EVENTS - OCTOBER
 
October 1 – 30, 2009 – Exhibition, “From the First Shot to the Gallows: Winchester’s Involvement with the John Brown Raid”

Description: Sponsored by the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, this  exhibit focuses on rare artifacts that tell the story of Winchester’s involvement with the John Brown raid. Free admission.

Time: Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday 12 PM – 4:00 PM
Location:
The Hollingsworth Mill
1360 S. Pleasant Valley Road,
Winchester, VA
Contact: Cissy Shull
Contact number: 540-662-6550
Website: www.winchesterhistory.org

 
October 1 - 30, 2009 –Exhibition, “A Militia, A Medical College, and A Judge: Winchester’s Connection to the John Brown Raid”

Description:This exhibit, designed by and for students, focuses on Winchester’s connection to the John Brown Raid. Free admission.

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Daily except major holidays.
Location: The Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center in Davis Hall, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, VA
Contact Name: Ann Denkler
Contact Number: (540) 678-4334
Websites: www.su.edu
and www.visitwinchesterva.com


October 21, 2009 – John Brown Community Forum

Description:. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society, the forums will focus on Dangerfield Newby and Lewis Leary.

Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Wainwright Baptist Church, Charles Town, WV

Contact Name: George Rutherford
Contact Number: (304) 725-9610
Website: http://jeffctywvblackhistory.org


October 24 , 2009 –Tour of the John Blessing House

Description: John Frederick Blessing was a local baker and confectioner who befriended John Brown during his imprisonment in Charles Town. Prior to his execution, Brown inscribed and presented his jailhouse Bible to Blessing. The Blessing house is now owned by the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society. Currently the house is not open to the public on a regular basis. Join a guide for a special sesquicentennial tour of the John Blessing house.

Time: 10:00 A.M.
Location: 303 East North Street, Charles Town, WV
Contact Name: George Rutherford
Contact Number: (304) 725-9610
Website: http://jeffctywvblackhistory.org


October 24, 2009 – Slavery and Flight in the Mosby Heritage Area  

Description:   Part of the Mosby Heritage Area Association’s “Saturday Morning Special” informal field trip series, this program examines the situation of slavery in Loudoun and the region, visits one of Loudoun’s largest plantations—Morven Park, and explores how the secretive Underground Railroad may have worked.  This will involve a one-mile hike into historic Waterford, Virginia.     

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.on Saturday October 24, 2009
Location:    Meet at the old Mount Zion Church Cemetery at the intersection of North Street and Old Waterford Road in Leesburg VA opposite the former school board offices.
Reservations:  Appreciated but not required.  Call (540) 687-6681.  $15.00 adults, $5.00 students.
Contact Name:  Rich Gillespie, Director of Education, Mosby Heritage Area Association
Contact Number:  (540) 687-5578
Web Site:   www.mosbyheritagearea.org


October 24, 2009 – John Mosby, John Brown”—a special edition of “Cavaliers, Courage, and Coffee

The Mosby Heritage Area Association’s monthly “Cavaliers, Courage, and Coffee” program is devoted to a look at thesituation in the spring of 1865 in the Mosby Heritage Area with a long backwardglance to 1859 at how the train of events began with reports of John Brown’s Raid.
Dramatic vignettes depicting the local reaction by lanternlight as the word of John Brown spreads..         

Time:  7:30  p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday October 24, 2009
Location:    Historic Caleb Rector House at Atoka opposite the store, 1461 Atoka Rd. Marshall VA 20115 Reservations:   Not required.   Admission fee:  $5.00 adults, $2.00 students.
Contact Name:  Rich Gillespie, Director of Education, Mosby Heritage Area Association
Contact Number:  (540) 687-5578
Web Site:   www.mosbyheritagearea.org


October 25, 2009 – “In the Footsteps of John Brown”

Description: Join a park ranger and discover that John Brown's Raid actually covered several miles, over 30 buildings and hundreds of people. Discover some of these places and people on this two hour, two mile walking tour of Harpers Ferry.

Time: 11:00 A.M.
Location: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Contact Name: Park Information
Contact Number: (304) 535-6029
Website: http://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm


October 25, 2009 – John Brown Walking Tour of Charles Town, Jefferson County

Description: Join a guide for a two-hour walking tour of John Brown related sites in Charles Town. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society.

Time: 2:00 P.M.
Location: Meet at Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town, WV
Contact Name: James Tolbert
Contact Number: (304) 725-7852
Website: http://jeffctywvblackhistory.org


Ocotber 29, 30, 31, 2009 – John Brown’s Body  

Description:  John Brown’s Body, a two-act play adapted from the epic poem by Stephen Vincent Benét, is coming to Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown, WV this Fall.  The play takes the audience back to the time of the American Civil War and allows us to experience the lives of a handful of remarkable people in that tragic period in the history of the United States of America.  Produced by the Harpers Ferry Historic Town Foundation for the Town of Harpers Ferry, the play is directed by Joe Yates with a cast of local actors, musicians, and current and former students from Shepherd University.  Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at www.HistoricHarpersFerry.com.

Time:  3:00 P.M.
Location:  Camp Hill Wesley United Methodist Church - Harpers Ferry
Contact Name:  Betsy Bainbridge
Contact Number:  (304) 535-2030
Website:  http://www.HistoricHarpersFerry.com


October 29, 2009 – The John Brown Raid, a public lecture.

Description: Dr. James Bryant, II, Associate Professor, Dept. of History, Shenandoah University, is the presenter of a lecture sponsored by the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, Shenandoah University, and the Winchester-Frederick County CVB.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Shenandoah University
Contact: Cissy Shull
Contact number: 540-662-6550
Website: www.visitwinchesterva.com
www.su.edu or www.winchesterhistory.org