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The Voices Remembered Project
Born into slavery, Agnes Spurlock lived to see Emancipation, passing away in Charles City, Virginia, in 1901. The only known likeness of any of the individuals enslaved by John Marshall, the above image (courtesy of the John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics) is a portrait of Spurlock. Following Emancipation, she and her husband Moses Hilton worked as sharecroppers at Weyanoke, a property with a connection to the Marshall family. Read about Spurlock's life and impact in the newest blog article on our website, and visit the John Marshall House this summer to learn more.
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The tenure of Willis Augustus Hodges as keeper of Cape Henry Lighthouse may have been a few months, but his impact in both Virginia and the nation were tremendous. Recently, WAVY-10 News stopped by Cape Henry Lighthouse to speak with historian Edna Hendrix and site coordinator Sachi Carlson to learn more about the achievements of Hodges and how visitors can learn more about his legacy at Cape Henry. 

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Upcoming Events

June 24 at 12 p.m.

Historic preservation and natural resource conservation have a lot in common. Here in Virginia, the Great Dismal Swamp is one of the most unique ecological landscapes on the U.S. East Coast and is home to an incredibly rich number of Virginia Indian and African American cultural and historical sites. This webinar will explore ways that the preservation and conservation movements connect to save important places and the stories they tell.

In addition to Congressman McEachin, speakers include Nikki Bass, Nansemond Indian Nation; Chris Lowie, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; Eric Shepherd, Association for the Study of African American Life & History; Elizabeth Vehmeyer, the National Park Service; Trip Pollard, Preservation Virginia Board of Trustees; Jennifer Hurst-Wender, Preservation Virginia; and Sonja Ingram, Preservation Virginia.

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This online program explores the presence, lives and labors of the individuals John Marshall enslaved in his Richmond home between 1790 and 1835. By reinterpreting the historic collections objects on display in the John Marshall House, we hope to help return agency to the individuals Marshall enslaved, such as Henry, Robin Spurlock, Agnes and many others. 

Looking at how Rachel, Becky, Moses and other individuals used these objects and the rooms in which they sit, we can reflect on how their experiences connect to the larger narrative of slavery in Early Republic Virginia.

This is event is free to the public. 

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This Father’s Day, bring the dads in your life to Scotchtown for a unique tour where interpreters will share stories of Mr. Henry, not only as the Orator of the Revolution we have come to know, but as the family man who played his violin and danced in the parlor.

The special Father's Day tour is included with general admission. 

Spend a memorable Father's Day at Bacon's Castle! Take a tour highlighting the construction of the Castle, and Northwest Crumbs will be onsite selling fresh brewed iced teas and sweet treats to enjoy. Cost of the tour is included with general admission. Don't forget, members attend for free!

Tail Wagging Tours at Scotchtown
Saturdays at 10 a.m. in June 

Go on a history adventure with your pup! Scotchtown is excited to partner with the Hanover Humane Society for Tail Wagging Tours every Saturday at 10 a.m. in June. Bring your well-behaved and leashed pet for a special outdoor tour of Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown. Pets must be up to date on all shots. This event is included with general admission and free for Preservation Virginia members. Members contact to register.

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On June 23rd, Double Your Donation Day, gifts up to $8,500 will be matched by generous patrons who are passionate about preservation. Any gift made online, by mail or over the phone will be doubled by the match. Please make a matching gift and help finish the fiscal year in a strong financial position.

We are not a state agency and rely on the support of our friends and supporters to make these projects and programs happen. To say thanks, any donation over $60 comes with a one-year membership to Preservation Virginia, which includes free or discounted admission to all six historic sites we steward and open to the public. From Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia Beach to Patrick Henry's Scotchtown in Hanover County, membership to Preservation Virginia provides so much to see and do this summer and all year. 

Thank you so very much in advance for your interest and support. Together, we'll continue helping preserve the places and stories that make communities in Virginia unique.
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