Amherst County Colonial Day – August 12, 2023



Amherst County, Virginia

On Saturday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. take a step back in time to learn about education, entertainment, and farming in Amherst County during the Colonial Era. Colonial Interpreters will demonstrate blacksmithing, silversmithing, coopering, flax dressing, and spinning. There will also be Revolutionary War soldiers and civilians in camp, colonial music, a physician/surgeon, and a fifer and drummer to facilitate military drilling and marching.

Period games such as Graces, Rolling Hoops, Battledore & Shuttlecock, Quoits, and Ball & Cup will be available for both children and adults to engage in. Visitors can also try their hand at writing with a quill pen and carding wool. Colonial Bookmaking and Gold Leafing will be demonstrated. Talk with two Batteaux-men and discover Thomas Jefferson’s connection with the flat bottom boat.

Come prepared to learn and play.
This event is made possible by The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation.

The program is open to the public with no admission fee. The Museum is located at 154 South Main Street in Amherst.

The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to discover, collect and preserve objects related to the history and genealogy of Amherst County. The society exhibits, interprets and offers its collections to provide educational experiences for people of all ages.

For additional information contact Octavia Starbuck, Director, Amherst County Museum and Historical Society at 434-946-9068 or by the website email:


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