The Civil War
The railroad and resources like salt and lead made Southwest Virginia a key strategic target for Union forces, as well as a source of manpower and leadership for the Confederacy.
Saltville's salt deposits were a key strategic target for Federal raids during the Civil War. An annual reenactment offers a closeup view of what life was like in Civil War-era Southwest Virginia.
This 1829 building, once the residence of a Pearisburg entrepreneur, is the oldest brick home in Giles County. It is now a living museum featuring period furnishings. gift shop, doctor's office, and the Andrew Johnston house itself, which, being built in 1829, is believed to be the oldest brick home in Giles County. For four days during the Civil War (May 6-10, 1862), the 23rd Ohio Regiment of the Union army used Dr. Johnston's office (built about 1857) as headquarters. The Regiment was commanded by Colonel Rutherford B. Hayes and Major William B.
Booker T. Washington National Monument hosts Juneteenth. The celebration commemorates the release of approximately four million people of African descent from the bonds of slavery after the end of the Civil War. Booker T. Washington remembered the great day of emancipation stating his mother was standing by my side, leaned over and kissed her children, while tears of joy ran down her cheeks. She explained to us what it all meant, that this was the day for which she had been so long praying, but fearing that she would never live to see.
You are invited to join costumed re-enactors for a holiday celebration where famous educator Booker T. Washington celebrated Christmas as a slave child. Learn about his memories of Christmas while enjoying music, children's activities, and refreshments. Join us for a special reading of Booker T. Washington's "Christmas Days in Old Virginia". Please contact the park for more information.
Living history at Laurel Hill, the birthplace of Major General J.E.B. Stuart, near Ararat, Virginia. Don't miss one of the highest-quality re-enactment events in the world! The Blue Ridge Mountains will ring again with the clash of sabers, the thunder of the big guns, and the battle cries of the bloodiest war ever fought! Includes battles both afternoons, flag-raising Saturday morning, church service and gospel music Sunday morning, and lantern tour and period dance Saturday evening.