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Candlelight tours planned of the Old Russell County Courthouse

November 19th, 2013 3:49 pm by Jerry Couch, community contributor

Candlelight tours planned of the Old Russell County Courthouse

Old Russell County Courthouse, Dickensonville, VA

After you’re finished with Thanksgiving and Black Friday, how about trying something new this year?

The Historical Society of Russell County is hosting a very special Candlelight Tour of the Old Russell County Courthouse on Rt. 58 at Dickensonville, Va. on Saturday, Nov. 30. Tours will take place from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will recall the gentle elegance of the 1800’s. Docents, some in period dress, will greet you in the softly lit rooms and answer questions about the furnishings and objects on display. After your tour, delightful refreshments will be available in the log schoolhouse adjacent to the Old Courthouse.

Admission to this first-time event is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted and will be used by the Historical Society of Russell County for future programs. The Historical Society receives no grant funding or outside financial support for the management and operation of the Old Courthouse. All programs are self-funded and are made possible through the efforts of volunteers.

Historical Society projects at the Old Courthouse for the year 2013 have included school field trips, special programs for students, craft demonstrations, sewing classes, presentations by historians and artists, festival and music events, and the display and sale of hand-crafted items at the Dickenson-Bundy Log House. Volunteer docents have conducted several hundred visitors and tourists through the stately rooms of the Old Courthouse. Our visitors’ most gratifying and frequent comment is, “It’s wonderful!”

There is much more to be done. You can help promote and preserve this Russell County treasure for future generations by becoming an Old Russell County Courthouse Volunteer. For more information, contact Helen Owens at 276-889-3383.

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