O’Neill to connect Northern Neck and War of 1812 for historical society

Patrick O’Neill will discuss how the Northern Neck influenced the outcome of the War of 1812.

The Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society’s annual spring membership meeting will be held May 8, at Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford.

Guest speaker Patrick O’Neill will share the history of how the Northern Neck changed the outcome of the War of 1812, reported executive director Kathy G. Schuder.

O’Neill is a professional historian, archaeologist and author of several books, including books on the War of 1812, Mount Vernon and Virginia’s presidential homes. He has conducted research in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. region.

His projects include finding Confederate graves at Bristow Station, an overseer’s house at George Washington’s Union Farm near Mount Vernon, a deep well basement of the Arlington House and the truncated 1785 foundation of Virginia’s Capitol.

O’Neill has been president of the Archeological Society of Virginia and has been involved with the society’s home at Kittiewan Plantation in Charles City for many years.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and the guest speaker’s presentation will begin at 11 a.m., said Schuder. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

For those who plan to attend the guest speaker’s presentation and/or luncheon only, please plan to arrive by 10:45 a.m. Immediately following the speaker’s presentation at noon, the Society will host a buffet luncheon, $30 per person.

Luncheon reservations are required. The reservation deadline is May 1. Contact nnvhs@live.com for a reservation form.