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Breaking News: Old Cape Henry Lighthouse is Open for Business!
We are thrilled to announce the reopening of our historic site Old Cape Henry Lighthouse to the general public!

Closed for significant portions of the last year due to the pandemic, we've been working closely with the military and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (where the lighthouse resides) to reopen the site. Looking to get out of the house? Have plans to go to the beach this year? Don't miss the incredible history at Cape Henry while taking in one-of-a-kind views of the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay!

The lighthouse is now open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with general admission, see the new "visitor plaza" at the base of the lighthouse and climb the newly painted interior stairs of the tower! 

Also new as of 2019 is a shuttle system for transporting guests to the lighthouse following a security check by Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. The first shuttle of the day arrives at Gate 8 at 9:55 a.m. and the last shuttle picks up at 4 p.m.

Visit our website for more information. We'll see you at the lighthouse!
Upcoming Online Programs from the John Marshall House!
John Marshall and the Trilogy Cases Virtual Program

May 15th at 2 p.m.

Learn history from anywhere! This 60-minute "virtual tour" explores Chief Justice John Marshall’s “Trilogy Cases” relating to Native American sovereignty and the impacts of those decisions still felt today.

Registration is $10 per device connection/ free for Preservation Virginia Members. Members can contact Jenna Affeldt at to sign up. 

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Intended to Endure: The History of the Supreme Court's Judicial Robes

May 19th at 12 p.m. 

This webinar explores new research by Matthew Hofstedt, associate curator of the Supreme Court of the United States, about how the black robe gradually became an icon of the American judicial system.

Was Marshall the first to wear a black robe? 

Speakers include:

Matthew Hofstedt, associate curator of the Supreme Court of the United States

Jennifer Hurst-Wender, Preservation Virginia’s director of museum operations

Lea Lane, Preservation Virginia’s curator of collections

Haven't seen the newly conserved judicial robe of Chief Justice John Marshall yet? Stop by the John Marshall House in Richmond Wednesday through Sundays! Visit our website for hours of operation and ticket information. 

Register for the Webinar
Examining Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Places:
Battlefields in Which United States Colored Troops (USCTs) Fought

May 20th at 12 p.m.

This webinar explores the effectiveness and impacts of "Most Endangered Historic Places" programs, with a focus on Civil War Battlefields in Which United States Colored Troops (USCTs) Fought, a 2021 Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Places listing. 

The discussion includes Kendra Parzen, field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, discussing the National Trust’s America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places and Sonja Ingram, preservation field services manager at Preservation Virginia, discussing Preservation Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places list.

The webinar features La’Veesha Allen Rollins discussing the importance of protecting St. Mary’s/Samaria Church Battlefield in Charles City County, and Mary Koik and Dan Davis from the American Battlefield Trust on the New Market Heights Battlefield in Henrico County.

The webinar is free with a suggested donation of $10.

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Attic to Cellar Tours 
Patrick Henry's Scotchtown

This is your chance to see rooms not typically open to the public at Patrick Henry's Scotchtown! To celebrate Historic Preservation Month in May, you can explore the 300 year-old house from the attic to the cellar with one of our historic interpreters. Tours are offered at 10 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Be sure to sign up now, as these programs are extremely limited!

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Looking for ways to help? Consider joining as a member or renewing your membership today. Your membership directly underwrites work in communities throughout Virginia and keeps our six museums open and vibrant.

There's so much in store this year and we need your help. Your donations are absolutely critical to continuing this work. Make a gift online, mail a contribution to 204 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220 or contact (804) 648-1889 to make a gift over the phone. Thank you so much! 

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