The 2017 Hanover County Historical Society's Christmas Dinner took place on Tuesday, December 5th at Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville. This year's event was a particularly special one, as it celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Society's founding.

Ten of the Hanover County Historical Society's presidents attended this meeting. From left to right, front row: Faye Wade (22nd and newly elected president); Hugh Campbell (First president); C. Lindsay Ryland (20th president); Ellen Garati (13th president); Virginia C. (Ginny) Smithson Burnett (18th president); Sterling P. Anderson, Jr. (Second and fifth president); Linda H. Marks (12th president). From left to right back row: Benjamin Cleary, Jr. (17th president); Arthur H. (Art) Taylor, III (16th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th president).

Also present at this event, but not pictured, was Patricia S. (Patti) Loughridge (9th president).

A framed proclamation from the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, honoring the Society's work over the past 50 years, was presented to Society president Faye Wade by the Board's Vice Chair, Sean Davis.
This year's speaker was Captain John Martin of Henricus, portrayed by historical reenactor John D. Pagano. Henricus Historical Park's Historical Interpretation Supervisor, Pagano presented thoughts on the matter of Christmastide from a colonial, 17th-century perspective. He also spoke about his experiences at Henricus Park, and its historical mission.

Hugh Campbell, first president of the Hanover County Historical Society, speaks to attendees.
John D. Pagano of Henricus Historical Park, as Captain John Martin.
Above: The event's attendees are entertained by Captain John Martin of Henricus.

Far left: Vice Chairman of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, Sean Davis, presents Society president Faye Wade with the Proclamation.

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