Upcoming Events


Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Northumberland County Historical Society will be on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. beginning with a short business meeting. The program includes: The Story of Bessie W. Omohundro, WWI Nurse from Northumberland County presented by Susan Anthony-Tolbert, Ph.D. and “Coan Hall Revisited, Recent Archaeological Findings” presented by Barbara Heath, Ph.D.

The morning presentation will concentrate on World War I. Dr. Anthony-Tolbert, Professor Emeritus, was formerly Professor of Psychology and Director of the Undergraduate Psychology Program at Gallaudet University. While she has written about the Civil War as well as World War II and their impacts on the county, her latest books have concentrated on World War I to celebrate the centennial. These include Until the Guns Went Silent and The Ditch of the Bells, World War I.  She has also written articles for The Bulletin of the Northumberland County Historical Society and serves on the Board of Directors.

After the morning presentation, there will be a luncheon at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at a cost of $15.00 per person. Reservations are required and need to be made by July 11.

At 1:30 p. m., back at the Society’s headquarters after the luncheon at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Dr. Barbara Heath will present her archaeological findings at Coan Hall. She is currently Associate Professor of Anthropology, as well as Graduate Coordinator, at the University of Tennessee.  She is the author of academic journal articles, chapters in archaeological books, and a book, Hidden Lives: The Archaeology of Slave Life at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.  The recipient of numerous fellowship awards, including Virginia Professional Archaeologist of the year in 2006, Dr. Heath had done summer research through one of these grants at Coan Hall in Northumberland County. Her article about the architecture of Coan Hall appeared in The Bulletin of the Northumberland County Historical Society, Volume 54 (2017).

Both speakers have proven to be well received and very popular in prior presentations. Susan’s book on the life and adventures of Bessie W. Omohundrowill also be on sale at the meeting, with all proceeds benefitting the Society.  

Both Society members and the general public are welcome to attend  the annual meeting, held at the Society’ s Ball Memorial Library and Museum, 86 Back Street in Heathsville. For more information and lunch reservations, phone 580-8581 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.