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Jenkins Plantation Museum to celebrate the holiday season on Dec. 14, 2002

The Jenkins Plantation Museum, located in the Green Bottom Wildlife Management Area of Cabell County, will ring in this holiday season with an 1860 Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The evening’s activities will feature an opportunity for children to make gifts and decorate outdoor holiday trees. Period re-enactors will be on hand, in costume, to talk to visitors about how the holidays were celebrated during the Civil War. In addition, visitors will be able to tour the historic Jenkins homestead and enjoy refreshments. Because some activities will be held outdoors, children should bring or wear warm clothing.

Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the Jenkins Plantation Museum is located on West Virginia Route 2 between Huntington and Point Pleasant. It is open to the public for tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Jenkins house was the home of merchant William Jenkins, who used the fortune he made trading grain in South America to create an impressive plantation. Upon his death, his youngest son, Albert Gallatin, inherited the home and grounds. Albert served as an attorney and U.S. Congressman but resigned to take a commission in the Confederate Army, leading the 8th Virginia Cavalry. Born in 1830, General Jenkins died in 1864 from wounds suffered in the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain near Dublin, Va.

For more information about the holiday party at the Jenkins Plantation Museum, call Stan Bumgardner at (304) 558-0220, ext. 121, or the museum 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. 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
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Phone (304) 558-0220
Fax (304) 558-2779
ginny.painter@wvculture.org