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Volunteers, donations sought for Founders’ Day celebration

by Tom Chillemi

Urbanna’s heritage will be honored during the first Founders’ Day Celebration on Saturday, August 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is just 5 weeks away and volunteers are needed.

In one sense, the Founders’ Day will be a homecoming for many folks, including descendants of Urbanna’s founders and area residents. “It also will be a day for people with an appreciation of history who hunger to better experience its importance and far-reaching impact,” said Barbara Hartley, chair of the Old Tobacco Warehouse (OTW) Committee and a member of the Urbanna Town Council.

Founders’ Day also will be a homecoming for the John Mitchell Map, which for more than a year has been undergoing extensive restoration in Richmond. The edition, which the town owns, is one of the first Mitchell maps that was printed about 1755. The Mitchell Map was used as the cartographic document consulted by Great Britain and United States officials at Paris, France, in 1782 and 1783 while negotiating the treaty that terminated the Revolutionary War.

To lend your support to Founders’ Day, either financially or by volunteering, contact Hartley at Urbanna Harbor Gallery at 758-2828 or call the town office at 758-2613.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 07.23.2014

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