Memorial Day Celebration
May 31 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier will offer a full schedule of daily programs this Memorial Day. The Park will open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and activities are included with regular museum admission.
A special Memorial Day program will begin at 12:30 p.m. During this program, visitors will hear Tim Talbott, Director of Education, Interpretation, Visitor Services and Collections will speak about the USCT and their activities and contributions during the Petersburg Campaign. The program will also include an artillery firing followed by the presentation of the colors and a playing of Taps.
At 1:30 p.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the Battlefield Center to open the new exhibit titled, “We Fight for Our Rights, Liberty, Justice, and Union”. The exhibit tells the story of the enslaved and their road to freedom through the Civil War and further contributions of African-Americans in the United States military into the 20th century. This will be followed by a demonstration of bugle calls and camp life at 1:45 p.m. at the nearby Military Encampment.
A Breakthrough Battlefield Tour will give visitors a chance to learn about the events of April 2, 1865 which is followed by bugle calls and a Civil War camp life demonstration. The viewing of “War So Terrible” which follows two Civil War soldiers, Benjamin Franklin Meyers of the Union and Andrew Jackson Stewart of the Confederacy, will be shown in the Battlefield Center.
All events and activities included with Park admission.
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Load in Nine Times
Living History Firing Demonstration
Demonstration Area at National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Names of the Enslaved at Tudor Hall Wayside Unveiling
Remarks by Tim Talbott
Meet at the Tudor Hall End of Main Boardwalk
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Memorial Day Commemoration
“USCT Valor during the Petersburg Campaign”
History Talk by Tim Talbott
Artillery Firing and Taps
Remarks by Tim Talbott
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for
“We Fight for Our Rights, Liberty, Justice, and Union” Exhibit
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Civil War Bugle Calls & Camp Life Demonstration
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Breakthrough Battlefield Walking Tour
Meet at Battlefield Center
3:00 – 3:50 p.m.
“War So Terrible”
Civil War Combat Film – View Discretion is Advised