Port Royal to celebrate Fourth
PORT ROYAL – Historic Port Royal will throw its 13th annual Independence Day celebration 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4.
The riverfront town event, which is free and will feature a wide range of activities, drew about 300 visitors last year.
Bowling Green Girl Scout Troops 304 and 639 will present the colors. The Port Royal Militia will deliver the Declaration of Independence followed by a dramatic reading of the document.
St. Andrews Legion Pipes and Drums and Evergreen Shade will provide live performances of period music throughout the event.
Two groups of Civil War re-enactors will put on demonstrations. There also will be demonstrations and exhibits of Native American culture and life, medicine as practiced centuries ago, and 18th century dancing by the Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society.
Richard Chapman of Roanoke, a National Park Service historian and actor, will give a presentation.
Other celebration activities will include surry rides around the historic village and additional demonstrations and exhibits of spinning and weaving, wheelwrighting, woodwrighting, and blacksmithing. There will be period games for children, too.
Locations that will be open include St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Historic Port Royal’s portrait gallery in the town hall.
Lunch will be available as prepared by the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church women.