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2021 Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Places Video Series

Battlefields ring the landscape around Richmond, Virginia. While some were preserved in the early 20th century, many were not. Just east of the city, United States Colored Troops (USCTs) made significant impacts in 1864 at two battlefields in Charles City County and Henrico County. Both are threatened by development pressures, and local groups and national organizations are rallying to save them. 

In 2021, Preservation Virginia included "Civil War Battlefields in Which United States Colored Troops Fought" to our Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Places list to help raise awareness of the need to save and interpret these places. Delve into the history of the battlefields and the issues facing them in the first installment of our new video series. 
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Living History Event at Patrick Henry's Scotchtown
Patrick Henry and the Gunpowder Plot of 1775

May 29, 2021
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In April of 1775, Royal Governor Lord Dunmore ordered the removal of a portion of the gunpowder supply from the magazine at Williamsburg. In response, Patrick Henry led 60 mounted volunteers, known as the “Hanover Independent Company,” to rally at Newcastle on the Pamunkey River and ride with him to demand the powder’s return or just compensation. The remainder of the Hanover Militia stood ready for the coming revolution.

Visit Scotchtown for this family friendly outdoor event to see what a detachment of Hanover Militia could have looked like at the outbreak of the American Revolution, and explore 18th-century historic food-ways, fashion, music, encampment, drills and musket demonstrations.

Schedule of Events:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Cooking will be ongoing throughout the day in the kitchen

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

  • “Shoulder Your Firelock”  Drill Demonstration (Front yard of the house)

12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

  • “The Sound of Discipline”  Music Demonstration (Steps of the house)

1 p.m.

  • “What Do I Put in My Backpack?” demonstration for children (Camp)

4 p.m.

  • “All Free Men 16 to 50 Years”   Militia Inspection and Dismissal (Front yard of the house)


Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per carload, to be purchased on-site at Scotchtown.

John Marshall House Online Tour
Chief Justice John Marshall held a great admiration for the many strong and intelligent women that surrounded him throughout his life. This virtual focus tour will explore the lives of Mary “Polly” Marshall, Mary Marshall Harvie, Agnes Spurlock and many other women who occupied and experienced the spaces in this Richmond home.
$10/connection; free for PV members (members email to sign up)

Through your investment, we’re here to act as a preservation call center, helping communities find solutions to literally hundreds of preservation issues. At the same time, our six historic sites open to the public – Bacon’s Castle, Cape Henry Lighthouse, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, Historic Jamestowne, The John Marshall House and Smith’s Fort – offer public programming and student resources that drive tourism in their communities and connect people to history where it happened. All along, we support public policy programs that help retain our communities’ historic character and hasten economic recovery.

Thank you so much for your support! Our work across the entire Commonwealth is only possible because of you. Please consider making a donation and renewing your membership this spring, as 2021 has so much in store. 
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