The Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will host the 2019 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History traveling exhibition from October 2, 2019 through November 6, 2019. Strong Men and Women in Virginia History recognizes Virginia African Americans, past and present, who have made noteworthy and admirable contributions to the commonwealth. This exhibition from the Library of Virginia is made possible with support from Dominion Energy.
The 2019 Strong Men and Women honorees are Lawrence A. Davies, Minister and Civic Leader, Fredericksburg; Fannie W. Fitzgerald, Educator and Elementary School Supervisor, Prince William County; Gladys B. West, Mathematician and Technology Pioneer, King George County; William T. Stone, Judge and Civic Leader, Williamsburg; Andrew J. White, Sr., Minister and Community Activist, Petersburg; Kwame Alexander, Writer and Youth Advocate, Fairfax County; and Deanna Reed, Mayor and Mentor, Harrisonburg.
A Conversation with Dr. Gladys B. West, Mathematician and Technology Pioneer
The Global Positioning System: 20th Century Invention, 21st Century Game Changer
Sunday, November 3, 2019
St. Clare Walker Middle School
6814 General Puller Highway, Locust Hill, Virginia 23092
The Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society invites you to a living history presentation by Nancy Lowden, Manager of Historical Programs at Maymont, Richmond’s Gilded Age estate, as she brings the story of woman’s suffrage to life.
Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 3 to 5 p.m.
As we grow weary from another season of political ads, it’s easy to take for granted one of the most important aspects of our democracy – the right to vote. But until 1920, American women were denied this right, prompting decades of tireless work on their part and a determination to change the political landscape for future generations. Time-travel with a Richmond suffragist who relates the victories, the set-backs and the fascinating saga as we celebrate the approaching centennial of the 19th Amendment that gave women the vote. The program begins with a living history portrayal of Adele Clark, one of the founding members of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia. An illustrated talk then takes the audience on a journey that spanned decades and forever changed our country.
The controversial debate touched almost everyone at the turn-of-the-20th-century. At Maymont, Mrs. Dooley and her sisters-in-law found themselves on opposite sides of the issue, and African-American women in Virginia and the south felt resistance due to their gender and their race. Discover the arguments, the justifications, and why even some women opposed the vote in this dynamic and informative presentation.
The presentation will be held at Dozier’s Regatta Point Marina located at 137 Neptune Lane, Deltaville. The tickets are $25 and include appetizers with a cash bar.
Purchase tickets online HERE.
You may also send a check made out to Middlesex Museum to P.O. Box 121 Saluda, VA 23181 or visit the museum Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 777 General Puller Highway, Saluda.
Photo by Aaron Salvidar.
Historic Leafwood Christmas House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m. will benefit the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society.
Built in 1781, Leafwood was originally part of Clarke’s Neck Plantation and was an overseer’s house.
The Marston family purchased the house in 1856 and was instrumental in organizing the county’s board of supervisors and running a drug store. At the turn of the century, Leafwood was purchased by Col. John Saunders, Attorney General of Virginia who added the two additions on each end of the home, including the master bedroom suite and a porch that is now the garden room, as well as the back additions that include the dining room, study, and laundry room. The house remained in the Saunders family until 2005.
The current owners, Grady and Angeline Frame purchased the home in 2017 and have had extensive restoration work done to the manor home, grounds and the buildings.
All the major rooms have fireplaces, the original random- width flooring remains upstairs, the downstairs floors have been replaced. The staircase rising from the entrance hall is part of the original house and is unusual with very shallow steps and an overhang of only 5’2. The original house included the center hall, living room and an upstairs bedroom and a small room. A third upstairs bedroom and bath was added when the additions were constructed in the early twentieth century.
Many rooms still contain the original hand-blown glass windows and is decorated with the owners mix of antiques and modern pieces, art, family heirlooms and collectibles from their many travels abroad.
For Christmas, the house is decorated with fresh magnolia, holly, pine and cedar from the property.
Custom designed wreaths by local floral artist Barbara Shackleford of “Wreaths and More” adorn doors and windows. Every room on display features lovely decorations and holiday collectibles.
A nine foot Christmas tree surrounded by vintage mechanical Christmas carolers will greet you in the front entrance hallway.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from this tour will support the mission of the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society to acquire, preserve, display and educate the public about the different aspects of our rich history.
Light refreshments will be served.
Leafwood is located at 820 Gloucester Road, Saluda, VA. 23149.