Monday, April 11, 2011
"Honoring the Past, Preserving the Future"
Culpeper Remembrance Days
CULPEPER, VIRGINIA - April 9, 2011 - "Honoring the Past, Preserving the Future" is the philosophy behind this year's Culpeper Remembrance Days event that runs the weekend of April 15-17th at locations throughout Culpeper County.
Throughout the weekend, local organizations and historians in Culpeper will share their expertise as they honor the area's rich and varied history with free events, tours, programs, displays, and living history. World War II history enthusiasts will enjoy artifacts and WWII-era vehicles and planes at the National Capitol Squadron at Culpeper Regional Airport. The hangar is open Saturday and Sunday for hangar tours and a 1940's-style Hangar Dance Saturday evening. Kids 8-17 can take a FREE flight and earn their flight certificate, courtesy of the Young Eagles program.
"Remembrance Days is now in its 7th year, and each year has been fun, educational, and always a little bit different than the last" says Beth Burns, Director of Tourism, whose office coordinates the event. "This year will be no exception. It's not often that you can play cricket, learn to swing dance, live the life of a Civil War soldier, and meet the Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park all in one weekend. But you can do all of that and more right here in Culpeper during Remembrance Days this year!"
Culpeper's colonial history comes to life with tours of two of Culpeper's oldest buildings - Salubria in Stevensburg and Little Fork Church in Rixeyville. Visitors will enjoy tours, living history and commemorative programs at each, plus the rare opportunity to see these amazing places up close!
Civil War buffs will enjoy the living history and encampment at The Museum of Culpeper History throughout the weekend. Talk with the reenactors and learn what life was like for men, women, and children, as Virginia prepared for secession and the dawn of the Civil War. Meet Robert J. O'Connor, author of five Civil War books, including Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War and The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln.
At the Graffiti House in Brandy Station, these walls really do talk! Civil War living historians will be there to engage visitors and talk of the building's fascinating past and you can join in on an 1860's game of Cricket led by historian Tom Melville.
In Downtown Culpeper, local historian Zann Nelson and Civil War novelist Virginia Morton will conduct
historic walking tours on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Bring the family and join us for the entire weekend - and live the history that surrounds you here! For details on the weekend's events, contact Beth Burns or check out www.VisitCulpeperVa.com.