What a busy start to the fall season we’ve had at Historic Polegreen! Let me share a quick overview of last week (Sunday-Sunday)–
Sunday, September 28: The Battle of New Market Heights reenactment
Kyle and Ebie spent a beautiful Sunday sharing a booth with the American Civil War Museum at the reenactment of the Battle of New Market Heights, sponsored by Henrico County Recreation & Parks. We had an opportunity to talk with groups of Civil War enthusiasts, and to share Polegreen’s fascinating Civil War history. A huge thank you to Henrico for inviting us to be a part of your big event!
Wednesday, October 1: Homeschool Day at Polegreen
Wednesday was a busy and exciting day at Polegreen–we welcomed 150 homeschoolers to the site for a day planned just for them! Author Jenny Cote of the “Epic Order of the Seven” (and of Polegreen’s Education Advisory Council!) offered three creative writing workshops based on her research for her next book; Patrick Henry, portrayed by Bill Young, spoke with the group about his life and Polegreen’s role in his work; Kyle taught colonial games; Beth led site tours; and Elizabeth held a simulated archaeology workshop. Our faithful volunteers manned a check-in and information table, and helped the day run smoothly. We are so grateful to all of you who led workshops, volunteered your time, and participated in these fun activities!
Friday, October 3: Descendants’ Tour
On Friday, nearly 40 of Patrick Henry’s descendants visited Studley and Polegreen on a reunion tour organized and led by Red Hill. It was an honor to spend time with a group of descendants of one of Polegreen’s most famous visitors–and they are such a fun group! They hiked through a soybean field to see the site of Henry’s birthplace at Studley, enjoyed lunch at Polegreen, and then heard a brief presentation by Chris, Kyle, and Elizabeth. Their love of history is apparent and their enthusiasm is contagious. Thank you all so very much for visiting with us!
Friday night, October 3: Scenic Awards Gala Reception & Ceremony
Also on Friday, Polegreen was honored to receive the Scenic Tourism Award given by Scenic Virginia. The Foundation has worked hard to preserve the historic “viewshed” around the site, and will continue its preservation efforts for years to come!
Saturday, October 4: Polegreen hosted a wedding!
Our congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple!
Sunday, October 5: Painting Day!
And finally, on Sunday, several volunteers and staff members gathered at the site to do a little maintenance work! We’re fortunate to have a new storage shed, allowing us to reorganize and better utilize our Visitor Center space, but it needed a fresh coat of paint. Beth, Chris, and friends did a fabulous job of revamping the shed to match the Visitor Center’s color scheme. Thanks for all of your hard work!
So there you have it! A crazy busy but incredible week at Historic Polegreen. (We also started filming a new informational video on Monday, Oct. 6!) Don’t forget to come out and visit soon! The leaves are falling and the site is as beautiful as ever. We have new walkways making the site fully handicap accessible, and staff are on site Monday-Friday ready to give tours. Teachers, be sure to check out our free field trips–we would love to see you and your students!