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2021 Fall Programs

Revolutionary War Van Tour

Departing from Lee Hall Mansion – October 30, 9am – 3pm

Journey back to the eighteenth century with Historian J. Michael Moore for an overview of Newport News’ Revolutionary War history.  The tour includes visits to Victory Landing Park, The Mariners’ Lake, Riverview Farm, and Endview Plantation. Participants must bring a bag lunch and drinks. $45.00 per person. Advanced reservations required by calling 757-888-3371 ext. 306 or email nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov. Tour participants will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols.

Dam No. 1 Walking Tour

Meet in Discovery Center parking lot – Newport News Park – November 3, 1pm

Explore the Dam No. 1 battlefield in Newport News Park with historian J. Michael Moore.  For three weeks in April 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac faced off against the Confederate Army of the Peninsula within only the Warwick River between them and the ultimate objective of the Confederate capital in Richmond.  The April 16, 1862 Battle of Dam No. 1 halted a Union breakthrough and prolonged the Siege of the Confederate Warwick-Yorktown Line. Admission: $7.00. Reservations required through Event Brite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/battle-of-dam-no-1-walking-tour-tickets-169512922715 or by calling 757-888-3371 ext. 304. Tour participants will be required to

follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols.

Veterans Day Student Art Show & Contest

Virginia War Museum – November 11 – 27

In celebration of Veterans Day, the Virginia War Museum invites students in grades K-12 to participate in an art contest. The theme of the art contest is Freedom.” 

Artwork will be exhibited in the Museum theater November 11-27. The Virginia War Museum Foundation will award prizes for each age group. Prizewinners will be announced at 1pm on Veterans Day, November 11. 

Drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, and other forms of two-dimensional artwork up to 10” x 16” are welcome! Deadline for submission is November 6. Artwork may be delivered to the Museum in person on November 4, 5 or 6 between 9am and 4pm or mailed to 9285 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23607. Be sure to include the artist’s name, age, and hometown on the back of the artwork. Artwork may be picked up from the Museum during regular operating hours, December 2-4. 

For more information, please call Museum Education Coordinator Chris Garcia at (757) 247-8523 or email virginiawarmuseum@nnva.gov.

Lee’s Mill Walking Tour

Meet at Lee’s Mill Historic Park – 280 Rivers Ridge Circle, Newport News – November 17, 1pm

Join historian J. Michael Moore for an educational tour of the site of Lee’s Mill in Newport News. Learn about Richard D. Lee’s agricultural endeavors in what was formerly known as Warwick County and the site’s role in the Civil War Peninsula Campaign of 1862. Admission: $7.00. Reservations required through Event Brite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lees-mill-walking-tour-tickets-169515809349 or by calling 757-888-3371 ext. 304. Tour participants will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols.

2021 Holiday Programs

Lecture: The Silver Fleet in Palm Tree County 

December 1, 7pm

Lee Hall Train Station Foundation President Kenneth Jones will highlight the twilight of passenger train operations in Florida in the late 1960s. Program is free and open to the public. Program participants will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols. For information, call 757-525-7372.
 

 Lee Hall Mansion’s Christmas Through the Ages

December 3 – 31

Learn about the origins of holiday traditions while exploring 19th and 20th-century period decorated rooms set amidst the splendor of the Victorian Era. The holiday tour is included with regular admission. Visitors will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols. For more information, call 757-888-3371 ext. 304 or email nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov.

Holidays at Endview

December 3 – 31

Learn about 18th and 19th-century historical holiday customs on a guided tour of Endview Plantation. Greenery and period decorations add a festive seasonal touch to the historic home’s interior. The holiday tour is included with regular admission. Visitors will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols. For more information, call 757-887-1862 or email nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov.
 

St. Nick at Endview

December 2 – 3, 5 – 8pm

This long-standing holiday tradition provides private family photo opportunities with St. Nick, in Endview’s historic interior. A wrapped present for each child participating is requested along with a can of food for the local food bank. Admission is $5.00 per child. Reservations are required by calling 757-887-1862 or emailing nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov after Nov. 1. Participants will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols.

Natural Wreath Making Workshops

Endview Plantation – December 4, 10am – 12pm or 1:30 – 3:30pm; December 7, 10am – 12pm

Adorn a grapevine wreath with period embellishments at this popular workshop. The $15.00 fee includes the wreath and all materials plus a guided, holiday-themed tour of Endview. The event is cosponsored by the Peninsula Master Naturalists. Part of the workshop will take place outdoors, so please dress for the weather! Reservations required through Event Brite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wreath-making-workshop-tickets-127749645629, emailing nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov, or calling 757-888-3371 ext. 304. Participants will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols.

Christmas at Lee Hall Depot

December 4, 11, & 18, 10am – 4pm

The historic train station will be decorated inside and outside with period decorations providing great photo opportunities! Included with regular admission. Visitors will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols. For more information, call 757-888-3371 ext. 304 or email nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov.