SPEAKER SERIES 2017 (added monthly)
- February 7: Mark Summers of Jamestown Rediscovery. 2pm. He will speak on the recent archaeological findings from Jamestown Rediscovery regarding the 1608-1616 church chancel burials and how they uncovered the religion and politics of Jamestown during its earliest days
- February 21: Therbia Parker on Black History. 2pm. Hosted by the Suffolk Public Library at the Phillips-Dawson House.
- April 11: Nansemond River Garden Club. 2pm. Information on upcoming Western Branch Tour.
- May 9: Wonder why Suffolk natives sound the way they do? Dr. Bridget Anderson, Sociolinguistwill be speaking at the Phillips-Dawson House 2pm-3pm.
- June: We will be having special “Lunch & Learn” speaker series throughout the summer. Come and have a boxed lunch, while listening to a great speaker. Times will be changed to 12pm-1pm for these speaker series. Look forward to seeing you there! Updates will be made when scheduled.
- June 13: Please join us at the Phillips-Dawson House on Tuesday, June 13th from 12:00-1:00 pm. John Ericson, Museum Interpreter for Historic St. Luke’s Church, will speak on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and how it impacts religious freedom and the founding of America. We will offer a box lunch for $5.00. Come spend your lunch hour with us, while you learn! Box lunches must be pre-ordered by calling (757)539-2781.
- July 11: We are having Troy Valos, Genealogy Specialist with the Slover Library to speak on researching genealogy in Suffolk and Nansemond County. Please join us for this informative event and learn how to research your history and the sources available. This Afternoon Conversation is from 12:00-1:00 pm and you are welcome to have lunch with us. We will offer spinach wraps, chips and a drink for $5.oo and the Suffolk Library will offer sweets.
- August 8: “Buzzword”, Jeff Hancock from the Nansemond Beekeeper Association will be in the house to teach us about our local bees and their importance. Please join us at the Phillips-Dawson House Tuesday, August 8 @ 12:00-1:00 pm. BEE here!
- November 14: Join us from 2:00-3:00pm at the Phillips-Dawson House while we learn more about the historic site, Bacon’s Castle. Carol Wiedel, Site Coordinator for Bacon’s Castle and longtime resident of Surry, will discuss its rich history. Bacon’s Castle is the oldest standing brick house in British North America and is one of only three examples of 17th Century Jacobean Architecture in the Western Hemisphere. It has 352 years of fascinating history. Its age, architecture, resident families and workers, and Bacon’s Rebellion, all weave an amazing story about Bacon’s Castle.
REFER-A-FRIEND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
- 2017 – Please take the opportunity to “Refer-A-Friend” to become a member of the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society!
SPRING MEMBERSHIP BANQUET
- March 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
held at Main Street United Methodist Church
CIVIL WAR TOURS w/ KERMIT HOBBS
- April 8 & 9 (Morning & Afternoon Schedule Available)
Sign -ups for Members begin March 13th, payment to guarantee spot!
- May 6: This year we will celebrate Train Day from 10:00 am-2:00pm. Activities will include: a scavenger hunt, a working model of a steam engine, crafts for both adults and children, snacks, and book signings by Train Book author Aubrey Willy.
- June 3: A Ladies Afternoon Tea will be held at the Phillips-Dawson House from 2pm-4pm. This will be a very special event! Look for your invitations in the mail and dust off your favorite hat. Special opening of the new exhibit!
OPENING OF NEW EXHIBIT
- June – August: Our new exhibit, “A Century of Fashion – Fashion Through the Decades” c. 1880 – c. 1980 will be on display at the Phillips-Dawson House and can be viewed during normal business hours. This is FREE to the public!
- July 22: Williamsburg Winery’s own Kenny Bumbaco will be at the Phillips-Dawson House from 5pm-7pm with a presentation on the history of Williamsburg Winery. The Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society will be featuring Williamsburg wines and special cheeses. Please make your reservations now by calling (757)539-2781.
COMING IN SEPTEMBER
ANNUAL SALE held @ the Phillips-Dawson House!
SATURDAY, September 9th from 8:00am-2:00pm & SUNDAY, September 10th from 12:00pm-3:00pm
We are accepting donations up until September 5th. Please call 757-539-2781
COMING IN OCTOBER
FALL MEMBER MEETING
- October 16 @ 7:00-8:00pm Join us at the Phillips-Dawson House for delicious desserts and a special speaker.
- SATURDAY 11:00 am- 2:00 pm on October 28, 2017!
Touch-a-Truck, Train, and Trick or Treat will be in October at the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum. SNHS hosts this event for the community and the children. This is one of our largest fundraisers and we need your help! This takes a big team of sponsors and volunteers. We will be handing out Halloween candy to the youngsters and dressing up in our favorite costumes. Call 757-923-4750 for more information on volunteering or to become a sponsor!
- NEW EXHIBIT “The Art of the Table” open October through December at the Phillips-Dawson House. Antique, vintage and modern china, crystal and silver is beautifully displayed. As with out tours and research direction, or exhibits are free to the public. Visit during regular business hours or make an appointment.
along with…..EXCITING NEWS
Madame Yvonne Dawson’s concert grand piano has come home to the Phillips-Dawson House as a gift from the Jimmy Russell estate. This is a beautiful, unique piano made by Weber of New York City. A must see!
The historic Chadwick Theater Marquee now resides at the Phillips-Dawson House to be enjoyed by many generations past and to come. This is a wonderful gift from Lee King in memory of his wife Henrietta. We are so happy to have this piece and want you to see it! Many thanks to Lee, Kermit Hobbs & Larry Riddick for the restoration and installation. Another must see!
COMING IN DECEMBER
RELEASE & SIGNING
- December 2, 10:00am-2:00 pm
The Suffolk Historical Coloring Book has arrived! We will be hosting a release and signing at the Phillips-Dawson House on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00am-2:00pm. Please stop by and meet the young people who wrote, designed and illustrated the coloring book. You can pick up your signed copy, while enjoying refreshments. The books cost $5.00 and all proceeds will go towards a week long history camp, in the summer of 2018, at the Phillips-Dawson House. These books will make a great Christmas gift for children of all ages, as they color and read about the great history of Suffolk.
*This was made possible through a grant from Birdsong Trust
FILM SCREENING (TBA)
- Suffolk native Troy Thomas, Filmmaker from Atlanta, GA will be in Suffolk to screen his award winning PBS documentary, “Liberty & Slavery”. Troy will also be holding a question & answer session after the film. You do not want to miss this great opportunity. We will be sending out ticket information as soon as available.