New London Museum

Preserving the history of New London, Virginia

August 30, 2012
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New London Fall Festival Sat. Oct. 6th

Preparations are well under way for our annual New London Fall Festival which will take place on Saturday, October 6th from 9AM to 4PM.  This year’s activities will be taking place at the newly-acquired Mead’s Tavern, located at 594 Alum Springs Road.  Among the many activities there will be tours of the colonial-era tavern, Brunswick stew making and an antique car show.  We will post more details soon regarding vendors, costumed interpreters and other activities.  We hope that you’ll make plans to attend.

August 12, 2012
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Virginia Historical Societies Conference

Friends of New London was represented by seven of our members at yesterday’s conference.  The Virginia Department of Historic Resources and Sweet Briar College’s Tusculum Institute held the workshop-based conference for historical societies Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Elston Inn Conference Center at Sweet Briar College.  The conference, which included an interactive workshop, was geared toward anyone who is involved in one of the hundreds of historical societies in Virginia. Addressing issues that town or county historical societies face, the event featured presentations from speakers with experience in improving fundraising, developing effective advisory or oversight board governance, creating new community partnerships, establishing a social media presence and tapping the resources of statewide organizations.  We managed to network with many of the more than four dozen organizations present and expect to put forward several new initiatives as a result.

August 2, 2012
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Dr. Scott Garrett Lecture on Civil War Medicine on August 19th

On Sunday, August 19, 2012, at 2:30 PM, The Friends of New London, Virginia will host Delegate T. Scott Garrett, for a presentation entitled “Civil War Medicine: Maybe They Weren’t so Barbaric.”

Delegate Scott Garrett is a retired General Surgeon from Lynchburg and currently serves as the Representative to the Virginia House of Delegates for Virginia’s 23rd House District. Delegate Garrett, a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Medical School, spent 24 years practicing medicine, and it was during this time that Delegate Garrett developed an interest in Civil War medicine and began collecting medical kits and information from the Civil War.

Delegate Garret has stated, “I have always been fascinated by how far we, as a society, have come in technology as it regards to healthcare. To see the difference in medical tools and procedures from over 150 years ago is astonishing.”

Delegate Garrett enjoys sharing his collection of medical equipment with students and community groups. His talks are focused on demonstrating the medical procedures and techniques that physicians used during the Civil War and how what they learned helped improve medical care today.

General admission will be free and is open to interested members of the public. Light refreshments will be available. There will be information regarding future events, including FNL’s recent purchase of the 1763 Mead’s Tavern, upcoming FNL participation in Bedford CenterFest and the Bedford Genealogy Fair, and regarding the 2012 Fall Festival at Mead’s Tavern in New London village. Copies of “New London Today and Yesterday,” by Daisy I. Read, will be available for purchase.

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.

Date: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Time: 2:30 PM
Program: “Civil War Medicine: Maybe They Weren’t so Barbaric”
Speaker: Delegate T, Scott Garrett, 23rd District
Admission: Free; Donations Accepted
Location: Friends of New London Museum and Office in the former New London United Methodist Church building, 672 Alum Springs Rd., at intersection with Turkey Foot Rd., Forest, Va.

For further information contact Reve Carwile, Jr., (434) 384 – 8208.

July 26, 2012
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Work at Mead’s Tavern

Come pitch in on Saturday, July 28th from 9AM until Noon. We’ll be removing old carpet and carpet strips from several rooms and doing some yard work around the tavern. If you have tools for removing carpet and nails or garden tools bring them along. Or just show up, as we’ll have a few tools onsite. See directions under the “About” tab.

July 7, 2012
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PRESS RELEASE: FNL Purchases Historic Mead’s Tavern Property

The non-profit Friends of New London, Virginia, Inc.(FNL) on July 5th purchased a property that holds a prominent place in the settlement of Central Virginia.  The historic Mead’s Tavern, built in 1763 by Colonel William Mead, is one of the oldest surviving structures in Campbell County and the region.  The group intends to restore the building for use as its museum headquarters.

Originally the seat of Bedford County, by 1775, New London had grown to include the county courthouse, several businesses, stores, a Continental arsenal, and eighty houses.  The tavern sat at the intersection of the connecting roads to two historic highways, the Wilderness Road and the Great Wagon Road.  Patriots such as Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson likely visited it, since the tavern was built facing the courthouse, an important gathering place.  It served as a tavern and ordinary until 1785, two turbulent decades filled with protests against British rule and ultimately the American Revolution.  After the Mead family sold the property in 1786, it became a private residence and possibly a hotel.  From 1810 to the late 1820s, the building took on new life as Roland Academy, a private boarding school for young girls.  Surviving the traumatic events of the Civil War, the house once again became a private dwelling, served in the 1890s as the parsonage for the Academy Presbyterian Church, then a doctor’s office, then for the last hundred years as a private residence.  Despite many changes in its usage, it is in remarkably good condition for a structure dating from the Colonial period.

FNL plans a phased restoration of this historic tavern to its original eighteenth-century configuration. A potentially multipurpose structure, it can house historic exhibits, a research library, and the FNL offices, and can serve as a regional meeting place.  FNL volunteers continue to research its history and encourage members of the public to share any information they may have about this fascinating structure or of the families and students who inhabited it.  As fundraising efforts continue, FNL will begin the process of nominating the tavern for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  A grand opening and tours of the property will take place in the near future.

July 7, 2012
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We are now on WordPress

Welcome to the re-launch of the New London Museum website.  The Friends of New London are in the process of rebuilding our site on a WordPress platform and ask that you bear with us while we move our old content.  In the meantime, we will continue to update with our latest news and progress on our move.

FNL Web Admin