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Historic Northern Neck Tour Sidelined

The Virginia Society of Colonial Wars offered Warriors and guests a historic sites day excursion on Saturday, September 24.The tour was not held due to COVID infection among the leaders and hosts. It was to include Colonial dignitaries Richard Henry Lee and Col. James Monroe personally greeting and leading us on private tours of historical sites and private homes of the Northern Neck. The itinerary (see possible locations below) planned a private tour of Historic Ditchley (photo below) with a cider tasting and box lunch. Warrior and member of the Council Jim Russell organized a most interesting day! $50 per-person cost that includes transportation from Warsaw, VA, lunch and reception. Participation is limited to 20 registrants.

Proposed agenda:

9:15 a.m.

Meet in Warsaw 
Richard Henry Lee and Col. James Monroe will meet the group
Group will board bus


Bus departs for Menokin Plantation, Richmond County, home of Frances Lightfoot Lee


Arrive Menokin Plantation (ruins) for private tour</td?


Bus departs for Wicomico Church (where George Washington was christened)


Arrive at Wicomico Church for private tour.


Bus departs for Historic Ditchley


Arrive at Historic Ditchley. The manor house at Ditchley was built ca. 1752 by Kendall Lee, descendant of Col. Richard Lee, the Immigrant. Tour historic home, followed by a cider tasting from the award-winning Ditchley Cidery and then lunch.


Bus departs for Christ Church


Arrive at Christ Church for private tour and presentation by Richard Henry Lee and Col. James Monroe


Bus departs for Westlawn Plantation


Arrive at Westlawn for private tour and cocktails with Owner and fellow Warrior Jim and Diana Russell
c.1932 Colonial Revival home is a contributing building to the Heathsville Historic District. Built of cypress, the facade features side windows with a traditional fan light above its front entrance. Westlawn is on the National Historic Register and is a Virginia Historic Landmark.


Depart Westlawn for Warsaw.
Historic Northern Neck Tour Sidelined
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  1. I have not applied for the Sept 24 excursion, because I had previously committed myself to an annual meeting of retired military officers on the same date before I realized the conflict. I write to let you know that I am excited and interested in this kind of event and I would hope SCW offers a similar event in the future. For personal reasons, 2020-2022 have been an extraordinary busy time in my life.

    Gerald L Brown MD
    Professor Emeritus, UVA

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