From Green Spring to Freedom Park, the African-American pathway to freedom
 Saturday, October 22nd, 10:00-3:00

The Friends of Green Spring, Colonial National Historical Park, the James City County Historical Commission, and Freedom Park invite you to learn more about Green Spring and to follow the African-American journey from slavery in the 1600s to freedom in 1803 at Historic Green Spring and Freedom Park.
The story told at this year's event begins in Africa, and continues through the early days in Virginia when Sir William Berkeley was governor, as slavery gradually became the law of the land. Throughout the following century, slaves provided the labor force upon which Virginia's prosperity was built. Freedom came to Green Spring's slaves in 1803 after William Ludwell Lee, the owner of Green Spring, died at the young age of 28. In his will, he freed his slaves and made provisions for their education and support. The will provided for land for the freed slaves on the "Hot Water Tract" portion of Green Spring, part of which today is preserved as James City County's Freedom Park, with re-created buildings of the early settlement and an interpretive center with a small museum and many historical and cultural programs.

View the Historic Green Spring site and hear the story of the "modest gentleman's house," built by William Ludwell Lee when Berkeley's mansion was demolished. In 1802, he owned Green Spring and freed the Green Spring slaves upon his death. Continue the story by exploring Freedom Park.
There is no parking at the Historic Green Spring site. Parking and free shuttle bus service to and from Historic Green Spring is available at two sites: the National Park Visitor Center on Jamestown Island and at Freedom Park on Centerville Rd.Shuttle bus service begins at 9:30 at both sites.

For more information, please see the Friends' website for updates at www.historicgreenspring.org.
Architectural rendering of William Ludwell Lee's "modest gentleman's house" by Roger Guernsey with David Frederick

Posted by: Merry Guernsey

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