cousins we have known for years and also to meet new cousins attending for the first time. For those not able to make this year's reunion, we hope you will join us next year in Delaware, where it all started, for our 2019 reunion.

2019 DVHSS Annual Reunion

DVHSS 28th Annual Reunion
2019 Newark, Delaware

April 25 - 27, 2019

For the first time in several years, DVHSS members gathered together in New Castle County, Delaware, where our Hollingsworth journey in America began. Nearly 337 years after our ancestor Valentine Hollingsworth Sr. first stepped foot on American soil, his descendants were back where it all started to celebrate his and his children's  legacy. This was to be a reunion jam packed with places that were rich in Hollingsworth tradition

Day 1: April 25th

Reunion Group at Valentine Memorial
House Containing Thomas Cabin
House Containing Thomas Cabin

Registration started Wednesday evening, April 24th at our headquarters hotel, the Embassy Suites in Newark, DE. The following morning found us on the bus bound for our first stop at Newark Union Cemetery, where Valentine and his wife were buried. We all gathered around Valentine's Memorial Marker to commemorate our return to honor our immigrant ancestor. We were also able to see the inside of the Newark Union Church on the cemetery grounds, and were privileged to listen to a talk by Ann Daly, owner of a home adjacent to the cemetery that was originally one of the buildings on Valentine's 960 acre plus property.

Our second stop was at the gorgeous home that today encloses the one room cabin originally built by Valentine's son Thomas. For the second time, owners Mitzi &

Blake graciously welcomed our reunion group to their home and allowed us to marvel at the preservation of Thomas's cabin, originally built in 1699.  From there, it was on to the Friends Centre Meeting House. Valentine's son Thomas was a founder of this meeting and is buried there along with numerous other Hollingsworth family members. At Center Meeting we heard a short talk by one of its current members regarding the history of the Meeting. After Centre Meeting, we moved on to lunch at Buckley's Tavern in Centreville.

Reunion Group at Kennett Meeting House
Reunion Group at Centre Meeting House

Following lunch, it was on to the Old Kennett Meeting House. This Meeting was the successor to the Newark Monthly Meeting, and Valentine's sons Samuel and

Old Kennett Meeting House
Old Kennett Meeting House

Valentine Jr. and their families were members of this meeting. Both Samuel and Valentine, Jr. along with several family members are interred at the Old Kennett Burial Ground. Our day finished with a short visit to the Brandywine Battlefield Visitors Center. It was in the days leading up to this battle that our ancestor, Col. Henry Hollingsworth, was wounded.

After returning to the hotel, the day was capped off by dinner at the Docklands Restaurant in Wilmington.

Day 2: April 26th

Our second day began with a tour of St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church and grounds in Elkton, MD. St. Mary Anne's was the church the Valentine's oldest son Henry belonged to after he parted ways with the Quakers. We were provided a talk by a church staff member on the history of the church and what the area was like in the early days.  From there, it was on to historic Elk Landing, built by Henry's grandson Zebulon Jr. around 1800.  Also on the property is

St. Mary Anne's Church
St. Mary Anne's Church

the earlier Stone House, built sometime around 1783 based on tree ring dating. Our group heard an interesting talk regarding the rich history of Elk Landing and were able to explore both the Hollingsworth House and the Stone House. Of particular interest were the displayed Hollingsworth Quilt and Bible on loan to Elk Landing from DVHSS.

After Elk Landing, we headed to Partridge Hill in Elkton, the home built in 1768 by Col. Henry Hollingsworth, and now the local American Legion Post. After lunch, it

Hollingsworth Quilt at Elk Landing
Hollingsworth Quilt at Elk Landing

was time for our annual Business Meeting, which included in addition to our normal reports a short presentation on Col. Henry Hollingsworth and his critical role in the American Revolution.

Day 3: April 27th

Our reunion final day kicked off with a bus ride to Philadelphia, our destination, the newly opened Museum of the American Revolution.The museum is state of the art, taking visitors on a chronological tour of the events leading up to the revolution and through the war itself. The museum features numerous period artifacts, including Washington's Tent, General Washington's traveling office and sleeping quarters for much of the war. We were fortunate to have a guided tour, with our host providing a fascinating commentary as we moved from gallery to gallery, including areas that replicated the famous Liberty Tree, Independence Hall, and a privateer ship. All in all a remarkable museum and one that we could have spent hours more at!

After the museum, we were dropped off at the Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philly, a veritable smorgasbord of eating and shopping options. Many of the food venues were operated by folks from the nearby Pennsylvania Dutch Country and the food was universally great. From the Terminal, it was on to Valley Forge, where we first stopped at the Visitor Center, and then on to Washington's Headquarters for a tour of the building. We can take pride that our ancestor, Col. Henry Hollingsworth, was one of those who managed to keep the soldiers of the Continental Army supplied despite the difficulties in getting materials through to the camp despite winter weather, barely navigable roads, and the need to avoid British troops.

Our group at the Museum of the American Revolution
Our group at the Museum of the American Revolution

Our reunion came to a close with our bus ride back to the hotel. It was a great reunion and everyone had nothing but praise for the reunion team that put together this terrific event. For those that missed it, we hope you will be able to

join us for next year's reunion.

 

2017 Hollingsworth Reunion - Dallas / Ft. Worth

2017 Hollingsworth Reunion - Dallas / Ft. Worth

Attendees gathered in Dallas at Embassy Suites, Dallas DFW Airport South. The first full day,  Thursday, began with a tour of Fort Worth, stopping at the Fort Worth Water Gardens and Sundance Square. The next destination was20170427_113300_resized1.jpg the Fort Worth Stockyards featuring the historic  cattle drive. After lunch on our own, we departed for a self-guided tour of the U.S. Bureau of  Engraving and Printing. Greenwood Cemetery and Oakwood Cemetery were the next stops  where five descendants of Valentine, Sr. are buried in each cemetery. Dinner was awaiting our  group at Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant.

Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery with four burials of veterans who were descendants of  Valentine, Sr. was our first stop on Friday morning. Next was the John F. Kennedy Memorial and  a self-guided tour of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Lunch was at the revolving  restaurant atop Reunion Tower. A self-guiding tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Library  and Museum was our next event. A visit to Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park was a tribute to  one of Valentine, Sr.’s descendants buried there. Our seats had been arranged for dinner and a  jousting tournament at Medieval Times.

Saturday morning we traveled to Tom Bean, Grayson Co., Texas, to visit White Mound Cemetery.  Carey Hardy provided stories about his ancestors buried there. Lunch had been prepared for us  at Rick’s Chophouse in McKinney, Texas. The county seat of Collin Co., McKinney was named for  Collin McKinney, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Rick’s Chophouse is located  in an historic hotel that dates back to 1885. The restaurant is decorated with restored repousse  (pressed tin) ceilings, leather, and dark mahogany wood. The ambiance is enhanced with  wrought-iron chandeliers, Western pictures, limestone walls, and wood floors.   Back at our headquarters hotel, we had a couple of hours to relax before the hotel’s  barbecue buffet dinner. The final event of the reunion was the Annual Meeting at the hotel.

20170427 184132 resized1To honor some of our Hollingsworth veterans buried in Dallas and Fort Worth, a small bouquet  of flowers was placed at a veteran’s gravestone (or at the cemetery entrance if the burial location  was unknown). Placing a bouquet at Oakwood Cemetery was Dewey Hollingsworth, at  Sparkman/Hillcrest Memorial Park was Kathy Hutchison, at Greenwood Cemetery was Betty  Hebert-Reese, and at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery were John P. Hollingsworth, Pat Neal,  and Boyd Hollingsworth.

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