Urbanna to host Founders’ Day
, 2015

Urbanna to host Founders’ Day

Urbanna will celebrate Founders’ Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 30, with special activities that will entertain and educate.

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Throughout the day a town crier (author Brad Parks in disguise), will guide folks to activities downtown and at the Visitor’s Center.

At 1 p.m. the dedication of the restored John Mitchell Map will take place at the Visitor’s Center, along with a remembrance of founders. This short ceremony will include special music at 12:30 p.m.; an invocation by the Rev. Jonathan Davis of Urbanna Baptist Church; a welcome and introduction of guests; a history of founders and a perspective on the historical value of the map by historian Larry Chowning; a presentation of the map by living-history player Kevin Gentry portraying John Mitchell; acceptance of the map for Urbanna by Mayor Don Richwine; and refreshments.

“We are so thankful to the individuals who first secured the John Mitchell Map for Urbanna, and we should thank the people who saved the James Mills Scottish Factor Store,” said celebration chairman Barbara Hartley. “What irreplaceable treasures they are!”

The Visitor’s Center will be open all day for viewing the recently-restored, conserved and framed Mitchell Map, as well as exhibits prepared by Middlesex County’s Museum executive director Holly Horton.

Activities include colonial games and storytelling; a “pirate school” at 10:30 a.m.; a dunking booth; a booth featuring “piratephernalia” items for purchase; and a pirate boarding demonstration at 3:30 p.m.

A concert of American music by the York River Concert Band will begin at 11 a.m. on the village green, and a mock trial of one of the pirates at 2 p.m. on the old courthouse steps.

A drawing for a pirate’s treasure chest of gift certificates and merchandise from Urbanna’s merchants will close the activities. Those participating are holding a total of 100 numbered American flag keychains, with each one issued to a shopper for a purchase made on Founders’ Day. One lucky winner, present at the 4 p.m. drawing, will take home the contents of the pirate’s chest.

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