Why We Ate Turkey for Thanksgiving

Because the media said so, that’s why.  Again it all started back with the Pilgrims in 1621 and some guy by the name of William Bradford wrote “History of Plymouth Plantation” and said that turkey was served.  By the way, he wrote that piece 22 or so years after the fact.

Well, of course, turkey was on the menu, along with duck, fish, deer, oyster and whatever else was handy at the time.  But turkey was not the indispensable part of Thanksgiving that it is today.

National Bird!!

Ben Franklin wanted the national bird of the US to be the North American Turkey instead of the Bald Eagle.  The wild North American Turkey being a rather noble looking bird after all, not at all like the white ones we raise for the table today.  They are smart too!  They do have to survive in the wild after all.

Actually the turkey is native to Northern Mexico and the Eastern United States.  The bird was domesticated in Mexico and taken to Europe in the early 16th century.  In Europe, the goose was the selected bird for feasts.  In the colonies, turkeys were a lot more plentiful than geese, so they took its place.

While you’re thinking turkey . . .

If you want to give yourself a break from all those leftovers, there are a couple of really nice restaurants and inns in the Charlottesville Albemarle area that offer a fine dining experience!

The Inn at Sugar Hollow
Boar’s Head Inn
The Ivy Inn
Silver Thatch Inn
Michie Tavern
Keswick Hall
Double Tree
While we thoroughly enjoy helping you find (and understand) a great meal, we also thoroughly enjoy helping you find the perfect Charlottesville home.  If you need help, contact The Chase Team anytime.

With Thanksgiving now behind us for another year (except for the leftovers!), The Chase Team wishes you and yours a joyful holiday season full of good food and good friends.


2 thoughts on “Why We Ate Turkey for Thanksgiving

  1. Thanksgiving, they were gobbling up many more foods than just turkey. Since lobster, goose, duck, seal, eel, and cod were plentiful during this time, these foods were most likely the main courses of this first feast. Deer meat and wild fowl are the only two items that historians know for sure were menu of this autumn celebration.
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  2. In our family at Thanksgiving the national bird was (and still is) Wild Turkey. Oh the holidays. Thanks for the post.

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