14421 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News, Virginia 23608, United States
We meet on the third Wednesday of each month from March to November at 11:30am at Warwick Courthouse in Denbigh for lunch with presentations beginning at noon. Pre-order a box lunch or bring your own. See below for details.
From March through November, the WCHS offers a full schedule of luncheon events with interesting historical presentations on old Warwick County, Mulberry Island, Newport News and other topics of interest.
We offer bodacious box lunches from a longtime local favorite establishment, Dino's. Offerings include either a Sandwich or Salad Box for $15.
Place your order prior to the event and pick up at the door. (Optional)
Sub roll with choice of ham, turkey, roast beef, chicken salad or meatball, plus cheese, lettuce, tomato...
Bag of chips, brownie and beverage
Green house salad with shredded Mozerella or Caesar salad.
Dressing (Ranch, house, honey mustard).
Brownie and beverage.
Order online or by calling Mary K at (757) 525-7372. Please place your order by noon the day before the program - those who prefer are welcome to bring their own meal, brown bags okay!
Wednesday, July 19, noon - The Virginia American Revolution 250 Anniversary Commission
In Virginia, the American Revolution was a war, but more than a war. Inspired Virginians brought to a fledgling nation the thoughtful words of guiding leaders of the day to declare liberty as the right of Americans and to assert with that liberty any pursuit is within reach. These revolutionary notions, conceived by outstanding Virginians and their colonial counterparts, are the ideals that set the foundation of our great nation. The American Revolution in Virginia was a long and hard-fought war, but it was much more than a war. It was a Revolution of Ideas. Presented by Cheryl Wilson, Commission Executive Director.
Wednesday, September 20, noon - Quackery, Snake Oil and Patent Medicines
A fun-filled and yet unbelievable history of cures and treatments over the years. showcasing some historic medical misfires and malpractices as well as some “treatments” predicated on a range of clueless-ness, trial and error and straight-up scams. Speaker Jennifer England will offer a traveling medicine show highlighting items from the Isle of Wight County Museum's collection. Afterwards, program attendees may wish to take their own vitamins.
Wednesday, October 18, noon - Fort Eustis Archaeological Sites
Mulberry Island is known for its early habitation by English settlers. Early experiments there with silkworms gave way to tobacco as the cash crop needed to sustain the Virginia Company of London's financial interests. Purchased by the US Army in 1918, the island became Camp Eustis and later Fort Eustis, an Army transportation hub. Managing over 240 historically significant sites, Dr. Christopher McDaid, Fort Eustis Community Resources manager and his team of archaeologists will present their latest findings on the history and archaeology of Mulberry Island.
Wednesday, November 22, noon - The Virginia War Museum: 100 Years
Founded in 1923 by Braxton-Perkins Post 25 as the American Legion Memorial Museum, 2023 marks the centennial of one of America's premier military history museums -- located right here in Newport News. Join with Museum Educator Chris Garcia for an insider's perspective as he highlights significant episodes and artifacts from the collection that document our nation's conflicts from 1775 to the present.
The society holds work sessions at the 1810 Warwick Courthouse on Wednesdays (other than luncheon meeting dates) cataloguing Warwick's history and a variety of other needed tasks. Join us on Wednesdays from noon to two pm to get your hands dirty in old Warwick history!
Our meetings and events are open to the public. Bring a friend, a guest or just come by yourself to meet a fantastic group of local history aficionados, historians, genealogists and explore local history topics with a very fine group of members. We hope you will find a place with us and become a member after you try us out a time or two.