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The General Society War of 1812
and the Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Virginia
invite you and your guests to attend a plaque unveiling ceremony honoring
Captain Vincent Shackleford

Date - December 11, 2016

Time - Starting at 10:30 a.m.

Place - North Farnham Episcopal Church,

231 N Farnham Church Rd, Farnham, VA 22460

Reception - Immediately following the ceremony the Farnham Episcopal Church clergy have invited attendees to a gathering at their Fellowship Hall.


* The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Societies and organizations are invited to present wreaths.

* For more information please contact -

 Charles Belfield, e-mail, or Mike Lyman, email




The last land battle of the War of 1812 in Virginia and took place in the vicinity of North Farnham Episcopal Church on December 6, 1814, between British forces and the Richmond County Militia. Bullet holes are still visible in the walls.








Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society

 Fall Membership Meeting & Luncheon


October 5, 2016


Schedule of Events

10 a.m. - Business Meeting 

11 a.m.  - Guest Speaker 

Dr. Martin Gallivan

 Native American History in the Northern Neck

12 p.m. - Luncheon


Place - Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club, Kilmarnock, VA

Members $30 per person. Non-Members $35 per person.

RSVP required.

For more info - please email


Dr. Martin Gallivan is an anthropology professor at William & Mary. His research centers on the archaeology and history of Native societies in the Chesapeake, including the Algonquian-speaking Powhatans of the Tidewater region. In addition to several journal articles, he has published two books, James River Chiefdoms and The Powhatan Landscape.

Dr. Gallivan received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and both his Master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia.

With his appointment to the William & Mary faculty, he served as research director of the Werowocomoco site – the capital of the Powhatan chiefdom located in present-day Gloucester County. More recently, Dr. Gallivan began conducting fieldwork at the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, focusing on the archaeology of the Native tow of Kiskiak.

Dr. Martin Gallivan

Anthropology Professor

College of William & Mary

"69 Slaves Escape to Freedom"
Historical Highway Marker Dedication & Unveiling
Date: Saturday, October 1st, Rain or Shine
Time: 10:15 a.m.

Place: Route 3 at the White Stone end of the Norris Bridge, next to the “Dolphin” historical marker. Park along either side of Route 3.


This highway marker dedication, commemorating the War of 1812 slave flight from Corotoman plantation (the area that is now Weems, VA), will open with Lois Williams, the marker’s sponsor, reading the Corotoman overseer’s letter of April 22, 1814, notifying the absentee plantation owner that a quarter of his slaves were “carried off by the British.”


Representatives from the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society and Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library, long time supporters of historical highway markers in the Northern Neck, will be present.


A representative of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will describe its historical highway marker program, and Mike Lyman, representing the Society of the War of 1812, will unveil the marker.


There will be brief remarks by three historians. Stuart Butler is author of Defending the Old Dominion: Virginia and Its Militia in the War of 1812, and he has written about Virginia slaves who fled to British ships.  Dr. Patrick Heffernan compiled the on-line database, “Corotoman Slave Histories,” with one section, “Flight,” presenting what is known about each of the escaping slaves. Dr. Alan Taylor’s book, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, with a section on the Corotoman plantation and the slave escape, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History.  The Pulitzer citation described the book as “An account of why runaway slaves in the colonial era were drawn to the British side as potential liberators.


Cheryl Davis, Regent of the Cobb Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as Regent and also representing the James Monroe Chapter of the Daughters of 1812, will conclude the program by singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”


69 Slaves Escape to Freedom
About 2,400 enslaved African Americans in Virginia escaped to the British during the War of 1812, encouraged in part by a proclamation issued on 2 Apr. 1814 offering them freedom and resettlement in “His Majesty’s Colonies.” Three enslaved men from Corotoman, a plantation two miles west of here, fled on 18 Apr. 1814. Several days later, they guided British barges back to carry off friends and relatives, including 46 children, the largest group of slaves to leave a Chesapeake Bay plantation during the war. Most settled in Nova Scotia or Trinidad. British reparations later compensated some owners for departed slaves, including, in 1828, those from Corotoman




NNVHS Spring Meeting, 7 May 2014 at Stratford Hall

“What factors led to Stafford’s being divided from Westmoreland County in 1664? How and why did Stafford become the Northern Neck’s most industrialized county?”

Stafford County historian Jerrilyn Eby MacGregor will answer these questions and more, on May 7, 2014, at the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society Annual Spring Member Meeting & Luncheon to be held at Stratford Hall, Stratford, VA, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. RSVP Luncheon to follow.  This event is open to the public.

For over 25 years, Jerrilyn MacGregor has been a noted Virginia historian. She is the secretary of the Stafford County Historical Society and is the author of five books, including her most recent, Land of Hogs and Wildcats: People and Places of Lower Stafford County, Virginia.”

Please join us for the unveiling and presentation of the NNVHS 2013 John Paul Hanbury "Commercial Property" Award to be presented to "Objects, Art and More", at Irvington, VA.  

Time: April 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

Place: Objects, Art and More, 4462 Irvington Road, Irvington, VA.

NNVHS Annual Commemoration of the 1766 Leedstown Resolutions

In 1765, the British Parliament imposed a Stamp Act that required many materials in the American colonies to carry an embossed revenue stamp to offset expenses of the British troops stationed in the Appalachian frontier.  On the 27th day of February in 1766, one hundred and

fifteen concerned and apprehensive farmers from the Northern Neck assembled at Leedstown, VA, in Westmoreland County, to support a proposal written by Richard Henry Lee, to prevent the introduction of the Stamp Act into the colony of Virginia. This important historic event is considered a beginning to America's independence.  Many thanks to the guests and participants who attended the 2014 NNVHS Annual Commemoration of the 1766 Leedstown Resolutions at Menokin, Warsaw, VA. The NNVHS would like to extend a special thanks to Steve Walker who presented an interesting and informative history of the Leedstown Resolutions and personally recognized descendants in attendance, of the signors of this important document. And also, a special thank you to Mike Lyman for arranging the appearance & presentation of the color guard. The color guard was a welcomed highlight of this event!

Pictured left to right – NNVHS President Bill Elliott, Richard Henry Lee, Sons of the American Revolution Chapter President Richard Fickling, NNVHS Past

President Page Henley, James Monroe Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution representatives Charles & Brennan Belfield, Past Virginia Governor of the Virginia Society Order Founders & Patriots of America and Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, Committee Chairman Mike Lyman, Minute Men Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution President Bill Schwetke, and Guest Speaker Bill Horn

War of 1812 Commemoration
The Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society will host a ceremony of commemoration and dedication of a roadside historical marker, at the historic Nomini Episcopal Church on Virginia Route 202 / Cople Highway, at the bridge over Nomini Creek near Mount Holly, VA at 9:30 am, on Saturday July 20, 2013.  
The marker is authorized by the Virginia Bicentennial of the American War of 1812 Commission to commemorate the British attack in force at Nomini Ferry on July 20, 1814. The British landed a force of 1,000-1,200 Royal marines and sailors that faced a lightly-armed force of local militia. They proceeded to destroy the ferry and continued on to burn the Westmoreland Court House and plunder nearby churches, homes and plantations.  
This raid, together with another at Kinsale, was the most significant of fourteen similar raids on the Potomac shores of Westmoreland County during the spring and summers of 1813 and 1814, and led to the subsequent burning of Washington and the attack on Fort McHenry at Baltimore Harbor in August and September 1814.

Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  Re-dedication of the burial vault of Samuel, Martha, and Jeremiah Rust, the last of whom died in 1731.

This long buried and nearly forgotten historical site was uncovered by PNNMP and Vault Field Winery last year, as part of our ongoing program to identify and preserve historic places.  We will re-dedicate it and install a permanent marker in honor of the Rust family, owners in the 18th Century of a nearby mill and of five thousand acres in Westmoreland County and more elsewhere.  Refreshments, courtesy of PNNMP will be served, and a cash wine bar will be staffed by Vault Field Winery.  The ceremony will be brief.  You might wish to bring a chair.  A tour of the winery will take place upon request. 


From Warsaw via Lyells: North on Rt. 3 to a right on Rt. 203 at Lyells.  About six miles to Rt. 602, Vault Field Road at a blue marker for the vineyard.  Stay on Rt. 602 for about 1.1 miles and turn left on to       Rt. 601, King’s Mill Road.  Vineyard is the first gate on the left.

From Callao: West on Rt. 202 to Rt. 203 at Good Eats and Backdraft restaurants.  Go 1.8 miles to Rt. 602, Vault Field Road on left.  Stay on Rt. 602 for about 1.1 miles and turn left on to Rt. 601, King’s Mill Road.  Vineyard is the first gate on the left.  

Alternative from Callao: Before Good Eats, turn left on Rt. 601, King’s Mill Road for about one mile to vineyard gate on right.

Please RSVP to so that we can plan the amount of food.

September 7, 2013The Commeration of Robert Carter, III's Manumission will be held at Historic Christ Church at 10:00 a.m.

July 4th, 2013 Burnt House Field Celebration
Join us at Burnt House Field to celebrate the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Decleration of Independence.  At the conclusion of the program, we invite you to Yeocomico Church for a special church service which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.  Burnt House Field is the former site of Machodoc Plantation, which burned in the early 1700's.  Thomas Lee was master of the plantation at the time of the house's burning and he shortly thereafter began construction of Stratford Hall.  Check out the photos.
Traveling Exhibits (July 2013)
NNVHS will host with Historic Christ Church and the Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library a traveling exhibit from the the Virginia Historical Society titled AN AMERICAN TURNING POINT: THE CIVIL WAR IN VIRGINIA.  This exhibit will be on display at the Church's Bayne Center from Friday, 12 July to Sunday, 28 July.
July 12th and 13th - THE CIVIL WAR 150th HISTORYMOBILE - a 53 foot "Museum on Wheels" from the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission will be available for touring at Historic Christ Church from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Your Society, in partnership with Historic Christ Church and Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, will host a Civil War Spearker Series in June, to be held at the Bayne Center at Historic Christ Church, Weems.  This series will include:
Thursday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m. - Bill Bryant will give a presentation titled "Virginia and the Coming of the Civil War"
Thursday, June 20, at 7:00 p.m. - Jon Stallard is scheduled to give a presentation titled "The Confederate High Tide"
Thursday, June 27, at 7:00 pm. -  Steven D. Harris will give a presentation titled "Virginia Rebel with a Cause".  Following the presentation there will be a book signing featuring his historical fiction, "Faded Lines of Gray".
May 8, 2013 Spring Membership Meeting
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, 8 May 2013, for our spring membership meeting to be held at Stratford Hall. If you plan to attend, please contact Kathy Schuder. Our speaker will be Dr. James Robertson. He is one of the most distinguished names in Civil War history, Dr. Robertson served as Executiveof the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission in the 1960s and worked with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in commemorating the war's 100th anniversary. He then taught 44 years at Virginia Tech, where his upper division course on the Civil War era attracted 300 or more students per semester and made it the largest class of its kindin the nation. At his retirement in 2011, the University named him Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History. The Danville, VA, native is the author or editor of more than 25 books, including biographies of Gens. Robert E. Lee and A. P. Hill, several works on the common soldiers, and three studies written for young readers. His massive biography of Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the base for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, "Gods and Generals." Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film. The recipient of every major award given in Civil War history, and a lecturer of national acclaim, Dr. Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker than anyone else in the Civil War field. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Emory University and honorary doctorates from Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University. Robertson is a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and is actively engaged in the state's sesquicentennial observances.

His latest book is THE UNTOLD CIVIL WAR, published by the National Geographic Society.


February 27, 2013 Commemoration of Leedstown Resolutions
The annual program of the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society (NNVHS) will be held at Francis Lightfoot Lee’s Menokin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27. The resolution was signed on this date in 1766.  The document was the first organized protest of “taxation without representation” and was inopposition to the British imposition of the Stamp Act which required colonists to pay a duty on exports.  Signers pledged “to bind ourselves to each other….with our lives and fortunes.”    The 2013 commemoration will feature the lives of signers Richard “Squire” Lee of Lee Hall, Robert Wormeley Carter of Sabine Hall, John Belfield of Belle Mount, and Joseph Peirce of Templesman. The program is prepared by NNVHS and hosted by the Menokin Foundation.  Signers highlighted in past years have been author Richard Henry Lee and brother Francis Lightfoot Lee, the only men to sign both the Resolutions and the Declaration of Independence. Others whose stories have been told are Alvin Moxley, Meriwether Lee, William Sydnor, Moore Fauntleroy, Francis Waring, and William Roane.  All are invited to attend. The Martin Kirwan King Center at Menokin is the site. The historic property can be reached by taking Menokin Road (Route 690) from Route 3 east of Montross or from Main Street in Warsaw.

We had a great turnout today.  Thanks to all who participated.  Click here to see photos.

Other upcoming events include observing Independence Day at Burnt House Field with a service to follow at Yeocomico Church on Thursday, 4 July.  

On Saturday, 29 September 2012, NNVHS President Page Henley along with Kathy Schuder, Steve Walker, and Bill Elliott manned a NNVHS table at the Northern Neck Land Conservancy's Boots & BBQ event.  It was a great opportunity for us to educate others on the mission of the NNVHS.

January 20, 2012
New Award Announced for Historic Preservation
The Society is very pleased to announce that we are accepting nominations for the newly-created John Paul Hanbury Award, created to recognize outstanding restoration, rehabilitationor renovation of a property of architectural and/or historical interest in the six counties of Virginia’s historic Northern Neck that was completed within the last five years.


The Society's nomination process closes March 31, 2012. A committee including a restoration architect and restoration contractor as well as members of the Society will select the recipient.


The winner of the John Paul Hanbury Award will be announced at the Society's membership luncheon on May 9 at Stratford Hall. A bronze plaque will be presented to the recipient at a public ceremony. Nomination forms can be obtained either by contacting the Society at, downloading the form here, or calling 804-493-1862.


With this periodic award, the Society hopes to stimulate and encourage further restoration and rehabilitation of other properties to preserve theheritage of the Northern Neck.


This award is named after the late John Paul Hanbury, a resident of Irvington anda native of Portsmouth, Virginia, and founding principal of the internationally-recognized firm Hanbury, Evans, Wright, Vlattas, and Co. in Norfolk, Virginia. Hanbury was named a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1992. He received William Noland Medal from the Virginia AIA in 1997. His portfolio included eight National Historic Landmarks and dozens of structures on the National Register of Historic Places. His most celebrated work was the award–winning restoration of the 1813 Virginia Executive Mansion, which is the oldest continuously-used Governor’s Mansion in the United States.


Help spread the word! Download and email this brochure about the award.




November 14, 2011


Please take a look at the Fall 2011 edition of the Society Newsletter, just posted with news and photos of the events of the past few months including our wonderful Independence Day celebration at Richard Henry Lee's gravesite, and our commemoration of the 1791 Deed of Manumission freeing hundreds of slaves.
Lots of photos in this edition, but you can also see more photos from the past few months at these links:

              Fall Luncheon meeting at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club

              Deed of Manumission commemoration at Morattico Baptist Church


Celebrating "The First Emancipator," Robert Carter III


On October 8, 2011, the Society held its annual commemoration of the Deed of Manumission of Robert Carter III. On September 5, 1791, Carter filed his revolutionary document in the Northumberland County Court, freeing hundreds of slaves and thus becoming known later as "The First Emancipator." He also was among the early organizers of Morattico Baptist Church, where our ceremony was held.
Educator/author Daisy Howard Douglas (left) spoke eloquently of Carter's unusual accomplishment. Also speaking (shown below) were Rev. Craig Smith of the church, and Peggy Evans Garland, former Westmoreland Commonwealth's Attorney and author of a forthcoming book on Robert Carter.


Summertime & the Livin' is Easy....

Join us for our wonderful NNVHS Summer Cruise on the Potomac - Sunday Aug. 14!
We’re taking the magnificent Vivian Hannah Paddleboat, air-conditioned with its exquisitely-furnished first deck and top-level sun deck, for an afternoon cruise up the Potomac.
The historic Vivian Hannah will depart King George County dock at 1:00 pm, and will be available for boarding at noon. We’ll travel north on the Potomac River to Aquia Creek, with commentary about The War of 1812 battles and skirmishes that occurred between British and American vessels.
The Vivian Hannah will return to its dock before 5:00 pm.
The dock is located at Shoreline Drive, off Stillwater Drive and Rte 218 in King George County.

Directions to Vivian Hannah dock:
Take Route 3 to North on 301.
Three miles before the Potomac River bridge,
turn right on 218 (Windsor Drive).
Go 2.2 miles to left on Stillwater Drive,
and then left on Shoreline Drive.
Ample parking on point.

Cost is only $20 per person, which includes food & soft drinks; cash bar available for beer & wine.
Reservations must be made by Aug 10, at 804/761-6031, or by email to
Payment can be made onboard when you arrive. Proceeds will benefit our NNVHS Scholarship Fund.More information about this special and historic paddleboat here.


2011 Celebration of American Independence
This year's event commemorating the Fourth of July was very special - we had "Living History" interpreters at Burnt House Field! it was a great turnout and a beautiful day.  Checkout these photos.


Film Premier in Colonial Beach, Friday 1st of July!


Here's a great upcoming event in Colonial Beach, Friday July 1 6:30 to 9:00pm, at Potomac River Fisheries Commission just off the beach...
Photographer Paul Kaller and Debby Tait are presenting a photo exhibit along with a booklet that contains intervie...w summaries from the Colonial Beach Watermen community. This work is a labor of love about local watermen and other people from the water community of Colonial Beach. Paul Kaller and Debby Tait conducted the interviews with these local people.
At 7:30 pm the premier of the film “Watermen of Colonial Beach” will be shown. Independent film maker John Sweton is releasing this film in conjunction with the Rappahannock Regional Library. On July 1 the film maker, photographer and interviewer will be hosting the Colonial Beach community members featured in the film and interviews. This is a free event.
The public is invited to come and get a glimpse into the past, present and future of the Watermen Community of Colonial Beach. The photography exhibit “A Watermen Community”will remain at PRFC throughout the month of July. On July 8th during the Second Friday Art Walk in Colonial Beach the film will be shown again at 7 pm.
The public is again invited at that time to stop by to view the photography and the film.
Potomac River Fisheries Commission is located at 222 Taylor St., Colonial Beach VA. From Rt. 205 at the stoplight, turn on Colonial Ave., follow Colonial Ave., take a right turn on Washington Ave., a left turn on Wilder to Taylor St. The Potomac River Fisheries Commission is a one-story brick building on that corner.
Free parking is available in their lot!




June 21, 2011

New issue of the NNVHS Newsletter posted
Please take a look at the Spring 2011 edition of the Society Newsletter, just posted with news and photos of the events of the past few months including our wonderful Spring Luncheon in May at Stratford Hall, the Leedstown Resolutions commemoration at Mahockney featuring a lively political debate on the Stamp Act.

We also feature news of the upcoming special Independence Day celebrations at Burnt House Field featuring living-history interpreters of the Northern Neck's Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, the only two brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence!
More news to come of Summer & Fall events!


"The Civil War in Four Minutes"


This year kicks off the Civil War Sesquicentennial, for it is now 150 years since Lincoln became President and states began seceding, sparking the War Between the States.

For an astounding overview of the War, visualized in geography and time, click the image on the left to watch the video "The Civil War in Four Minutes" - and note the terrible casualty count as the war goes on.

For more information on the Civil War in Virginia and the observation of the Sesquicentennial, see


Tea & Liberty at Mahockney
Our Society's annual February 27 commemoration of the Leedstown Resolutions was held this year with a special members-only "Tea & Liberty" event at historic Mahockney Plantation, one of the houses featured on the 2011 Virginia Historic Garden Week in April. Mahockney is a significant 18th century dwelling, as the home of Col. William Roane and Col. Francis Waring, two Essex County signers of the Leedstown Resolutions. Richard Henry Lee was a frequent Mahockney visitor and planned the Resolutions with Roane and Waring, along with the armed Tappahannock Demonstration against the Stamp Act.


Living history interpreters made this event lively and memorable. NNVHS Board member Bob Bailey and NNVHS member Ted Borek enlivened the event by portraying signers William Roane and Francis Waring, while NNVHS member Jami Borek portrayed Molly Roane Ritchie, sister of William and wife of Archibald Ritchie, famed Tappahannock merchant and Stamp Act supporter.


The event was a smashing success, as attendees enjoyed a variety of teas and cakes while listening to the robust clash of ideas circa 1766 in the debate over rights and independence.





Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society and

Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates Bill Howell



James Swanson
author of
Bloody Crimes
The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the
Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse
October 14, 2010, 5-7pm
Reception & Book Signing
at the Fredericksburg Courtyard Marriott Hotel
Please RSVP to


Swing Out at Morattico!!!
Fall Membership Meeting & Barbecue/Dance!!

September 11, 2010

- 11am Members' Business Meeting

- 12-3pm, BBQ and Dancing, featuring "The Swing Professors" (a No-Neck Band!)

          * Chicken BBQ with all the fixin’s, prepared for you by the Women of Morattico – so you know it’s     good!

* Cash Bar

* Free tours of the Morattico Museum!

Tickets are $20 for NNVHS members, $25 for non-members.

Reserve by Sept. 6, with your check sent to NNVHS, PO Box 716, Montross, VA 22520

It's gonna be a thrill, for not a big dollar bill...


Check out our photos for this great event.





Charlie is my Darlin'--the young Cavalier
History and wine tasting in NoVA, beginning 22 July with
a special program on Charles I, the Cavaliers, and the Northern Neck
Commonwealth Books of Alexandria and Mediterranean Cellars of Warrenton will be partnering on a series “wine and history evenings” this summer. The first will be held from 6:30 - 9:00 on 22 July at the vineyard in Warrenton. Dates and locations for the second and third programs remain to be determined. Mediterranean Cellars’ coordinator for these programs is Matina McGrath, who can be reached by email at:
The program for 7/22 is: "The Northern Neck of Virginia"

The programs will begin with a reception where patrons can sip M/C’s delicious wines while talking history with James Thompson, author of “The Birth of Virginia’s Aristocracy.” The evening’s main event - a narrated computer slide show - will begin at seven. This part of the evening will last about 40 minutes, after which the author will discuss topics of interest with members of the audience. Winemaker Louis Papadopoulos will also be on hand to discuss the art of making wine and the wines produced by Mediterranean Cellars. In addition to refreshments and finger foods, patrons will receive a signed copy of “The Birth of Virginia’s Aristocracy.”
This program remembers that Charles I lost his kingdom at the Battle of Naseby on 14 June 1645. It recounts the harrowing escape of his son and heir, Prince Charles, after his father’s defeat. It remembers that Charles was crowned King of England in Edinburg Scotland a week after his father’s execution and that soon thereafter he made a grant of land to four lords who aided his escape from parliamentarian England and to three knights who served him in the failed uprising of 1648. It recounts who of these men were, what became of them and what became of their proprietary grant on the Northern Neck of Virginia during the interregnum and the first years of Charles II’s reign. The time period covered in this presentation extends from 1645 to 1662.
Call (540)428-1984 to reserve tickets –cost per ticket $40.00.


August 8, 2010

1-5 PM
King George Historical Society presents:
"Sinking of the Wawaset"
A picnic on the banks of the Potomac River will commemorate the last horrific outing of the glamorous steamboat "Wawaset" that caught fire and sank August 8, 1873 claiming 70 lives while onlookers watched helplessly from the shore.
The commemoration will be held at the Sisson home and pier at 7702 Fitzhugh Lane (on Route 642 from Route 218). You may bring your own picnic or purchase from vendors. For more information, call Ed Veazey at 540-775-2651.
From the Colonial Beach Visitor's Bureau, comes this description, just click here: The Wawaset Also, Alvin Oickle has written a book on the disaster fittingly entitled, "Disaster on the Potomac."



July 3, 2010 8:30 a.m.


Author of Liberty

Burnt House Field, Hague, VA

Each year the numbers in attendance grow. Cars line the dirt road through a sun-drenched cornfield in Hague to a brick enclosed graveyard where lie the remains of Richard Henry Lee. Words are spoken to remember a man whose words will never be forgotten. Flowers are strewn to remember the light of sweet liberty he cast upon the world.

A brief clebration of patriotic hymns follows at the colonial Yeocomico Church.

(To get there: Route 202 to Hague, if south, turn at the Library. Drive past Mt. Pleasant Farm and turn Left on the Mt. Pleasant Road. Follow the cars...) It's okay to bring your well-behaved hounds...woof!



May 15, 2010


The Northern Neck Farm Museum Presents "A Powhatan Living History Village"
Today marked this year's Spring Opening at the Northern Neck Farm Museum in Northumberland County. Among the attractions were special dances and tribal music performed by the Rappahannock Indian Tribe, headquartered in Indian Neck. As a special treat, the lead dancer was Jacob Little Pony Fortune Deuber, recipient of a 2010 NNVHS Scholarship Award for his studies at Bacone College. Check out this brief video of Little Pony performing a Plains Indian-style Grass Dance, indicative of the cross-cultural exchange among Native Americans.



May 15, 2010
The Northern Neck Farm Museum Presents
"A Powhatan Living History Village"
Great thing to take the kids or the folks to, too. Just plain interesting. Living History is such a fun and effective way of learning how people lived and understood the world. The Farm is on Rte 360, 4 miles east of Heathsville in the beautiful, historic Northern Neck. Click Here for more info. (Photo courtesy of Powhatan'


May 5, 2010

Spring Membership Luncheon
Guest speaker:
Chief Anne Richardson, Rappahannock Indians
Stratford Hall
Knowledge of the history of the Northern Neck of Virginia is incomplete without an understanding of the Rappahannock Indians who have occupied this land for over 11,000 years. Join the Society in welcoming guest speaker, Chief Anne Richardson, who will talk about the fascinating history of the Indians in the Northern Neck.
Reserve now! Please send your check for $22 to P.O. Box 716, Montross, VA 22520.


April 2010


We've posted many great photos by Bill Elliott of the 2010 Leedstown Living History Interpretation. Click here: Leedstown Resolutions