March 10 & 11, 2018 - Battle of Hampton Roads
The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, VA commemorates the battle between the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia that occurred in Hampton Roads Harbor 156 years ago. The results of the battle changed naval warfare forever and secured Union control of the harbor prior to Union infantry landing on the peninsula and beginning its march towards Williamsburg and the Confederate capital in Richmond. There will be living history encampments, special events, lectures, and family-friendly activities throughout the weekend. The WBA will have a manned information table in the lobby of the museum during the weekend's events.
April 22, 2018 - Park Day
Experience a hands-on preservation event sponsored by the Civil War Trust that brings volunteers together across the nation to help maintain historic sites by picking up trash, raking leaves, repairing trails, etc. We invite you to help us clean up a 4-acre parcel of the Williamsburg Battlefield. Wear work clothes, boots or sturdy shoes, and gloves. Bring trash bags, rakes, loppers, clippers, and shovels. Refreshments will be provided.
Parking: Griffin-Yeates Learning Center, 1490 Government Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
MAY 2, 2018 @ 11:15 AM – CUster's first stand
Before General Custer made his "Last Stand" at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876, he was at the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862. Learn about the activities of Lieutenant Custer on the Virginia Peninsula during Mr. Hudson's presentation, Custer's First Stand: George A. Custer at Williamsburg. The program is held in the Hennage Auditorium at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum (325 W. Francis St., Williamsburg, VA 23185) and is included with a museum admission ticket ($12.99/adult and $6.49/youth ages 6-12).
MAY 4, 2018 @ 11:15 AM – YANKEES IN THE Streets
Join WBA Director, local author, and historian, Carson O. Hudson, Jr., as he presents an illustrated lecture on his recent book, Yankees in the Streets: Forgotten People and Stories of Civil War Williamsburg. Mr. Hudson's stories, anecdotes, and trivia bring to life the people and town of 19th century Williamsburg, both of which are mostly lost in the shadows of the restored 18th century town. The program is held in the Hennage Auditorium at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum (325 W. Francis St., Williamsburg, VA 23185) and is included with a museum admission ticket ($12.99/adult and $6.49/youth ages 6-12).
May 4, 2018 @ 4:30 PM - The Civil War in 7 Songs
Join WBA Director, historian, and musician, Carson O. Hudson, Jr., as he presents the Civil War soldier's play list in The Civil War in 7 Songs. Hear the heart-stirring tunes of patriotism and courage that conveyed young men from Williamsburg off to war and the heart-wrenching melodies of loss and homesickness that accompanied them by the fireside through four long years that changed America forever. The program is held in the Hennage Auditorium at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum (325 W. Francis St., Williamsburg, VA 23185) and is included with a museum admission ticket ($12.99/adult and $6.49/youth ages 6-12).
MAy 5, 2018 - Battlefield "pop-up" tours
Commemorate the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg with “pop-up” tours led by a WBA Director on the battlefield. A board member will be at three separate sites on the battlefield from 9 a.m. to noon. The three locations are Redoubt Park (510 Quarterpath Rd., Williamsburg), Fort Magruder (1042 Penniman Rd., Williamsburg), and New Quarter Park’s Visitor Center (1000 Lakeshead Dr., Williamsburg). We recommend starting at Redoubt Park, followed by Fort Magruder, and then New Quarter Park. There will be a short interpretation at each site of what occurred there during the battle on May 5, 1862. The tour is free, but donations to the WBA are always welcome.
May 5, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - Civil War Williamsburg Walking Tour
Commemorate the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg by joining WBA Director and licensed tour guide, Caitlin Bailey, on a 1-hour walking tour of the historic area of Williamsburg. She will describe what the town was like on the eve of Civil War and what it experienced during and after the May 5, 1862 battle. She will also point out buildings that were witness to events and tell stories about the people who lived through those tumultuous times. There is no fee for the tour, however, a donation is appreciated. Meet your tour guide at the east end of Duke of Gloucester Street in front of the restored Capitol building.
MAY 8, 2018 - GIVE LOCAL 757
Give where you live! Give Local 757 is a fundraising event for non-profits in Hampton Roads. The WBA is a registered participant and invites your support. For 24 hours beginning at midnight on May 8, you can make an online, tax-deductible donation to the WBA at www.givelocal757.org. Funds raised in 2017 enabled us to purchase retractable banners and mounted maps for a professional display at events and programs. Current fundraising will provide for interpretive signage and landscaping on the recently acquired Smith Lot, a 3.5-acre parcel of core Williamsburg Battlefield land. Donors can also compete in prize challenges! These are a fun way to win additional dollars for us and a special prize from the WBA for you.