Leaders from Dahlgren Heritage Museum joined the owners of Estate at White Hall Vineyard on April 28 at the vineyard to celebrate a collaboration between the two organizations.
The event was the first of several planned throughout 2022 that will allow the museum and winery to share Dahlgren Navy history at the beautiful historic property.
Ed Jones, president of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, thanked Estate at White Hall owners Joel and Bethany Cassell for being open to working together and sharing the message of both organizations. “Whenever the museum comes here, good things happen,” Jones said. “Last year we were here for the King George County Business Appreciation event and won an award for Non-Profit of the year. We look forward to more good things happening here this year.”
The Cassells, who shared the story of their search for a historic home and their journey in opening the vineyard, welcomed the opportunity as well.
“We’re thrilled to be working with the museum. Bethany and I love history. We’ve traveled all over the country…we’re excited to learn more about Dahlgren’s history and share it here at White Hall.”
The evening was amplified by the debut of the museum’s new “Seized Land” exhibit, created by Historic Preservation students at the University of Mary Washington under the instruction of Associate Professor Cristina Turdean. The exhibit tells the story of land, now part of the Navy base at Dahlgren. The exhibit chronicles the history of the land before it was claimed to be used as part of the defense of our nation the impact and opportunities as the base grew to become a “hidden gem” of the Navy.
Dahlgren Museum is happy to return to public events after an extended amount of down time due to the pandemic. Please plan to attend the following upcoming events:
May 14 – Doors to History Week Event – Base Tour of NSF Dahlgren Board a bus at Dahlgren Museum, 3540 James Madison Pkwy in King George, for a windshield tour of Naval Support Facility Dahlgren and learn about its many programs present and past. Bus leaves promptly at 11 a.m. The bus tour is followed by a guided tour of the museum. Free and open to the public, but you must register at Eventbrite.com (search Dahlgren Heritage Museum)
June 15 – Annual Dahlgren Museum Members Meeting at The Estate at White Hall Vineyard – 5 p.m. To become a museum member, visit www.dahlgrenmuseum.org
August 17 – Speaker Series Event at The Estate at White Hall – 5 p.m. Topic/speakers TBD. Free and open to the public.
September 3 – Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at The Estate at White Hall – 6 p.m. More details will be available soon on this improv evening of fun and mystery. Tickets will be available at Eventbrite.com later this summer
October 12 – Museum Social at The Estate at White Hall – 5 p.m. Free and open to the public
The museum is open Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. In honor of Doors to History week, the museum will also be open Wed., May 11 and Thurs., May 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
To learn more about the museum, make a donation, or become a member, visit www.dahlgrenmuseum.org.