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RILL: Civil War Home Front in Gloucester County

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From left, Thane Harpole and David Brown will teach the RILL course “Civil War Home Front in Gloucester County: Landscapes of Struggle and Deprivation” on April 16 and 30, and May 7.

Three historic sites in Gloucester County—Gloucester Point, Warner Hall, and Glen Roy—will once again host “Civil War Home Front in Gloucester County: Landscapes of Struggle and Deprivation.” The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) brings back local archaeologists David Brown and Thane Harpole to teach this popular course on April 16 and 30, and May 7 (Tuesdays), from 1 to 3 p.m.

The course examines how homes and their residents fared during the Civil War, focusing on the ways people dealt with the issues of occupying armies, loss of crops and supplies, emancipation of slaves, and the general social and economic upheaval that characterizes a domestic war. Students will examine archaeological and historical evidence that includes a rich assortment of personal documents.

Both Brown and Harpole received their undergraduate degrees from the College of William and Mary, and have conducted archaeological research and instruction in Gloucester County since 1994. They are co-directors of the Fairfield Foundation and founding members of the Werowocomoco Research Group.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Civil War Home Front in Gloucester County: Landscapes of Struggle and Deprivation” and other RILL courses, or to register, call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or email her at .

posted 03.20.2013

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