1. 153rd Anniversary Events at Appomattox Courthouse – Appomattox – April 6-12
2. “How the States Got Their Shapes” Lecture – Chesterfield – April 14
3. Civil War Legacies Seminar – Lynchburg – April 14
4. Garden Day at the Executive Mansion – Richmond – April 27
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Friday, April 6 through Thursday, April 12, 2018. This is a free event, open to the public; some specific activities may require a fee.
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park will commemorate the 153rd anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant with special anniversary related programs and activities.
Traditional highlights will include the reenacted Stacking of Arms Ceremony on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, several new ranger-led programs, and the luminary event Saturday night, April 7 (rain date is April 14), in which 4,600 luminaries representing each person in Appomattox County who was emancipated as a result of the surrender will line the Stage Road.
New for this year is Wolfbane Productions original play, “The Hannah Reynolds Story.” Hannah Reynolds was the only known civilian casualty of the fighting at Appomattox. The play is free to attend and will be performed on April 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. The play lasts 40 minutes and those interested are encouraged to arrive at the park at least 20 minutes early to allow time to get to the play site, the Kelley House. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.
The Appomattox 1865 Foundation will also host a Civil War ball at the Appomattox Inn & Suites from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost for this event is $15 and reservations are required. Civil War era or evening attire is requested, but not required. Refreshments will be provided, with a cash bar available in the lobby.
For a detailed list of activities and individual program times for the 153rd anniversary, visit the website or call 434-352-8987, ext. 226.
Chesterfield County Museum
Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 11 a.m. to noon. This is a free event, open to the public. Seating will be limited.
This lecture by retired land surveyor and historian, David Lee Ingram, will discuss the ongoing disputes between Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland regarding their common borders and associated rights. The Privy Council in London, the United States Supreme Court, various commissions, and even local courts have been involved in deciding issues through the years. This presentation will highlight some of those issues and explore the consequences.
For more information, contact Pat Roble at 804-768-7311 or visit the website.
Liberty University Hancock Welcome Center
Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost: This is a free event, open to the public. An optional luncheon is available for $15/person. Tickets to the luncheon must be pre-purchased.
This Liberty University Department of History seminar will discuss the lasting influence of the Civil War on historical figures, religious music, military weapons, the printing and dissemination of religious publications, Civil War monuments and the legacy of memory in the 21st century, and the humanity of CSA chaplain Father Peter Whelan who served as a POW during the war and then later ministered to Union prisoners who were incarcerated at the infamous Andersonville Prison.
In addition, there will be displays, Civil War book sales, and door prizes.
For more information, contact the Department of History at email@example.com or 434-592- 4366, or visit the website.
Capitol Square, Executive Mansion
Friday, April 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: This is a free event, open to the public. RSVP is requested.
Each spring, visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks during an 8-day statewide event. Tours provide visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.
The Executive Mansion joins the Garden Club of Virginia for Historic Garden Week in presenting its annual garden tour.
For more information, contact Michael Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org.