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Canceled: Charge Into History at Harvest Day!

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American Battlefield Trust Event
September 15, 2018
Rural Point Elementary School
7161 Studley Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Did you know the critical battles of the Revolutionary War and Civil War were fought on the private farms, woodlots and backyards of peaceful people? That’s right, people had been living life and working their fields for decades until one terrible day when war came to their town and changed it forever. Harder still, most of the young men from each town were gone, off to fight the nation’s battles for independence or freedom.

Join the American Battlefield Trust and the Richmond National Battlefield Park during Harvest Day for a special Generations event to experience the life of American soldiers and civilians before, during and after the wars that created and defined our country. Take care of your farm, build a fence, charge like soldiers on an actual battlefield, hear the explosions, smell the gunpowder and deal with battle’s terrible aftermath—at your house. This program is designed for both adults and kids of all ages to share in the experiences, together. The event is free and open to all, with the hope that you will participate with someone of another generation.  Some lucky kids will even get to don hats and uniforms while families might get a tintype photo to take home with them! Come on out and help instill a lifelong passion for history in your daughter, grandson, neighbor or friend.

The event sits within the National Park Service’s Harvest Day event which runs from 10 am - 4 pm with all sorts of great activities happening the entire time! Each of the two Generations events, lasting roughly one hour each, will consist of:

  • Choose your army
  • Brief history talks
  • The school of the soldier
  • Flighting, photos and folklore
  • Charge the enemy!
  • Battle’s aftermath on the farm


Parking Location

Rural Point Elementary School, 7161 Studley Road, Mechanicsville, Va. (Click here for a map.)

Schedule: Saturday, September 15

Harvest Day is a free event and runs from 10 am - 4 pm.

Our Generations programs start at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, lasting roughly one-hour.

Other events will run throughout the day—including firing demonstrations, period games, and interactions with reenactors.   



  • This event is FREE and open to all but you are encouraged to bring a kid with you.
  • Guardians must accompany the child they brought to the event.
  • Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather.
  • Parking is offsite at Rural Point Elementary School. A free shuttle bus will run throughout the day.
American Battlefield Trust Education Department