Saturday, January 15, 2011

Labadists and dancing dogs

Teke letting some of that midwinter angst out of his bones.

Heat back on now so the final stretch is looming large, finishing floors this week, cabinets, countertops, and master bath. Next week storm windows and screens will arrive and with them security against wind and rain blowing in the old leaky windows.

Looking into solar and wind energy, exploring the feasability of incorporating those energy sources in the near future.  Finishing up the final details on the National Register application.

Have you ever heard of the Labadists? They were a religious group started by a Frenchman and had a settlement on the Eastern Shore in the 1600's not too far from Hopeful Unity.  A really interesting journal came to light not too long ago, written by Jasper Danckaerts, a Dutch proselytizing member of the Labadist movement in the Netherlands.  He travelled with his companion to the colonies in America, and his adventures took him to the Eastern Shore where the Labadists purchased land from Augustine Herman.  In Danckaerts journal, he describes a stay at James Frisby's house, one of the original owners of Hopeful Unity.  The entire journal of his adventures (The Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680), complete with the details of flora, fauna and his running commentary on the social customs and behavior of the settlers of the Eastern Shore can be found at:  Enjoy!


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