Don’t miss this opportunity to see the beautifully restored authentic 1864 Civil War cannon that has been a part of Tappahannock history for over one hundred years. Meet Cannon Restoration Project Co-chairmen, Bill Croxton, Joe Johnston and Gordon Harrower and restorer Randy Silvers, who will be answering questions about the restoration. There is also a display of ammunition that would have been used in the cannon, as well as an exhibit telling the story of the building of the twenty-seven feet high granite
in front of the courthouse that was dedicated with great fanfare in 1909 before
a crowd of four thousand people. Along with the cannon exhibit in the Essex Gallery
is a model of Essex Confederate
Soldiers Monument Fort Lowry on the Rappahannock
and the “Confederate Essex” exhibit which details events of 1863, as part of
the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration.
Also featured at the opening will be author Susan Anthony-Tolbert. Susan’s passion for equestrian activities and her more recent interest in historical research was the perfect blend for the writing of her two books about Lucy long, Robert E. Lee’s Other Warhorse. The story of Lucy Long for Young Adults has been written for easy reading. “The Mare with Mysteries” contains more complete and detailed historical information. Susan will be available to talk about her books and sign copies.
The gift shop will be open and decorated for Christmas. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public, free of charge. Museum is located at 218 Water Lane in Tappahannock. Visit the website www.ecmhs.org.