‘A Native Son Returns’ to the Northern Neck

On February 27, 1766, 115 concerned patriots from the Northern Neck assembled at Leedstown in King George County (now Westmoreland County). They came to support a proposal written by Richard Henry Lee, to prevent the introduction of the Stamp Act into the colony of Virginia.

This important historical document is known as the Leedstown Resolutions—the first organized protest of “taxation without representation,” in opposition to the British imposition of the 1765 Stamp Act. Signers pledged, “to bind ourselves to each other…with our lives and fortunes.”

The Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society’s 12th annual Commemoration of the 1766 Leedstown Resolutions will be held at 11 a.m. February 23 in the pavilion at Ingleside Winery, 5872 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove. The program will feature “A Native Son Returns.” James Monroe, Founding Father and fifth President of the U.S, portrayed by James “Jay” G. Harrison III, will reflect…