Scotchtown 300th Anniversary and Fall Festival

Oct 2, 2021

10:00 am — 5:00 pm

16120 Chiswell Ln
Beaverdam, VA 23015

Mark your calendars! Saturday, October 2nd, Hanover County and Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown are partnering to host a 300th Anniversary Commemoration and Fall Festival. 

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Enjoy live music, food trucks, a petting zoo, a selection of beverage options and continuous Scotchtown tours. Michael Twitty, noted historian and author of the James Beard award winning book The Cooking Gene, will demonstrate hearth cooking and speak about Afro-Atlantic culinary history. Historian and storyteller Valerie Davis will be on hand to discuss the African American experience.

Also in attendance:

  • Library of Virginia with information about genealogy,
  • Hanover Master Gardeners
  • St. John’s Church
  • Historic Polegreen Church
  • Hanover Museum of History and Culture
  • Hanover tavern
  • Montpelier Arts Center
  • Ashland Museum

Join living history interpreters portraying Patrick Henry, Sarah Henry and Charles Chiswell, infantry and mounted dragoons of the Continental Army, and traditional artisans demonstrating their trades and selling their wares.

  • Fiber arts by Clothos Handspinners
  • Silhouettes by Blane Wells
  • 18th C Parfumier, Rebecca Suerdieck
  • Handpainted Floor Clothes, by Jennifer Higgins
  • Handcrafted Soaps by Swampcreek Soaps
  • Blacksmithing by Joe Woolf-Central VA Blacksmith Guild
  • Tatting by Dianne Gray
  • Rope making by Handmade History,LLC

Talk to an archaeologist! Randolph Macon’s Professor of Archaeology, Dr. Elizabeth Fisher and her archaeology class will be on-site, excavating areas in the front lawn of Scotchtown. They will be on-hand to talk about what they have uncovered and what they hope to find.

Proceeds from the event benefit Scotchtown’s “Raise the Roof” campaign to replace the building’s roof and protect the collections and programs within. Make a tax-deductible donation to the campaign at www.preservationvirginia.org/donations/scotchtowncampaign/

This event is rain or shine. No refunds will be issued unless the event is canceled by Preservation Virginia.

We are committed to hosting a safe, welcoming, and vibrant event at Scotchtown, and care about your health and safety. We will continue to adhere to the recommendations from CDC and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) regarding large gatherings at outdoor events, and we are continuously reviewing our plans and monitoring guidance from public health and government officials. Read more about COVID-19 protocols and recommendations on our Frequently Asked Questions page for the 300th anniversary festival. 

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