Festivities planned in celebration of Battersea’s 250th anniversary

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: April 23, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.

VIRGINIA – The Battersea Foundation is planning a joyous 250th-anniversary celebration of the beautiful and historic Battersea home, along with a celebration of the American Revolution. This educational and fun event is free and open to residents of Central Virginia and beyond. The celebration will take place over a weekend that will be chock-full of activities at the historic home. Battersea is located at 1289 Upper Appomattox Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23803. 

On Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, there will be a wide variety of activities, events, displays, fun, food, and history. Make sure to mark your calendars, and save the dates.

Historic Battersea is an 18th-century Anglo-Palladian villa. The beautiful villa sits on 35-acres along the Appomattox River. Battersea was built in 1768, by the American patriot, Colonel John Banister. Battersea encapsulates the early beginnings of our country, and America’s future successes, with its own architectural grandeur and historical longevity. Last year actually marked Battersea’s 250th anniversary, but with the threat of a hurricane last September, the event was canceled.

“A 250th anniversary is monumental, and simply cannot be overlooked,” said Toni Clark, Executive Director, Battersea Foundation. “With last year’s postponement, renovations, and subsequent considerations, we are just now getting the opportunity to celebrate this wondrous occasion. We will also tie the event to a celebration of the American Revolution, and the return of the war reenactment.”

A variety of activities, demonstrations, exhibits, displays, and so much more are planned for the weekend celebration. All activities will take place each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be various talks and walks, in and about Battersea. Don’t miss the Battle of Petersburg reenactment daily at 2 p.m. There will be cannons, sutlers, and encampment demonstrations. There will also be exhibitors and authors with their books. Various shops will offer their unusual wares. You will not want to miss the exciting military skirmish. Delicious food and refreshments will also be available.

If you have never seen the historic and beautiful Battersea Villa, this event is a must for you and your family. If you have seen it just once, or even a dozen times, you will not want to miss the fun and informative weekend, along with all the great activities. PBS’ Mercy Street has filmed major scenes on the property, as has Fox Network’s Legends and Lies. 

The house is currently under renovation. For more information on Historic Battersea, check them out online at www.batterseafound.org.

“The Battersea Foundation is pleased to again include the Revolutionary War Reenactment as an annual event,” Clark said. “This has been a favorite event for families and history buffs, and we look forward to a great weekend on May 18th and 19th.”

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