Historical Significance Established in 1886, Zion Poplars Baptist Church is one of the oldest independent African American congregations in Gloucester County. Oral tradition holds that the founders first met for religious services under seven poplar…

Historical Significance The African-American community at Zenda, originally called Athens, formed around 1880 in the Linville Creek District of Rockingham County. Freed slaves stayed in the area to work following the Civil War, purchasing former…

Historical Significance Spring Park is the closest modern feature to Young's Springs, the site where on August 10, 1800, fellow conspirators elected Gabriel the General of the Rebel Army. Gabriel was enslaved on the Brookfield Plantation in Henrico…

Historical Significance The Yorktown Victory Center tells the story of the American Revolution from the beginning of colonial unrest to the formation of a new nation, with emphasis on the personal experiences of diverse people of the Revolutionary…

Historical Significance In 1865, following the Civil War, the Freedmen's Bureau joined with numerous Northern church and civic leaders to successfully encourage teachers to travel to the South to educate newly freed slaves. Such was the case in 1867…

Historical Significance The Winchester Colored School occupied the Old Stone Church building constructed by the city's Presbyterians around 1788. In 1858, it was leased to the Old School Congregation Baptist Church of Color, for $500. The members of…

Historical Significance Known as an architectural gem, Wilton House was the home of a wealthy tobacco planter in the colonial period who one of the largest slave owners in 1760. The museum houses an outstanding collection of period furnishings,…

Historical Significance In what was once known as the colony's capital, Williamsburg, Virginia, enslaved individuals worked as artisans: carpenters, joiners, coppers, masons, blacksmiths, shoemakers, cabinetmakers, and coach makers. Others worked in…

Historical Significance The William H. Trusty house is the home place of William H. Trusty, born in 1862 of freed parents in Prince George County. The family moved to Hampton in 1871. Trusty became a successful businessman and civic leader in…

Historical Significance William G. Price (1868-1941), born and raised in Albemarle County, became a pioneering educator. In 1885, one of his sisters wrote to the principal of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute asking if he would consider…