A Student of History

February 8, 2008

Road to Revolution State Heritage Trail Consortium

Filed under: Early America,Historic Places,Historic Preservation — John Maass @ 9:37 am

From the “Mechanicsville Local,” a Virginia paper, on Janury 9, 2008:

The Road to Revolution State Heritage Trail Consortium, organized upon passage of House Bill 1722 last General Assembly session, announces the receipt of a $5,000 marketing leverage grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation. This funding will provide information on the Trail through brochures and a website that promotes tourism
across Virginia to the Road to Revolution Heritage Trail sites.

“Our marketing efforts will increase awareness of the Road to Revolution Heritage Trail and promote visitation to the historic sites and educational institutions on the trail,” Delegate Christopher K. Peace, Hanover County and chairman of the consortium.
He continued, “This increased visitation will promote activity at local restaurants, area accommodations, attractions and shops which are in the localities served by the trail. The consortium is also planning a kickoff event in the spring that will showcase the trail
and Virginia for regional travel writers.” The Road to Revolution Consortium is a cooperative alliance of historical associations, non-profit foundations, and other
organizations that own and operate historic sites associated with the life and times of Patrick Henry, orator of the American Revolution and first governor of the independent Commonwealth of Virginia. The Consortium is responsible for establishing and promoting The Road to Revolution as an educational and heritage tourism trail linking historic sites that highlight and commemorate the American Revolution and Patrick Henry’s leading role in liberating Virginia from Colonial rule, creating an independent nation, and shaping American ideals and institutions.

“The Virginia Tourism Corporation is pleased to support the efforts of the Road to Revolution Heritage Trail through the Marketing Leverage Fund award,” stated Alisa Bailey, President and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “The Road to Revolution Heritage Trail links these significant historical sites together in a common theme,
which is an increasingly important way to promote heritage sites.”

Eight organizations formed in January 2007 and have met monthly since then. With the help of the Greater Richmond Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the consortium has also filed an application for a Transportation Enhancement Grant on November 1st. The members of the consortium are: Hampden-Sydney College, Hanover County, Virginia,
Hanover Tavern Foundation, Historic Polegreen Church Foundation, Red Hill – The Patrick Henry National Memorial, Richmond Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Scotchtown, and St. John’s Church Foundation. In addition to these consortium members, affiliate members include Studley, Rural Plains, Pine Slash, Hanover Courthouse, Virginia
Department of Historic Resources, National Park Service, Delegate Chris Peace (97th District), Lythos Studios, Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, APVA Preservation Virginia and Virginia Tourism Corporation. A panel of scholars from area institutions such as the Virginia Historical
Society, Library of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University, along with two independent scholars, provides insight and interpretation of the historic events that occurred in Virginia leading up to and during the American Revolution.


Offered January 10, 2007
Prefiled December 19, 2006
A BILL to establish The Road to Revolution Heritage trail.
Patrons– Peace, Hargrove and McClellan
Committee Referral Pending
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. §1. There is hereby established The Road to Revolution, a
heritage trail of sites significant to Patrick Henry, orator of the
American Revolution and independent Virginia’s first governor, to
highlight and celebrate Henry’s leading role in liberating Virginia
from Colonial rule to independence. The Trail shall consist of the
following sites: St. John’s Church at Richmond, Virginia; Scotchtown
at Beaverdam, Virginia; Hanover Tavern at Hanover, Virginia; the
Hanover County Courthouse at Hanover, Virginia; Historic Polegreen
Church at Mechanicsville, Virginia; and Red Hill Plantation at
Brookneal, Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation shall
erect one identifying sign in the Department’s right-of-way at each
site only by request of a local government, historical organization,
or foundation with custodial responsibilities for that site.
Directional signs for travelers to these sites may be erected and
maintained by similar request. Directional signage shall be placed at
the nearest intersection to each site in the Department’s right-of-
way if there is no conflict with other Department signage. All signs
shall consist of a common sign design developed by a committee
consisting of one representative of each historical organization,
foundation, or local governing body and the Director of the
Department of Historic Resources. Sign panels and posts shall meet
Department of Transportation specifications. All costs associated
with manufacturing, erection, and maintenance of signs under this
section shall be borne by the requesting party. Signs erected by the
Virginia Department of Transportation under this section shall be
placed in accordance with all applicable Departmental regulations.



  1. you need more info

    Comment by diana — November 7, 2008 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  2. Hi,

    I am interested in the American Revolution. Do you have any information you can mail me about the revolution concerning your state. Please mail to:

    Dennis J Caprio
    7808 Beverly Ave
    Baltimore, MD 21234

    Sincerely, Dennis

    Comment by Dennis J Caprio — December 21, 2008 @ 5:36 am | Reply

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