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Sailor's Creek Notes Weekend Events

Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park announces the following events:

June 1 begins a 30-day invitation to enjoy Great Outdoors Month with a self-guided walk available daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the park's Overlook Trail. This trail covers the ground of intense fighting at the Battle of Hillsman Farm on April 6, 1865, one of the three Battles of Sailor's Creek. This highlighted venue at the park is event #13 of the park's ACW history education series and is free. Comfortable walking shoes are advised.

On June 2 come join Chief Ranger Lee Wilcox for National Trails Day at the Overlook Turnout on the battlefield from 1-3 p.m., for a special two-hour training session on the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) locator, and practice skills on the historically- sited Overlook Trail. This is ACW history education event # 14. A $3 fee is charged for using the park's available GPS locators.

On June 9, The National Get Outdoors American Civil War Cookout is from 10 a.m. – 2p.m., on the Hillsman House grounds. Noted authority Jennica Walker, historical and cultural interpreter at the Chippokes Plantation in the Tidewater Region will demonstrate and teach how soldiers prepared and cooked food in camp. She will also give an interpretation of “hearth” cooking in the Hillsman House. This is event #15. Please bring portable outdoor seating. A donation of $3.00 per person to “Friends of Sailor's Creek” is suggested.

For more information contact the park visitor center at 804-561-7510 or email sailorscreek@dcr.virginia.com.

The purpose of Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park is to preserve the cultural landscape as it was in 1865, and to provide the historic setting to tell the story of the last major battle of the Civil War in Virginia before the surrender of Robert E. Lee's Army at Appomattox Courthouse, and its impact on the citizens of Southside Virginia.