Contact: Mike Andrus, 804 226-1981 x. 30
On Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13, 2009, Richmond National Battlefield Park will present special living history and ranger-led programs at the Shelton House also known as Rural Plains. During the weekend living history volunteers will portray General Winfield Scott Hancock and his staff as they were headquartered on the lawn of the Shelton home. Costumed interpreters portraying Federal artillerymen will present artillery firing demonstrations at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 on Saturday and 11:00 and 1:00 on Sunday, and will also discuss the dramatic role of artillery in the battle of Totopotomoy Creek. Park rangers will offer tours of the home’s first floor throughout the day and present battlefield tours following each artillery demonstration. The programs will run Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 3:00. Parking for this event will be available at Rural Point Elementary School, 7161 Studley Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. The park will provide shuttle service to and from the Shelton House. The event, parking and shuttle service are free.
The public is also invited to visit the historic Polegreen Church site at 6411 Heatherwood Drive off Rural Point Road in Mechanicsville. This site also figured prominently in the Civil War story of Rural Plains and offers interpretation about these events.
About the Shelton House
Last updated: February 26, 2015