The English settled
Jamestown, in what is now , in 1607. Virginia Jamestown is the oldest, continuous, English colony in the . United States of America
In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers, founded
Plymouth in what is currently . Massachusetts
There is a sad and unfortunate tendency in this country to tell the history of the nation from the perspective of a small handful of religious radicals, vice doing so from a whole nation perspective. Modern historians, professional and amateur, seem unable to tell the story of
America from any perspective save that of the puritans. "Historical" Halloween origins are not spared this egregious oversight. Too often some erroneous but, perhaps, well-meaning scholar will write, with perfect conviction, that Halloween was not popular in Plymouth because the Pilgrim Fathers or Massachusetts Puritans did not approve of, or celebrate it. These same scholars will simply gloss over or fail to mention that Virginia Colony even existed. America
This is unacceptable.
The point to be made here is that
celebrated the holidays of the homeland. Virginia and Virginians wore the clothing of their homeland, ate the foods of the homeland and thought of themselves as part of the homeland. The draconian dictates and disinterests of a handful of Puritans did not stop early Americans, for certainly the Virginians were, from celebrating Church of England holidays, cultural holidays, or holding harvest festivals, complete with divination and rituals. It is a case of poor scholarship that causes historians, professional and amateur, to continue perpetuating the myths of Halloween in Virginia . America
I encourage individual research on this topic for any interested in the origins and customs of this most fascinating and regionally specific holiday.