What child doesn’t love to dance? Prancing, capering, cavorting with unabashed pleasure, turn on any music and a child will move to the beat. The same was true of Colonel Lightfoot, who was “born with quicksilver feet.” Unlike most, though, Colonel Lightfoot wasn’t satisfied with just dancing. He had no qualms about admiring his own dancing and telling everyone how good he was. “‘My dancing is simply divine,'” he told each lady he twirled ’round the floor.”
Sparks Fly High: The Legend of Dancing Point is a retelling of an old tale about Colonel Lightfoot, and how his ego got him into trouble, and the devil challenged him to a dance contest for possession of his land. The devil and Colonel Lightfoot dance for hours at Dancing Point, but it is only when “Colonel Lightfoot heard the echo of his own braggy words” that he was able to identify the devil’s weakness and trick the devil into leaving his land and Virginia soil.
Dancing Point is located along the James River in Charles River County that was once owned by the Lightfoot family. You can still see the family’s town home, Lightfoot House, in Colonial Williamsburg which is about 20 miles from Dancing Point. Colonial Williamsburg is a great place to visit with children and learn more about American Revolutionary History. Step back in time with your kids as they talk to interpreters, dress up in period costume, and try their hands at traditional trades. Late at night you can still see shooting stars, which local legend claims are sparks struck by the devil and Colonel Lightfoot: “two shadows leaping. Spinning, Kicking their heels” as they dance for possession of Dancing Point.
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