“The holidays are a time to honor traditions,” said park founder and owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr., “and we want to allow our guests to experience some of the Christmas traditions that both soldiers and civilians celebrated during the Civil War, despite all the hardships.”
At Tea & Tidings, which is returning for a second year, guests will enjoy gourmet holiday tea and tasty treats while ladies and gentlemen in period dress instruct them on 19th-century etiquette. Attendees will also learn about the history and customs of Christmas during the Civil War era, including traditional Christmas carols and stories. The event will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Reservations and prepayment are required, as space is limited. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $18 for park members.
The second event, Nostalgic Noel: A Family Christmas Gathering, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served at a reception, which will feature raffle drawings, a period band and a dance program at the Tudor Hall barn. Visitors may visit Tudor Hall plantation and a military encampment where costumed interpreters will demonstrate the ways in which entertainment and social activities helped raise morale during the holiday season. Nostalgic Noel is free with regular park admission.
Both events will be held at The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, located at 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, Virginia. For reservations or more information, please call 804-861-2408 or visit www.pamplinpark.org.
About Pamplin Historical Park
One of “Virginia’s Best Places to Visit,” according to the Travel Channel, and designated as a National Historic Landmark, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is a 424-acre Civil War campus located in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, offering a combination of high-tech museums and hands-on experiences. The park has four world-class museums and four antebellum homes. It is the site of the Petersburg Breakthrough battle of April 2, 1865, and hosts America’s premier Civil War participatory experience, Civil War Adventure Camp. For more information, please call 804-861-2408 or visit www.pamplinpark.org.
About Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.
Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. has earned eight degrees – including two doctorates – in business, economics, accounting, education and theology. He has been honored nationally as a businessman, philanthropist, ordained minister, educator, historical preservationist and author of 16 books and comic books, including two book-of-the-month club selections. Pamplin’s business interests include media (the Portland Tribune and 25 community newspapers), textiles, construction and agriculture. He has been awarded many honorary degrees and featured in national magazines, in newspapers and on television. He has served on presidential and state commissions, and he has been chairman of the board of trustees of three colleges. Pamplin is widely recognized as America’s leading historical preservationist and foremost diversified entrepreneur.
For more information about Pamplin’s preservation efforts, visit www.pamplincollection.org.