Harvest Days Goes Virtual!

For the health and safety of our guests, the National Park Service and the Rural Plains Foundation decided to take our annual fall event Harvest Days online rather than on site. Check out this video to learn about Rural Plains through the centuries, including the American Revolution, experiences of the enslaved, the Civil War battle in 1864, and the property used as a school post-war.

The Park is Open Daily: Walk in the Footsteps of History.

Experience the 124 acres that comprise the battlefield by walking the 1.25 mile trail around the property. Owned by the National Park Service, the park is dog friendly for pets on leashes and open dawn to dusk daily.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Interior Tours of the Shelton House Have Been Suspended Until Further Notice.

Typically, the Shelton House is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., May through October each year. Tours are staffed entirely by volunteers passionate about Rural Plains and local history, and we appreciate your support to continue our educational programs.

Nearly 300 years-old, the house tells the story of both Revolutionary and Civil War history. The home of Patrick Henry’s first wife, Sarah Shelton, and struck by over 50 artillery shells during the Civil War Battle of Totopotomoy Creek, the Shelton House is a fascinating destination for locals and tourists.

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124 Acres of Walking Trails

In addition to touring the Shelton House on weekends during spring, summer and fall, the 124 acres surrounding the house include walking trails open to the public year-round. Beautiful scenery of Totopotomoy Creek and preserved earthworks from the Civil War battle fought in 1864 can be viewed from the trails. Pets are allowed on leashes. The walking trails are open dawn to dusk daily and are 1.25 miles round trip. Take advantage of this unique park in Hanover County and visit this season!