Statewide Events

Events

Events





Commemoration related events are already happening throughout Virginia and can be found in the listing below. If you would like VA250 to include events not currently listed here, please click here to submit your event.

 

Culpeper’s Revolution of Ideas: The Culpeper Resolves, 1774Culpeper’s Revolution of Ideas: The Culpeper Resolves, 1774
January 27, 2024 - December 31, 2024
Culpeper County

This exhibit explores the independence movement in Culpeper County leading up to the Revolutionary War, culminating in the Culpeper Resolves of 1774 and its public statement of support for American self-governance. This year marks the 250th annivers... Read More

Friday Field Days with Poplar Forest Archaeology Friday Field Days with Poplar Forest Archaeology
March 22, 2024 - May 31, 2024
Bedford County

Join the Poplar Forest Archaeology and Landscapes Department every Friday from March 22-May 31 at 1:30 p.m. for an in-depth look into their current excavations and what they are learning about the people who lived in and around the 1857 Slave Dwellin... Read More

Culpeper Baptist Church 250: 1774-2024Culpeper Baptist Church 250: 1774-2024
March 28, 2024 - July 31, 2025
Culpeper County

The quest for religious freedom in America and guaranteeing the right to worship in the in the way of one’s choosing was a revolutionary idea – an idea in which Virginia played an important role. The museum’s latest exhibit, developed and in... Read More

Founding Frenemies: Hamilton and the Virginians ExhibitFounding Frenemies: Hamilton and the Virginians Exhibit
April 15, 2024 - May 31, 2024
City of Manassas

See the exhibit that was inspired by the the Musical Hamilton, and learn more about the man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. The exhibit runs through May 31. Founding Frenemies: Hamilton and the Virginians ... Read More

James Hunter and the American RevolutionJames Hunter and the American Revolution
April 18, 2024 - April 18, 2024
Stafford County

Around 1758, Scottish merchant James Hunter commenced an iron manufactory a short distance up the Rappahannock River from Falmouth. His business grew into what is arguably the largest manufacturing facility in colonial America. During the American Re... Read More

An Evening with Christy ColemanAn Evening with Christy Coleman
April 18, 2024 - April 18, 2024
City of Richmond

The Walter W. Craigie Speaker Series brings speakers to St. John’s to talk about a wide variety of topics related to history. Recent speakers include Pulitzer-Prize winning Richmond Times-Dispatch journalist Michael Paul Williams, Honorable Douglas... Read More

Battle of Petersburg Lecture Battle of Petersburg Lecture
April 19, 2024 - April 19, 2024
City of Petersburg

During this program you will learn about the Battle of Petersburg from historian William Welsch. In April of 1781, the British Army, under the command of Major General William Phillips, along with Brigadier Benedict Arnold, arrived at City Point (... Read More

Animal Family Day at George WashingtonAnimal Family Day at George Washington's Mount Vernon
April 20, 2024 - April 21, 2024
Fairfax County

Enjoy family activities, story times, and the opportunity to see sheep, oxen, and horses during Animal Family Day at Mount Vernon. Learn about Mount Vernon’s animals and the jobs they performed in the 18th century. Hear stories about the enslav... Read More

Reenactment of the Battle of PetersburgReenactment of the Battle of Petersburg
April 20, 2024 - April 21, 2024
City of Petersburg

The Battersea Foundation and the City of Petersburg invite you to bring the family to Battersea to view the encampment, participate in activities, tour the villa and watch the battle reenactments which will take place at 2:00 p.m. on both days. Free ... Read More

Hands on History DayHands on History Day
April 20, 2024 - April 20, 2024
Westmoreland County

Immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty of Stratford Hall Historic Preserve in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Join us for Hands-On History Day as we experience Stratford Hall and its people through the lenses of history, science, and ... Read More

The Colonial ExperienceThe Colonial Experience
April 20, 2024 - April 21, 2024
Scott County

The time is the pivotal year 1774 , when America was a colony of Great Britain. Through this fully immersive historical event, visitors can join Sam Adams at the local tavern to hear about the King’s tyranny. Adams, visibly upset about taxes and te... Read More

Adult Hearth CookingAdult Hearth Cooking
April 20, 2024 - April 20, 2024
Fairfax County

Join us in the hearth kitchen at Gunston Hall for the ultimate experience in slow food as you learn to employ 18th-century cooking techniques and recipes to create period dishes. Use your hearth skills to investigate complex recipes while cooking ove... Read More

Revolutionary Beer FestRevolutionary Beer Fest
April 20, 2024 - April 20, 2024
City of Chesapeake

Join us for the 7th Annual Revolutionary Beer Fest. Enjoy over 30 different craft beer samples from 15 different breweries, live music from Chesapeake locals Kershaw and Foutz, vendors, cornhole, giant Jenga and food available for purchase from your... Read More

James Monroe Day CeremonyJames Monroe Day Ceremony
April 20, 2024 - April 20, 2024
Westmoreland County

Come to a ceremony honoring fifth President and Revolutionary War hero James Monroe. The ceremony is held annually at his restored birthplace in Westmoreland County, outside of Colonial Beach. Local and state leaders will give comments commemorating ... Read More

Thomas Jefferson Performed by Clay JenkinsonThomas Jefferson Performed by Clay Jenkinson
April 21, 2024 - April 21, 2024
Isle of Wight County

Please join the Isle of Wight County Historical Society for an afternoon with Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by the renowned Clay Jenkinson! Clay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author, and social commentator, devoting most of his career to pub... Read More

St. JamesSt. James' House Spring Opening
April 22, 2024 - April 22, 2024
City of Fredericksburg

Come tour the beautiful home and garden of one of Fredericksburg's early attorneys, James Mercer. He was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, the first judge of the General Court in Fredericksburg, and the attorney who drew up the will of Mar... Read More

Ford Evening Book Talk: Unfriendly to LibertyFord Evening Book Talk: Unfriendly to Liberty
April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
Fairfax County

Hear from historian Christopher F. Minty, author of "Unfriendly to Liberty: Loyalist Networks and the Coming of the American Revolution in New York City". Minty's new book explores the origins of loyalism in New York City between 1768 and 1776, a... Read More

Henricus History Hike: The Newly Discovered Revolutionary War Battle of Osborne’s Landing April 27, 1781Henricus History Hike: The Newly Discovered Revolutionary War Battle of Osborne’s Landing April 27, 1781
April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
Chesterfield County

Join Henricus Interpretation Supervisor and Revolutionary War Historian John Daniel Pagano for a study and look at the forgotten, and now-found, Battle of Osborne’s Landing. This battle was fought 1 mile from Henricus Historical Park on the James R... Read More

Harriet Tubman & Frederick DouglasHarriet Tubman & Frederick Douglas
April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
Northampton County

Historical interpreters, Nathan M. Richardson and Charmine Crowell-White, will be engaged in a joint discussion of the life story of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. These presentations will provide a learning experience of literature concern... Read More

Historic Plant and Garden Sale at George WashingtonHistoric Plant and Garden Sale at George Washington's Mount Vernon
April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
Fairfax County

Shop for heirloom vegetables, herbs, and annual flowers—plus, native perennials, trees, and shrubs grown in Mount Vernon's greenhouses. Members get 10% off their purchases and can shop one day early, on April 26, from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. A time slo... Read More

George WashingtonGeorge Washington's Forest History Walk
April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
Arlington County

Walk in the footsteps of George Washington on a guided walking tour with local historian, Kevin Vincent. In 1775, George Washington bought 1200-acres of forest in what is now Arlington. After the Revolutionary War, he returned home and surveyed his p... Read More

Bound in Rebellion: Colonial Book Binding ClassBound in Rebellion: Colonial Book Binding Class
April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
City of Fredericksburg

In this bookbinding class, featuring Kristi Moore, CEO of Moore Archives, you will learn more about how the stamp act made bookbinders out of everyday people. By the end of this class, you will create your own colonial book! Supplies included. Ticket... Read More

Pirates Invade YorktownPirates Invade Yorktown
April 27, 2024 - April 28, 2024
York County

Well, shiver me timbers! Take a step back into the Golden Age of piracy as Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen's Museum are invaded by seafaring marauders! Landlubbers of all ages are invited to visit the Historic Yorktown waterfront to learn lessons ... Read More

A Conversation with Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de LaFayetteA Conversation with Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de LaFayette
April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
Bedford County

In 1824, the Marquis de Lafayette made a triumphant return visit to tour the United States and revisit friends and fellow patriots he fought beside during the American Revolution. Join Poplar Forest as we welcome the Marquis back to reminisce with Th... Read More

Discover Alexandria Architecture Walking TourDiscover Alexandria Architecture Walking Tour
April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
City of Alexandria

Alexandria has grown from a small town in the 18th century to a bustling small city in the 21st century. Join us for a tour of Alexandria as we explore looking at the various Architecture styles that adorn the city streets and make it one of the best... Read More

James Monroe Day CeremonyJames Monroe Day Ceremony
April 28, 2024 - April 28, 2024
City of Richmond

Come to a ceremony honoring fifth President and Revolutionary War hero James Monroe. The ceremony is held annually at his tomb, the restored “Birdcage” monument at Presidents Circle, Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. An Army general and Color Guard... Read More

Supreme Court Lecture Series at George WashingtonSupreme Court Lecture Series at George Washington's Mount Vernon
May 01, 2024 - May 01, 2024
Fairfax County

Join the Supreme Court Historical Society and the Washington Presidential Library for two lectures focused on George Washington, the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the nation's founding. After each lecture, enjoy a reception with complimentar... Read More

 Attic to Cellar Tour at Scotchtown Attic to Cellar Tour at Scotchtown
May 03, 2024 - May 31, 2024
Hanover County

Have you ever wanted to wander through Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown appreciating the architecture of this 300-year-old house? Have you longed to see parts of the house not usually open to the public? To celebrate Historic Preservation Month in May, y... Read More

History & HopsHistory & Hops
May 03, 2024 - May 03, 2024
Hanover County

Stroll through the times of the Revolutionary War period, travel back in time through lively chats about history with Hanover historical organizations, partake in the Parsons Cause reenactment or strike up a conversation with Patrick Henry, all while... Read More

Spring Festival at Historic EppingtonSpring Festival at Historic Eppington
May 04, 2024 - May 04, 2024
Chesterfield County

Henricus is hitting the road! Join Henricus Historical Park, the Eppington Foundation, and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation for the Spring Festival at Historic Eppington! This piece of Chesterfield County’s history, built in 1768, will ... Read More

Revolutionary War Weekend at George WashingtonRevolutionary War Weekend at George Washington's Mount Vernon
May 04, 2024 - May 05, 2024
Fairfax County

Step back in time during a Revolutionary War encampment at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon's serene 12-acre field transforms into a battleground as Continentals, Redcoats, and Hessians conduct military drills, demonstrations, and engage in 18th-centur... Read More

Spring at the TavernSpring at the Tavern
May 04, 2024
Pittsylvania County

The Pittsylvania Historical Society is presenting "Spring at the Tavern," at the historic Yates Tavern. This fun, educational, and family-friendly event will feature tours of the tavern, colonial and Revolutionary War era reenactors and living histor... Read More

George Washington Whiskey TastingGeorge Washington Whiskey Tasting
May 04, 2024 - June 29, 2024
Fairfax County

At this outdoor event, sample George Washington's whiskey and other distilled spirits made at Washington's Distillery. In 1799, George Washington's distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons, making it one of the largest whiskey distilleries in Am... Read More

Mathews County VA250 Committee Goes Back in Time with the Colonial Williamsburg Fife & Drum CorpsMathews County VA250 Committee Goes Back in Time with the Colonial Williamsburg Fife & Drum Corps
May 04, 2024 - May 04, 2024
Mathews County

The MathewsVA250 Committee is pleased to announce sponsorship of a performance by the Colonial Williamsburg Fife & Drum Corps, Saturday, May 4, at the upcoming Mathews County Spring Heritage Festival, “May Faire 2024: A Rural Life.” The perform... Read More

Little-known American Revolution Shipyard CommemoratedLittle-known American Revolution Shipyard Commemorated
May 05, 2024 - May 05, 2024
Charles City County

At 2 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2024, the Richmond Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will dedicate a historical marker commemorating the Berkeley Plantation Shipyard, which produced 18 warships for the patriot cause. The ceremony, featuring the... Read More

Indigenous Perspectives on the Northern Neck and Power of PlaceIndigenous Perspectives on the Northern Neck and Power of Place
May 05, 2024 - May 05, 2024
Richmond County

The Rappahannock People have inhabited the Northern Neck since the beginning. It holds a special place in the Rappahannock story and contains some of the most spiritually and historically significant places to the Tribe. In this talk, Chief Anne Rich... Read More

La Musique de la Garde Nationale ParisienneLa Musique de la Garde Nationale Parisienne
May 07, 2024 - May 07, 2024
City of Alexandria

In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Marquis de Lafayette’s 1824-25 tour of the United States, enjoy a lecture/concert of music from Lafayette’s lifetime performed on early 19th-century instruments. Join researchers and historical-per... Read More

Evening with an Expert: The Marquis de LafayetteEvening with an Expert: The Marquis de Lafayette
May 09, 2024 - May 09, 2024
City of Fredericksburg

The Marquis de Lafayette was a committed abolitionist, and often urged his American friends to end the system of slavery. He joined the French abolitionist organization “Society of the Friends of the Blacks,” and often advocated for Black emancip... Read More

Historically Speaking: ExplorerHistorically Speaking: Explorer
May 09, 2024 - May 09, 2024
Henrico

Historian Robert M. Dunkerly will discuss his most recent book, "An Explorer's Guide to the American Revolutionary War." This handbook offers information about hundreds of historic sites and includes detailed battlefield maps and directions for nine ... Read More

Cocktails by CandlelightCocktails by Candlelight
May 10, 2024 - May 10, 2024
Fairfax County

Sip on period cocktails as you learn about 18th-century mixed drinks and snacks in the heart of the historic property. Sit and chat with friends and spouses in our Kitchen yard, and experience the serenity of Mason Neck during an exclusive candlelig... Read More

Town of Dumfries 275th Anniversary GalaTown of Dumfries 275th Anniversary Gala
May 10, 2024 - May 10, 2024
Prince William County

The Town of Dumfries and the Weems-Botts Museum invite you to celebrate the 275th anniversary of Virginia's oldest chartered town. This black tie dinner & celebration will inaugurate this weekend of historic events with keynote speeches by local dign... Read More

Remembering the Enslaved Families of Mount VernonRemembering the Enslaved Families of Mount Vernon
May 11, 2024 - May 11, 2024
Fairfax County

On May 11, learn about the enslaved families at George Washington's Mount Vernon with a guided tour, family activity, and ceremonial remembrance for all ages. Bring your own family stories of love and loss that connect you to the past, and learn abou... Read More

Josiah Parker’s 273rd BirthdayJosiah Parker’s 273rd Birthday
May 11, 2024 - May 11, 2024
Isle of Wight County

Born in 1751 in Isle of Wight County, Josiah Parker was an American politician, Revolutionary War officer and Virginia planter who served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today’s lecture will highlight his life, career and influence on Isle of... Read More

Dumfries 275th Charter Day Anniversary FestivalDumfries 275th Charter Day Anniversary Festival
May 11, 2024 - May 11, 2024
Prince William County

Join us in celebrating the 275th anniversary of Virginia's oldest chartered town! This free, family-friendly day will be full of historical games and activities, local history displays, and performances by historical reenactors! Registration is optio... Read More

Mathews VA250 Committee to Host Music Concert on Court Green, May 15Mathews VA250 Committee to Host Music Concert on Court Green, May 15
May 15, 2024 - May 15, 2024
Mathews County

The Mathews VA250 Committee invites the Mathews community, neighbors, and friends, to celebrate and commemorate our Commonwealth’s place in history, at a concert on the Court Green, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. The Courthouse Community Orchestra, under... Read More

George WashingtonGeorge Washington's Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
May 17, 2024 - May 19, 2024
Fairfax County

Taste unlimited samples of wines from Virginia's finest wineries at Mount Vernon’s Spring Wine Festival. Relax on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac River as you experience George Washington’s estate after hours. Bottles of wine will be... Read More

Restoration Behind the Scenes ToursRestoration Behind the Scenes Tours
May 17, 2024 - May 18, 2024
Bedford County

Forty years ago, the octagonal villa at Poplar Forest looked quite different than it does today. Since 1989, using Jefferson’s documents and letters as his guide, Poplar Forest’s Restoration Department have worked to restore the villa to its Jeff... Read More

Friendship Firehouse 250th Anniversary Muster Friendship Firehouse 250th Anniversary Muster
May 18, 2024 - May 18, 2024
City of Alexandria

To honor Friendship Firehouse’s 250th anniversary, join in for a muster of over 15 antique, hand-drawn firefighting apparatus. Participating vehicles will include 19th-century suction fire engines and hose reel carriages. Suction engines, invented ... Read More

Descendants Day at ScotchtownDescendants Day at Scotchtown
May 18, 2024 - May 18, 2024
Hanover County

Scotchtown is continuing to grow its descendant community of those who lived or worked on the property, and we invite anyone who may have a connection to Scotchtown for an annual gathering! We are kicking off our inaugural Descendants Day with an ... Read More

Discover Alexandria Architecture Walking TourDiscover Alexandria Architecture Walking Tour
May 18, 2024 - May 18, 2024
City of Alexandria

Alexandria has grown from a small town in the 18th century to a bustling small city in the 21st century. Join us for a tour of Alexandria as we explore looking at the various Architecture styles that adorn the city streets and make it one of the best... Read More

Lafayette Returns to HanoverLafayette Returns to Hanover
May 19, 2024 - May 19, 2024
Hanover County

We are pleased to welcome back the Marquis de Lafayette as he recalls his experiences in America during the Revolution and on his return 200 years ago in 1824. Lafayette is portrayed by the talented actor, Mark Schneider, who combines history with... Read More

Preserving Carlyle House: Open HousePreserving Carlyle House: Open House
May 19, 2024 - May 19, 2024
City of Alexandria

With the destruction of the Mansion House Hotel in the 1970s and an extensive restoration by NOVA Parks, Carlyle House reemerged into Alexandria’s line of sight as one of the grandest buildings in Old Town. During your self-guided experience, learn... Read More

Sheila Arnold Presents Oney JudgeSheila Arnold Presents Oney Judge
May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
City of Chesapeake

Join character interpreter, Sheila Arnold, as she presents the life and story of Oney Judge, the personal maidservant to Martha Washington who escaped slavery. Tickets are $35 per person.... Read More

VirginiaVirginia's History - A Call to Fasting and Prayer
May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
Washington County

May 24, 1774 - in response to Parliament imposing new coercive laws on the colonists, the Virginia House of Burgesses declared a Day of Fasting and Prayer. Join us as historic interpreters tell of this act of non-violent opposition that triggered an ... Read More

The Day is Past and GoneThe Day is Past and Gone
May 24, 2024 - May 25, 2024
Bedford County

Playwright Teresa Harris’s original drama returns to Jefferson’s south lawn for two performances only. Drawn from real-life experiences of the men and women who were enslaved at Poplar Forest, the trilogy explores the complexity of their lives an... Read More

Upper MattaponiUpper Mattaponi's 35th Annual Pow Wow
May 25, 2024 - May 26, 2024
King William County

Join the Mattaponi Tribe for the 35h Annual Pow Wow featuring dancing, drumming and vendors. Free admission and donations are accepted.... Read More

Fort Pocahontas ReenactmentFort Pocahontas Reenactment
June 01, 2024 - June 02, 2024
Charles City County

The May 24, 1864, victory of United States Colored Troops over attacking Confederate cavalry comes to life in the “Action at Wilson’s Wharf” at Fort Pocahontas on the James River. Each year we remember the contribution of USCTs to the Federal w... Read More

Amelia Officer of the Revolution Gravesite DedicationAmelia Officer of the Revolution Gravesite Dedication
June 02, 2024 - June 02, 2024
Amelia County

The Richmond Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), in conjunction with the Amelia County American Revolution 250 Committee, the Amelia County Historical Society, and Christ Episcopal Church, Amelia, will dedicate a marker prominently pointing passer... Read More

Evening Book Talk at George WashingtonEvening Book Talk at George Washington
June 04, 2024 - June 04, 2024
Fairfax County

In this free evening event at George Washington's Mount Vernon, hear from University of Miami professor Ashli White, author of Revolutionary Things: Material Culture and Politics in the Late Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World.  In her book, Dr. W... Read More

“If This Be Treason…The 1774 York County Resolves and the Liberty Pole” Lecture “If This Be Treason…The 1774 York County Resolves and the Liberty Pole” Lecture
June 07, 2024 - June 07, 2024
York County

Governor Dunmore has dissolved the House of Burgesses, and the militia is ready to fight! Join us as we explore our shared history and begin the celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution. This lecture is part of Yorktown Militar... Read More

We Built This Place: Watermen Then and NowWe Built This Place: Watermen Then and Now
June 07, 2024 - June 08, 2024
Westmoreland County

On Friday night, June 7, 5-7 pm, The Art Center of Montross will have a juried art show with the theme of Watermen: Then and Now. Reception will be open to the public. On Saturday, June 8, 11 am-1 pm, The Westmoreland County Museum will have an exh... Read More

Movie in the Park: Johnny TremainMovie in the Park: Johnny Tremain
June 07, 2024 - June 07, 2024
Henrico

The Henrico 250 Committee invites you to travel back in time as we watch the movie, Johnny Tremain. Follow in the footsteps of a teenage boy as he decides which path to take in the early days of the Revolutionary War, meeting spies, witnessing the Bo... Read More

Resolve & Revolution - Marking the 250th Anniversary of the Prince William County ResolvesResolve & Revolution - Marking the 250th Anniversary of the Prince William County Resolves
June 08, 2024 - June 08, 2024
Prince William County

Join us for an event celebrating the historic Prince William Resolves! This free family-friendly program features an immersive play reenacting this lively June 1774 debate and also includes children’s activities, food, tours, and more. This event i... Read More

Declaration DayDeclaration Day
June 08, 2024 - June 08, 2024
Fairfax County

Join us at Gunston Hall as we commemorate the anniversary of the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights. In writing this document, George Mason took some of the first steps in American history to make this country and the world a better place. They we... Read More

Summer Huzzah at George WashingtonSummer Huzzah at George Washington's Mount Vernon
June 08, 2024 - June 08, 2024
Fairfax County

Enjoy a summer evening of 18th-century entertainment at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Play lawn games, have your fortune told, take a scenic horse-drawn wagon ride, and see how ice cream was made in George Washington's day. At our special VIP... Read More

Yorktown Military Appreciation WeekendYorktown Military Appreciation Weekend
June 09, 2024 - June 09, 2024
York County

Join us for a weekend-long patriotic salute to our Armed Forces as we celebrate the contributions of our American heroes both past and present. Enjoy live music, games, stories, special exhibits, and more! ... Read More

The Leedstown Resolutions–Connecting Consumerism and Revolution on the Northern NeckThe Leedstown Resolutions–Connecting Consumerism and Revolution on the Northern Neck
June 09, 2024 - June 09, 2024
Westmoreland County

The Leedstown Resolves were one of the first protests against the 1765 Stamp Act and influenced public opinion in other American colonies. In this engaging talk, Dr. Levy explores how consumerism in the colonies shaped response to the Stamp Act, infl... Read More

Lunch at the Washington Presidential Library: Four Families Descended from Slaves Reflect of Stories of Strength, Love, and Gratitude. Lunch at the Washington Presidential Library: Four Families Descended from Slaves Reflect of Stories of Strength, Love, and Gratitude. 
June 10, 2024 - June 10, 2024
Fairfax County

Join us for lunch and a discussion with authors Lori Ann LaRocco and Abby Wallace, who will discuss their new book, Embracing Your Past to Empower Your Future: Four Families Descended from Slaves Reflect of Stories of Strength, Love, and Gratitude.... Read More

The Other Tea PartiesThe Other Tea Parties
June 10, 2024 - June 10, 2024
Orange County

The Boston Tea Party was not the only one. We'll learn about the others. What happened in Virginia in 1774?... Read More

Juneteenth CelebrationsJuneteenth Celebrations
June 15, 2024 - June 15, 2024
Henrico

Juneteenth celebrates enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching the westernmost Confederate state of Texas. The Proclamation went into effect in 1863, but this news was purposefully withheld from enslaved people until the arrival of Union... Read More

Freedom Before Emancipation: Family Day for Juneteenth at George WashingtonFreedom Before Emancipation: Family Day for Juneteenth at George Washington's Mount Vernon
June 19, 2024 - June 22, 2024
Fairfax County

Juneteenth is the celebration of Emancipation Day in 1865. Long before emancipation, many people enslaved at Mount Vernon resisted enslavement and sought freedom. At this Family Day, learners of all ages can discover how Ona Judge, Christopher Sh... Read More

2024 Annual Martha Washington Lecture: Remember the First Ladies2024 Annual Martha Washington Lecture: Remember the First Ladies
June 20, 2024 - June 20, 2024
Fairfax County

As the wife of the nation's first president, Martha Washington truly defined the new role of First Lady of the United States. Hear how she and other First Ladies influenced American society, policy, diplomacy, and life, and how many of them broke bar... Read More

Chief Justice John Marshall RememberedChief Justice John Marshall Remembered
June 23, 2024 - June 23, 2024
City of Richmond

At 2 p.m., Sunday, June 23, 2024, the Richmond Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will host a Virginia SAR ceremony honoring Revolutionary War Veteran and Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Marshall. The ceremony, featuring t... Read More

Flag DayFlag Day
June 28, 2024 - June 28, 2024
Henrico

Why do we celebrate Flag Day? Join us to explore the flags that have flown in Henrico since its beginning as a city in 1611 and create your own flag. Information: sch107@henrico.us... Read More

Independence Day CelebrationIndependence Day Celebration
July 04, 2024 - July 04, 2024
York County

Bring your flags and flip flops because the fun begins with a festive parade down Historic Main Street! Evening activities include a bell-ringing ceremony, patriotic concert, and a spectacular fireworks display over the York River. Grab your red, whi... Read More

Independence Day at the Virginia State CapitolIndependence Day at the Virginia State Capitol
July 04, 2024 - July 04, 2024
City of Richmond

On July 4, 2024, the grounds of the State Capitol will answer John Adams’ call for a great anniversary festival of America’s independence. Unlike other celebrations of the Fourth of July which are confined to evening fireworks and a few patriotic... Read More

Red, White, & LightsRed, White, & Lights
July 04, 2024 - July 04, 2024
Henrico

Celebrate the Independence Day holiday with live music, food trucks, and a kids’ zone. The Richmond Symphony is headlining the show with a laser light show finale.* FREE Admission! Event Information: rec-eventsteam@henrico.us *Please note: Th... Read More

Fabulous Fourth at Ferry FarmFabulous Fourth at Ferry Farm
July 04, 2024 - July 04, 2024
Stafford County

Celebrate Independence Day at George Washington’s boyhood home! Play colonial games, tour the Washington House, meet a George Washington reenactor, watch a flag retirement ceremony at 1pm, talk with archaeologists around an active dig site, take a ... Read More

Independence CelebrationIndependence Celebration
July 04, 2024 - July 04, 2024
City of Chesapeake

Celebrate America's Independence at the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Museum. Our town crier will read the Declaration of Independence. Enjoy crafts, activities, an encampment by the Youth Virginia Regiment, and more! Take family photos choosi... Read More

An American Celebration at George WashingtonAn American Celebration at George Washington's Mount Vernon
July 04, 2024 - July 04, 2024
Fairfax County

Celebrate our nation's founding at Mount Vernon, the home of America's first president! Watch as people from across the world become U.S. citizens in a moving ceremony, then hear a performance by the National Concert Band and see a daytime fireworks... Read More

Independence Day CelebrationIndependence Day Celebration
July 04, 2024 - July 04, 2024
Bedford County

Thomas Jefferson held July 4th as “the only birthday I ever commemorate…” Bring your family and friends out to Poplar Forest, his Bedford County retreat, to celebrate the 248th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in h... Read More

"Green Corn Dance" Pow Wow"Green Corn Dance" Pow Wow
July 06, 2024 - July 06, 2024
Southampton County

Join the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe for the "Green Corn Dance" Pow Wow. ... Read More

Evening Book Talk at George WashingtonEvening Book Talk at George Washington's Mount Vernon: Richard Brookhiser on John Trumbull
July 10, 2024 - July 10, 2024
Fairfax County

At the free evening event, hear from popular historian Richard Brookhiser, author of Glorious Lessons: John Trumbull Painter of the American Revolution.  Brookhiser examines the complicated life and legacy of John Trumbull, whose paintings portra... Read More

Revolutionary ArlingtonRevolutionary Arlington
July 11, 2024 - July 11, 2024
Arlington County

Over the next few years, Arlington, Virginia, and our whole country will be celebrating the nation’s 250 founding. Kevin Vincent will set the stage for the role that the area now known as Arlington County played during the Revolution. At that time,... Read More

Colonial Kids DayColonial Kids Day
July 13, 2024 - July 13, 2024
Clarke County

Bring the family and step back in time to experience every day life in Colonial America. Festivities include blacksmithing, grain grinding, weaving, spinning, Colonial re-enacting, kids games, scavenger hunts, and more!... Read More

250th Anniversary Celebration of the Essex Resolutions250th Anniversary Celebration of the Essex Resolutions
July 13, 2024 - July 13, 2024
Essex County

This July will mark the 250th Anniversary of the Essex Resolutions, which were a bold declaration of the rights of Virginians as British citizens and one of the early steps on the road to the American Revolution. These Resolutions supported a tough,... Read More

What They Wore to the American RevolutionWhat They Wore to the American Revolution
July 13, 2024 - July 13, 2024
Henrico

The 18th century styles in men's and women's clothing were also considered revolutionary. Discover the glorious, the frugal, and of course the tantalizing creations of an era in fashion that made an impact that was heard around the world! Information... Read More

Forgotten Patriots: VirginiaForgotten Patriots: Virginia's Black Revolutionary Soldiers
July 14, 2024 - July 14, 2024
Henrico

In 1781, citizens of Henrico and the counties surrounding Richmond witnessed the American Revolution come right through their communities. Black Virginia men camped, marched, and fought side by side with their white neighbors in pursuit of liberty an... Read More

American Revolution CampAmerican Revolution Camp
July 15, 2024 - July 19, 2024
Stafford County

This camp teaches children what life was like in the 18th century, when colonists were on the cusp of war. Through immersive hands-on activities, children learn about colonial life, maritime practices, and the challenges of war. Campers will play col... Read More

“250th Anniversary of the 1774 York County Resolves” Lecture“250th Anniversary of the 1774 York County Resolves” Lecture
July 18, 2024 - July 18, 2024
York County

Historian Jim Gallagher will portray Thomas Nelson, Jr. as he describes the importance of the colonial protest against England's taxation policies. As a result, the York County Resolves were signed on July 18, 1774. Join us for an exploration into th... Read More

Those Who Signed The Fairfax ResolvesThose Who Signed The Fairfax Resolves
July 19, 2024 - July 21, 2024
City of Alexandria

On July 18, 1774, 25 gentlemen from Fairfax County (including Alexandria) signed the Fairfax Resolves which rejected the British Parliament’s claim of supreme authority over the American colonies. John Carlyle, George Mason, and George Washington a... Read More

"The Great Badge of Freedom" — The Hanover Resolves 250th Commemoration"The Great Badge of Freedom" — The Hanover Resolves 250th Commemoration
July 20, 2024 - July 20, 2024
Hanover County

On July 20, 1774, the citizens of Hanover County met at the courthouse to elect representatives for the upcoming First Virginia Convention at Williamsburg. Patrick Henry and John Syme were chosen and presented with resolutions to take to this meeting... Read More

1774 Yorktown Resolves1774 Yorktown Resolves
July 20, 2024 - July 20, 2024
York County

It’s July 18, 1774, and the citizens of York County have been called out to join the boycott against English goods and protest against the tea tax. Join costumed interpreters portraying the York County Committee and Safety as we explore our shared ... Read More

LUNCH & LEARN: John Sinclair v. General John Marshall, 1794LUNCH & LEARN: John Sinclair v. General John Marshall, 1794
July 22, 2024 - July 22, 2024
Isle of Wight County

Today is the 230th anniversary of the town's second most dramatic event - the confrontation between accused "privateer" John Sinclair and U.S. Cavalry commander John Marshall, future Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Join us to learn the detai... Read More

1781 British Occupation of Yorktown1781 British Occupation of Yorktown
August 03, 2024 - August 03, 2024
York County

The British are coming! The British are…here! Join us for exhibits and living history stations to mark the 243rd anniversary of the arrival of the British forces in Yorktown. This is a Colonial National Historical Park Service event that is held in... Read More

1774, The Year of Resolves: Preparing for War1774, The Year of Resolves: Preparing for War
August 08, 2024 - August 08, 2024
Henrico

The year 1774, 250 years ago, saw Henrico County and Virginia move quickly towards war with England. How did we go from peaceful protests to violence and threats? Within six months the Revolution was underway. Join us to learn how people in Virginia ... Read More

Absconded from the Subscriber: Fugitive Slave AdvertisementsAbsconded from the Subscriber: Fugitive Slave Advertisements
August 10, 2024 - August 10, 2024
Henrico

Enslaved people were a significant investment and often an enslaver's most valuable asset. When the enslaved self-emancipated, enslavers frequently placed advertisements in not only their local newspaper but papers through the country, seeking to hav... Read More

250th Commemoration of Dumore250th Commemoration of Dumore's War - Northern Division
August 10, 2024 - August 11, 2024
Fauquier County

In late July and early August 1774, Royal Governor Dunmore stayed with Lord Fairfax at his Greenway Court estate in White Post to gather troops from Berkeley, Frederick, Hampshire and Dunmore Counties to join an expedition against the Shawnee to the ... Read More

Evening Book Talk at George WashingtonEvening Book Talk at George Washington
August 15, 2024 - August 15, 2024
Fairfax County

Debates over secrecy and transparency in politics during the eighteenth century shaped modern democracy.  At this free evening book talk, University of Notre Dame professor Katlyn Carter, author of "Democracy in Darkness: Secrecy and Transparency... Read More

36th Annual Nansemond Indian Pow Wow36th Annual Nansemond Indian Pow Wow
August 17, 2024 - August 18, 2024
City of Suffolk

Two-day Native American cultural celebration, including music, dance, food, and crafts. The pow wow is located at the end of Pembroke Lane, which runs off Godwin Boulevard (across from Oakland Elementary School) in the Chuckatuck Borough of Suffolk.... Read More

250th Anniversary of Dunmore250th Anniversary of Dunmore's War - Southern Division
August 31, 2024 - September 01, 2024
Montgomery County

"...We according marched, we marched to the waters of New River to Drapers Meadows at Col. Billy Prestons..." Pension Application of Robert Bleakley (Blakeley) W279 Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris This encampment will portray a volunt... Read More

 1781 Yorktown Before the Siege 1781 Yorktown Before the Siege
September 07, 2024 - September 07, 2024
York County

Take a step back in time to see what life was like in the British Camp before the arrival of the American and French forces on September 28, 1781. Yorktown’s Historic Main Street will be transformed with military drills, camp life demonstrations... Read More

George Washington Whiskey TastingGeorge Washington Whiskey Tasting
September 07, 2024 - September 28, 2024
Fairfax County

At this outdoor event, sample George Washington's whiskey and other distilled spirits made at Washington's Distillery. In 1799, George Washington's distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons, making it one of the largest whiskey distilleries in Am... Read More

George Washington Whiskey TastingGeorge Washington Whiskey Tasting
September 07, 2024 - September 28, 2024
Fairfax County

At this outdoor event, sample George Washington's whiskey and other distilled spirits made at Washington's Distillery. In 1799, George Washington's distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons, making it one of the largest whiskey distilleries in Am... Read More

1781 Yorktown Before the Siege1781 Yorktown Before the Siege
September 08, 2024 - September 08, 2024
York County

Take a step back in time to see what life was like in the British Camp before the arrival of the American and French forces on September 28, 1781. Yorktown’s Historic Main Street will be transformed with military drills, camp life demonstrations... Read More

Roots and Reconnection: Celebrating Our StoryRoots and Reconnection: Celebrating Our Story
September 14, 2024 - September 14, 2024
Bedford County

Join Poplar Forest’s African American Advisory Group, interpretation and archaeology staff, and the Board of Directors to celebrate, recognize and remember the men, women and children of the enslaved community at Poplar Forest. The free, family-ori... Read More

Poplar Forest Naturalization CeremonyPoplar Forest Naturalization Ceremony
September 17, 2024 - September 17, 2024
Bedford County

Join Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest to witness a Naturalization Ceremony welcoming new American citizens in honor of Constitution Day, the day in 1787 the American Constitution was signed into law. Admission to the ceremony is included with gener... Read More

Nottoway Indian Tribe of VA Pow WowNottoway Indian Tribe of VA Pow Wow
September 21, 2024 - September 22, 2024
Surry County

Join the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia for the annual Pow Wow with intertribal dancing, vendors and crafts, storytelling, educational exhibits, and Native American Cooking. Master of Ceremonies - Rick Kelly Head Dancers - Adrienne Harmon & ... Read More

Tavern DayTavern Day
October 05, 2024
Pittsylvania County

The Pittsylvania Historical Society commemorates Local History Month with "Tavern Day," at historic Yates Tavern. This fun, educational, and family-friendly event will feature tours of the tavern, colonial and Revolutionary War era reenactors and liv... Read More

Archaeology Behind the Scenes ToursArchaeology Behind the Scenes Tours
October 11, 2024 - October 12, 2024
Bedford County

TOURS ARE OCTOBER 11TH AND 12TH AT 11 A.M. AND 2 P.M. EACH DAY. An amateur archaeologist known to have studied Native American material culture, Thomas Jefferson would surely be fascinated by the more than 300,000 artifacts found on the Poplar Fores... Read More

Beverley Manor DAR Chapter DedicationBeverley Manor DAR Chapter Dedication
October 12, 2024 - October 12, 2024
City of Staunton

The Beverley Manor Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Staunton, VA in partnership with the Frontier Culture Museum, is celebrating the birth of our nation 250 years ago, with the planting of a black gum tree which is native to Vir... Read More

Lafayette Grand Tour 1824 – 200th AnniversaryLafayette Grand Tour 1824 – 200th Anniversary
October 18, 2024 - October 18, 2024
York County

This event marks the 200th Anniversary of Lafayette's return to America in 1824 as "guest of the Nation" in which he visited all 24 states and all surviving residents. Historian Mark Schneider will appear as Major General Lafayette. The tour is prese... Read More

Yorktown DayYorktown Day
October 19, 2024 - October 19, 2024
York County

The day begins with a wreath-laying ceremony followed by a patriotic parade down Main Street to commemorate the victory at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform during the parade and at a special ceremony at the... Read More

Yorktown Market Days - Yorktown Victory MarketYorktown Market Days - Yorktown Victory Market
October 19, 2024 - October 19, 2024
York County

This is a specially-themed farmers market to celebrate the Victory at Yorktown. Red, white, and blue will be on full display as local artists will be selling patriotic handiwork such as glassware, paintings, and woodwork. Local vendors will be selli... Read More

Fall Harvest Dinner Fall Harvest Dinner
October 19, 2024 - October 19, 2024
Bedford County

One of America’s first foodies, Thomas Jefferson had a taste for fine wines and gourmet foods. Join the president, as portrayed by actor Bill Barker, in his private retreat to raise a glass to a successful harvest season and enjoy a multicourse din... Read More

Heritage Day: Clarke Through the AgesHeritage Day: Clarke Through the Ages
November 02, 2024 - November 02, 2024
Clarke County

Bring the family for a full day of hands-on Colonial history. Over a dozen local historical organizations will be on hand to lead activities that include cider pressing, grain grinding, blacksmithing, seamstressing, basket weaving, doll making, and m... Read More

Lafayette and the American Revolutionary WarLafayette and the American Revolutionary War
November 04, 2024 - November 30, 2024
Orange County

This exhibit will feature a traveling exhibit from The American Friends of Lafayette, and numerous artifacts.... Read More

Yorktown Tea Festival Yorktown Tea Festival
November 06, 2024 - November 08, 2024
York County

The goal of the Yorktown Tea Festival is to instill a sense of admiration for the history and traditions of tea and tea drinking in Virginia. The three-day event will include four lectures each day along with special tours at the participating muse... Read More

250th Yorktown Tea Party Anniversary 250th Yorktown Tea Party Anniversary
November 07, 2024 - November 10, 2024
York County

On November 7, 1774, Thomas Nelson, Jr. and his group of fellow patriots marched to the Yorktown waterfront and threw two chests of tea overboard as a show of defiance against the British. This 250th Anniversary celebration will include concerts, shi... Read More

Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival
November 09, 2024 - November 09, 2024
Bedford County

Eat, drink, shop and explore a gem of American history when the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival returns to Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn. Join Poplar Forest in celebrating Jefferson’s legacy as the father of Virginia wine with tastings from multiple ... Read More

Turkey ShootsTurkey Shoots
November 11, 2024 - March 09, 2025
King William County

Join us at the Tribal Grounds from 7 pm - 11 pm on the 2nd Saturday of every month beginning November 11th, 2023 until March 9th, 2024. All proceeds benefit cultural programs sponsored by the Cultural and Environmental Restoration Steering Committee.... Read More

The Road to Yorktown, LafayetteThe Road to Yorktown, Lafayette's 1781 Campaign in Central Virginia
November 14, 2024 - November 14, 2024
Orange County

The Road to Yorktown, Lafayette's 1781 Campaign in Central Virginia. We'll look at some of the troop movements of Lafayette and Anthony Wayne as they went through Orange County along with the extended campaign leading to the Siege of Yorktown.... Read More

Fort Boykin Walking TourFort Boykin Walking Tour
December 07, 2024 - December 07, 2024
Isle of Wight County

Fort Boykin has been a part of American history since 1623 when a fort known as the Castle was constructed following the 1622 Indian Attack. Today, Fort Boykin constitutes an example of military architecture of the Civil War era. Join us for this fre... Read More

GIVE ME LIBERTYGIVE ME LIBERTY
March 22, 2025 - January 04, 2026
City of Richmond

This exhibition will inspire a deep appreciation for the continental and global forces as well as the individual actions by both iconic and ordinary people that brought about a model of democratic government that would change the world. More detai... Read More

FREE BLACK PEOPLE IN VIRGINIAFREE BLACK PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA
June 14, 2025 - July 05, 2026
City of Richmond

This exhibition explores the lives of free Black Virginians from the arrival of the first captive Africans in 1619 to the abolition of slavery in 1865. Through powerful objects and first-person accounts, visitors will discover how Virginia’s peopl... Read More

WE THE PEOPLEWE THE PEOPLE
March 14, 2026 - January 03, 2027
City of Richmond

This exhibition will explore the many people who, over centuries, have made Virginia the unique place it is in America and in the world, and the dramatic impact of the immigrant experience throughout Virginia’s history as people arrived from the fo... Read More

Sail250® VirginiaSail250® Virginia
June 19, 2026 - June 23, 2026
City of Norfolk

In June 2026, Norfolk, Hampton Roads, and Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay region will welcome an international fleet of tall ships, military vessels, and character ships to commemorate the U.S.’s 250th anniversary. This milestone maritime festival - Sa... Read More

 

 

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