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Independence Celebration

July 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for an Independence Celebration as Pamplin Historical Park will offer multiple activities and programs throughout the day. Families will enjoy the chance to meet the Marquis de Lafayette portrayed by Charles Wissinger, playing 18th and 19th Century games, seeing 18th Century American soldiers drill and hearing why they fought, live music from the Harken Back String Bandand a presentation on Dinwiddie County, Virginia in the American Revolution by Aaron Stoyack.

Actor and living historian Charles Wissinger, will portray the Marquis de Lafayette as he shares the story and passion of this young émigré from France who fought in the American Revolution and returned to America for a farewell tour in 1824. Mr. Wissinger is a professional actor with a BA in Theatrical and Performing Arts, and his experience spans stage, film, television, and commercials including appearances on the American Heroes Channel, the Military Channel, and the History Channel as well as historical sites, national parks, and special events. Wissinger combines his talent for acting with his love of history in this research and interpretation of historical figures.

Dinwiddie County, Virginia is home to a great amount of American history to include that of the American Revolutionary War. More than 500 militiamen were raised in Dinwiddie County including men from the following militias: Captain Francis Eppe’s company, Edward Walker’s Company, George Pegram’s company, Robert Bolling’s troop and a Calvary troop. Dinwiddie County also formed a Committee of Correspondence by William Harrison, Bolling Starke and Joseph Jones. The Battle of Petersburg also took place in nearby Petersburg, on April 25, 1781.

All activities are included with regular daily paid admission and children under age 6 are free.

This event is sponsored by the Bank of Southside Virginia.