Hear Ye, Hear Ye: The First Government in Colonial America

by  Preservation Virginia

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As the oldest legislature in the New World, how did the General Assembly work, what did this government mean to the diverse populations of Virginia, and what is the legacy of this legislative body today? This virtual program from Preservation Virginia’s Bacon’s Castle (1665)–the oldest brick structure in North America–seeks to explore our first government and who was included in the formation of democracy in North America and who was left out. 

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40 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Culture, International, Leadership, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Preservation Virginia

Richmond, VA
United States

Founded in 1889, Preservation Virginia is the country's oldest statewide historic preservation group. In addition to engaging in extensive advocacy work and helping preserve historic structures and places across the Commonwealth, Preservation Virginia also owns, operates, and interprets six historic sites across the state. These historic sites include Historic Jamestowne (1609, Jamestown), Bacon's Castle (1665, Surry), Patrick Henry's Scotchtown (1719, Hanover), Smith's Fort Plantation (1763, Surry), John Marshall House (1790, Richmond), and Cape Henry Lighthouse (1791, Virginia Beach). Visit our website to learn more about our preservation efforts, visiting our historic sites, and more! 

Meika Downey

Program Details


Using Bacon's Castle--built in 1665, the oldest brick structure in North America–as a lens, this program will use visual aids, primary sources, historic objects, and Q&A to explore and examine the creation of the first government founded at Jamestown in 1619.


Students will consider the events leading up to the formation of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown in 1619 and who had a voice in the creation of the first representative government in the New World. Students will exercise skills in primary source analysis, historical inquiry, critical thinking, connecting past to present, and evaluating change over time.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

VS1.a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h; VS2.a, b, c; VS.3a, b, c, d, e, f;
USI.1a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h; USI.5a, b, d, e;