Upcoming Events


This year offers a special occasion for our enjoyment of history: the Centennial of U.S. entry into World War I, the “Great War.” On Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:30 P.M., the Northumberland County Historical Society is proud to present the program - a one woman show: “Women in World War I” by Mrs. Anita Harrower. Though specifically related to the service and sacrifices of women in that war, the gallantry of the young men from this county will certainly be celebrated.

Anita Harrower’s performances are a wonderful blend of her love of history, music and the lives of women from different periods. Her programs have been described as “a slice of life that ring with truth, wit and experience.” She will bring that talent and perspective to women of WW I.  Mrs. Harrower is no stranger to audiences throughout the county and the Northern Neck. She has performed to these delighted audiences as a variety of women from history: Martha Washington; a Civil War Woman; and a World War II woman. In addition, Anita has performed in musicals and productions with The Lancaster Players and The Westmoreland Players.

As part of our program to remember those who served from the county in World War I, the just-released book, “Until the Guns Went Silent” by Susan and Dorian Tolbert will be offered for sale to benefit the Society. This book showcases some never before published personal correspondence between a young county soldier and his family in Miskimon. It also includes other letters from soldiers and a young nurse to their loved ones here in the county. Framed in local county events, in the “modern-more-deadly” weapons of the era, and the local draft, the book discusses the effects of the poisonous gases, the contributions of the Red Cross, the YMCA, the Salvation Army as well as a few surprising animal heroes. 

Both Society members and the general public are welcome to attend this World War I celebration, held at the Society’ s Ball Memorial Library and Museum, 86 Back Street in Heathsville on April 2, 2017 at 2:30 PM. Refreshments will also be served. For more information, phone 580-8581 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.