After hearing what Elizabeth Goodwin and Sheila had to say about the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation and the speaker series the foundation is putting on, we wanted to learn more. Elizabeth Goodwin, the executive director of the foundation was happy to answer some questions for us.
What exactly is the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation?
The Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation was formed in 1999 by a group of citizens and community leaders whose mission it was to preserve the historical significance of the Revolutionary War Battle of Great Bridge, the Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal, and the Dismal Swamp Canal.
Who decided to create the museum?
The Foundation planned a Historic Park and Museum to educate the public about the history of the Battle and Waterways.
Why are the waterways so important in history?
Waterways were our “roads” before streets and bridges were created. They were used for shipment/transportation of goods and services. Today they are still used for transportation, commercial use and recreation.
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What is the goal of the museum?
The goal of the museum is to become an educational resource for those interested in the history of our region and to educate school groups, adult groups and visitors on the history of the Battle of Great Bridge and our waterways.
Do you offer virtual tours?
We currently do not offer virtual tours, but have done virtual presentations to various groups.
When are you open and what is the cost of admission?
Our Hours of Museum: Wednesday -Saturday 10am – 4pm and the second Sunday of the month from 1pm – 4pm Admission $8, discounts available for seniors, military, youth, and groups of 10. If you have questions, you always give us a call at 757-482-4480.
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