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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.

mother's day tea

Mother's Day Tea
May 7, 2016

Enjoy an afternoon of gourmet teas and tasty treats while learning 19th-century etiquette and parlor games. Treat Mom to a lovely afternoon for her special day!

Reservations required. Seatings at 2:00pm.

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Bruce Venter Book Signing
May 14, 2016

Saturday, May 14, Pamplin Historical Park will host a talk exploring the dramatic 1864 Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond. The talk will be presented by Bruce M. Venter, author and expert on this chapter of the Civil War. Bruce Venterís new book, Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864, offers a fresh look at the failed raid and mines newly discovered documents and little-known sources to provide definitive answers.

The talk will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Pamplin Historical Parkís Education Center. Dr. Venter will sign copies of his book at the conclusion of the event. This event is free and open to the public.

mother's day tea

Summer Tour Series
The Breakthrough at the Hart Farm

May 21, 2016

The return of our popular Summer Tour Series begins with a program examining the combat at the Hart Farm during the Petersburg Breakthrough. This hour-and-a-half long walking tour will be led by Edward Alexander, Park Ranger and Historian.

Included with Park admission. Tour begins at 10:30am.

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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 firing, 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

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Summer Tour Series
Lee and Grant Under Fire

June 18, 2016

Our popular Summer Tour Series continues with the a caravan tour visiting the command sites of the last days of the Petersburg Campaign. Examine the different ways that commanding generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee focused their energies while under enemy fire during the events of the Breakthrough of April 2, 1865. The program will be led by Park Ranger and Historian Edward Alexander

Included with Park admission. Tour begins at 10:30am.

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. Click here to register.

memorial day

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 and color guard.

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. Click here to register.

Home School Days
September 6, 2016 and
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. 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 to register.

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

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

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 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. 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. Seatings at 2:00pm.

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 2: If You Can't Stand the Heat
Plantation Food Ways

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: From Sheep to Shawl
19th Century Wool Spinnning

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

August 13: Pastimes and Playtimes
Camp Games of Chance and Skill

September 3: A Stitch in Time
Quilting Techniques

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

October 8: If You Can't Stand the Heat
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.


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