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2016 Events

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The Washington Family - Google Art Project by Edward Savage (1761 - 1817) (American) 

GEORGE AND MARTHA WASHINGTON: AN ENDURING UNION

Thursday, February 11th 6:30 p.m., Long Branch Plantation Long Branch Lane, Boyce, VA

History! Romance!  Just in time for Valentine's Day and George Washington's birthday, CCHA is proud to be partnering with Long Branch Plantation to bring you this talk by historian Steven A. Campbell on the "first" First Family.  Grab a date and come listen to an exciting talk about the deep bond George and Martha Washington had throughout their 40 year marriage, and how it survived through the birth of our new nation.  

$18 for non-CCHA members, $15 for CCHA members.  Wine and other refreshments will be served!  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 540-955-2600 to reserve your spot today!

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CCHA TRIVIA NIGHT!

Thursday, March 17th, Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville, VA.  Barn doors open 6:30 p.m., game starts at 7:00 p.m.

How smart do you think you are?  Grab your thinking cap and a few friends and come join us the night of St. Patrick's Day for CCHA's second-ever trivia tournament!  Categories will once again include History, Literature, Virginia, Science, and Television.  Funny team names are encouraged! Prizes will go to the top three teams and there will be raffles between rounds. Barn doors open at 6:30, so get there early and grab your table!

$8 for non-CCHA members and $5 for CCHA members.  To order tickets online, please click this link.  To order by phone, please call Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004.

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THE ROAD TO YORKTOWN: JEFFERSON, LAFAYETTE AND THE BRITISH INVASION OF VIRGINIA

Saturday, April 9th 2 p.m., Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville, VA

CCHA welcomes U.S. Army military historian John R. Maass as he will host a talk on his recent book, which explores the 1781 British invasion of central Virginia in the campaign leading up to the Siege of Yorktown in October 1781. In this campaign, Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson and Major General the Marquis de Lafayette desperately tried to counter the active operations of the invading redcoats led by Lieutenant General Charles, Lord Cornwallis, whose march across the Piedmont and Tidewater regions devastated much of the Old Dominion. This dramatic story also includes many key figures of the Revolutionary War, including Patrick Henry, Nathanael Greene, “Mad” Anthony Wayne, Richard Henry Lee, Jack Jouett, Baron von Steuben, and even Daniel Boone.  

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  To reserve your spot, please click this link.  To reserve by phone, please call Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004.

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WHO WAS BILLY LEE? GEORGE WASHINGTON'S MULATTO MAN

Sunday, April 24th, 2:00 p.m., Veramar Vineyards 905 Quarry Rd, Berryville, VA 

Come join us at beautiful Veramar Vineyard for some wine and history!  Billy Lee was been described as “the most famous slave of the Revolutionary era.” Until now, however, no one has attempted to discover who he was or why George Washington formed a lifetime bond with him. Drawing from the extensive research he performed in writing his newest book, George Washington’s Mulatto Man – Who was Billy Lee?” (published by Commonwealth Books of Virginia on 15 November 2015)author James Thompson will share his astonishing answers to these questions. Thompson explains that Washington’s commitment to his mulatto man was based on three unbreakable forces: a pledge he made to the boy’s uncle, being his half-brother Lawrence Washington; a private he made vow to the boy’s mother, being his childhood sweetheart Sally Cary Fairfax; and the affection he developed for his fearless huntsman and loyal wartime attendant. 
 $15 for non-CCHA members, $10 for CCHA members.  Cost includes wine!  Space is limited. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 540-955-2600 to reserve your spot today!

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ART AT THE MILL

April 23rd-May 8th, The Burwell-Morgan Mill, 15 Tannery Lane, Millwood, VA

It's back!  The historic Burwell-Morgan Mill welcomes in the spring with the return of Art at the Mill.  Come view and purchase artwork from some of the region's most talented artists.  Also, CCHA and Wells Fargo Advisors would like to honor all the moms out there on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 8th.  All moms get free admission to Art at the Mill this day!  If you bring your mother, both of you get free admission!

Art at the Mill will be open during the following hours:  Monday-Thursday 12-5, Friday and Saturday 10-5 and Sunday from 12-5.

Adults $5, Seniors $3, kids 12 and under are free.

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CLARKE COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

(FOR CCHA MEMBERS ONLY)

Sunday, June 5th 1:00 p.m., Clermont Farm, 801 East Main Street, Berryville, VA

In conjunction with the good folks at teh Clermont Foundation, we’re happy to announce that this year’s annual meeting will take place at Clermont Farm.  One of the oldest historic properties in the county, Clermont Farm includes buildings and archaeological elements which represent a Chesapeake middling planter’s homestead, surveyed by an 18-year old George Washington in 1750.  Uner the direction of three successive white families, African Americans enslaved by them developed and built the site for 110 years, and made possible the activities of the owner families, who continued to play a role in the life of the nation through the 20th century.  The farm became a property of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2004 and is on the State and National Registers since 2005. Refreshments will be served starting at 1:00 p.m. with the meeting starting at 1:30 p.m.  Afterwards, members will be able to go on a tour of the house and grounds.  Space is limited, so please RSVP CCHA at 540-955-2600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Wine and other refreshments will be served!  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 540-955-2600 to reserve your spot today!

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COLONIAL KIDS DAY

Saturday, July 9, 2016, 12-4pm, Burwell-Morgan Mill, 15 Tannery Ln, Millwood, VA

Bring your kids out to the Burwell-Morgan Mill, where they will have fun and learn about the Colonial era! They will learn about George Washington’s career as a surveyor, and even learn how to be a surveyor themselves. Local blacksmith, Michael P. Wilson, will be on hand to show the kids his trade and talk about the history of blacksmithing. They’ll be able to make their own hooks! The kids will also hear different kinds of Colonial music throughout the afternoon.

If your child is interested in participating, please come by and fill out the permission slip to participate in the blacksmithing activity. If you do not wish your child to participate in that activity, we will have an alternative activity for your child that will be just as fun!

$5 per child. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 540-955-2600 to reserve your spot today!

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LEGENDS BY LANTERN LIGHT HISTORICAL TOUR OF BERRYVILLE

Saturday, August 13th, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Clarke County Historical Association, 32 East Main Street, Berryville, VA

CCHA is partnering up with the Mosby Heritage Area Association this August for part of their Legends by Lantern Light series, which features interpreters in period-dress giving first-person accounts of life and history in the Mosby Heritage Area.  Visitors will take a guided tour through downtown and view the Civil War experience of the county seat, and how the war affected life in the Shenandoah Valley. The period-dressed Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group will offer their story-telling ability against the backdrop of historic Berryville, featuring stories of Clarke County’s commissioner to the Virginia Secession Convention, the visits of two famous Civil War generals, Mosby’s Wagon Train Raid in Berryville, and the story of Eugene Ferris, a Medal of Honor recipient from his days of fighting Mosby’s Rangers. 

Prior to the tour, CCHA will bring out certain artifacts from our Civil War collection for display. The tour of Berryville will start promptly at 7:30pm at the Clarke County Historical Association at 32 E. Main Street, Berryville, VA. Light refreshments will be served.  

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OURS IS NO LONGER A DVIDED COUNTRY: THE PATH TO REUNION AND RECONICILIATION IN VIRGINIA'S SHENANDOAH VALLEY

 Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 6:30pm Burwell-Morgan Mill, 15 Tannery Lane, Millwood, VA

Come out to the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill for an evening of history and refreshments as CCHA welcomes historian Dr. Jonathan Noyalas. His presentation will examine the complexities of healing the deep and bitter wounds of Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the many ways that Union and Confederate veterans in the region, beginning in the mid-1880s—engaged in activities (some common and others a bit unorthodox) to heal and advance some form of reconciliation in the region and consequently the nation.  

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ART AT THE MILL (Fall Show)

October 1st-16th, The Burwell-Morgan Mill, 15 Tannery Lane, Millwood, VA

Monday-Thursday 12-5, Friday and Saturday 10-5 and Sunday from 12-5.

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Saturday, October 29th, 11-4 p.m., Burwell-Morgan Mill, 15 Tannery Lane, Millwood

 Ever wanted to experience every day life in the 1700s? Those who love history and are looking for a beautiful place to visit on a fall day won’t want to miss Heritage Day at the Burwell-Morgan Mill!  The event will offer fascinating demonstrations on how people in the colonial era did fundamental activities such as food production (milling wheat and corn), woodworking, spinning and cooking. There will also be kids’ games, fresh apple and pear cider, and an encampment of Revolutionary War re-enactors from the Second Virginia Regiment. All activities will be inside or right outside the Mill and if it’s a nice day, we’ll spread out to our lovely meadow.

Dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes, and bring your friends and family for a fun day in Millwood!  This event is FREE and open to the public!

2015 Events

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FORTUNE'S FOOL: THE LIFE OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH

Sunday, June 7th 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Come join us at Barns of Rose Hill in downtown Berryville as historian Terry Alford discusses his book Fortune's Fool, the first ever full biography of John Wilkes Booth.  Co-sponsored by Barns of Rose Hill and the Clarke County Historical Association.  This event is FREE and open to the public.  

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A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE WORKS OF JIM COSTELLO

June 6-14, 12:00-6:00 p.m. A retrospective art exhibition of the paintings and drawings of Jim Costello, a prolific painter of over forty years who has often avoided the pressures of commercialism and exhibiting, will be held at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, VA.  

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CLARKE COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING (FOR CCHA MEMBERS ONLY)

Sunday, June 14 1:30-5:00 p.m.  In conjunction with the good folks at Project HOPE, we’re happy to announce that this year’s annual meeting will take place at historic Carter Hall in Millwood, VA.  This beautiful house was completed in the early 1790s by Nathaniel Burwell on land inherited from his grandfather, Robert “King” Carter. Today, the house and 200 surrounding acres are owned and operated by Project HOPE, an organization whose mission is to deliver essential medicines and supplies, health expertise and medical training to promote wellness and save lives around the globe. After a tour of the house, CCHA members will move to the conference center for the meeting and refreshments. Members, space is limited. please RSVP CCHA at 540-955-2600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Not a member?  Click here to become one today!

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CCHA'S FIRST EVER LIVE TRIVIA CHALLENGE

Friday, July 31 7:00-9:00 p.m.  How smart do you think you are?  For those that love games like Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit, this is the event for you!  Gather your friends and team up for CCHA’s first ever live trivia challenge this July at the Barns of Rose Hill. Categories will include History, Literature, Virginia, Science, and Movies. Teams can have up to six members.  Funny team names are encouraged! Prizes will go to the top three teams.  Tickets are $5 for CCHA members and $8 for non-members.  To order tickets online, please click this link.  To order by phone, please call Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004.

Barn doors open 6:30 p.m. Be sure to get there early to grab your seat!

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WHITE POST RESTORATIONS 75TH ANNIVERSARY CAR SHOW

Saturday, August 29th, 10 am to 3 pm. Since 1940, White Post Restoration has been a world-renowned leader in the antique and classic car industry. We invite you to join us for a complementary car show, facility tours, kids games, raffles, cake & more to help White Post Restorations celebrate their 75th anniversary!  Located at 400 White Post Road, White Post, VA.  FREE and open to the public!

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Friday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.  Arthur Pope, a Connecticut resident, will talk about the making of his forthcoming book, Carry Me Back: An American Journey in Time and Place, that will be released in mid-October. The presentation is sponsored by the Barns of Rose Hill and the Clarke County Committee on the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation. This is one of the four last programs of the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The weekend of September 18-20 is also the 151st anniversary of the Third Battle of Winchester, the largest and bloodiest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley, in which Pope’s Great Grandfather participated.  FREE and open to the public!  Please contact Barns of Rose Hill at 540-955-2004 to reserve your seat.

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HISTORIC TOUR OF DEARMONT HALL

Sunday, September 20th, 1 pm. Dearmont Hall, once named Soldier's Retreat, was built in 1851 by the Dearmont Family outside of White Post. This beautiful historic home will be open for a rare historic tour that will enrich attendee's knowledge of Clarke County's history.  Located at 470 Dearmont Hall Lane, White Post VA.  $10 per person for non-CCHA members, $8 for CCHA members.  Contact CCHA at 540-955-2600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to secure your spot today!

 

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ART AT THE MILL: FALL 2015

Saturday, October 3 to Sunday, October 18. Art at the Mill is back for its 25th year!  The Clarke County Historical Association is pleased to announce the return of the fall showing of Art at the Mill. The historic Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, VA will once again display artwork from some of the region's most talented artists. We hope you'll join us for what is sure to be an amazing event! 

Art at the Mill will be open during the following hours:  Monday-Thursday 12-5, Friday and Saturday 10-5 and Sunday from 12-5.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill is located at 15 Tannery Lane, Millwood, VA  22646.

Adults $5, Seniors $3, kids 12 and under are free.

Join us for a Free Admission Day on October 10th, sponsored by Wells Fargo!

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GHOSTLY ADVENTURE AT THE BURWELL-MORGAN MILL

Friday, October 30th, 7:30-9:30 pm. Do you believe in ghosts? Ghost Tours of Old Town Winchester Virginia will host a paranormal workshop at the Burwell-Morgan Mill the night before Halloween.  The event will start with a Q&A panel on the paranormal and the historical life of General Daniel Morgan.  Afterwards, there will be an as-seen-on-TV interactive paranormal experience with the use of paranormal equipment.  Come indulge enjoy spirts with spirits as wine and refreshements are included. Whether you just love history or have an interest in the paranmoral, you're sure to love this event!   $35 for non-CCHA members, $29 for CCHA members.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot today!

 

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5TH ANNUAL HERITAGE DAY

Saturday, October 31st, 11-4 p.m. Ever wanted to experience every day life in the 1700s? Those who love history and are looking for a beautiful place to visit on a fall day won’t want to miss Heritage Day at the Burwell-Morgan Mill!  The event will offer fascinating demonstrations on how people in the colonial era did fundamental activities such as food production (milling wheat and corn), woodworking, spinning and cooking. There will also be kids’ games, a book signing by historian Arthur Pope, fresh apple and pear cider, and an encampment of Revolutionary War re-enactors from the Second Virginia Regiment. All activities will be inside or right outside the Mill and if it’s a nice day, we’ll spread out to our lovely meadow. Dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes, and bring your friends and family for a fun day in Millwood!  This event is FREE and open to the public!