By: Michael Campbell, News Editor
June 22, 2017 | 12:00 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – Sweltering temperatures across the region took a brief, but modest, retreat Saturday, helping to make the county’s birthday celebration go off without a hitch.
Last Saturday, dozens of residents and others made their way to the lawn of the Prince George Regional Heritage Center along Courthouse Road to celebrate the 314th anniversary of the founding of the county they call home.
Featuring a menu of barbecue, birthday cake, and much sought after ice cream given the steamy weather and relatively clear skies, event goers were able to enjoy music, speakers, and tour the Heritage Center’s current exhibits, which span centuries.
Inside the center, a number of items capture the rich history of the county and how it shaped by national and international events that occurred beyond its borders, including relics from the Civil War and other important moments in history on display for locals to see during Saturday’s event.
Event goers were also able to reflect on a time gone by in Prince George as photos of the former Buren’s Store, which sat just a few feet away from the heritage center and items from inside the store, such a former cash register that rang through transactions for some of the county’s ancestors.
Residents were joined by county officials and members of the Prince George Board of Supervisors and staff during Saturday’s celebration.
To learn more about Prince George and the history that is etched into the heart of the community, the Prince George Regional Heritage Center is located at 6406 Courthouse Road and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Mondays being available if a call or e-mail is sent to the center ahead of time.
The Heritage Center also hosts the annual Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the center’s grounds, featuring celebrations of the heritage of the Commonwealth’s Czech and Slovak communities with traditional food, dancing, games, music, and other activities.
For more information, contact the center at 804-863-0212, via e-mail at PGHistory@aol.com, or visit their website at http://princegeorgevahistoricalsociety.org.