National Museum of the Civil War Soldier opens...

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May 27, 1999|By Karin Remesch

National Museum of the Civil War Soldier opens

Celebrate the grand opening of Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier this weekend in Petersburg, Va. To create Virginia's newest state-of-the-art history museum, current technology was used to convey what life was like for the 3 million soldiers who served during the Civil War. The 25,000-square-foot museum is the focal point of the 363-acre historical campus. Throughout the park, you will see living history, expanded exhibits and demonstrations.

The museum site is at 6125 Boydton Plank Road (U.S. 1) , off Interstate 85, south Exit 63A. Grand opening celebration hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow through Monday. Admission to the park is free; museum admission is $10, $9 seniors, $5 ages 6-11. Call 804-861-2408.

Chestertown Tea Party

In sympathy with Boston, Chestertown staged its own protest of the British tea tax. Irate townsfolk rowed out to the brigantine Geddes, anchored in the Port of Chester and dumped not only its cargo of tea into the river but a few crew members as well. Relive the 1774 event in the historic Eastern Shore town this weekend with Colonial re-enactments, parades, arts and crafts, music, food and boat tours.

Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

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