During the spring break weeksthis year (March 30-April 2012), Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park is hosting a self-guided tour of the battlefield, focusing on theGPS device as the primarytool of discovery.
Ten historic locations have been marked out on the battlefield, each markedwith a discretecode.The geo-coordinates of each marker areprerecorded. Yourtask is to record the markercode which answersthespecific historical prompt on your parkprovided worksheet.
For example, wherewere the C.S.A. marines and naval personnel positioned during the Battle of Hillsman Farm? Yougo to the marker using your GPS. Yourecord the letter of the marker in the space provided on your worksheet–if you are certain that it is the location. You do this for each of the ten locations for which you have coordinates.
Take a self-guided tour of the battlefield, focusing on theGPS device as the primarytool of discovery.
See how many correct locations you can identify? Hint: tour the exhibit hall and museum at the visitor center to "bone up" for your "field test." Is there a better way to learn historywhile enjoying the outdoors?
Ten historic locations have been marked out on the battlefield, each markedwith a discretecode.
The purpose of National Historic Landmark.
Thisprogram is Event #7 on the park's American Civil War History Education Series, so bring your park booklet and get it stamped for your participation.
For more event information, click here or contact the park’s visitor center at 804-561-7510 or by email.The activity is ideal for ages 14 and up, unless accompanied by an adult.
The park is 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.