Upcoming Events


The Annual Meeting of the Northumberland County Historical Society will be on Saturday, July 22, 2017, beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Our program for the day will include a talk about Menokin and the recent developments there as well as a discussion of the Battle of Falling Waters during the Civil War.

After a short business meeting, Sam McKelvey, Executive Director, will present “Menokin: An Engaging Ruin.”  His academic training includes a BA in geography and history from James Madison University and an MA in History from Virginia Commonwealth University. Though Sam’s early passion was the Civil War, the preservation of landscapes, buildings and architecture have always been near and dear to his heart. He joined the Menokin staff with over five years of museum management experience within the Henrico County Virginia Historic Preservation and Museum Services. He is also accomplished in event coordination and historic programming. Mr. McKelvey is an avid champion of community storytelling that can bring history to life. He believes that “The Glass House Project at Menokin is like nothing else in historic preservation today – it encourages us to think in new and different ways.”

A buffet lunch will then be available at 12:30 p.m. in the nearby Parish House of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.  If you would like to join us for this buffet lunch, please contact the Society at 804-580-8581 for more information.

At 1:30 p.m., back at the Society’s headquarters, Mr. George F. Franks, III will discuss “The Battle of Falling Waters.” This is based on his book “Battle of Falling Waters 1863: Custer, Pettigrew and the End of the Gettysburg Campaign. Mr. Franks studied history at the U.S. Naval Academy and at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating Magna cum Laude. In his presentation, he will consider how the Battle of Falling Waters was the conclusion of the famed Gettysburg Campaign. This battle, though not as climatic as President Lincoln would have liked, remains a fascinating story of miscalculation, bravery, tragedy, and larger than life personalities.  In addition to his historical pursuits, Mr. Franks is the president of a consulting group as well as owner of a commercial “historical hat” business. These hats are re-creations of historical hats from 1700 to 1865. Mr. Franks currently lives in “The Daniel Donnelly House” in western Maryland, a former field hospital that he had restored to its previous glory. Mr. Franks’ book will be for sale after his presentation.

Both Society members and the general public are welcome to attend the annual meeting, for a day of history, remembrance and fellowship, held at the Society’s Ball Memorial Library and Museum, 86 Back Street in Heathsville. Books and journals to benefit the NCHS will be on sale. For more information, phone 580-8581 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.