New London Day – October 21st, 2017, New London, Virginia.

The 2017 New London day was nice with students from Liberty University’s History Department in period clothing at Mead’s Tavern. They told of the history while in the back room there was a group of the Mead family gathered.

The nearby church had several historical groups represented from The Virginia Canal’s & Navigations Society, with Dr. Bill Trout in attendance, Historical Sandusky, a Civil War historical group and others explained history to the public. 

Just down the road, Delores Nash Hicks held a brush arbor service with a man singing an old hymn very well. Delores led the group from the brush arbor inside the old African church that she attended as a young girl.  

This event went well and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.

Holt Messerly

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    New London Day 2016

    The Friends of New London and students from Liberty University put on a very nice presentation for New London Day 2016. Mrs. Delores Nash Hicks and many of her african american friends held a very moving prayer service in the brush arbor beside the old african american church. Delores and several others led prayers and songs while everyone joined in. A tour of the old church led by Delores followed the service.

    At Mead’s Tavern students put on displays while bluegrass bands performed on the front porch. One old car was on display at the old doctors office.

    At the Friends of New London office building / church  chapel, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Virginia Canals & Navigations Society and history students from Liberty University had displays. The students from Liberty, led by a man named Luke had an outstanding display and Luke was on his feet all day explaining the history of New London.

    Outside the church/office a brass band from Liberty University played their music under a tree by the entrance to the chapel. What beautiful music! The sound was really amazing.

    There was also a pop-up library and an old militia camp set up and a modern display of drones for sale.

    After the ending time at 3:00 several people went on the last stop on the tour, just down US460 to the old cemetery for a tour.

    New London Day 2016 was very nice and enjoyable.

    See you next year,

    Holt Messerly

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