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May Is Historic Preservation Month!

It's the most wonderful time of year-  preservation month! This May, our team has plenty of programs and events planned, both online and safely in-person. From the historic sites we own and open to the public, to the community engagement and public policy work that drives renewal and tourism throughout Virginia, there's plenty for you to see and do in the coming weeks. 

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 11th, as the 2021 Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Places list will be announced. And as always, thank you so much for your ongoing support and friendship as we work together to save the places that make Virginia unique. Be sure to renew your membership so you don't miss out on any of the upcoming special events! 
Upcoming Events
May 5, 2021
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


What do Kermit the Frog and John Marshall’s Supreme Court robe have in common? Not much, except for the expert work of textile conservator, Howard Sutcliffe, who has preserved a range of priceless objects including the beloved Muppet and Marshall’s robe.

Over 300+ hours of work, Sutcliffe stabilized the silk and reversed some of the earlier “repairs.”

Join Preservation Virginia’s director of museum operations, Jennifer Hurst-Wender and curator of collections, Lea Lane for an in-depth discussion with Howard Sutcliffe, principal at River Region Costume and Textile Conservation on the preservation of John Marshall’s Supreme Court Robe.

Cost is $10 per device connection/free for PV members (email Jenna at for member sign up).

Attic to Cellar Tours 

Have you longed to see the rooms in Patrick Henry's Scotchtown not usually open to the public? To celebrate Historic Preservation Month in May, you can explore Scotchtown from the attic to the cellar with one of our historic interpreters during the 10 a.m. tour slot on Fridays and Saturdays. Don't miss the chance to see unique aspects of this 300 year-old house!

John Marshall at Home Virtual Tour

May 11, 2021
7 p.m. — 8 p.m.

May 21, 2021
4 p.m. —  5 p.m.

Join us for a 60-minute interactive virtual visit to the John Marshall House with one of our Museum Educators. These online tours include question and answer sessions at the end of the program. 

Cost is $10 per device connection/free for Preservation Virginia Members (Members contact Jenna Affeldt at to register). 
May 15, 2021
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.


This 60-minute virtual tour explores Chief Justice John Marshall’s “Trilogy Cases” relating to Native American sovereignty in the United States and the impacts of his decisions still felt today.

Cost is $10 per device connection/free for Preservation Virginia Members (Members contact Jenna Affeldt at to register). 

May 20, 2021
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


The 2021 list of Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Places will be announced in May, and this webinar helps ascertain the types of locations listed, the threats each face and what comes next for these important places. Individuals and organizations representing the nominations will share information about their sites, why they are endangered and possible solutions that could protect these places. We will also explore other states' most endangered programs, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places program to determine how effective they have been.

This Women’s History Month 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 per device connection/free for Preservation Virginia Members (Members contact Jenna Affeldt at to register). 
May 27, 2021
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.


This 60-minute virtual tour explores Chief Justice John Marshall’s most impactful decisions on the U.S. Supreme Court.

$10 per device connection/free for Preservation Virginia Members (Members contact Jenna Affeldt at to register). 

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


Family friendly outdoor living history event.

Explore 18th century historic food-ways, fashion, music, encampment, drills, and the firings of muskets.

In April of 1775 Royal Governor Lord Dunmore stole a portion of the gunpowder supply of the colony of Virginia from the magazine at Williamsburg.

On May 2, 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, under arms, training, and ready for the coming revolution.

Visit Scotchtown to see what a detachment of Hanover Militia could have looked like at the outbreak of the American Revolution.



  • Cooking will be ongoing throughout the day in the kitchen.

11am and 2pm.

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

12 noon and 3pm.

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


  • “What do I put in my Backpack?” (demonstration specifically for children)  (Camp)


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


$5 per person or $10 per carload, to be paid day-of onsite.

Explore archaeological investigations at Scotchtown (residence of Patrick Henry, his household, and the people they enslaved 1771–1778 ) with Dr. Elizabeth A. Fisher, the Shelton H. Short III Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of Classics and Archaeology at Randolph-Macon College, Lea C. Lane, Preservation Virginia’s Curator of Collections, and Dawn Burnett, Site Coordinator at Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown. Dr. Elizabeth A. Fisher has led multiple field schools at Scotchtown with her Randolph-Macon archaeology students investigating the front yard of Scotchtown. Lea Lane and Dawn Burnett are currently researching primary sources, early archaeological digs and our archaeological collection for interpretive clues to best tell the story of Scotchtown.
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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. 
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