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March 01, 2007
The Bassett Historical Center is proud to announce two programs in March, one being held at the Historical Center, and one being held at the old John D. Bassett High School which is located across from the Historical Center.

"STUART'S BIRTHPLACE:
THE HISTORY OF LAUREL HILL FARM"

MARCH 10TH
11 AM
BASSETT HISTORICAL CENTER

Tom Perry will discuss the story of Laurel Hill Farm in Ararat, Virginia that was the birthplace and boyhood home of Patrick County's most famous son, James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart and the many other people who lived there.

Laurel Hill's history begins with prehistoric times and includes information on the Native Americans. Life of the African-American slaves beginning in 1780 through 1859 is covered in detail. The book includes the immigrant, Archibald Stuart, and details the life of James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart who served in the U.S. Army and fought against it in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia as commander of Robert E. Lee?s cavalry in the Civil War. His career is discussed, his role at the Battle of Chancellorsville, where he replaced the wounded "Stonewall" Jackson, and the way he gave Lee's Army of Northern Virginia time to escape after the Battle of Gettysburg.

The lives of the women of Laurel Hill will also be covered as Elizabeth Perkins Letcher Hairston, Bethenia Letcher Pannill, Elizabeth Letcher Pannill Stuart and Flora Cooke Stuart.

Come and join us to hear the Founder of the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace speak on Laurel Hill, his personal work to preserve the site, and the preservation interest of the Brown, Dellenback, Mitchell and Perry families of Ararat.

Tom researched "Stuart's Birthplace" for over twenty years. He is the founder of the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace and holds a B.A. in History from Virginia Tech. Perry is the author of "The Free State of Patrick: Patrick County Virginia in the Civil War" and "Ascent to Glory: The Genealogy of J.E.B. Stuart" and he will have his books for sale if you have not gotten one previously. Tom has a website for those interested in more information?www.freestateofpatrick.com.

BASSETT HISTORICAL CENTER
PRESENTS
A
GOSPEL AND BLUEGRASS BENEFIT

MARCH 24th
7 PM
at the
Old John D. Bassett High School Auditorium

The admission will be $10.00 per person which will benefit the Historical Center?s Building Fund. Come join us as we enjoy the sounds of

JOYFUL SOUND
T.C.Carter and the MUSICAL SENSATIONS
and
RICH IN TRADITION with Timmy Martin

Please put these two dates on your calendar and join us for these two great events. Hope to see you there!








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