Stratford Hall

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Oval at Stratford Hall is set for April 20.

Email information to tandc@freelancestar.com (subject: History Calendar). For more listings, see fredericksburg.com.

The Fierce Women of Dahlgren. March 20 at UMW–Dahlgren campus, 4224 University Drive, King George. Reception begins at 4:30 p.m., program begins at 5 p.m. Meet women who became difference-makers at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. This free event, part of the Dahlgren Heritage Museum Speaker Series, is open to the public.

Great Lives Lecture Series: Laura Ingalls Wilder. March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at University of Mary Washington, George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium. Guest speaker will be author Caroline Fraser. Free. 540/654-1065; umw.edu/greatlives.

James E. Hanger and the Hanger Company. March 27 at University of Mary Washington Jepson Alumni Executive Center, 1119 Hanover St., Fredericksburg. Bob O’Connor, historian and author, will speak to the Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg. Bar opens at 5:45 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.; program starts about 7:30 p.m. Questions afterward. Dinner is $32 by cash or check at the door. Reserve seats by March 22 at 540/361-2105 or online at cwrtf.org; call in cancellations.

History Hike at Widewater. March 30 from 10–11 a.m. Join National Park Service rangers and explore the natural beauty of Widewater State Park, while learning about the park’s history along the way. Visitors will hear stories of train robberies and plane crashes that occurred on the peninsula and hear stories about some of the colorful residents who called Widewater home. There is no fee.

Introduction to Beekeeping. April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Stratford Hall. Attendees of this free lecture and demonstration will learn about how to begin beekeeping and the importance of bees to the Northern Neck. Visitors are welcome to bring the kids and plan to picnic on the grounds afterward. For information and to register, contact Jon Bachman at 804/493-1972 or JBachman@StratfordHall.org.

“The Cool Kids of Dahlgren.” April 17 at the UMW–Dahlgren Campus, 4224 University Drive, King George. Reception begins at 4:30 p.m.; program begins at 5 p.m. Meet some of the young guns of Dahlgren developing cutting-edge technology for the warfighter during this presentation, which is part of the Dahlgren Heritage Museum Speaker Series. This event includes an interactive STEM event for kids before the program. This event is free and open to the public.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Oval at Stratford Hall. April 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Easter Egg Hunt begins at 11 a.m.) Children will be grouped by age from 2 (accompanied by parents) to 12. A prize also awaits those who find a “golden egg.” Make sure to bring a basket or other container to hunt with. Plan to enjoy hot dogs, cupcakes and drinks. Admission to the Stratford Hall grounds, the Easter Egg Hunt and refreshments are free to the public. For information, contact Jon Bachman at 804/493-1972 or Jbachman@stratfordhall.org.

Gen. Washington in Spotsylvania. April 21 from 5–8 p.m. at historic Snow Hill Farm. The Spotsylvania Historical Association and the Spotsylvania County Museum will sponsor this event, an evening under the stars featuring food, drink and political discourse. “Gen. Washington” will be available for questions and photos from 5–5:45 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and includes a presentation. The buffet-style dinner is being catered by Country Lane Catering. Lake Anna Winery will provide a cash bar. Tickets are limited and are $40 per person. They can be purchased at spotsylvaniahistory.org or the Spotsylvania County Museum, 9019 Old Battlefield Blvd., Suite 100. Tickets are on sale through April 14. Proceeds will be go toward future events, kids’ programs and more. For information on sponsorship, email info@spotsylvaniahistory.org. Luminaria. May 25 at 6 p.m. at Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery, 1100 Washington Ave. Guided cemetery tour by Dan Janzeger; closing salute volley from SCV Mathew Fontaine Maury Camp. Hosted by the Fredericksburg Ladies Memorial Association.

153rd Memorial Day Ceremony. May 27 at 10 a.m. at Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery, 1100 Washington Ave. Robert Epp will present “A Genealogist’s View of The Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery.” In case of rain, the program will be held at the Crown Shield Building on the grounds of Kenmore, 1201 Washington Ave. Hosted by the Fredericksburg Ladies Memorial Association.

Cutting Edge of Technology—Moving Innovation.” June 19 at UMW–Dahlgren Campus, 4224 University Drive. Reception begins at 4:30 p.m.; program begins at 5 p.m. Learn more about the technology being developed at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren and its deployment at this presentation, which is part of the Dahlgren Heritage Museum Speaker Series. This event is free and open to the public.

Living History Weekend at Spotsylvania Battlefield. June 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Bloody Angle site (Stop No. 3) on the Spotsylvania Court House battlefield. Visitors, who will be able to interact with re-enactors, will receive an identity card containing information about a soldier who fought in the battle. Special programs about the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, including both marching and musket-firing demonstrations, will occur throughout the weekend. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield Exhibit Shelter at 9550 West Grant Drive to obtain a map and directions to the program locations.

The event is free and open to the public. nps.gov/frsp or 540/693-3200.

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