General Interest Items – May 3, 2013

Posted on Apr 28 2013 in General by admin

2.1 Herb Tour of Fort Boykin – Isle of Wight – Register by May 10
2.2 Civil War Adventure Camp and Reenactment – New Market – Register by May 13
2.3 Quilting Camp – Waterford – June 10-14


2.1 Herb Tour of Fort Boykin – Isle of Wight – Register by May 10

Fort Boykin
7140 Fort Boykin Trail
Isle of Wight, VA

Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $10. The price includes a native edible snack. Register by 3 p.m., Friday, May 10.

Learn about native edibles with naturalist and master gardener Mike Rasnake on this walking tour. Participants will identify edible plants native to Virginia before they enjoy a treat of Fort Boykin’s flavors. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Fort Boykin has been a part of American history since 1623 when a fort known as the Castle was constructed to protect the Jamestown colonists from Native Americans and raiding Spaniards. Atop a bluff overlooking the James River, the site’s commanding view makes it a keen observation point.

Today, Fort Boykin remains essentially intact and constitutes a well-preserved example of military architecture of the Civil War era.

Fort Boykin is on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, and it is home to the Commonwealth’s second oldest black walnut tree. This tree, over 200 years old, has been included in the Remarkable Trees of Virginia Project. The fort is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Virginia Landmarks Register, Virginia Civil War Trails, Captain John Smith’s Trail, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, the Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail and the Cornell eBird System, a bird database run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

Fort Boykin is located at 7410 Fort Boykin Trail in Smithfield and is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk.

For more information, contact Isle of Wight County’s Historic Resources Department at (757) 357-0115 or visit

See the website for more Isle of Wight places and events; to register or ask questions, contact J.L. Williams at or 757-357-0115.

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2.2 Civil War Adventure Camp and Reenactment – New Market – Register by May 13

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
8895 George Collins Parkway
New Market, VA

Adventure Camp
Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $35/camper (ages 7 through 12). Price includes admission to the 149th anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of New Market for the camper and one accompanying adult. An accompanying adult must be on the property, but will not actively participate in the camp; a younger sibling may remain with the adult free of charge. Register by May 13; space is limited.

Get hands on with Virginia history! Explore the Battle of New Market as if you were a soldier, a civilian, or even a VMI cadet. Learn basic drill maneuvers, eat authentic period food, try your hand at 19th-century games, win prizes, and more.

See the website for information; contact them at or 866-515-1864 to register or ask questions.

Battle of New Market Reenactment
Same location

Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $10/adult (if not the accompanying adult for a camper); $10/non-participating child ages 10 and older; ages 9 and under are free. Camp-associated free admission only applies Saturday. Food and goods vendors will be on site.

Experience Civil War soldier life as you visit demonstrations and living history presentations prior to and after the battle each day. Travel back in history to the sights and sounds of the Civil War with Signal Corps, artillery, cavalry, weapons firing, camp life, Medical Corps, and much more.

See the website for detailed schedules and other information.

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2.3 Quilting Camp  – Waterford – June 10-14

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, VA

Quilting Camp: “Triangles! Triangles! Triangles!”
Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost for the week-long day camp is simply “pay what you will.” This camp is suitable for beginner to intermediate quilters, ages 12 to adult. Purchase supply kits (two yards of fabric with one yard of fabric and four fat quarters, batting, and thread) for $20 at the class or bring your own equivalent supplies. Bring your sewing machine or contact Joshua’s Hands to arrange use of a machine.

Everything you ever wanted to know about triangles in quilts: From “A Thousand Pyramids,” “Flying Geese,” “Prairie Points,” “Mariner’s Compass,” and stars of all kinds, to half square triangles. Learn the tricks and techniques of using triangles in your quilts. Several small fun projects will be completed in class using triangles at all stages of quilt making.

See the website for more information or contact them at with questions.

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