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.

Today we remember all who gave their lives for our country. “Thank you” doesn’t seem like enough.
05/25/2020

Today we remember all who gave their lives for our country. “Thank you” doesn’t seem like enough.

05/20/2020
Symbology 2.mov

Ranger Lee continues his exploration of the Corps Badges. Not only did these symbols help organize the armies during the war, but they became symbols of pride for the men that wore them. Part 2

Miss a program? Find them here: http://ow.ly/k4LR50zKXRD

05/19/2020

Symbols of the Civil War: Ranger Lee discusses the changes to Union army structure in 1883 and the symbols of that reorganization- the Corps Badge. Part 1 of 2

Come back Wednesday at noon for Part 2.

Parks to Kids Day on FACEBOOK Virginia State Parks, Saturday, May 16.Start with a paddle at 9 a.m. and join us every hou...
05/14/2020

Parks to Kids Day on FACEBOOK Virginia State Parks, Saturday, May 16.

Start with a paddle at 9 a.m. and join us every hour until we tell you a story and tuck you into your tent at 8 p.m. Details here:
http://ow.ly/4v5f50zGFvX

05/11/2020

We have a great week of VIRTUAL programs scheduled. FInd each one on our main page (Virginia State Parks) at noon. You will find a recorded version after the premiere.

5/11/2020 Pocahontas State Park - Solar Oven S'mores - Join Ranger Rebecca and learn how to harness the power of the sun to make s'mores.

5/12/2020 - Wilderness Road State Park - Blacksmith Basics, Nailed It! - On the colonial frontier there were no big box stores. You needed to have the right skills in your group to survive and thrive. Rangers Cadle and Fultz demonstrate the skills to make nails.

5/13/2020 - Natural Tunnel State Park - Invasive Species - District Resource Manager Jordan Blevins gives us and introduction to invasive species and why they are important to know. He teaches us to identify several different species.

5/14/2020 - Natural Tunnel State Park - Innovative Invasives - Ranger Rachel demonstrates how to turn invasive species into beautiful homemade paper.

5/15/20 - Bear Creek Lake State Park- Who Built It? - Ranger Sarah puts on some waders and explores a beaver dam.

5/16/20 -Parks to Kids Day 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All our virtual programs are also available on YouTube here:
http://ow.ly/Zun550zCfXX

Next Saturday, May 16, rain or shine, join us for virtual National Parks to Kids Day. Special programming on Virginia St...
05/09/2020

Next Saturday, May 16, rain or shine, join us for virtual National Parks to Kids Day. Special programming on Virginia State Parks from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. including a statewide virtual picnic at noon. http://ow.ly/ZF3r50zBzJ2 Look for more details this week. #ParkstoKids

Kids Virtual Art GalleryHey kids! We miss you! If you miss us, too, and are age 17 or under show us some love and create...
05/05/2020

Kids Virtual Art Gallery

Hey kids! We miss you! If you miss us, too, and are age 17 or under show us some love and create a drawing, painting, or other work of art of your favorite thing in your favorite Virginia State Park. Let your memories inspire you to create a boat, an animal, a sunset or even a Park Ranger.

With your parents permission and help: please take a high-resolution photo of your art work and email it as an attachment to [email protected].

Please make sure you include your first name, your age, and a little bit about your art. All submissions are due by Wednesday, May 13, 2020. We will put it all together into a Virtual Art Gallery and share it on Parks to Kids Day, May 16.

05/04/2020
Unraveling the Civil War Uniform Part 1

Ranger Lee at Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park is back. In this program he decodes the hidden information in plain view on Civil War uniforms. He'll be back tomorrow with part 2.

Our staff are missing offering programs in our parks but we are still bringing them to you virtually! A little something...
05/04/2020

Our staff are missing offering programs in our parks but we are still bringing them to you virtually! A little something for everyone!

Here is our virtual programs guide for this week. Monday through Friday at noon on our main page: Virginia State Parks. If you miss the video at noon, you can find it on the page as a post later.

May 4: Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park
All Dressed Up – Unraveling the Civil War Uniform Part 1
To many, uniforms look the same, but Ranger Lee helps us decode the complex information hidden in plain view.

May 5: Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park
All Dressed Up – Unraveling the Civil War Uniform Part 2
Ranger Lee explores the uniform symbols and colors that helped organize the military units of the Civil War and continue to do so today.

May 6: Natural Bridge State Park
Under the Bridge
Ranger Elizabeth investigates the geological wonder known as Natural Bridge.

May 7: York River State Park
Bass and Croaker
Take a peek into the York River tanks as Ranger John identifies the differences between these important and tasty fish.

May 8: Belle Isle State Park
Ranger Mark Talks Oysters
Ranger Mark takes us to the boat launch to check out Belle Isle State Park's oyster baskets and explores the importance of these bivalves to the Chesapeake Bay.

You can find our previous programs on YouTube with a playlist along with some other activities here: http://ow.ly/XpfE50zvz2I

PS - This picture is BQ (before quarantine).

04/27/2020

This week's virtual programs can be found Monday through Friday at noon on our main page (Virginia State Parks) with a reminder at 10 a.m. the morning of.

April 27 - Natural Bridge State Park
Story of the Northern White Cedar
Ranger Olivia introduces us to some very special trees.

April 28 - Natural Tunnel State Park
Wild Cave Tour
Ranger Bill gets low and takes us on a tour of Bolling Cave.

April 29 - Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park
Stitch in Time Quilt Show
Quilting has long been a mainstay of Appalachian culture and heritage.This virtual show features quilts not only from the museum’s collection, but also from members of the community who display quilts from their own collections.

April 30 - Pocahontas State Park
Live Stream - How to Make a Toad Abode
Join Ranger Rebecca in exploring our natural world and learn how to make a Toad Abode.

May 1 - Wilderness Road State Park
What's Shakin'?
Ranger Nathan demonstrates the tools and skills needed to make cedar shakes.

04/24/2020
Civil War Nicknames Part 2

From "Grumble" Jones to "Gallant" Pelham, Ranger Lee leads us through part 2 of our exploration of the many nicknames given military officers during the Civil War.

04/23/2020
Civil War Nicknames

You may have heard of "Stonewall" Jackson, but who was "Fuss and Feathers" or "Little Phil?" In part 1 of 2, Ranger Lee introduces us to some of the colorful nicknames given to Civil War commanders. How many have you heard before? Part 2 will run tomorow at noon.

Join us every hour on our main page Virginia State Parks for special world-wide Earth Day activities and inform...
04/22/2020

Join us every hour on our main page Virginia State Parks for special world-wide Earth Day activities and information including a Facebook LIVE event with Ranger Rebecca at noon!

We might be sheltering in place but EARTH DAY 50 is digital and the biggest ever!

04/20/2020

Another great week of VIRTUAL programs - Monday through Friday at noon on our main page Virginia State Parks

Monday Ranger Lauri introduces us to Lake Anna State Park's two "ambassador" box turtles.

Tuesday, Ashley, one of our AmeriCorps members, talks about spring ephemeral wildflowers.

Wednesday, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Ranger Rebecca is "Live Streaming" in the stream, looking at aquatic organisms to determine stream health at Pocahontas State Park.

Thursday and Friday, Ranger Lee offers parts 1 and 2 of "Civil War Nicknames" for military officers from his post at Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historic State Park.

Have you missed one of our previous broadcasts? We have a new web page devoted to the most recent videos, other resources, and a link to all of the videos on YouTube: http://ow.ly/akC050ziYov

04/13/2020

We have another week of great VIRTUAL programs this week at noon on our main page: Virginia State Parks.

On Monday, Ranger Marlee explores the history of the Wash Woods community at False Cape.

Tuesday, Ranger Lauri catches and identifies some of the frogs and toads found around the pond at Lake Anna State Park. We will share a few bloopers a little after the program.

Wednesday, Ranger Jack looks at the contributions of Maceo Conrad Martin to the development of Twin Lakes State Park and the place it holds for equal civil rights.

Thursday, Ranger Susan is back and leads us into the understory to see some beautiful dogwood trees and then down to the river to observe osprey at Westmoreland State Park.

And on Friday, Ranger De'Anda demonstrates how bread is made in the 18th Century Bake Oven at Wilderness Road State Park's Martin's Station.

Hope to see you at noon each day for this special VIRTUAL programming at Virginia State Parks.

Great family programming every day this week at NOON on Virginia State Parks:Monday: Caledon State Park, Nature Adventur...
04/06/2020

Great family programming every day this week at NOON on Virginia State Parks:

Monday: Caledon State Park, Nature Adventures - take a video hayride through the park, wetlands and find fossils on the beach.

Tuesday: Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, Learn about Appalachian Culture demonstrated by artisan represented in the Museum's Artisan Gallery.

Wednesday: Westmoreland State Park, Redbud Trees and Honeybees - Discover the beautiful and important redbud tree with Ranger Susan. What kind of flowering trees do you have in your neighborhood?

Thursday: Bear Creek Lake State Park, Diversity is the heart of Community - A more diverse forest is a healthy forest. Ranger Tom takes a short hike through the woods to discover the trees of the forest. What kind of tree are you?

Friday: Pocahontas State Park, Ask A Ranger.

You'll find them at noon on our main page and the page for the park that hosts the program.

Don't forgot - the most up to date information on the status of Virginia State Parks can be found here:
04/02/2020
COVID-19 and Virginia State Parks

Don't forgot - the most up to date information on the status of Virginia State Parks can be found here:

Virginia State Parks remain open as we monitor COVID-19 and the impact of coronavirus in our state. We are taking the CDC’s recommended precautions as we work to provide a safe environment for our visitors.

We have a great line-up of programs coming to you Tuesday through Friday at noon on our Virginia State Parks Facebook pa...
03/30/2020

We have a great line-up of programs coming to you Tuesday through Friday at noon on our Virginia State Parks page.

Tuesday 3/31 - from Ranger Grayson at James River State Park learn how (and why) to make a Mason Bee house

Wednesday 4/1 (no foolin') - the staff from Chippokes Plantation State Park will tell the stories of the women who lived at the park through fashion

Thursday 4/2 - Ranger Ariel from Staunton River State Park will present "Buggin' Out"

Friday 4/3 - Ranger Rebecca and staff at Pocahontas State Park will do a Facebook LIVE presentation of "Critter Scene Investigation"

Stay at home and enjoy a virtual program for the whole family! The local park page will also have the post (the Facebook LIVE will post after the event).

Fly like an eagle - - keep one wingspan apart from other people.
03/29/2020

Fly like an eagle - - keep one wingspan apart from other people.

If you’re hitting the trails for recreation and to relieve stress ...
03/28/2020

If you’re hitting the trails for recreation and to relieve stress ...

Spending all this time at home, you may be yearning for sprucing up your garden. Find out how to select the best varieti...
03/28/2020
Welcoming Spring with color

Spending all this time at home, you may be yearning for sprucing up your garden. Find out how to select the best varieties to plant and why you should choose native plants.

Do you know the difference between native plants and invasive plants?

You don't have to go any farther than your backyard or neighborhood to start your birding hobby. Get out of the house (k...
03/27/2020
Backyard Birding – Getting Started

You don't have to go any farther than your backyard or neighborhood to start your birding hobby. Get out of the house (keeping social distance) and enjoy our feathered friends.

Look for part 2 next week.

Backyard birding may be your newest hobby.

A word on social distancing ...Pictured: Fairy Stone State Park Children's Fishing Clinic
03/26/2020

A word on social distancing ...

Pictured: Fairy Stone State Park Children's Fishing Clinic

Virginia State Parks are open for day-use activities. Effective Friday, March 27 overnight facilities and restrooms will...
03/25/2020

Virginia State Parks are open for day-use activities. Effective Friday, March 27 overnight facilities and restrooms will be closed through April 30. The closure includes all cabins, campgrounds, camping cabins and yurts, as well as restrooms and bathhouses. Updates are available at http://ow.ly/nkwh50yVQNk

If you have a reservation, it will be canceled and refunded automatically. Reservations for May 1 and beyond are still being accepted.

All programs and events are canceled through April 30. Day use facility rentals will also be canceled and refunded through April 30.

03/23/2020

Enjoy these deer from the comfort of your home and get ready for more scheduled on-line programming:

Tuesday at noon - Facebook LIVE on Virginia State Parks - Join Ranger Rebecca for a fireside chat to learn more about the Civilian Conservation Corps and its legacy with the Virginia State Park system.

Wednesday at noon - We will post on Virginia State Parks and James River State Park a video tour of the James River State Park visitor center. Since our visitor centers are closed, we want to provide a virtual tour. Sorry, not enough signal there for a Facebook LIVE event.

Stay tuned for more to come.

(Deer video courtesy of Natural Bridge State Park)

In adherence with federal guidance, we will be postponing the retirement gathering for Chris Calkins until further notic...
03/20/2020
POSTPONED: Chris Calkins Career Recognition Ceremony

In adherence with federal guidance, we will be postponing the retirement gathering for Chris Calkins until further notice. Chris's distinguished career calls for a great celebration and we hope to schedule it as soon as things are back to normal.
Questions on the event may be directed to [email protected] or 804-217-1077

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE DIRECT ALL INQUIRIES TO [email protected] OR TO 804-217-1077.

In adherence with federal guidance, at the close of business today, March 17, all Virginia State Parks visitor centers w...
03/18/2020
COVID-19 and Virginia State Parks

In adherence with federal guidance, at the close of business today, March 17, all Virginia State Parks visitor centers will close to the public. Park staff will report for work as usual and be available by phone if assistance is needed. Overnight facilities and outdoor spaces remain open and a great alternative for social distancing in a natural environment. Self-check-in guidance will be posted at the park and emailed to overnight guests.

To best comply with the Center for Disease Control and Virginia Department of Health guidance, state parks are transitioning from in person programming to self-guided interpretive activities. All in person programs and events are canceled through March 31 as well as any outdoor event of 100 or more people that is scheduled through April 13.

Please check https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/covid-19-update regularly for up to date information.

Visit Virginia State Parks for Park Ranger programs on Facebook Live.

Virginia State Parks remain open as we monitor COVID-19 and the impact of coronavirus in our state. We are taking the CDC’s recommended precautions as we work to provide a safe environment for our visitors.

Virginia State Parks are open! Current information on what we are doing to keep our visitors and staff safe as we contin...
03/14/2020

Virginia State Parks are open!

Current information on what we are doing to keep our visitors and staff safe as we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation can be found here: http://ow.ly/a23O30qpHAv

Pictured: Pollinator meadow hike at Shenandoah River State Park

After 42 years of public service, Chris Calkins has finally chosen to hang up his hat. We’re going to get together on th...
03/09/2020
Chris Calkins Career Recognition Ceremony

After 42 years of public service, Chris Calkins has finally chosen to hang up his hat. We’re going to get together on the 155th anniversary of the Battle at Sailor’s Creek to say thanks for all he’s done for the park and the community at large. Be there April 6, 2020 to show your support and hear from local historians how the “Father of Civil War Trails” pioneered the way we interpret Virginia’s history.
For more information, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chris-calkins-career-recognition-ceremony-tickets-88831115257

Join us in recognizing the contributions and career of "The Father of Civil War Trails," Chris Calkins, Monday, April 6.

Believe it or not, Kite-Flying was one form of communication between units separated by great distances during the Civil...
03/09/2020

Believe it or not, Kite-Flying was one form of communication between units separated by great distances during the Civil War. Join us for a Kite-Flying program on March 14, 2020 at 1 p.m. where the first portion of the program will be spent constructing your very own, homemade kite. Then participate in a communication contest with a ranger.
For more information, please call 804-561-7510 or visit https://vasp.fun/2IhSflG

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Rice, VA
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Sailor's Creek Battlefield is one of our 38 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. 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 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.

See our website for details on camping, cabins, hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking, festivals, and park programs for the whole family: www.VirginiaStateParks.gov or call us at 800-933-7275.

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