150 th Special Events

Please mark your calendars and plan to visit The Best PART of Virginia during 2015 for major 150thCivil War& Emancipation events listed below. Continu...
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Please mark your calendars and plan to visit The Best PART of Virginia during 2015 for major 150thCivil War& Emancipation events listed below. Continue to check PART’s website for updates: www.petersburgarea.org. To order our special edition 150th Civil War Visitor Guide, please email Martha Burton at [email protected] 150th Special Events

March 7

Howlett Line Van Tour 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM This tour will explore the Civil War sites that were part of a Confederate line of defenses – the Howlett Line. This line of defense, built in late May, 1864, prevented Federal troops from launching additional operations and kept the Army of the James entrenched on the peninsula. Stops at Battery Dantzler, Parkers Battery, Ware Bottom Church Battlefield, Howlett Line Park & Fort Wead. Tour begins in lot at Henricus Historical Park. $15/Person – Preregistration & Advance Payment Required 251 Henricus Park Road Chester, VA 23836 (804) 751-4946 www.chesterfieldhistory.com-Registration

March 11

Lecture: Lee’s Retreat Thru Chesterfield 7:00 PM FREE Scott Williams, Chesterfield Society Chair of the Military History Committee, will examine the various routes used by the Confederate forces as they evacuated Richmond and Petersburg in early 1865. Colonial Heights Public Library 1000 Yacht Basin Drive Colonial Heights, VA 23834

March 13

The Freedom Ball 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM This Black History Month event is being co-sponsored by the Triangle Center for Development & Petersburg National Battlefield. Dr. Florence S. Farley will speak as will Ranger Robert Webster. There will also be dinner and entertainment. Cost: $12 Per Person 1 North Sycamore Street Petersburg, VA 23803 Information/Reservations – (804) 926-0495

March 14

United States Colored Troops in Winter Camp 10:00 AM-11:00 AM & 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Learn about the lives of the U. S. Colored Troops and how they spent their time during the winter months. Eastern Front Battlefield 5001 Siege Road Petersburg, VA 23803 Information: (804) 732-3531 x 223 www.nps.gov/pete

March 15

Jack Tars & Virginia Boatmen on the James & Appomattox Rivers 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM This living history program will share information about the weaponry, navigation, knot making and other skills practiced during the maritime and naval operations. City Point was a significant port during the Civil War. Grant’s Headquarters at City Point 1001 Pecan Avenue Hopewell, VA 23860 Information: (804) 732-3531 x 205 www.nps.gov/pete

March 17

St. Patrick’s Day for the Irish Brigade 3:00 PM Poplar Grove National Cemetery 8005 Vaughan Road Petersburg, VA 23803 Information: (804) 732-3531 www.nps.gov/pete

March 20

A Soldier Come Home This play will be performed at the historic Beacon Theatre; there will be both afternoon and evening performances. Beacon Theatre 401 N. Main Street Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 541-2270

March 21

Battles of Fort Stedman & Jones Farm Living History Tour 10:00 AM-11:00 AM - Fort Stedman Tour Stop 5 at Eastern Front 5001 Siege Road 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Jones Farm Tour Stop 3 on Western Front Church Road & Flank Road Information: (804) 732-3531 x 202 – www.nps.gov/pete

March 21

Abraham Lincoln at the Siege of Petersburg 12:00 Noon A ranger presentation on President Lincoln’s visit to City Point, Petersburg & Richmond during the waning days of the Civil War in Virginia. Grant’s Headquarters at City Point 1001 Pecan Avenue Hopewell, VA 23860 Information: (804) 732-3531 x 203 www.nps.gov/pete

March 22

Walking Tour – Military Justice at City Point 10:00 AM 2:30 PM FREE Grant’s Headquarters at City Point 1001 Pecan Avenue Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 732-3531 x 205 – [email protected] www.nps.gov/pete

March 22

A Soldier Come Home This play will be performed at the historic Beacon Theatre; there will be both afternoon and evening performances. Additionally there will be Civil War re-enactors and music performed by the Hopewell High School Band. Beacon Theatre 401 N. Main Street Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 541-2270

March 25

Battles of Fort Stedman & Jones Farm Real Time Tours 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM Fort Stedman Tour Stop 5 on Eastern Front 5001 Siege Road 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Jones Farm Tour stop 3 on Western Front Church Road & Flank Road Information: (804) 732-3531 x 202 – [email protected] www.nps.gov/pete Fort Lee’s 392nd Army Band Concert 7:00 PM Free Beacon Theatre 401 N. Main Street Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 541-2270

March 26

Last Week of War – Panel of Historians This discussion will be narrated by Dr. Steven Anders, Co-Chair, Hopewell Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. The evening will also include musical selections by the Hopewell High School Concert Choir.

March 27

Civil War Antiques Road Show-Lincoln-The Federalist Band The Making of the Movie, Lincoln, by Kay Ingram, Central VA Film Institute and Dr. Lauranett Lee, Curator of African-American Studies, VA Historical Society. There will also be a concert by The Federalist Band of Baltimore, MD. Beacon Theatre 401 N. Main Street Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 541-2270

March 28

A Meeting to End the War On this date in 1865, President Lincoln met with General’s Grant and Sherman and Admiral Porter aboard the River Queen at City Point (present day Hopewell). This program will re-create this meeting and, additionally, there will be two noted historians, one of whom is Don Pfanz, who will discuss this meeting and its impacts. 3:30 PM-5:00 PM The Beacon Theatre 401 N. Main Street Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 732-3531; www.nps.gov/pete

March 27-April 3 Dinwiddie Days More Civil War battles and skirmishes occurred in Dinwiddie County than any other county in the nation. Dinwiddie Days will showcase the historic Civil War venues throughout the County, including its historic Courthouse, Pamplin Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, Five Forks and Poplar Grove National Cemetery. Programs and activities: - Shad Bake - Military Band Concert with Period Music & Dancing - Guest Speakers - Narrated Driving Tour of 12 Civil War Sites - 1865 Ladies Tea-March 29th - Lantern Tours - Ecumenical Worship Service - Wreath Laying Ceremonies Information: www.DiscoverDinwiddie.com www.PamplinPark.org www.nps.gov/pete March 28 & 29

19th Annual Southside Virginia Heritage Days 28th – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM 29th – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM FREE This family event commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Sutherland Station. Activities are held at historic Fork Inn, a 211-year old plantation home that has been an early 1800s inn & tavern, a Union Army hospital and one of the first post offices in Southside VA. There will be cooking demonstrations, farm animals, a 19th centuryinspired worship service on Sunday mornings, children’s stories, blacksmithing & woodworking, Civil War encampments, drilling & firing demonstrations, a farm & antiques market, food and bake sale. 19621 Namozine Road (intersection of Route 460 West & Namozine Road) Sutherland, VA 23885 (804) 943-2283

March 28

What Women Wore 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM This will be a very fascinating living history demonstration by Connie Clowers who will display and demonstrate what women wore in the 1800s. There will be a moving reading of “Julia Grant’s Letter to Her Grandchildren”. FREE General Grant’s Headquarters 1001 Pecan Avenue Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 731-3531 x 203 – [email protected] www.nps.gov/pete

March 28

Battle of Five Forks Living History Tour 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 9840 Courthouse Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841 (804) 732-3531 – [email protected] www.nps.gov/pete

March 28

Nighttime Tours of Five Forks Battlefield 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM 9840 Courthouse Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841 (804) 732-3531 x 202 – [email protected] www.nps.gov/pete

March 29

Fort Gregg Living History Tour 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Fort Gregg is on Sampson Road – Tour Stop 4 on Western Front (804) 732-3531 x 202 – [email protected] www.nps.gov/pete

March 29

Authentic 1850s-Style Ladies Tea This lovely tea will be held in one of Dinwiddie County’s historic homes in the Courthouse District. There will be a presentation entitled How to Dress in 30 Minutes or Less. Period costume is suggested, not required. Two Seatings: 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM $25 per person- Reservations Required Shuttle to Event from Historic Dinwiddie Courthouse 14101 Boydton Plank Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Registration: (804) 732-1100; www.discoverdinwiddie.com

April 1

Battle of Five Forks Real Time Tours 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM – U.S. Cavalry Advance & CS Response Five Forks Visitor Center 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM– U.S. Infantry Advance & CS Infantry Response. Horse Lot on White Oak Road east of Five Forks intersection 9840 Courthouse Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841 – [email protected] (804) 732-3531 www.nps.gov/pete

April 1

Faces of Five Forks 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Five Forks Visitor Center 9840 Courthouse Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Information: (804) 732-3531 x 208 – [email protected] www.nps.gov/pete

April 1-5

The Ultimate Petersburg (& Appomattox) Campaign Tour & Symposium at Pamplin Historical Park Evening of April 1 – 2:00 PM on April 5 Join A. Wilson Greene and guest experts on a special series of unique presentations and tours of sites associated with the 1865 Campaign for Petersburg, Lee’s Retreat and Appomattox. Events begin on Wednesday evening, April 1 and concludes by 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 5. This event includes the Breakthrough Anniversary pre-dawn tour and the twelfth annual Spring Tour. Registration Required. Pamplin Historical Park 6125 Boydton Plank Road Petersburg, VA 23803 877-726-7546

April 2

The Breakthrough Real Time Tour Time: 5:30 AM-6:30 AM Fort Fisher on Church Road & Flank Road in North Dinwiddie- Tour Stop 3 on Western Front North Dinwiddie, VA 23803 (804) 732-3531 x 202 – [email protected] www.nps.gov/pete

April 2

The Breakthrough: Fort Mahone Commemorative Ceremony 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM Pennsylvania Monument 1964 Wakefield Avenue Petersburg, VA 23805 (804) 732-3531 x 203 – [email protected] www.nps.gov/pete

April 2

The Breakthrough: Fort Gregg Commemorative Ceremony 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Fort Gregg on Sampson Road & 7th Avenue-Tour Stop 4 on Western Front North Dinwiddie, VA 23803 (804) 732-3531 x 202 – [email protected] www.nps.gov/pete

April 3

Lincoln in Petersburg Bus Tour 9:30 AM-12:30 PM Grant’s Headquarters at City Point 1001 Pecan Avenue Hopewell, VA 23860 RESERVATIONS REQUIRED (804) 732-3531 x 201 – [email protected] www.nps.gov/pete

April 4

Lincoln at City Point 2:00 PM A presentation about the two weeks President Lincoln spent at City Point from late March-early April, 1865. Grant’s Headquarters at City Point 1001 Pecan Avenue Hopewell, VA 23860 Information: (804) 732-3531 x 203 www.nps.gov/pete

April 4

1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign Van Tour 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM This tour will stop at sites that were crucial during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign; discover why it was overshadowed by military engagements elsewhere. Stops include Dutch Gap, Battery Dantzler, Point of Rocks, Drewry’s Bluff. Tour starts in lot at Henricus Historical Park. Cost: $15- Preregistration and Advance Payment Required. 251 Henricus Park Road Chester, VA 23836 (804) 751-4946 www.chesterfieldhistory.com-Registration

April 8

Lecture: The Confederate Evacuation of Colonial Heights 7:00 PM FREE Local historian David Malgee will discuss the abandonment of Confederate camps at Fort Clifton and Ellerslie in early April, 1865, as well as the disaster that occurred at Dunlop Station. Colonial Heights Public Library 1000 Yacht Basin Drive Colonial Heights, VA 23834

April 11

President Lincoln Confers at Centre Hill Mansion 10:00 AM, Noon, 2:00 PM A living history reenactment of a private meeting is being planned for public view as Lincoln revisits Centre Hill. Free – Reservations required. Centre Hill Museum 1 Centre Hill Avenue Petersburg, VA 23803 804-733-2401

April 11

Elizabeth Keckley Visits Centre Hill, Living History 6:00 PM Elizabeth Keckley, seamstress and confidant of Mrs. Lincoln, gives her views on Petersburg and the Civil War in a one-hour performance portrayed by Evelyn Franklin, local interpreter and expert on the life of Elizabeth Keckley.“I know what liberty is because I know what slavery was.” - Elizabeth Keckley Free – Reservations required. Centre Hill Museum 1 Centre Hill Avenue Petersburg, VA 23803 (804)733-2401

April 18

From Slavery to Freedom 10:00 AM-2:00 PM A driving tour to the location where slaves and slave owners walked the streets of Petersburg. Learn about the issues faced by these citizens as the Civil War came to an end. Tour begins at Eastern Front Visitor Center 5001 Siege Road Petersburg, VA 23803 Information: (804) 732-3531 x 223 www.nps.gov/pete

May 2

Historic Point of Rocks Guided Tour 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon This is an opportunity to discover the unique history surrounding this newly-acquired historic site. Experience Native American history; learn about one of the earliest naval battles that occurred in 1862. You will hear about the Union hospital here in which Clara Barton served. You will “walk in President Lincoln’s footsteps” - he visited the hospital in 1864. You will see the federal fortifications and learn why this location played a major role in the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. The tour will begin in the maintenance facility lot at R. Garland Dodd Park. Cost: $8 – Preregistration & Advance Payment Required. 201 Enon Church Road Chester, VA 23836 (804) 751-4946 www.chesterfieldhistory.com-Registration

June 2

1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign Van Tour 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM This tour will stop at sites that were crucial during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign; discover why it was overshadowed by military engagements elsewhere. Stops include Dutch Gap, Battery Dantzler, Point of Rocks, Drewry’s Bluff. Tour starts in lot at Henricus Historical Park. Cost: $15 – Preregistration and Advance Payment Required. 251 Henricus Park Road Chester, VA 23836 (804) 751-4946 www.chesterfieldhistory.com-Registration

August 1

Howlett Line Van Tour 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM This tour will explore the Civil War sites that were part of a Confederate line of defenses – the Howlett Line. This line of defense, built in late May, 1864, prevented Federal troops from launching additional operations and kept the Army of the James entrenched on the peninsula. Stops at Battery Dantzler, Parkers Battery, Ware Bottom Church Battlefield, Howlett Line Park & Fort Wead. Tour begins in lot at Henricus Historical Park. $15/Person – Preregistration & Advance Payment Required 251 Henricus Park Road Chester, VA 23836 (804) 751-4946 www.chesterfieldhistory.com - RegistrationAdditional Information:

PART – www.petersburgarea.org (804) 861-1666 Petersburg National Battlefield – www.nps.gov/pete (804) 732-3531 x200 or 202 Pamplin Historical Park- www.pamplinpark.org (877)726-7546 Petersburg Department of Museums & Visitor Services – www.petersburgva.gov 804-733-2400 Hopewell-Prince George Visitor Center – www.hpgchamber.org (804) 541-2461 Prince George County Regional Heritage Centerwww.princegeorgevahistoricalsociety.org (804) 863-0212 Dinwiddie County Parks, Recreation & Tourism – www.discoverdinwiddie.org. (804) 732-1100 Historic Hopewell Foundation - www.historichopewell.org (804) 458-4682 Chesterfield Historical Society – www.chesterfieldhistory.com (804) 796-7121 Chesterfield County Department of Economic Development & Tourism www.visitchesterfieldva.com (804) 318-8550