Sailor’s Creek Interpretive Center Audiovisual Presentation

Park entry with the Overton-Hillsman House in the background. Courtesy Virginia State Parks

In late 2010 the BGES, in response to an appeal from the new superintendent of a new Virginia State Park at Sailor’s Creek, raised more than $10,000 to pay for half the cost of producing and installing an audiovisual presentation of two soldiers talking about affairs after the April 6, 1865, battle in which half of Lee’s retreating army was destroyed or captured. The display devotes about eight minutes to a scripted narrative in which spectral figures of the Union and Confederacy appear and speak to the spectators. This was a popular project, and more than 80 BGES members donated to redeem a challenge grant from a member of the BGES Board of Directors. BGES was recognized in a dedication ceremony hosted by the site.