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New London Day
October 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pmFree
Come Out to New London on October 17, 2020, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Friends of New London in conjunction with the History Department at Liberty University will be hosting its annual fall event to commemorate the historic town of New London. Come see artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries, tour historic buildings, and learn more about local history in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Visitors will choose from a wide range of activities including:
• A self-guided walking tour of the village including sites that have long been forgotten
• An encampment of Revolutionary War reenactors and live artillery demonstrations
• Interpretive tours of Mead’s Tavern offered by students in period attire.
• Exhibits featuring artifacts recovered in the recent archaeological work at Mead’s Tavern and the Alum Springs Hotel including 18th-century coins, buttons, ceramics, bottles, gun flints, and more.
• Tours of the former Alum Springs Hotel building and grounds with information about its connection to the Revolutionary Era arsenal and the John Hook store.
• Archaeologists in action at the Hotel property.
• Tours of the 1850 New London Methodist Church and the 1930 African American Methodist Church. Other historic buildings throughout the village will feature interpretive signage and exterior tours
• Reenactment of traditional African American worship at our recreated brush arbor and the African American church.
• A World Wars exhibit with access to a substantial collection of items related to World War I and II
• A local history forum featuring exhibits from Central Virginia area museums and historic sites
• A petting zoo and other children’s activities
• Food vendors and live music throughout the day
Precautions to protect guests and volunteers will include social distancing, capacity limits for indoor events, frequent cleaning, and required face masks.