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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.

Valentine Tea
February 13, 2016

At Pamplin Historical Parkís Valentine Tea ladies and gentlemen in period dress will teach guests 19th-century etiquette while they enjoy gourmet tea and snacks. Attendees will also learn about the history of Valentineís Day and traditions of romantic courtship during the Civil War era.

Reservations required. Seatings at 2:00pm.


The Breakthrough Anniversary
Special Battlefield Tour

April 2, 2016

Walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers on an exclusive tour of the Parkís historic grounds. This detailed, one and a half hour walking tour covers the story of the decisive engagement that ended the Petersburg Campaign and led to the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia 151 years ago.

This pre-dawn walking tour, like the battle, begins in darkness, so participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight. The Park opens to the public at 9:00am to accommodate a full schedule of living history events throughout the day.

Tour begins at 5:00am. Reservations required.

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Park Day
April 2, 2016

This annual event brings history enthusiasts together in an effort to help keep our nationís heritage not only preserved, but pristine. This year, Pamplin Historical Park will be doing battlefield restoration. Selective clearing of specific areas will open up the general view of the terrain while maintaining the integrity of our developed forest.

Click here for details on how to volunteer. Work gloves, safety glasses, and water will be provided.

Spring Tour

11th Annual Spring Tour
Defending Washington

April 21-24, 2016

Join A. Wilson Greene and local historians as we explore the several campaigns that threatened Washington, D.C. between 1861 and 1864. Highlights include guided tours to Manassas, Ball's Bluff, Monocacy, Ft. Stevens, the Frederick Douglass House, and Lincoln’s Cottage, where President Lincoln spent nearly a quarter of his term in residence.

Click here for a flier with additional details.

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Mother's Day Tea
May 7, 2016

Enjoy an afternoon of gourmet teas and tasty treats while learning 19th-century etiquette and parlor games.

Reservations required. Seatings at 2:00pm.

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Memorial Day Weekend
May 28-30, 2016

All weekend long Pamplin Historical Park will feature a variety of living history programs demonstrated by our costumed interpreters. Come get a taste of what life was really like during the Civil War era.

On Monday, May 30th, join us for the Walk of Honor, a guided tour focusing on specific soldiers who fought and sacrificed in the area of the Breakthrough Trail. Witness our Memorial Day ceremony, including an artillery demonstration, color guard, and the playing of Taps.

Honor Walk begins at 12:00pm at the Battlefield Center.
Artillery demonstration starts at 1:00pm, followed by Taps.

All activities are free with Park admission

Teacher's Institute 5-day seminar

2016 Teacher's Institute: Practical Applications for Teaching Slavery, the
Civil War, and Reconstruction

June 27-July 1, 2016

This summer Pamplin Historical Park is offering teachers an opportunity to study slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through courses that combine engaging classroom learning with guided tours and hands-on activities.

This 5-day program is worth 30 VDOE professional development points. Reservations required.

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Independence Day Weekend
July 2-4 2016

Join us this weekend for living history programs and demonstrations by our costumed interpreters. See what life was really like for the common Civil War soldier, or explore life on an authentic 19th-century plantation.

On Monday, July 4th, join Pamplin Historical Park for our Independence Day tribute. See an artillery demonstration, color guard, and bugling demonstration.

Artillery demo starts at 1:00pm. All activities are free with Park admission.

Teacher's Institute 3-day seminar

2016 Teacher's Institute: The Old South and Slavery: Relevance for Today
July 27-29, 2016

Earn VDOE Professional Development points while having fun and gaining insights you can bring back to your classroom. Includes trips to historic sites, guided tours, engaging classes led by expert historians, and lively classroom discussion.

This 3-day program is worth 18 VDOE professional development points. Reservations required.

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. Seatings at 2:00pm.

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 flier 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.

Educators only. 10 VDOE professional development points avaiaible. Reservations required.

Click here for additional Civil War Adventure Camp details.


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

Seven 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

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

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

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

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 actions around Richmond and Petersburg 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 flier with additional details.


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. Tours begin at 7:00 p.m.

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.

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. Seatings at 2:00pm.

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