On Saturday, there is an opportunity to take in two events in Virginia, one in afternoon and the other in the evening.
Begin with a tour of the rarely opened Rural Plains house in Mechanicsville, which survived a battle in its front yard, and then finish the day with theater by lantern light in Sterling, featuring first-person dramatic skits about the guerilla warfare in Loudoun and Fairfax counties.
The Richmond National Battlefield Park and Rural Plains Foundation are holding an open house at Rural Plains, the home of the Sheldon family during the 1864 Battle of Totopotomoy Creek . Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Park rangers and volunteers will tell the story of the family who would not leave their home even when warned of the battle, and survived by hiding in the basement. The house was hit 51 times by artillery shells on just one day of the battle. The event is free.
Finish the day with tales of surviving the vicious guerilla warfare that was a daily occurrence in parts of eastern Loudoun and western Fairfax counties during the war. Sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association and Loudoun Parks, Recreation and Community Services, the 7:30 p.m. program will begin in the outdoor amphitheater of the Claude Moore Park visitors’ center. There is an $8 charge for adults and $4 for students.