By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: December 13, 2018 | 1:45 p.m.
VIRGINIA – Is Christmas your absolute favorite time of year? Do you love it all? Do you experience a thrill with every joyous gathering, the presents, the decorating, the fabulous seasonal food, the tacky sweater parties, the grand illuminations, the parades, the shopping till you drop, the Christmas television specials, and everything else the season brings? Do you think you have done it all?
Not so fast! Experience “A Christmas Past” at Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier!
Pamplin Historical Park invites everyone to experience the splendor of a 19th century Christmas on December 15th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 19th-century decorations, customs, traditions, and etiquette; you will see and experience it all, just as if you had stepped into “A Christmas Past!” Families will appreciate the opportunity for children to meet a genuine Thomas Nast Santa Claus. There will also be photographs available for your children with this very special Santa. Delicious holiday cookies and creamy hot chocolate will be provided all afternoon! Thomas Nast is considered to be the “Father of the American Cartoon,” and among his most notable works is his creation of the modern version of Santa Claus.
At Pamplin’s “A Christmas Past,” children will proudly make handmade crafts and presents, for gift-giving to family and friends! Children will also be encouraged to personalize their own holiday greeting cards for mailing to active duty soldiers serving abroad, who will not be able to come home for Christmas.
Everyone will effortlessly step into the past with holiday trimmings and décor, as the historic Tudor Hall has been transformed into a mid-1800s home for the holidays! Costumed interpreters will provide holiday programs throughout the day. Soldiers throughout the time spent many holidays away from friends and family, and Civil War Soldiers did as well. Attendees will see and experience the way Soldiers decorated their quarters for the holidays and celebrated Christmas in the field while on a campaign. Costumed interpreters will portray these Soldiers and bring this special experience to life.
All activities are included with regular park admission, and children ages five and under receive free admission. For additional information, telephone (804) 861-2408. Pamplin Historical Park is located at 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg (North Dinwiddie), Virginia 23803.
“Families and their children will have the opportunity to step back into a 19th century Christmas with our Thomas Nast Santa, and experience the beautiful Tudor Hall decorated for the holidays,” said Colin Romanick, Director, Marketing & Development, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. “Children will also be encouraged to write and send holiday greetings to our active duty military members serving away from home this season.”
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.
An authentic 19th century Christmas, complete with all the period customs, trimmings, costumes, and decorations.
What a wonderful idea for a unique, thoughtful, and special 20th-century gift for someone very special—or maybe even yourself! Merry Christmas!