Norfolk Southern Railway’s history in southeastern Virginia began in the mid-19th century when a young civil engineer named William Mahone designed an innovative 12-mile long roadbed through the Great Dismal Swamp. Nearly 170 years later, Mahone’s design continues to serve as a major route for Norfolk Southern traffic, supporting millions of tons of freight each year. One of the nation’s largest Class 1 railroads, Norfolk Southern was created through the merger of Roanoke-based Norfolk & Western Railway and Washington, DC-based Southern Railway in June 1982. Join author Elizabeth Cooper for this informative presentation. She will sign and sell books afterwards. Admission is free.
The grounds of historic Endview come to life after dark with a variety of nocturnal creatures. Learn about various animals’ nightly routines and habitats. A variety of activities will be offered including a guided multi-sensory sunset trail walk that will give participants a chance to listen and look for specific types of wildlife. Admission is free; reservations are recommended at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-exploration-at-endview-tickets-617326218337
Kick off the Virginia War Museum’s centennial celebration with a free outdoor concert in the park in front of the museum! Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy the music of US Fleet Forces Band, under the direction of Lt. Joel Davidson. Known as the “finest of the fleet,” the band performs more than 400 engagements annually. Food trucks will be on hand to sell refreshments, and ample free parking is available in Huntington Park. After the concert, enjoy complimentary admission to the Virginia War Museum until 8PM.
Honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country by visiting the Virginia War Museum this Memorial Day.