New London Museum

Preserving the history of New London, Virginia

June 2, 2014
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New London Day 2014 – June 7 10AM to 3PM

The Eighth Annual New London Day

The Friends of New London, Virginia will host the Eighth Annual New London Day on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, in the historic village of New London, Va.  The theme for this event  involves the Sesquicentennial observances and 150th anniversaries of local actions which were part of the Campaign and Battle of Lynchburg, June 15, 1864 through June 19, 1864.   General admission will be free; donations will be accepted.  Hot foods by Vito’s, cold beverages, and Chilly’s Ice Cream truck will be available for your refreshment.

There will be a series of speakers throughout the day.  Revely Carwile, Jr. will give presentations which recount Hunter’s Raid, beginning with June 15, 1864 events near the Peaks of Otter and fighting near New London between Union cavalry raiders commanded by Gen. W. W. Averell and Confederate cavalry and home guard units under Gen. James McCausland.  Movements of Union Lt. Gen. David “Black Dave” Hunter’s army and the Confederate defenders of Lynchburg will be discussed, including Federal occupation of Liberty and the significant role undertaken at New London by the William A. Read family of “Liberty Hall,” to delay Hunter’s main army on June 17.  William Read invited Hunter and his staff to brunch, served punch and mint juleps, followed by piano music, dancing, and singing.  This delay of several hours gained time for Confederate reinforcements to arrive in time to bolster the dismounted cavalry and stop the Yankee advance near the old South River Meeting House and Sandusky.  Fighting continued outside Lynchburg on June 18.  Shortly after midnight June 19 Hunter began his retreat past New London toward Liberty.   Visitors will hear vignettes of events during the campaign, including Lt. Gen. Jubal Early’s chase and actions against Hunter’s rear guard action at Liberty on June 19.

Members of the Taylor – Wilson Camp, Sons of Union Veterans will speak of the prisoner of war camp at the old fairgrounds outside Lynchburg.   The Friends of New London office, 762 Alum Springs Road, will host showings of the Emmy award winning documentary film, “Hunter’s Raid, the Battle for Lynchburg, Defending Hearth & Home,” completed 2010 by the Historic Sandusky Foundation.

Visitors can visit Civil War period encampments of the Campbell Guards Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Taylor – Wilson Camp, Sons of Union Veterans.  There will be displays of African American cultural life and artifacts at the former New London Methodist Church.  Delores Nash Hicks will lead discussions of African – American life during the time of slavery.

Inside the FNL office building, Randy Lichtenberger will host archaeology exhibits and a PowerPoint presentation of field archaeology work conducted through 2013 within the colonial village, at the 1763 Mead’s Tavern, and within the Confederate section of Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery.  Colonial and other artifacts will be on display.   Period re-enactors will be present.  Visitors may tour Mead’s Tavern and other sites within the colonial village, and to visit the Interactive Heritage Forum and visit tables hosted by FNL, the Bedford City / County Museum, and the Lynchburg Sesquicentennial Committee.  Copies of “New London Today and Yesterday,” by Daisy I. Read, will be available for purchase.

New London was incorporated in 1754 as the first county seat of the newly formed Bedford Co., an area comprised of the present Bedford Co., Campbell Co., and large parts of present-day Franklin Co. and Appomattox Co.  This colonial village was situated at the crossroads of two trading paths, one which grew to become the connecting road to the Wilderness Road at Salem and the other into a connecting road to the Great Wagon Road at Rocky Mount.  A state arsenal was located in the colonial village by 1775; this facility became a continental arsenal in 1779 and supplied military goods, accoutrements, and cartridges to the patriot forces in North Carolina and Virginia.  After independence, the arsenal remained in use through the War of 1812.  From the middle of the 19th through the early 20th century, New London was a popular resort destination featuring Bedford Alum Springs and its Hotel.  The Friends of New London, Virginia incorporated in 2005 as a 501c3 non-profit organization with its mission to research and to preserve the history of this colonial village and its vicinity.

From Lynchburg, via US 460 West, just past the junction with Timberlake Road, turn left onto Turkey Foot Rd., at the stoplight.  From Bedford, via 460 East, pass New London Academy, enter Campbell Co., then turn right onto Turkey Foot Rd.  FNL will be straight ahead, one quarter mile; follow signs to parking areas.

For further information contact Reve Carwile, Jr., (434) 907 – 5396.

March 21, 2014
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Historical Highlights of New London Village, From Its Founding through the Civil War

Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 10:00 AM, the Friends of New London, Virginia will host a program at the FNL office, 672 Alum Springs Rd., Forest (the former New London United Methodist Church building).  Revely Carwile, Jr. will lead this program, “Historical Highlights of New London Village, From Its Founding through the Civil War.”   A walking tour of the village and Mead’s Tavern will be followed by a program on village history.   Highlights will include pioneer days, the Revolutionary War, the continental arsenal, the Tory conspiracy, Tarleton’s Raid, New London Academy, Roland Academy, the Alum Springs Hotel, and the skirmishes and events June 15 – June 19, 1864, near the village during Hunter’s campaign to seize Lynchburg.  Admission is free.  Invited guests include the docents of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and all interested members of the public.
FNL is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization working to preserve the history of the colonial village of New London and its vicinity.  New London became the county seat of Bedford County at the county’s formation in 1754.  New London became part of Campbell County in 1782.  For further information please visit www.newlondonmuseum.org or contact Reve Carwile (434) 907 – 5396.  From Timberlake Rd. or US 460, turn South onto Turkey Foot Rd. then one quarter mile to Alum Springs Rd. and event parking, or turn at the Seven Eleven at Wildwood, then onto Alum Springs Road.  Event parking will be at 672 Alum Springs Rd.

March 13, 2014
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2014 Event and Meeting Calendar

Friends, our 2014 event and meeting calendar is as follows. Other events will be added throughout the year.

March 29th – Poplar Forest Docents- special program and tour – 10AM

May 16th – Council of Virginia Archaeologists meeting and tour

May 18th – Board of Directors Meeting – 2:30PM

June 7th – New London Day – Battle of Lynchburg focus – 10AM – 3PM

August 10th – Board of Directors Meeting – 2:30PM

October 11th – Fall Festival – 10AM – 3PM

November 16th – Board/Annual Meeting – 2PM

February 17, 2014
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“Our Schools… Gone, But Not Forgotten” in recognition of Black History Month

Date:  Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time:  3:30 PM
Location:  Friends of New London Museum, 672 Alum Springs Road, Forest, Va.
Admission:  Free
Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 3:30 PM, the Friends of New London, Virginia will host a a Black History Month program at the FNL office, 672 Alum Springs Rd., Forest (the former New London United Methodist Church building).  This program will feature alumni from each of the now- closed segregated black high schools of central Virginia.  Alumni will speak of their experiences as students at Campbell County High School, Susie Gibson HS (Bedford Co.), Dunbar HS (Lynchburg), Central HS (Amherst Co.), and Carver – Price HS (Appomattox Co.).  Speakers include:  Mrs. Margaret Nash Thomas; Miss Beverly Jones; Mrs. Henrietta Hurtt; Mr. James Nash; Mr. Larkin Watts, and others.  Master of Ceremonies will be Mrs. Delores Nash Hicks.  This event is free to interested members of the public and everyone is invited to come enjoy memories of student life at these schools.
FNL is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization working to preserve the history of the colonial village of New London and its vicinity.  New London became the county seat of Bedford County at the county’s formation in 1754. New London became part of Campbell County in 1782.  Event parking will be at 672 Alum Springs Rd.   For further information please contact Delores Nash Hicks, 434 – 528 – 0582 or visitwww.newlondonmuseum.org From Timberlake Rd. or US 460, turn South onto Turkey Foot Rd. then one quarter mile to Alum Springs Rd. and event parking, or turn at the Seven Eleven at Wildwood, then onto Alum Springs Road.  For additional information, or to check weather conditions, please contact Reve Carwile (434) 907 – 5396.

September 1, 2013
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Coffee and Chocolate Night at Mead’s Tavern

Date:  Saturday, September 28, 2013

Time:  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location:  Friends of New London Museum, Mead’s Tavern, 594 Alum Springs Road, Forest, Va.

Admission:  $ 20.00 per person.  All proceeds to benefit the Mead’s Tavern Capital Campaign


Coffeehouse with CAO Artisan Chocolates

Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, the Friends of New London, Virginia will host a Coffeehouse and chocolate tasting at Mead’s Tavern, 594 Alum Springs Rd., Forest.  This event will feature chocolate tastings, bars, barks, and truffles by Carl and Mary Matice of CAO Artisan Chocolates Handcrafted from the Bean, of 119 N. Bridge Street, Bedford, Va.   FNL volunteers will serve fresh- brewed coffee and teas.  At 8 PM, Carl Matice will give a presentation on the types of cacao beans and the chocolate making process.  CAO Artisans handcraft their chocolates from high quality and fair trade Criollo, and Trinitario cacao beans.  By using only quality ingredients, CAO Artisans do not have to mask flavor or bitterness with high percentages of sugar, milk, or other fillers.  This event is a fundraiser for the Mead’s Tavern Capital Campaign.  FNL is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization working to preserve the 1763 Mead’s Tavern and to restore the tavern portion to its colonial appearance.   New London became the county seat of Bedford County at the county’s formation in 1754.  The county courthouse was located across the street from Mead’s Tavern.  New London became part of Campbell County in 1782.  Event parking will be at 594 and 672 Alum Springs Rd.   Admission is $20 per person which includes coffee or tea, light refreshments, and chocolate tastings plus three truffles of your choice.  Please RSVP to Randy Lichtenberger (434) 258 – 8478 or email to nosquantz@hotmail.com.  For further information please visit www.newlondonmuseum.org or www.caoartisanchocolates.com From Timberlake Rd. or US 460, turn South onto Turkey Foot Rd. then one quarter mile to Alum Springs Rd. and event parking, or turn at the Seven Eleven at Wildwood, then onto Alum Springs Road.  For additional information, please contact Reve Carwile (434) 907 – 5396.

July 18, 2013
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“The Vanishing Virginian” Movie Night

Join Friends of New London on Saturday, August 3rd as we honor Louise Christian Russell of Cedar Grove, Forest, Va. There is a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres at 6:30PM followed by the movie at 7. The book “The Vanishing Virginian” was written by Rebecca Yancey Williams about her childhood summers at Cedar Grove, and the movie by that name debuted in 1942. Location is the New London Museum Office (former New London Methodist Church) at 672 Alum Springs Road. $5 donation suggested. RSVP by calling (434) 525-4234 or emailing bncbush@yahoo.com

May 1, 2013
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New London Day 2013 is Saturday May 4th!

Our annual event highlighting New London History. This year includes open house and tours at Mead’s Tavern and the historic African-American church, archaeological work at Mead’s Tavern, live music, research room, craft vendors and more! Pork BBQ sandwiches, hotdogs, drinks and snacks available. Hours 10AM to 4PM.  Free admission.  Donations appreciated.

April 16, 2013
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Tuckahoe Field Trip April 24th

Our friends at Jefferson’s Poplar Forest still have room on a fantastic field trip to Jefferson’s boyhood home of Tuckahoe.  Make your plans soon as space is limited!

A group of Poplar Forest Docents are planning a trip to Tuckahoe Plantation on April 24th.  Tuckahoe is rarely open, but is allowing tours a few days next week in conjunction with Historic Garden Week. Thomas Jefferson spent his youth at Tuckahoe and received his first education in the small one-room school house that still stands today.

The trip will include a stop in Charlottesville for a guided tour of Jefferson’s Academical Village. The cost for the bus transportation is $22/pp plus you will have to buy an admission ticket to Tuckahoe which is available online for about $11. We are planning a stop at Short Pump Mall where a variety of lunch options are available.

You and any companion you wish to join you are welcome.
If you are interested in joining us on the 24th please contact Jack Thompson as soon as possible at 434-386-0388 or jackvmi67@aol.com.  Seats are limited so if you are interested please let us know as soon as you can.
The bus will leave from Poplar Forest around 7AM and possibly make one more stop in Lynchburg to pick up additional passengers as needed.  We expect to be back in Lynchburg around 6:30PM.

February 27, 2013
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2013 Meeting and Event Schedule

The official Board of Directors meetings and events schedule for 2013 is as follows:

Board Meetings will be held on March 17, May 19, July 21, September 15 and November 17.  All meetings begin at 2:30PM and will take place at Mead’s Tavern.

New London Day is scheduled for May 4 from 10AM to 4PM.

Fall Festival is October 5 from 10AM to 4PM.

The Annual Meeting will take place in conjunction with the board meeting on November 17 at 2:30PM.

The Christmas Program will be on December 8 at 2:30PM.

Special events and committee meetings will take place as announced throughout the year.