December 2023 Newsletter


Happy Holidays!

As we approach the end of another year, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude for your continued support of the VA250 Commission. We’re incredibly proud of the work Virginia has done to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, and we’re excited to share more with you in the year ahead. We wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season!


Immerse yourself in Virginia’s rich history as we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Tea Party protests 🫖 this month. From holiday celebrations to insightful lectures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


Virginia played a pivotal role in the American Revolution, serving as a battleground, a political hub, and a birthplace of revolutionary ideals. From the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley to the bustling port cities along the Chesapeake Bay, the state’s rich history is evident in its numerous historic sites and museums. In each newsletter, we’ll take you on a journey to one of these captivating destinations, offering a glimpse into the lives of those who fought for independence and shaped the course of American history.

Abingdon Muster Grounds
Keller Interpretive Center
1780 Muster Place, Abingdon, VA 24210

The Muster Grounds are the northern trailhead for the Overmountain Victory Trail, a 330-mile National Historic Trail. The trail traces the route used by patriot militia during the pivotal Kings Mountain campaign of 1780, which helped decide the outcome of the Revolutionary War. Exhibits help visitors discover what life was like for the Overmountain Men, Backcountry Women, African Americans and Native Americans, as well as British Loyalists, and a history of Washington County. Visit the Keller Interpretive Center, walk a short section of the Overmountain Victory Trail, enjoy a picnic on the grounds, or observe historical reenactments. Call for hours: 276-525-1050

Check out more 18th century historical sites and museums near you and across the state with our interactive map


As the 250th anniversary of the world famous Boston Tea Party approaches December 16, plans are ‘brewing’ in Virginia to commemorate another pivotal moment in American history. Often overshadowed by its Boston counterpart, the Yorktown Tea Party, though smaller in scale, held immense weight and served as a powerful symbol of colonial unity and unwavering resolve against British tyranny.


Cardinal News 250

Uncover the hidden stories of Virginia’s path to independence in a new series with Cardinal News. Kicking off with the Proclamation Line of 1763, a British edict that prohibited colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains and sparked a revolution. Read more stories and subscribe to the free Cardinal 250 Newsletter!


Virginia Humanities

Virginia Humanities, the state humanities council, has announced over $116,000 in grants to 14 nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth. The grants are presented in partnership with VA250 to help tell Virginia’s history, which is America’s story.

Register now for a free webinar December 12 to learn about more grant opportunities for localities developing arts experiences, events, programs, and content against the backdrop of the 250th commemoration.


In a speech to the VA250 Commission in Richmond, one-time Republican presidential candidate, former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and now VA250 National Honorary Chair Carly Fiorina shared her vision for forming a more perfect union in a divided nation, work she said that was not finished when the U.S. was founded and is not finished still.


The VA250 Mobile Museum is now under construction! The team is hard at work stripping the trailer and working on the hydraulics and undercarriage. Beginning fall 2024, this state-of-the-art museum will bring the American Revolution to life for Virginians of all ages. Pre-request a visit to your area now.


Now is the time to reflect on the significant role Virginia played in shaping our nation’s history as we approach America’s 250th anniversary in 2026. From Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America, to the battlefields of Yorktown, Virginia has been a witness to countless pivotal moments. Your generous donation will help us:

  • Bring the mobile museum to communities across the state
  • Develop educational programs
  • Share Virginia’s history with the world
  • Rob and Jean Estes, generous patrons of the VA250 initiative, have pledged to match every dollar donated to the mobile museum up to $125,000. This incredible gesture amplifies the impact of your contribution, ensuring that your support goes even further. Donate today and make a lasting impact on the future of Virginia’s history.


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