Virginia State Parks to commemorate American Civil War Sesquicentennial March 28-29
Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park, in Rice, will commemorate the Civil War’s last major battleSaturday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Restored to reflect conditions the family and soldiers experienced when the home served as a field hospital in April 1865, the Overton-Hillsman Farm House will be open 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for guided tours. Living history interpreters will be on the grounds.
At 2 p.m., hundreds of living historians, including cavalry and artillery, will portray both Confederate and Union armies in tactical demonstrations of the battle fought across the fields of the Hillsman’s family farm.
The visitor center houses exhibits showcasing artifacts and research about the battles of Sailor’s Creek and the war’s impact on the citizens of Southside Virginia.
High Bridge Trail State Park, in Farmville, will hold a commemorative event Sunday, March 29. Activities include guided walking tours through an earthen fort and to the spot where the last Union general in the American Civil War, Gen. Thomas Smyth, fell from a sharp-shooter’s bullet. Prominent Civil War historian and author Chris Calkins will take visitors on a journey of the mind as he relates true stories of desperate actions made by ordinary soldiers caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Programs begin at 10 a.m. and are free but a $4 parking fee applies at park access areas.
Nearby Twin Lakes State Park, in Green Bay, will host the Virginia Historical Society’s panel exhibit An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia – From 1861 through 1865 starting Friday, March 20, and ending April 3. The exhibit will be in the Cedar Crest Conference Center and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact the park at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the park office at 434-392-9027.
Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Customer Service Center at 800-933-PARK (7275) or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.