When visiting the Hillsman Farm House Museum you’ll have the opportunity to see the results of the recent transformation from abandoned house to a museum. Park staff or volunteers will greet visitors as they enter the home. According to park manager Chris Calkins it is the first person accounts like Lt. Peck’s that park personnel and volunteers will use to not only tell the stories of both armies, but also those of the inhabitants of the Southside in the final days of the Civil War.
The park’s visitor center construction is complete and is the future home of exhibits depicting the events that transpired after the fall of Petersburg on April 2 – 3, 1865 and that continued through to April 7th with the Battle of Cumberland Church north of Farmville.
You’ll have the opportunity to tour the Hillsman Farm House Museum on Easter weekend. Park staff and volunteers will tell the story of the Battle of Sailor’s Creek and the Hillsman Family and lead a guided walking tour down to the Confederate Overlook trail. The event will take place Saturday, April 3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 4th from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, call the visitor center at 804-561-7510.
Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park and the Hillsman house are on the National Register of Historical Places and listed as a National Historic Landmark.