Volunteer tour guides sought for Rural Plains home, battlefield

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm

The Rural Plains Foundation seeks new volunteer tour guides for the National Park Service’s Totopotomoy Creek Battlefield at Rural Plains in Hanover County.

The next training session is Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guides will offer tours of the Rural Plains house and the associated Civil War battlefield on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m., starting April 5.

Built in 1723, Rural Plains is the historic home of the Shelton family, associated with patriot Patrick Henry through his marriage with Sarah Shelton. In May of 1864, during the Overland Campaign, Union and Confederate armies fought at the site in what has come to be known as the battle of Totopotomoy Creek. The house and surrounding land were donated to the Richmond National Battlefield Park in 2006. The Rural Plains Foundation was created in 2013 to aid the National Park Service in protecting and promoting the site.

The registration deadline for March 22 training is Thursday, March 20 at 5 p.m. To register, or for more information, please e-mail ruralplainsfoundation@gmail.com or call (804) 350-7524. Volunteer training on Saturday, March 22, will begin at 9 a.m. and will take place at Rural Plains, 7273 Studley Road, just west of Rural Point Elementary School, in Mechanicsville. For more information. Visit www.nps.gov/rich/historyculture/rural-plains.htm.

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