Friday, September 10, 2010

New Press Releases from York County


Historian to talk about slavery for Oct. 2 Walk & Talk
Historian Robert Watson will lead a special Walk and Talk, "Remembering the Forgotten," at New Quarter Park on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. The program is dedicated to the memory of the African and Virginia-born slaves who toiled on New Quarter farm between the mid- 1660s and early 19th century.
The original 2,000-acre farm, 545-acres of which are now the York County Park, was one of more than a dozen attached to the prominent Burwell family. Their plantations stretched from Isle of Wight to James City, York, and Gloucester counties and included Carter's Grove and Kingsmill in James City County, King's Creek in York, and Fairfield in Gloucester.
An archeology site on the property will be the program setting. Visitors who arrive early will be able to view the site and see a display of artifacts. They may also read about "Burwell's New Quarter" on a sign to be unveiled on the site where a structure, possible the overseers house, once stood.
At 10 a.m., African drumming will open the program. Watson will talk about the African origins of the slaves at New Quarter and Tidewater Virginia as well as the traditions they brought to the new world and the culture of slavery. Dr. Robert A. Whitehead Sr., pastor of New Zion Baptist Church, will offer a prayer in memory of the forgotten people who lived, toiled, and died at New Quarter during the approximately 150 years that the property served as an outlying farm. The program will conclude with a procession from the site led by African drumming.
The program site is located about one-quarter mile from the parking lot. A van will be available to take those who need transportation to the site, located in a wooded area. Those who wish to use the van should arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. A limited number of chairs will be available at the program site; participants may wish to bring folding chairs or cushions for sitting on the ground and wear clothes and shoes appropriate for walking and weather conditions.
New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive near Williamsburg. From the Colonial Parkway, exit at Queens Lake, turn right, and travel a short distance to Lakeshead Drive. Follow the signs to the park. From Interstate 64, take Exit 242 to Route 199. Take the first exit from Route 199 to Route 143 and turn right. Next, turn right on Penniman Road, and then left on Hubbard Lane. Finally, turn right on Lakeshead Drive and follow this road to the park.
For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3500 or New Quarter Park at 890-5840.
Fall Landscape Extravaganza to be held Oct. 2
The annual Fall Landscape Extravaganza sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension-York County Office will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. Joan of Arc Church, 9041 George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown. 
Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m., with orientation at 9 a.m. Two blocks of concurrent educational programs will be offered from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
The event is offered free of charge and is open to the public. Register at, or call the extension office at 890-4940 with any questions.
Those attending the event will have their choice of participating in one class from each session: 
1st Session:      "Native Plants" 
                         Phillip Merritt, Hertzler and George Landscape
                        "The ABCs of Starting a Garden"
                         Lisa Ziegler, The Gardener's Workshop
                        "Landscaping Small Spaces"
                         Mary Ann Newton, McDonald's Garden Center
2nd Session:      "Landscaping the Right Way"
                         Eric Bailey, Nickerson's Landscaping
                        "Hardscaping Ideas"
                         Matt Kaminski, Yorktown Materials
                        "Plants for Honey Bees"
                         Mike Andruczyk, Extension Agent, Chesapeake
Fall is the perfect time to renovate your landscape plan, plant some seeds, bulbs and shrubs and plan ahead for the spring. The goal of the Fall Landscape Extravaganza is to provide practical, useful information for homeowners, and to provide it via experts. 
This is a popular event and seating is limited, so early registration is strongly advised. This event is open to the public and is free of charge. 



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