Tenacity, Virginia’s Remarkable 17th Century Women – Interview with Nancy Egloff

Tenacious is an interesting adjective. Part of its meaning can be defined as persistent, not easy to get rid of, or enduring. All of these words describe the historic women who make up Jamestown Settlement’s Tenacity, a special exhibit that runs through January 5, 2020.

The exhibit is remarkable in that it includes documents such as the 1621 Ferrar Papers and the 1625 Colony Muster, both on loan from the Master and Fellows of Magdalene College, Cambridge and the National Archives of the UK respectively. Other notable pieces include items such as a period clothing and furniture.

Joining me in this episode to discuss Tenacity is Nancy Egloff, a returning guest, who was very instrumental in Tenacity’s creation.



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  2. Brown, Kathleen. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
  3. Heywood, Linda and Thornton, John. Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585-1660. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  4. Kierner, Cynthia; Loux, Jennifer; and Taylor-Schockley, Megan. Changing History: Virginia Women Through Four Centuries. Richmond, VA: Library of Virginia, 2013.
  5. McCartney, Martha. Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007.
  6. McIlwaine, H.R., ed. Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia.
  7. Meyer, Virginia and Dorman, John F., eds. Adventurers of Purse and Person, 1607-1624/5. Order of First Families of Virginia, 1987.
  8. Potter, Jennifer. The Jamestown Brides. London: Atlantic Books, 2018. (Due out in America through Oxford University Press in June, 2019).
  9. Rountree, Helen. Pocahontas’s People: The Powhatan Indians of Virginia Through Four Centuries. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.
  10. Snyder, Terri. Brabbling Women, Disorderly Speech and the Law in Early Virginia. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003.
  11. Sturtz, Linda. Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia. New York: Routledge, 2002.




All photography used on this site is owned and copyrighted by the author unless otherwise noted. The Featured Image is the Tenacity exhibition logo, copyright Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Music used for this episode – Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers,”Carry Me Back to Old Virginia” available on iTunes, and “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon by George Frideric Handel played by New York Virtuosi.

The House of Burgesses – Interview with Nancy Egloff

Virginia’s history boasts many firsts. One of those firsts was the 1619 meeting of the House of Burgesses. It was a major event in that it was the first time a representative governmental body had met in the New World.

The meeting would set the example  for future generations as Virginia and her sister colonies developed a tradition that would over time bring freedom not only to themselves, as at first, but to all, including those who were not represented in that first meeting.

It was my distinct pleasure to interview the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Nancy Egloff. We discuss how the House of Burgesses formed and evolved in the 17th Century, as well as how the body evolved and influenced later generations. I trust you will find this episode informative and enjoyable.

Jamestown Settlement’s Famous Replica 1607 Fleet


Ms. Nancy Egloff


  1. Billings, Warren. A Little Parliament: The Virginia General Assembly in the Seventeenth Century. Richmond, VA: Library of Virginia, 2004.
  2. Billings, Warren. “The General Assembly of 1619: Myths and Realities” in UNBOUND: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books. Journal of the Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, Volume 3, 2010. pp. 39-50.
  3. Craven, Wesley Frank. Dissolution of the Virginia Company: Failure of a Colonial Experiment. Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1964.
  4. Davidson, Thomas E. “The First General Assembly, 1619.” Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Dispatch, 1994. Unpublished manuscript.
  5. Kukla, Jon. Political Institutions in Virginia, 1619-1660. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1989.
  6. Pory, John. Proceedings of the General Assembly of Virginia, July 30-August4, 1619. ed. William Van Schreeven and George Reese. Jamestown, VA: Jamestown Foundation, 1969.
  7. Virginia Company. “Instructions to George Yeardley,” in The Three Charters of the Virginia Company of London With Seven Related Documents, 1606-1621, ed. Samuel Bemiss. Williamsburg, VA: Virginia 350th Anniversary Celebration Corporation, 1957.


  1. Jamestown Settlement
  2. Historic Jamestowne
  3. American Evolution 2019
  4. Virginia History Podcast: 1619 – Representative Government Is Formed
The Indian Village at Jamestown Settlement




All photography used on this site is owned and copyrighted by the author. The Featured Image is just inside the entrance to Jamestown Settlement’s James Fort.

Music used for this episode – Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers,”Carry Me Back to Old Virginia” available on iTunes, and Piano Concerto #3 by Sergei Rachmaninov also available on iTunes.