Since I’ve been volunteering as a Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State ParkI have learned so much in the month I’ve been here.
I remember learning about the Civil War while attending nearby Prince Edward High School, but I never got the opportunity to visit any historical places. That has all changed; when you get the chance to see history in your home town it is truly amazing. While volunteering at the Overton-Hillsman Farm House Museum, Judi McParland the park interpreter has helped me to learn how to give tours to the visitors, not only from Virginia but from all over the world. The people that come to visit our State Parks are very polite and friendly which makes it easier for us.
Whitney Simpson in front of the Overton-Hillsman Farm House Museum
I am currently working at The Woodland Inc. as a receptionist but, I’m eager to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. I have chosen to become a Youth Ambassador because I've always been interested in the outdoors and history, but it will also benefit my career. I am glad to have the opportunity to show others the beauty of our state park and hopefully they will feel the need to visit and learn like I have.
The Youth Ambassador Program is a youth led movement, developed by America’s State Parks, for promoting the outdoors to other young adults. Youth Ambassadors share their own passions for the outdoors in hopes of inspiring others to get outside and experience what the state parks have to offer. In order to do this, Ambassadors work with park staff and take advantage of social media with the sole intention of reaching out to youth who have not developed a deep connection with outdoor recreation.
America's State Parks will help capture the collective strength and importance of the great park systems developed in the 50 states. With over 6,000 units and more than 725 million visits, America's State Parks works to enhance the American quality of life.
Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Parkis located at 6541 Saylers Creek Road, Rice, Va. From U.S. 460, take Route 617 (Saylers Creek Rd.) to Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park. From U.S. 360, take State Route 307 (connecting highway between U.S. 360 and U.S. 460) to Route 617 North (Saylers Creek Rd.).
Drive Time: Northern Virginia, three to three and a half hours; Richmond, one to one and a half hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, two and a half to three hours; Roanoke, two hours.
For more information on the Overton-Hillsman Farm House Museum and Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park, click here.