Friday, May 27, 2022

Green Spring Plantation offers rare public access this Saturday

A 3D rendering of the old manor house at Green Spring Plantation. (Photo courtesy of Roger Guernsey and Cary Carson)
A 3D rendering of the old manor house at Green Spring Plantation. (Photo courtesy of Roger Guernsey and Cary Carson)

Green Spring Plantation in James City County is inviting the public to commemorate the 235th anniversary of the Battle of Green Spring with site tours, demonstrations and an abundance of history this Saturday.

Green Spring, the site of Virginia Governor William Berkeley’s mansion and estate, spans 200 acres and is protected by the National Park Service. The site is normally closed to the public.

The site was also the location of a Revolutionary War battle on July 6, 1781, in which the British commander Charles Cornwallis launched a surprise attack on Marquis de Lafayette.

On Saturday, Revolutionary War reenactors will march to Green Spring and set up a field camp. The living history programming, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will include artillery and musket demonstrations, as well as a field hospital demonstration reminiscent of the period. Additionally, rangers and volunteers will conduct tours of the historic battle site.

Access to Green Spring will only be available via a free shuttle that will begin at 9 a.m., leaving from the National Park Service Neck of the Land facility and the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center parking lot. Shuttles will run through 4:30 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.

Water and rest facilities will be located on site, but visitors are encouraged to bring food, drink, sunscreen and insect repellent.

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