Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gloucester, VA Beehive County Seal Decoded

Have you ever wondered what the meaning behind the Beehive seal for Gloucester County means?  We looked it up and found out and now we are going to decode it for you.  The Beehive stands for industrious.  If you look back at the history of Gloucester, VA, you will learn that in the time that the county was founded back in 1651, it was the most populated and prosperous area in the entire colony of Virginia.  That lasted throughout the remainder of the century.  

  If you look at the seal, the beehive is surrounded by a double circle.  This is usually referred to as the circle of life.  So the circle of life meant for Gloucester, Virginia has been industry.  During the 19th century, there was not much in the line of industry or industrious vigor in the area.  In the 20th century, the area started to dust itself off a bit and reinvigorate itself with industriousness.  Today, while we look around, we see some industry in the area but still not much.  What we see plenty of is commerce.  Commerce is not industry or industrious.  Yes commerce produces capital.  It does not however produce goods for commerce.

  Our ancestors left us clues as to what needs to happen here for Gloucester to be prosperous.  Our leaders who look at this seal and emblem all the time have either not understood it's meaning or ignored it's meaning for one reason or another.  If we are to prosper in the future, our leaders must ensure that the people of this county once again become industrious through whatever means makes the most sense for everyone.  Promote the seal proudly and show the state and the nation, Gloucester is on the verge of prosperity through industrious means as defined by our great seal.  Otherwise we will continue to fall farther and farther behind and be taxed right out of our homes and area.

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