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"Dr. Goodwin" Visits Bruton Parish on May 17
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 17, for the beginning of a series of presentations on the history of Bruton Parish Church. Coffee and dessert will be served beginning at 6:30pm in Lewis Hall and the guest speaker will join us at 7:00pm.
    John Hamant will be our special guest in May portraying the Rev’d Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin. Hamant is semi-retired after forty plus years as an interpreter and as an administrator for Colonial Williamsburg. During those years he developed and portrayed such historic personages as Benjamin Franklin, Franklin Roosevelt, Peyton Randolph and Dr. Goodwin.
    It is appropriate that the first session of the series focus on the Rev’d Dr. Goodwin who served as rector of Bruton Parish from 1903-1908 and again from 1926-1938. Goodwin directed an extensive renovation of the church from 1905 to 1907.
    Goodwin biographer Dennis Montgomery speculates that it was during his nightly walks along Duke of Gloucester Street that he began to imagine the colonial buildings restored.  Montgomery writes that Goodwin “wandered among the capped footings of the vanished building (the Capitol) thinking of its history.”
    Prior to returning as rector of Bruton Parish, Goodwin taught classes at the College of William and Mary as a professor of moral philosophy and social service. When making a presentation on behalf of the College in New York City in 1926 he was introduced to John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and invited Rockefeller to visit Williamsburg. This was the beginning of a productive partnership to “transform Williamsburg into the showcase capital of early American history.”
    As a major benefactor of Colonial Williamsburgm, Mr. Rockefeller worked closely with Dr. Goodwin.  Mr. Rockefeller later recalled “No one who has known Dr. Goodwin in Williamsburg, can ever walk the streets of that dream city without sensing his presence in all that he sees, as well as the touch of his loving hand and the inspiration of his spirit. In the fullest meaning of the word, Dr. Goodwin is the spirit of the Restoration. He conceived the idea and made it a reality.”
    Jim Morford, who is heading up training for guides and greeters, stated “We are excited to be sponsoring programs that will relate the story of Bruton Parish Church and its role in Williamsburg - both past and present. Beginning with John Hamant’s portrayal of W. A. R. Goodwin on May 17, each program will explore some aspect of Bruton’s rich and unique history. We already have commitments from many outstanding speakers. Members and friends will not want to miss any of them.”
    The Guides Ministry will be announcing speakers and dates in future issues of The Chronicle.
Last Published: May 17, 2017 8:35 AM