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Posted on: January 29, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Historical Commission to Unveil New Display

Flag on Tomb of the Unknown Patriot Soldier of the American Revolution at the Church on the Main sit

The James City County Historical Commission will unveil a new display at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville Road. The ceremony is open to the public.

The display includes an American flag that was used at the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot Soldier of the American Revolution at the Church on the Main site. The new display also includes informational signage explaining the Church on the Main site and provides directions for anyone interested in visiting the site.

Church on the Main served as a visual landmark and was at the right flank of the British army camp on the eastern edge of the battlefield during the Revolutionary War Battle of Green Spring (July 6, 1781).

The human remains enclosed in the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot Soldier of the American Revolution were discovered in 1978 by archaeologists from the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology on Harris Plantation. Based upon analysis of the bones by the Smithsonian Institution in 2015, this white male was between 23 and 28 years old, and was probably one of the 22 Pennsylvanians who died in the battle. This Patriot represents all those unknown soldiers who died for independence, lost but not forgotten.

For more information, please contact the Planning Division at 757-253-6685 or planning@jamescitycountyva.gov.

Media Contact:
Paul Holt, Director of Community Development and Planning
757-253-6671; paul.holt@jamescitycountyva.gov 


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