1. Historic First Baptist Church Open House and Tour – Chesterfield – Registration Deadline Is October 7
2. Pocahontas State Park Homeschool Happenings – Chester – Multiple Dates
3. Pumpkin Harvest Hayride Tours – Beaverdam – Multiple Dates


1. Historic First Baptist Church Open House and Tour – Chester – Registration Deadline Is October 7

Historic First Baptist Church
4412 Centralia Road
Chester, Virginia

Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $8/person. Registration deadline is October 7.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s African American History Committee presents an open house and tour at Historic First Baptist Church (Centralia).

On April 7, 1867, with blessings and support from their mother church, freedmen of the Salem Baptist Church moved from a brush arbor to their first edifice and founded their own church. Originally known as Salem African Baptist, the church was later named First Baptist Church (Centralia) (FBCC) in 1867, two years after the close of the Civil War.

The tour will start inside this site with a mini-fellowship followed by an overview of the tour. Visitors will be greeted by disciples in period dress and by several “founding trustees, deacons, and the Mother of the Church” (through interpretation by their family members). The 151 year legacy of FBCC–Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow—will be unraveled by a multimedia presentation. Among items of note are the Baptismal Pool (circa 1911); a listing of disciples baptized in the pool; and the FBCC kiosk that was on display at the Smithsonian’s “Speak to My Heart” Exhibit of Churches Affected by Arson (1998).

For more information and to register for the event, visit the website or contact Gina Love at 804-796-7131.


2. Pocahontas State Park Homeschool Happenings – Chesterfield – Multiple Dates

Pocahontas State Park
Chesterfield, Virginia

Monday, October 15, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Events are held on the third Monday of each month. Cost: $3/child, ages three years and older. Parking fees are waived. Reservations are requested for planning purposes, but are not required. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for hiking. Pack a picnic and enjoy the park afterwards.

Join the Rangers at Pocahontas State Park for monthly homeschool programs held on the third Monday of each month. These hands-on programs are designed for the whole family and will introduce everyone to a variety of nature-themed activities.

October’s theme, “Whoo’s There?” will introduce some commonly heard, but seldom seen, nocturnal predators like bats and owls. Participants will be divided by age during programs.

Registration for the November 19 session will also open on October 15.

For more information, contact Rebecca Whalen at rebecca.whalen@dcr.virginia.gov or Rosalind Ryan at rosalindryan@msn.com.


3. Pumpkin Harvest Hayride Tours – Beaverdam – Multiple Dates

Ashland Berry Farm
Beaverdam, Virginia

Weekdays (excluding Mondays) from Tuesday, October 9 through Friday, October 26, 2018. Tours are booked at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. Cost: $5/adult; $8/student, pre-K through 1st grade. The ten-student minimum for school tours is waived for homeschool groups.

Ashland Berry Farm offers a seasonal program designed to educate children about the farm and let them learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin. After a fun day of exploring, each child gets to pick their own pumpkin to take home.

Program features include a hayride to the pumpkin patch, Seed to Seed learning center about the life cycle of a pumpkin, a touch and learn center featuring tadpoles and earthworms, the Great Pumpkin Adventure, storytime, and a tour of the 3D Boo House (no scares).

For more information, visit the website, call 804-227-3601, or email ashlandberryfarm@aol.com.

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