Visit the Virginia Festival of History

We here at the Iris Inn are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a wealth of Virginia history, and one nearby city is proud to offer a celebration of its heritage.  Charlottesville, Virginia, having been founded in 1762, is remembering its 250 years of history, and part of this commemoration includes the Virginia Festival of History, May 26-June 3, 2012: “The Virginia Festival of History teaches and celebrates the diverse cultural heritage of the Commonwealth. The culmination living history weekend allows people of all ages to step back in time and meet people from the past through reenactments and period crafts, music, dancing, games, and food. Most events are free and open to the public.”

This signature festival will begin by honoring all who have served and died in war, and it will end with a two-day costumed reenactment at Court Square and Lee Park. (Even if you’re not a hardcore fan of history, the reenactment will bring life to what is usually only observed in the written word.)

Day-by-day Schedule:

May 26- Remembering Those Who Died in the Civil War

May 27- Remembering the 200th Anniversary in 1962

May 28- 250 Years of Sacrifice in Our Nation’s Wars

May 29- 250 Years of African-American Community Life

May 30- 250 Years of Growing Neighborhoods

May 31- 250 Years of Religion, Education and Culture

June 1- 250 Years of Architecture, Development and Design

June 2- Living History Festival of Our First 200 Years

June 3- Reenactment of the British invasion of 1781

Photo by Cville dog

Photo by Cville dog