1. Down on the Farm Day – Chesterfield – July 28
2. National Lighthouse Day Celebration – Virginia Beach – August 4
3. Historical Lecture Series: “Virginia Campaign in 1781” – Chesterfield – August 18

 

1. Down on the Farm Day – Chesterfield – July 28

Chesterfield County Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, July 28, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: This is a free, family event.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and Chesterfield Department of Parks and Recreation presents “Down on the Farm: Butter Churning and More.” Experience the history of Chesterfield farms with photo displays and examples of farm equipment used in the barn, field, smokehouse, and kitchen. See a c. 1860s plow along with other equipment and tools from days gone by. Drop in for butter churning demonstrations at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

 

2. National Lighthouse Day Celebration – Virginia Beach – August 4

Cape Henry Lighthouse
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Saturday, August 4, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $10/person.

Bring the family to an early celebration of National Lighthouse Day at a favorite lighthouse, the Old Cape Henry.

A lighthouse keeper will be paying a special visit from the past to discuss what life used to be like tending to the lighthouse. In addition, walking tours will take place on the hour throughout the day, and outdoor games and a bounce house will provide fun for all ages. You can also climb the lighthouse tower to catch a beautiful view of the Atlantic!

 

3. Historical Lecture Series: “Virginia Campaign in 1781” – Chesterfield – August 18

Chesterfield County Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, August 18, 2018, at noon. Cost: This is a free community event.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and Chesterfield Department of Parks and Recreation presents “Virginia Campaign in 1781”, a lecture delivered

by guest speaker John R. Maass.

Dr. Maass was an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and has contributed scholarly

articles to The Journal of Military History, Virginia Cavalcade, Army History, The Journal of Backcountry Studies, and The North Carolina Historical Review.

In 1781, Virginia was invaded by British soldiers who attempted to squelch the commonwealth. Lieutenant General Charles, Lord Cornwallis, led thousands of enemy soldiers from Norfolk to Charlottesville, burning and plundering. Several of Virginia’s famed patriots—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry—attempted to protect the Old Dominion. Only by concentrating a few soldiers under energetic French general the Marquis de Lafayette were American troops able to resist British attacks. With strained support from Governor Jefferson’s council, Lafayette fought against the veteran soldiers of Lord Cornwallis. This eventually led to the infamous showdown at Yorktown.

Dr. Maass’ lecture will shed light on this campaign and give details on this often forgotten struggle for Virginia.


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