June 2018 -Arts and Heritage Month in Appomattox

 Civil War Era letter writing at the June 2 Arts and Heritage Festival    photo credit Shea Klein  

Civil War Era letter writing at the June 2 Arts and Heritage Festival  

photo credit Shea Klein  

This month started off with the Appomattox 1865 Foundation’s Arts and Heritage Festival at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park on June 2, 2018, which featured art, music, letters, genealogy, and living history. This event hosted a variety of events that will be repeated individually in the future! Keep your eyes peeled this summer and fall for Art in the Park Days and Heritage Days that will feature genealogical assistance, plein air painting sessions and more! 


The Appomattox County Historical Society is open Friday-Sunday from 9am-4pm to explore your heritage and the history of Appomattox County at the museum or Clover Hill Village. Visit www.appomattoxhistoricalsociety.org for more details!


The opening night of Wolfbane’s Romeo and Juliet is Thursday, June 7. The show will run Thursday through Sunday through June and tickets can be obtained via Wolfbane.org. Friday night shows are preceded by Happy Hour at the American Civil War Museum. Contact them at acwm.org for details. You can also have dinner and a show with The Babcock House on show nights!

Saturday June 9 is the Handmade Appomattox craft and artisan vendor fair at the American Civil War Museum from 10-3 with music and food from the Taco Wagon.https://www.facebook.com/events/592993304368919/?ti=icl

Friday June 15th is Virginia State Parks History and Culture Day! Celebrate at James River State Park, Holliday Lake State Park or High Bridge Trail State Park. 

 Evergreen Lavender Farm

Evergreen Lavender Farm

Saturday June 16th is the annual Lavender Festival at Evergreen Lavender Farm from 11-5, they also have a plein air painting session the following week on June 23. More information at evergreenlavender.com.


The month wraps up with the Dynamic Dulcimers on June 26th at 6 pm, part of the Sweeney Summer Concert Series at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  This is the second of four free monthly concerts arranged by the Appomattox 1865 Foundation to help raise funds for the restoration of the Sweeney Cabin and the annual Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival in September. Please bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music! No alcohol is allowed on park grounds.

Routes of Rhythm Music Trail presents Dixie Road Bluegrass at Holliday Lake State Park on June 30 from 6-8pm. http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info?id=HL180015-00

Not to mention the live music weekly at Baines Coffee and Books located at 205 Main Street in Historic Downtown Appomattox. https://m.facebook.com/Baines-Books-and-Coffee-109001548629/ For details!

Central Virginia, and Appomattox especially is an area rich in history, but also an area with a lot to offer in the arts, including theatre, music, and nature galore- what else do you need?

Shea Klein