Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park

Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park One of Virginia's 38 award-winning state parks

Sailor's Creek Battlefield is one of our 37 Virginia State Parks. Please visit our official page at http://www.facebook.com/virginiastateparks Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park is a great place to stop for lunch because it's midway between Petersburg and Appomattox Court House. There are charcoal grills and picnic tables at the Overton-Hillsman House and the visitor center grounds. No water is available. A pit-toilet is available during daylight hours. It's a historical site because on April 6, 1865 - the Black Thursday of the Confederacy - Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia lost 7,700 men, including eight generals, in the Battle of Little Sailor's Creek. This defeat was key to Lee's decision to surrender at Appomattox Court House 72 hours later, thus ending the war in Virginia. Click here to download a brochure that details the battle (PDF). The Overton-Hillsman House, used as a field hospital during and after the battle, is open to visitors June through August and by request at other times. Contact the park at (804) 561-7510 or email [email protected] to arrange a special tour. Period costumed interpreters commemorate the event and conduct other living history events throughout the year. Motorists will enjoy Lee's Retreat Driving Tour, which follows the route of his army from Petersburg to Appomattox Court House. While on the trail, drivers can set the radio to AM 1610 for battle details and descriptions. Learn more about this offering by visiting the Virginia's Civil War Trails website or calling toll-free 1-888-CIVIL-WAR. Trail travel packages are available as well; call 1-800-769-5912 for details.

Terrific article! Don't miss the bit from Park'rs Dan and Teresa Schardein. We hope this encourages you to pick a park a...
05/18/2019
Park More. Worry Less. - Richmond Family Magazine

Terrific article!
Don't miss the bit from Park'rs Dan and Teresa Schardein. We hope this encourages you to pick a park and head outdoors today for Kids to Parks Day: https://vasp.fun/2Hvfd82

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My family has been enjoying one of Virginia’s gorgeous parks for years – hiking the trails of York River State Park and canoeing its river. When my children were young, they attended summer camps there to study native plants and animals. Located eleven miles west of Williamsburg, it allows visit...

National Kids To Parks Day10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Battlefield Visitor CenterCome spend National Kids to Parks Day (5/18/19...
05/13/2019

National Kids To Parks Day
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Battlefield Visitor Center
Come spend National Kids to Parks Day (5/18/19) with us. We will have several activities available 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sailor's Creek Battlefield will be hosting a day of "round robin" activities setup outdoors. Led by park staff and Friends Group members, activities will include School of the Soldier dress up and drill, a touch table display with Civil War tools and implements used by soldiers and civilians, 19th century toys and games and a unique version of Corn Hole. These programs are recommended for families and children ages 5 and up. In the event of poor weather conditions, most of the activities will be moved inside the Visitor Center. For more information, please call the park office at (804) 561-7510.

Earn an Annual Virginia State Parks Pass by visiting 5 different parks between May 18 and June 30. It's a $75 value and ...
05/12/2019

Earn an Annual Virginia State Parks Pass by visiting 5 different parks between May 18 and June 30. It's a $75 value and a year's worth of fun. http://vasp.fun/GetOutdoors

Stop by our Virginia State Parks booth to see State Park Steve and other Rangers at the Heart of Virginia Festival in Fa...
05/03/2019

Stop by our Virginia State Parks booth to see State Park Steve and other Rangers at the Heart of Virginia Festival in Farmville on Saturday. We'll be there with free day passes and giveaways.

http://www.heartofvirginia.org/

Kids to Parks Day is the kickoff for an exciting summer in our parks, and we are once again offering our Get Outdoors Ch...
05/01/2019
Kids to Parks Day 2019

Kids to Parks Day is the kickoff for an exciting summer in our parks, and we are once again offering our Get Outdoors Challenge.

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Don't miss the 9th annual Kids to Parks Day on May 18. All 38 Virginia State Parks have special events planned.

Earth Day Service Project 04/27/201910:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Meet at the Battlefield Visitor Center.This Earth Day service ...
04/23/2019

Earth Day Service Project
04/27/2019
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Meet at the Battlefield Visitor Center.
This Earth Day service project involves planting hardwood and pine tree saplings as part of the next phase of the Battlefield Landscape Restoration effort to return the grounds to its April 1865 appearance.
It is recommended that volunteers dress appropriately for weather conditions including comfortable, close-toed shoes. Park staff shall provide insect repellant, sun screen, work gloves, hand tools, bottled water and onsite instruction.
This program is weather dependent. Volunteers are encouraged to call ahead in the event of adverse weather forecasts. The Visitor Center may be reached at (804) 561-7510. Check out our events database for other program opportunities http://ow.ly/4da950qTgie

Spring Break at Sailor's Creek Battlefield04/13/2019 - 04/28/20199:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Spring Break is a great time to vi...
04/09/2019

Spring Break at Sailor's Creek Battlefield
04/13/2019 - 04/28/2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Spring Break is a great time to visit Sailor's Creek Battlefield. We now have six, self-guided, hiking trails posted with historic markers explaining significant moments that occurred during the last major battle of the Civil War in Virginia. Or, stop by the Visitor Center to receive a map of the Driving Tour, an 11-mile loop that takes the traveler to three main sections of the Sailor's Creek Valley that witnessed the fighting on April 6, 1865.
The last weekend in April, visitors may participate in ranger-guided hikes to learn about both the cultural history and the natural world of the Battlefield. Contact the park for more information (804) 561-7510. Check out our program database for a complete list of dates and times http://ow.ly/3WEv50pDKqK

04/07/2019

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month! Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park would like to thank the volunteers who help make the park so special. For more information about volunteering visit http://ow.ly/jTpe50ovwRH

Each year the anniversary of the end of the Civil War in Virginia gives us pause. For the Virginia State Park rangers, p...
04/01/2019
History Note: Remembering Sailor's Creek

Each year the anniversary of the end of the Civil War in Virginia gives us pause. For the Virginia State Park rangers, protecting and preserving these stories, the history and the land are inseparable.

Jim Godburn, Educational Specialist at Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park, recounts the events of April 6, 1865.

Bring your friends and family out to a park of your choice for some outdoor fun and to hunt for the new caches on April ...
03/29/2019
New Geocache Series Announced for 2019!

Bring your friends and family out to a park of your choice for some outdoor fun and to hunt for the new caches on April 1.

For our 2019 Geocache series we invite you to meet just a few of the people who have shaped the history of our parks, our state, and our nation, including the American Revolution.

Now more than ever our sister division's work on pollinator research is critically important. Please help out by donatin...
03/21/2019
Virginia Natural Heritage Program

Now more than ever our sister division's work on pollinator research is critically important. Please help out by donating to the research and sharing this on your social media sites.

Celestial Skies at Sailor's Creek on March 16, 2019.The local Crewe Astronomy Club will bring their hi-tech telescopes a...
03/11/2019

Celestial Skies at Sailor's Creek on March 16, 2019.
The local Crewe Astronomy Club will bring their hi-tech telescopes and amazing video presentation about our planet, our solar system and our universe. Learn about the constellations, gaze upon planets in our solar system, see close-up views of the moon's mountains, observe far off nebulae and galaxies.

Get all the details here: https://vasp.fun/2VlJAD6
Drive time: Richmond 1 - 1 1/2 hours, Tidewater 2 1/2 - 3 hours, Roanoke, 2 hours. Closest parks for overnight cabins are Twin Lakes 15 minutes or Bear Creek Lake 35 minutes.

We've teamed up with nine other national and county historical organizations to retell the events of the final days of t...
03/04/2019

We've teamed up with nine other national and county historical organizations to retell the events of the final days of the Civil War in Virginia from March 30-April 14 like never before.

Check the blog for details, and learn more at Experience the End: The Appomattox Campaign http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/blog/the-appomattox-campaign

Pony rides, natural play areas, splashgrounds...find out what adventures are in-store for the under 10 crowd. There is o...
02/26/2019
Adventures Under 10

Pony rides, natural play areas, splashgrounds...find out what adventures are in-store for the under 10 crowd. There is one common theme, PLAY!

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Virginia State Parks offers something for most anyone even those under the age of 10.

What skills can your kids learn this summer? Here's a list of parks with boat rentals of all sorts, including standup pa...
02/26/2019

What skills can your kids learn this summer? Here's a list of parks with boat rentals of all sorts, including standup paddlebards: https://vasp.fun/BoatRentals

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Now you can book, change or cancel most reservations online 24/7 or still call our Customer Service Center at 800-933-72...
02/02/2019

Now you can book, change or cancel most reservations online 24/7 or still call our Customer Service Center at 800-933-7275. Details here: http://vasp.fun/online

Not just any first day hike, this is one of historic proportions.
12/28/2018
First Day Hikes: Walking Back in Time on the Wheaton Trail

Not just any first day hike, this is one of historic proportions.

Spend your First Day Hike walking back in time. Check out the newly formed Wheaton Trail at Sailor's Creek Battlefield and learn of the heroism and horror of the last days of the Civil War.

Hey, just wanna to make sure you realize there are some great prizes on the line for the #FirstDayHike2019 this year. Du...
12/28/2018

Hey, just wanna to make sure you realize there are some great prizes on the line for the #FirstDayHike2019 this year.

Dude you seriousely don't want to miss this. Tell Siri to remind you: http://ow.ly/4oqK50jPgGy

12/20/2018

Seasons Greetings

12/19/2018

Take advantage of this smokin’ hot deal. Give memories not stuff. Redeemable at our 38 parks. Call 800-933-7275 to get one today and save 25% (offer ends tomorrow Dec 20!)

Hey, we know it's not even Christmas yet, but give some thought to your #firstdayhike2019, somebody's gotta win the $500...
12/14/2018

Hey, we know it's not even Christmas yet, but give some thought to your #firstdayhike2019, somebody's gotta win the $500, $250, $100 etc gift certificate prizes, maybe it'll be you. http://ow.ly/swgn50jPgZd

12/11/2018

Work smarter not harder this Christmas.

Why not give the gift of outside while saving 25%? Call 800-933-7275 to purchase a gift certificate in any denomination, redeemable online for cabins, camping, yurts and more.

First Day Hikes are just around the corner. Welcome the new year from a cozy park cabin. Call 800-933-7275 to learn more...
12/10/2018

First Day Hikes are just around the corner. Welcome the new year from a cozy park cabin. Call 800-933-7275 to learn more, or click here: http://ow.ly/zAV350jUcDW

#cabins #getaways #firstdayhikes2019 #getaways #vastateparks #virginia (Pictured: Douthat State Park)

Hey, it's gonna be a lot of fun on our annual #firstdayhike2019. Plus, you could win some super prizes, including a $500...
12/07/2018

Hey, it's gonna be a lot of fun on our annual #firstdayhike2019. Plus, you could win some super prizes, including a $500 gift certificate. Don't miss out, tell Siri to remind you. http://ow.ly/lRgV50jPhFe

12/05/2018

It doesn’t always come from a store...Park'rs give the gift of outside this year, you can save 25% on VSP Gift Certificates right now!

Call 800-933-7275, redeemable for cabins, camping, day use and more.

Santa Sighting! Antebellum Saint Nicholas.Civil War-era's Antebellum Saint Nicholas will stop by Sailor's Creek Battlefi...
11/26/2018

Santa Sighting! Antebellum Saint Nicholas.

Civil War-era's Antebellum Saint Nicholas will stop by Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park to hear your last-minute holiday wishes and take photos with visitors (regardless of what list you're on) at the Historic Hillsman House Dec. 8-9, 2018. Click here for: https://vasp.fun/2FpIJhC

(Hint: Four-legged family members are also welcome if kept on a leash at all times)

11/26/2018

Give the gift of outside this year. You can save 25% on VSP Gift Certificates right now! Call 800-933-7275, and yes, you can redeem them online and use at all 38 parks.

Will you #OptOutside in a Virginia State Park this weekend? You could win some pretty decent prizes when you enter our p...
11/24/2018

Will you #OptOutside in a Virginia State Park this weekend? You could win some pretty decent prizes when you enter our photo contest – enter up to 5 photos taken this weekend here: https://vasp.fun/optoutside

#optoutside #photocontest #nature #outdoors #kids #photography #fun #family #thanksgiving #blackfriday #vastateparks #virginia

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11/23/2018
Virginia State Parks

Virginia State Parks

Friday photo tip: When you take a photo step around it and capture it from every angle. You might just be missing the best shot if you stand in one place. #OptOutside

How to Bring Virginia State Parks Home with You. Read Bob and Kevin's blog to learn some great photography tips (which m...
11/23/2018

How to Bring Virginia State Parks Home with You.
Read Bob and Kevin's blog to learn some great photography tips (which may even help you win the #OptOutside Photo Contest that is taking place right now!) Read their blog here: https://vasp.fun/PhotoTips

After reading, enter your photos here: https://vasp.fun/optoutside

#OptOutside in a Virginia State Park Thanksgiving 2018. Grand prize is $500 Virginia State Parks gift certificate. Get t...
11/18/2018

#OptOutside in a Virginia State Park Thanksgiving 2018. Grand prize is $500 Virginia State Parks gift certificate. Get the details: https://vasp.fun/optoutsideVSP

#photocontest #kids #explore #hiking #trails #blackfriday #familyfun #photography #takeahike #vastateparks #virginia @rei

Save a little ka-ching on Monday Nov. 26 when our gift certificates go on sale 25% off! Good for camping, cabins, day vi...
11/18/2018

Save a little ka-ching on Monday Nov. 26 when our gift certificates go on sale 25% off! Good for camping, cabins, day visits and more at all 38 parks.

Hint: If you bought one for yourself, then nabbed a last minute cabin getaway that would equal 50% off the regular rate. 😉

(Doing the math: the cabin pictured is a 2-bedroom at Smith Mountain Lake State Park and is just $84/night off season, which means it would be just $42+tax per night after discounts.)

Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader: More than an Internship.It is that time! Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation C...
11/15/2018

Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader: More than an Internship.

It is that time! Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps is now accepting applications for the 2019 CREW LEADER position. Details and application link is here: https://vasp.fun/2zPonZk

Are you interested in a career in parks or natural resource management? Serve with AmeriCorps in Virginia State Parks; y...
11/02/2018

Are you interested in a career in parks or natural resource management? Serve with AmeriCorps in Virginia State Parks; you’ll gain experience, earn an education award, and receive valuable training. Come be mentored by professionals who are already working in the career you desire!

Service to Self: VSCC’s Pivotal Role in Shaping Lives: https://vasp.fun/VSCCNov2018

Join us at Sailor's Creek Battlefield as we remember all American Veterans at the annual Veteran's Day Luminary on Nov. ...
11/01/2018

Join us at Sailor's Creek Battlefield as we remember all American Veterans at the annual Veteran's Day Luminary on Nov. 10. Come out and light a luminary of your own, learn about the history of the park, and pay your respects to all those who've served. Details can be found here: https://vasp.fun/Luminary

10/31/2018
Virginia State Parks

Virginia State Parks

PARK’RS YOU DID IT!

(Anyone who hasn't ordered yet, please consider how great one of the plates will look on your vehicle. The loyalty points bonus will be good for all pre-orders received through the General Assembly session. Just $25. A customized plate will be $35.)

Link to download the application, plus more info here: https://vasp.fun/licenseplates

As of Friday, October 26, we now have 350 License Plate pre-order applications. Only 100 more to go by Nov 1! If you hav...
10/26/2018

As of Friday, October 26, we now have 350 License Plate pre-order applications. Only 100 more to go by Nov 1!

If you haven't ordered yours yet, please consider how great one of the plates will look on your vehicle.

Don't forget to share this with your neighbors, friends and family.
Link to download the application, plus more info here: https://vasp.fun/licenseplates

Just $25. A customized plate will be $35.
Prepay for the license plate by Nov. 1 and receive:
--10,000 loyalty points – a $50 value – for the state parks loyalty program.

Virginia State Park license plate owners will also receive:
--Free parking on Earth Day, Arbor Day, Kids to Parks Day, Virginia State Parks Anniversary Day (June 15), Veterans Day and Opt-Outside Day (Black Friday).

--Special discounts and offers throughout the year.

(Note: If we don't get enough this won't happen, and you will get your fee back.)

Will you #OptOutside this year? With millions of shoppers rushing indoors to search for deals on more stuff, the day aft...
10/25/2018

Will you #OptOutside this year? With millions of shoppers rushing indoors to search for deals on more stuff, the day after Thanksgiving, @REI is once again choosing to #OptOutside by closing all 153 of its co-op locations...and @VAStateParks say "Break the routine, spend the #dayout with us on Nov. 23."

See a list of fun outdoor events at our parks on Nov. 23 here, and be sure to check back as more will be added: https://vasp.fun/OptOutsideEvents

Keep an eye out for our #OptOutside photo contest information...

Check out our trails: https://vasp.fun/ExploreTrails#trails #hiking #fall #autumnleaves #nature #takeahike #gooutside #v...
10/21/2018

Check out our trails: https://vasp.fun/ExploreTrails

#trails #hiking #fall #autumnleaves #nature #takeahike #gooutside #vastateparks #virginia #thinkoutside

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10/09/2018

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#PlaceoftheDay: Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park

This 341-acre park is the park along the is where on April 6, 1865, nearly a quarter of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's army, more than 7,700 men, were killed, wounded or captured. Lee surrendered 72 hours later at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Historical interpreters present various programs and living history events take place at various times throughout the year. Motorists traveling along Lee's Retreat may learn more about the battle through signs at each stop. Also, a free tour of the Overton-Hillsman House, which served as a hospital during and after the battle, may be arranged.

Learn more by going to www.findyourchesapeake.com/places/sailors-creek-battlefield-historic-state-park.

Virginia State Parks #FindYourPark #FindYourChesapeake

We aren't even close, we need 450 prepaid license plate applications by Nov. 1 to demonstrate to the Department of Motor...
10/08/2018

We aren't even close, we need 450 prepaid license plate applications by Nov. 1 to demonstrate to the Department of Motor Vehicles enough public interest to issue the plate.

Don't delay, get your app in today: https://vasp.fun/licenseplates

09/21/2018
Virginia State Parks

Virginia State Parks

Saturday is the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day and the 2nd Virginia Public Lands Day.

All of our parks are offering special programs and volunteer events on Saturday in celebration of public lands. It will be a “fee free” day with all parking fees waived. See a list of all programs here: https://vasp.fun/Sept22Programs #ThinkOutside

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6541 Saylers Creek Rd
Rice, VA
23966-2000

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