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Jenkins Plantation Museum to celebrate 171st anniversary of the homestead

The Jenkins Plantation Museum, located in the Green Bottom Wildlife Management Area of Cabell County, will celebrate its 171st year at the annual Homestead Gathering on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The day’s activities are free and open to the public.

Visitors will be treated to barbecue sandwiches, chips, lemonade, iced tea and bottled water from noon - 3 p.m. They also can enjoy traditional period music, settle back for a hay ride around the plantation and tour the historic Jenkins home. Deanna Abbott of Parkersburg will have her private collection of period clothing, photographs and postcards on display. In addition, Grace Welch, a tour guide for the Capitol Complex, will lead kids in making cornhusk dolls.

The Jenkins Plantation Museum is located on West Virginia Route 2 between Huntington and Point Pleasant. A facility of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the museum features the former home of Confederate Brigadier General Albert Gallatin Jenkins. The 1835 house, built in the tradition of Tidewater, Va., is noteworthy for its architecture and was built by slaves between 1830 and 1835. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and on the Civil War Discovery Trail. The museum’s regular hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the Homestead Gathering at the Jenkins Plantation Museum, contact Matt Boggess, site manager, at (304) 762-1059.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Ginny Painter
Deputy Commissioner/Communications Manager
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV  25305
Phone (304) 558-0220, ext. 120
Fax (304) 558-2779
Email ginny.painter@wvculture.org