Adam Goodheart at the Gardens at Poke

Come celebrate the Fourth of July at the Gardens at Poke on Saturday, July 2! This Mosby Heritage Area Association-sponsored special event features a Garden Party, followed by a talk and book signing by the renowned historian and journalist Adam Goodheart on his fascinating new book, 1861: The Civil War Awakening, as well as live music.  Our hosts for the evening are Trevor Potter and Dana Westring at their home, Poke, near Marshall, Virginia.

The critically acclaimed 1861 is currently on the New York Times best seller list. In it, Goodheart presents a social history of the earliest days of the Civil War, a time when the country was preparing itself for battle. Goodheart introduces a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes—among them, an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer’s wife, a close-knit band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, and a young college professor who would one day become president.

Adam Goodheart writes a regular column on the Civil War for The New York Times online. He also has written for National Geographic, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. He is director of Washington College’s C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. with refreshments and a walk through the gardens, followed at 5:00 p.m. by Mr. Goodheart’s remarks. The Chester River Runoff fiddle and banjo band will be performing at 6:00 p.m.  Mark Risinger, the acclaimed New York baritone, will provide vocals from the Civil War. The performance will be followed by dancing under a large tent.

Date: Saturday, July 2, 2011

Time: 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Poke, 3284 Whiting Road, Marshall, VA 20115

Admission: $60 for MHAA members and $70 for non-members

Reservations: Make your reservations by going online to MHAA’s website,, from the Calendar Page or by calling MHAA at 540-687-6681.

About Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.
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