Our tour will include an intimate visit to Sherwood Forest, the ancestral home and grounds of the Tyler family. We will visit the family cemetery at Greenway Plantation and the gravesite of Judge Tyler, who was the roommate of Thomas Jefferson at William and Mary, and close friend of Patrick Henry and George Mason, and a leader of the Anti-Federalists in Virginia. He served as Speaker of the House of Delegates and Governor of Virginia.
President Tyler became the father of fifteen children, one of whom became a highly respected historian and the President of the College of William and Mary. Lyon Gardner Tyler continued the defense of older values and principles in an academic and political world bent on revising them to conform to the modern ethos of the 20th Century.
Mr. Potter will also give us an in-depth tour of Fort Pocahontas, a pristine Civil War fort preserved on the Tyler property, and the site of an important battle in 1864. It was the inaugural fight for a brigade of black Union soldiers who proved their courage and stamina against the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia. Bill is the narrator of the reenactment held there every year.