Patrick Henry, portrayed by Eric Monday, October 18, 1997 Photo: Desmond Kendrick
This two-day event celebrates the history of
Martinsville and Henry County in the late 18thcentury. It begins
with a colonial dinner in the historic courthouse, followed by
period dancing demonstrated and taught by the Williamsburg Heritage
Dancers. A host of children's activities with a historic slant are
provided, among them lawn bowling, shuttlecock, writing with quill
pens, making mobcaps and horn books, and 18th century etiquette
lessons. Historical displays include artifacts and documents signed
by the likes of Thomas Jefferson. Demonstrations of traditional
crafts include woodcarving, spinning, quilting, and lace-making.
Visitors may participate in a small archeological dig conducted by
the Virginia Museum of Natural History. The festival concludes with
a mock trial drawn from courthouse archives.
Originally submitted by: Virgil Goode, Jr., Representative (5th District).
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