First Charter of Virginia - April 10, 1606, was granted by King James I to those who would endeavor to settle "Jamestown Colony" in Virginia:
"We, greatly commending and graciously accepting of their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of His Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God, and may in time bring the Infidels and Savages, living in those Parts, to human Civility, and to a settled and quiet Government...." - 1606, granted by King James I. Church of the Holy Trinity v. Unites States, 142 US 457, 458, 465-71, 36 L ed 226, (1892) Justice Brewer.
Colony of Virginia - May 14, 1607, was planted with settlers who had left England in December of 1606. Their settlement Jamestown was the first permanent settlement in North America. (Sir Walter Raleigh, who was responsible for naming Virginia after the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I, had attempted a previous settlement in 1585, but it proved unsuccessful.)
The colonists' first act, after having landed at Cape Henry, April 27, 1607, was to erect a large wooden cross and hold a prayer meeting. Their minister, the Reverend Robert Hunt, conducted this premier service honoring the Lord for the first time in this new land. Later that year, at Revered Robert Hunt's death, the settlers gave this tribute to him:
"We all received from him the Holy Communion together, as a pledge of reconciliation, for we all loved him for his exceeding goodness. He planted the First Protestant Church in America and laid down his life in the foundation of America." - 1607. Inscription of original 1607 Settler's testimony engraved upon the bronze Robert Hunt Memorial, Jamestown Island, Virginia. Catherine Millard, The Rewriting of America's History (Camp Hill, PA: Horizon House Publishers, 1991), p. 308. Catherine Millard, A Children's Companion Guide to America's History (Camp Hill, PA: Horizon House Publishers, 1993) p. 9.
Second Charter of Virginia - May 23, 1609, granted by King James I, stated:
"Because the principal Effect which we can expect or desire of this Action is the Conversion and reduction of the people in those parts unto the true worship of God and the Christian Religion." - May 23, 1609. William McDonald, ed., Documentary Source Book of American History, 1606-1889 (NY: The Macmillan Company, 1909), pp. 1-2. David Barton, The Myth of Separation (Aledo, TX: WallBuilder Press, 1991), p. 85. "Our Christian Heritage," Letter from Plymouth Rock (Marlborough, NH: The Plymouth Rock Foundation), p. 1.
Colony of Virginia - July 30, 1619, was ordered by the Virginia Company to hold the first Representative Assembly in the New World at Jamestown. The secretary of the Virginia Colony, John Pory recorded the meeting:
"But forasmuch as men's affaires doe little prosper, where God's service is neglected, all the Burgesses took their places in the Quire till prayer was said by Mr. Bucke the Minister, that it would please God to guide and sanctify all our proceedings, to His own glory and the good of this plantation." - July 30, 1619, at the first Representative Assembly at Jamestown, recorded by James Pory, secretary of the Colony. Marker outside original Church Tower, Jamestown Island, Virginia. Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Catherine Millard, The Rewriting of America's History (Camp Hill, PA: Horizon House Publishers, 1991), p. 309-310. Catherine Millard, A Children's Companion Guide to America's History (Camp Hill, PA: Horizon House Publishers, 1993) p. 11.
Colony of Virginia - December 4, 1961, records how 38 colonists landed in a place they called Berkeley Hundred. In their charter, they instructed:
"We ordain that the day of our ship's arrival... in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God." - December 4, 1961, in the charter of the colonists who landed at Berkeley Hundred. Jim Dwyer, ed., Strange Stories, Amazing Facts of America's Past (Pleasantville, NY: The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., (1989), p. 189. Gary DeMar, The Untold Story (Atlanta, GA: American Vision Press, 1993), p. 16.
Colony of Virginia - March 22, 1622, saw the Jamestown Settlement saved from a massacre by the warning of a young Indian youth, named Chanco. A marker within the reconstructed interior of the original church at Jamestown Island, Virginia, commemorates the event:
"In memory of Chanco, an Indian youth converted to Christianity, who resided in the household of Richard Pace across the river from Jamestown and who, on the eve of the Indian massacre of March 22, 1622, warned Pace of the murderous plot thus enabling Pace to cross the river in a canoe to alert and save the Jamestown settlement from impending disaster." - March 22, 1622. Marker within reconstructed interior of original church, Jamestown Island, Virginia. Catherine Millard, The Rewriting of America's History (Camp Hill, PA: Horizon House Publishers, 1991), p. 311.
Colony of Virginia - 1623, enacted legislation requiring civil magistrates:
"To see that the Sabbath was not profaned by working or any employments, or journeying from place to place." - "Our Christian Heritage," Letter from Plymouth Rock (Marlborough, NH: The Plymouth Rock Foundation), p. 2.
Virginia Bill of Rights - June 12, 1776, states:
"Article XVI That Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator, and the Manner of discharging it, can be directed only by Reason and Convictions, not by Force or Violence; and therefore all Men are equally entitled to the free exercise of Religion, according to the Dictates of Conscience; and that it is the mutual Duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love, and Charity towards each other." - Catherine Millard, The Rewriting of America's History (Camp Hill, PA: Horizon House Publishers, 1991), p. 145. "Our Christian Heritage," Letter from Plymouth Rock (Marlborough, NH: The Plymouth Rock Foundation), p. 3.
Virginia Statue of Religious Liberty - January 16, 1786, states:
"Well aware that Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burdens, or by civil incapacitations... are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author or our religion." - "Our Christian Heritage," Letter from Plymouth Rock (Marlborough, NH: The Plymouth Rock Foundation), p. 4.