Malvern Hill Farm under contract


A historic Eastern Henrico farm – the site of a bloody Civil War battle in 1862 – will be preserved in its entirety, thanks to the Capital Region Land Conservancy.

The CRLC has agreed to purchase Malvern Hill Farm (which is about 875 acres in size and straddles Eastern Henrico and Charles City County) for its appraised value of $6.56 million. The sellers are by descendants of William Heighler Ferguson Sr., who originally purchased Malvern Hill Farm in 1939.

“In one transaction CRLC is taking a giant step in protecting the natural and historic land and water resources of our region,” said Parker C. Agelasto, executive director of Capital Region Land Conservancy.
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Historic Sandston site commemorated


The Sandston Founders' Club dedicated a historical marker Nov. 8 at 11 West Williamsburg Road. In the early 1930s, the building served as the community's drug store and post office. Pictured above (from left) are members of the Founders' Club Bobby Alexander, Bruce Waldrop, Jane Conner, Randy Vass, June Baldwin, Alice Baldwin, Ada May Chinn and Wayne Varner.
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Lost in time

Proponents of Henrico history center urge its inclusion on bond referendum
On the site that one day will tell the history of Henrico County under a single roof, a small wooden hut serves as an unofficial welcome center for guests.

“And over there is the restroom,” says Henry Nelson, chuckling as he points to a single portable toilet across the parking lot.

Nelson, clad in a signature black cowboy hat and black leather jacket, surveys the landscape on an overcast morning here, at Four Mile Creek Park in Varina, with eyes that can see into the future, thanks to a vision of the past.

For 40 years, Nelson has led the push for Henrico County to fund and build a history center – a facility that would recount the county’s 405-year story to citizens and tourists alike.
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Civil War weekend planned in Henrico

The Civil War is returning to Henrico later this month.

As part of its 400th anniversary, Henrico County will host a series of free events Sept. 23-25 designed to spotlight the county’s role in the war and educate citizens through real-life interactions.
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Lee letter comes home to Dabbs House

Sam McKelvey with the Lee letter
In his very first week as full-time site manager of the Dabbs House Museum, Sam McKelvey hit the jackpot.

A California resident, Dr. Paul Whyte, had called last January after reading about the museum in Civil War Traveler magazine. He was planning a visit to the Dabbs House and wanted some information about other Richmond-area attractions.

Part way through the conversation, Whyte mentioned casually that he owned a letter written by General Robert E. Lee during the time that Dabbs House served as Lee's Civil War headquarters.
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Henrico resident receives VHS award

Henrico County resident Kelly Winters was one of 12 recipients honored recently at a luncheon at the Virginia Historical Society (VHS), at which VHS presented awards to individuals who have excelled in the fields of research, education, service and support of the Society. A total of ten VHS awards were presented to a teacher, a businessman, an author, students, volunteers, and staff.
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Commemorating the end of Civil War and slavery


It was the night they drove old Dixie down, and the American Civil War came to a close.

After four years of bloody fighting, the war that had torn apart the United States and Virginia finally reached its conclusion in the commonwealth. In one of the most eventful and fateful months in American history, April 1865 would see the fall of Richmond to Union troops, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the end of the Confederacy, the Civil War and slavery.

Now, 150 years later, the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War is reaching its own closing days in Richmond and across the state. Virginians are once more reflecting on the end of the war and how it shaped the state’s history and culture even to this day.
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Henricus celebrates Publick Days

Godspeed, the 17th-century ship replica from Jamestown Settlement, made its way up the James River Sept. 20 to dock at Henricus Historical Park for the annual "Publick Days" celebration commemorating Henricus' 1611 founding. On the eve of Publick Days, Henricus supporters gathered to welcome the Godspeed and mark the occasion with Emeritus Founding Members (pictured with Henricus staff and event sponsors from BB&T; seated, from left): Hobson Goddin, Judge Ernest P. Gates, John Taylor, J.E. Causey Davis, and Pauline Mitchell.
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National Park Service to host 149th anniversary programs at Fort Harrison

Richmond National Battlefield Park will present living history and ranger-led programs at Fort Harrison in Henrico County Sept. 28-29 in commemoration of the 149th anniversary of Civil War fighting at New Market Heights, Fort Harrison and Fort Gilmer.

Volunteers portraying Union and Confederate infantry and artillery units will provide cannon and rifle firing demonstrations, while Park Service historians will provide tours of the fort, a key site involved in fighting at Chaffin’s Farm on Sept. 29-30, 1864.
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Historical Society honors 3 from Henrico

At a luncheon in July, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) presented awards to 11 individuals – including three Henrico residents – and one group who have made significant contributions to research, education, and the mission of the society.

VHS honored Henrico residents Donald Tobias with the Patricia Rodman and Martin Kirwan King Volunteer Award; Johnnie Taggart with the Howson W. Cole Award; and Paulette Schwarting with the President’s Award for Excellence.
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Henrico resident Ellis named ‘History Maker’

Henrico resident and activist Nicole Anderson Ellis, a director on the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District Board, recently was named a 2013 History Maker by the Valentine Richmond History Center. Ellis was one of three individuals and two organizations selected as the center’s ninth class of honorees, who will be formally recognized during a gala and awards ceremony Oct. 15.

Ellis helped pass a resolution to assist Henrico landowners in protecting their property as open space.
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