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For more information about any of the Park's events, tours and programs, call (804) 861-2408
or toll-free 1-877-PAMPLIN. Tour PDFs are best viewed using Adobe Reader. For a free download, please click here.

2016 Focus Weekends

Join us as we explore the Civil War era as seen through the lens of modern 21st century life. We will discuss and demonstrate a variety of aspects of everyday life in 19th century America. Topics vary by weekend. Come for a different experience each week!

September 10: Slave Quarters in the Antebellum South
History Talk with Tim Talbott

October 8: If You Can't Stand the Heat
Antebellum plantation food ways

October 22: Art on the Battlefield
Plein-air artists at the Park

November 12: The Good Earth's Bounty
Plantation harvest tour


November 19: Lighting the Way
Candle making

All Focus Weekend activities are included with Park admission. Programs subject to change.

Home School Days
September 22, 2016

Pamplin Historical Park offers these special field trip programs for home school groups and families! Our educators deliver informative programs using fun, participatory learning techniques to teach historical lessons.

These programs are specifically designed for children at grade levels 3-12. Just bring a bag lunch. Rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, outdoor events will be modified as necessary.

Reservations required.Tour time: from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Click here for additional details.

Harvest Tea on the Lawn
September 24, 2016

Come join us for a quiet afternoon under the trees at Tudor Hall Plantation as you have a taste of 19th-century life with gourmet teas and period-style treats.

Enjoy an in-depth tour of the inner workings of life in an authentic antebellum plantation home and play genteel outdoor games on the house lawn! Learn the ins-and-outs of period etiquette and details about family life during the Civil War era.

Rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, outdoor events will be modified as necessary.

Reservations required. Click here for more details.

Members Tour

13th Annual Members Tour
Nathan Bedford Forrest
in Tennessee & Mississippi (& Arkansas)

September 28 - October 5, 2016

Join A. Wilson Greene and a group of renowned Civil War experts to explore the campaigns of the "Wizard of the Saddle." Highlights include guided tours of Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Ft. Pillow, Johnsonville, Brice's Crossroads, Helena and Arkansas Post.

Tour begins and ends in Nashville, with overnight stays in Nashville, Corinth, and Memphis.

Click here for a flyer with additional details.

Teacher's Rally Camp

2016 Teacher's Institute
Rally Camp Weekend

October 1-2, 2016

This overnight program combines our Civil War Adventure Camp with classroom-applicable lessons. Recruits wear uniforms and participate in guard duty, mortar target practice, a mock skirmish, and eat like priv ates in the Civil War. At night, the new recruits enjoy period games and sleep in a recreated encampment.

10 VDOE professional development points avaiaible. Educators only. Reservations required. Click here to register.

Click here for additional Civil War Adventure Camp details.

Symposium

20th Annual Civil War Symposium
20 Years of Excellence
October 14-16, 2016

Eight outstanding scholars discuss topics pivotal to understanding the Civil War, from the emotional lead-up to the war to Reconstruction. Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Reservations are required.

William Blair, Penn State University
Punishment for the Rebels: A New Twist on the
14th Amendment


Robert Girardi, Chicago Civil War Round Table
Gouverneur K. Warren: A Quest for Redemption

Earl J. Hess, Lincoln Memorial University
Civil War Infantry Tactics: Training, Combat, and
Small Unit Effectiveness


William Marvel, South Conway, New Hampshire
Lincoln's Autocrat: Edwin M. Stanton

James McPherson, Princeton University
Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the End
of the Civil War


George C. Rable, University of Alabama
Damn Yankees: The Northern Image in the Confederate Mind

Dennis Rasbach, Saint Joseph, Michigan
Joshua Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign

Mark W. Summers, University of Kentucky
The Ordeal of Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction

A. Wilson Greene will lead an optional detailed tour of Civil War Petersburg and The Crater on Friday. Join us for our Speakers Dinner on Friday evening. The tour and Speakers Dinner are both optional add-ons to your registration fee.

Click here for a flyer with additional details.

an artist at work

Art on the Battlefield
October 22, 2016

Painting, drawing, photography has traditionally been a significant part of capturing history, particularly that of the Civil War. We continue this artistic tradition by inviting artists to find inspiration at our battlefields and historic homes. Artists will be working all over the Park throughout day.

Pre-registration is encouraged for participating artists. Please visit, email, or call 804-861-2408.

Shadow

Voices from the Shadows:
A Walk Through Hallowed Ground
October 28-29, 2016

Experience the Park after dark as costumed guides lead you on a spine-chilling tour of the Park’s historical sites. Come and hear haunting stories from the Civil War era as you embark on a hair-raising tour by lantern light.

Reservations required. Click here for more details.

Teacher's day out

Teacher's Day Out
November 5, 2016

A field trip just for teachers! Spend a day exploring Pamplin Historical Park through the eyes of your students. Participate in all the student programs we provide, and follow up each program with a discussion of the lessons and methodology behind our programs.

Includes material and teaching aides for all participants to take back to their classrooms.

8 VDOE professional development points available. Reservations required. Click here to register.

Tea and Tidings
December 3, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen in period dress will teach guests 19th-century etiquette while they enjoy gourmet holiday tea and tasty treats. Attendees will also learn about the history and customs of the season during the Civil War era, including traditional Christmas carols and stories.

Reservations required. Click here for more details.

Spring Tour

12th Annual Spring Tour
Defending Richmond

April 27-30, 2017

Join A. Wilson Greene and local historians as we examine the various efforts to capture the Confederate capital. Highlights include visits to the Seven Days Battlefields, North Anna, Haw's Shop, Totopotomoy Creek, and Cold Harbor. We will also explore the Confederate defenses north of the James and at Drewry's Bluff. Also on the agenda are visits to the White House of the Confederacy, Tredegar Iron Works, and Belle Isle Prison.

Click here for a flyer with additional details.

2016 Focus Weekends

Join us as we explore the Civil War era as seen through the lens of modern 21st century life. We will discuss and demonstrate a variety of aspects of everyday life in 19th century America. Topics vary by weekend. Come for a different experience each week!

May 28: Roll Up Your Sleeves
Laundry women in camp

May 29: Civil War Era Photography
with Bob Jaffe

July 3: Roll Up Your Sleeves
Laundry women in camp

July 9: School of the Soldier
Skills in the Army of the Civil War

July 30:The Battle of the Crater - History Talk with Will Greene
From Sheep to Shawl - 19th century wool spinnning

August 6: Iron Ties: Petersburg and its Railroads
History Talk with Tim Talbott

August 13: The King of Battle - Artillery demonstration
Pastimes and Playtimes - Camp games of chance and skill

September 3: If You Can't Stand the Heat
Antebellum plantation food ways

September 10: Slave Quarters in the Antebellum South
History Talk with Tim Talbott

October 8: If You Can't Stand the Heat
Antebellum plantation food ways

November 12: The Good Earth's Bounty
Plantation harvest tour


November 19: Lighting the Way
Candle making

All Focus Weekend activities are included with Park admission. Programs subject to change.

 

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