Northern Neck History Fair exhibitions now on display

Fourth-grader Anne Shackleford of Northumberland Elementary School created this exhibit on “Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden.”

Exhibitions from the 16th-Annual Northern Neck History Fair are on display through April 26 at Historic Christ Church & Museum (HCC&M), 420 Christ Church Road, Weems. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Projects represent the work of fourth-grade students at Lancaster Middle and Northumberland Elementary schools and third-grade students at Chesapeake Academy. They entered original exhibits, displays or designs that tell the story of an event, person or cultural development in Virginia from 1607 through 1789, explained education director and curator Robert Teagle.

The fair promotes research on life in colonial and revolutionary Virginia by these students, who study the period as part of their Virginia Studies curricula, said Teagle.   Entries this year include models of Jamestown Fort, a diorama on Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary garden at Monticello, a comparison of modern lacrosse and the lacrosse Indians invented, a Virginia tobacco house, a history of George Washington and a recreation of a Powhatan canoe.

HCC&M will host an awards ceremony for all participants, family members and teachers at 7 p.m April 26. Students earn cash prizes for first through third places and honorable mentions. Each student who participates is entered in a random drawing for two tickets to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in Williamsburg.

The exhibitions also will be on display at the Lancaster Community Library April 28 through May 14.

Sponsors include Bank of Lancaster & Bay Trust, Chesapeake Bank, Connemara Corporation and HCC&M.