They are old and yellowed mimeographed lessons probably intended for use in an adult Sunday school class or maybe a new members’ class. They cover four topics: Salvation, Christian Life, Members’ Responsibilities in the Program of the Church and “the Principles and Beliefs of Baptists.” It was the last lesson which caught my eye. It is interesting to see how Baptist principles were presented and taught to a generation past.
The Baptist General Association of Virginia has met three times in Fredericksburg but there is no one living who attended any of the meetings. The last one was held in 1874 and the thoughts on many minds were the hardships in trying to cope in the poverty of the post-War period.
There have been many Thanksgiving days and other times of solemn and joyful gatherings at the old plantation known as Farmington in rural King and Queen County about 50 miles north of Richmond. The family will return for Thanksgiving 2009. The five grown children and the many grandchildren will gather. The lady of the manor will greet them all, but this Thanksgiving will be different from those of years past.