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Jul 13

Warwick County Historical Society Presents Can You DIG It?

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 8:44 AM by Communications Department

Learn about recent archaeological investigations at Ft. Eustis

Ft. Eustis’ Cultural Resources Management Division offers updates on their latest findings regarding protected archaeological sites on the base, ranging from Native American history to World War II. Learn more about their findings at noon next dig it photo_scWednesday, July 19, at the Warwick County Historical Society Speaker Series event “Can you DIG it.” The program takes place on the second floor of the 1884 Warwick Courthouse, located at 14421 Old Courthouse Way.

Originally known as Mulberry Island, the historic grounds of Ft. Eustis were the earliest part of Warwick County, settled by Englishmen as they moved outside of Jamestown's protective palisade in the 1600s. The land is filled with a variety of rich history. This presentation is an opportunity to learn about key historical sites on the base, many of which are remote and inaccessible to the public. Some of the history includes: noted colonist John Rolfe successfully experimented with the colony's sweet tobacco cash crop in the area’s fertile soil; the 1862 Peninsula Campaign of the Civil War; and the U.S. government acquiring the property in 1918 to establish Camp Abraham Eustis as a balloon observation and artillery school, among many other things.

There is a lunch is at 11:30 a.m. and the program starts at noon. The event is free and open to the public. To pre-order a $10 box lunch, contact 757-525-7372. Guests are welcome to bring their own meal.