Program Announcement

Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park

6541 Saylers Creek Rd.

Amelia, VA 23966

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 10/9/2019

Contact: Jim Godburn

804-561-7510 /jim.godburn@dcr.virginia.gov              

 

 

Veterans Day Luminary

 

(Amelia)…On Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park, staff, volunteers and period-dressed living historians will be hosting our annual “Veterans Day Luminary” commemorative trail walk.

Two, evening time, Ranger-guided hikes will depart from the Hillsman House and lead visitors along the “Wheaton Trail”.  Eight stops along the trail will feature living historians providing first-person accounts detailing a specific portion of the Battles of Sailor’s Creek.  Over 500 luminaries will line the trail, each representing the life of a Northern or Southern soldier who gave their last full measure in the final major engagement of the war in Virginia.

Tours are scheduled for 6 and 7 p.m.  Each hike will last approximately 45 minutes.  The Hillsman House will also be open for tours from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.  There is no admission for this family-friendly event.  Since the hikes will take place after dark, visitors are encouraged to dress accordingly for the temperature, bring a flashlight and wear appropriate footwear for hiking.  Visitors are also encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy as a contribution to the 2019 Amelia County Christmas Father’s program.  In the event of inclement weather (rain or snow), the program will be cancelled.  Contact the park’s visitor center at 804-561-7510, or email sailorscreek@dcr.virginia.gov for questions about this and other upcoming events.

The award‐winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate‐controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800‐933‐PARK (7275) or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.