Essex County Virginia

Public Reading of Historic 1774 Essex Colonial Resolutions

Posted on 06/27/2018

The public is invited to the Rappahannock Chapter of Sons of American Revolution’s Commemoration and Public Reading of Historic 1774 Essex Colonial Resolutions on July 9th, 2018 on the Essex County Courthouse Green at 10:00 AM

On July 9, 1774, as a prelude to the forthcoming Revolutionary War, hundreds of Essex citizens gathered on the County Courthouse Green. They unanimously adopted a series of resolutions setting forth their views on how colonists should deal with the increasingly objectionable British actions. At 10:00 AM on Monday, July 9th , exactly two hundred forty-four years after the adoption of these historic Essex County Colonial Resolutions, the Rappahannock Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), is sponsoring a Commemoration and Public Reading of these Resolutions on the Essex Courthouse steps. SAR is a nonprofit organization which promotes American patriotism and the memory of our Revolutionary War heritage. This program, which should last about 45-minutes, will include a brief background overview of events leading up to the Essex Resolutions adoption and then a number of Essex residents who are descended from American Revolutionary War Patriots will read the various resolutions just as they were read and agreed to two hundred forty-four years ago. The Public is invited and encouraged to attend.

These Essex Resolutions provided guidance to the representatives the County selected to attend Virginia’s First Revolutionary Convention in August of 1774. That Convention elected the colony’s delegates to the First Continental Congress that met in October 1774, and adopted strong limitations on trade with Britain. The Essex Resolutions of July 9, 1774 are an extremely well drafted statement of the County residents’ cutting-edge views and show how they were at the forefront of colonial thought on citizen’s rights and the need to defend them.