By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: December 3, 2018 | 1:45 p.m.
VIRGINIA – Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier will be commemorating the Holidays with a festive, authentic to the period, Tea & Tidings holiday celebration! The annual holiday event will be held on Saturday, December 8, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A gourmet Holiday tea, along with scrumptious holiday treats, will await all adult attendees to this special holiday celebration. There will be period music, while being taught 19th Century etiquette, by ladies and gentlemen in period dress. Participants will also learn about the customs and stories of the holiday season during the Civil War era. There will also be singing of joyous Christmas carols of the 19th century, some of which may even be familiar.
“Our Tea & Tidings program is a festive way to start off the holiday season with friends or family members,” said Colin Romanick, Director, Marketing & Development, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. “This year’s Tea and Tidings Program includes a couple of scenes portrayed from Louisa May Alcott’s, Little Women, which depicts the family holiday during the Civil War.”
Attendees to Tea and Tidings will experience portrayals of many of the Christmas customs and celebrations that would have been observed during the time of the Civil War. Some of these customs include traditional Christmas stories, folklore, and carols; all accompanied by period music.
Visitors are asked to bring a new unwrapped gift prior to the beginning of this event, for distribution through the Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots gifts will be collected by the United States Marine Corps Reserve and distributed to less fortunate children during the Christmas Holidays.
To attend Tea and Tidings, reservations are required by December 5. Cost is $24 for Adults. Reservations can be made by telephone at (804) 861-2408, or by dropping by the Park admission office, located at 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg (North Dinwiddie), Virginia 23803.
Pamplin Historical Park’s 2017 Tea and Tidings Celebration was a success and organizers are looking to build on that success during this year’s event. (Pamplin Park)
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is one of “Virginia’s Best Places to Visit,” according to the Travel Channel, and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. It 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 also the site of The Breakthrough Battlefield of April 2, 1865, and America’s premier participatory experience, Civil War Adventure Camp. For additional information on Pamplin, telephone (804) 861-2408, or visit www.pamplinpark.org.
Those of us that really love Christmas—every celebration and every custom–probably believe that we have just about seen and done it all. An authentic 19th-century Christmas experience and celebration; however, may just be the ticket for a truly amazing and unique holiday gift for someone very special—or maybe even yourself!