Cvil War concerts, martial life, geneaology and archiving Saturday at Stratford Hall
Stratford Hall, birthplace of Robert E. Lee, has a full-bore batch of Civil War programs — including two back-to-back concerts of period music by the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg — on tap this Saturday, all for $10 per adult (and free if you’re a Friend of Stratford).
For a handsome poster, click on this link: Songs & Remembrances Civil War on the Northern Neck
Here’s the scoop from the fine folks at Stratford Hall:
Songs & Remembrances: the Civil War on the Northern Neck, in cooperation with the Library of Virginia’s 150th Legacy Project
STRATFORD, VA – Come to Stratford Hall on May 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and share an opportunity to listen and learn about memories of the Civil War as it was waged on the Northern Neck of Virginia.
Activities will include the Library of Virginia’s 150th Legacy Project’s scanning of Civil War related documents, the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg performing Civil War era music, local genealogy experts Laura Hazel and Marie Vayer giving tips on researching your Civil War ancestor, Civil War re-enactors — including the 53rd Virginia Company H Mattaponi Guards and The Original Richmond Howitzers — bivouacking on the Oval, a diorama on the action at Camden on loan from the Steamboat Era Museum, and a tour of the Great House. which is included in the admission price.
The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia have partnered to create a state-wide online collection of original Civil War manuscripts that still remain in private hands.
The Civil War 150 Legacy Project focuses on manuscript materials created during the period 1861-1865 that reflect social, political, military, business and religious life in Virginia during the period of the Civil War and the early period of Reconstruction.
Materials from both Union and Confederate states will be scanned. Citizens are encouraged to bring original family materials to be scanned and included in the Project. Scanned materials will be made available on the web via the Library of Virginia web site and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission web site.
Legacy Project staff will be at Stratford to scan documents from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Donors to the Project will have free admission to the event. Appointments are encouraged and a limited number of walk-ins will be accommodated, as scheduling allows. To register, please call 804-493-1972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission is $10 adults/$5 children/children under 5 free, Friends of Stratford free, Donors to Library of Virginia Project free.
For more information on all of the day’s activities, visit Stratford’s website at www.StratfordHall.org, or call 804-493-8038.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
9:30 AM – Gates open, Visitor Center open
9:30 AM – 6:30 PM – Bivouac of Civil War Re-enactors on Oval
9:30 AM – 7:30 PM – Action at Camden Diorama in Visitor Center
10 AM – 4 PM – Civil War 150th Legacy Project in duPont Library
10:30 AM – Infantry drill on Oval
11AM – Artillery drill by Richmond Howitzers on Oval
11 AM – 3 PM – Stratford Hall Dining Room open
11 AM – 5 PM – Stratford Hall dining tent on Oval
11 AM – 7 PM — Gift Shop open
1 PM – Infantry drill on Oval
2 PM – Kids drill on South Lawn
2 PM – Chamber Chorale – 20-minute performance in Preservation Gallery
2:30 PM – Chamber Chorale – 20-minute performance in Preservation Gallery
3 PM – Chamber Chorale – 20-minute performance in Preservation Gallery
3:30 PM – 5 PM – Laura Hazel & Marie Vayer’s genealogical workshop in Preservation Gallery
3:30 PM – Artillery drill on Oval 4 PM – Civil War action on Northern Neck at encampment
4 PM – Last Great House tour
5:30 PM – Artillery drill on Oval 6 PM—Infantry drill on Oval
7:30 PM – event ends, Gates close