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Saturday, June 24
United States Colored Troops of the American Civil War  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Oakland Museum, 5365 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Arrington, VA 22922
Jay Rarick will present a program on the United States Colored Troops (USCT) of the American Civil War. Mr. Morris Lockhard will be present in period costume. Program at 1pm followed by a time for questions and answers. Please join us!

Saturday, July 8
Bronze Statues of Two Famous Nelsonians Unveiled  (Special Events)
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Oakland Museum, 5365 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Arrington, VA 22922
Life-size bronze statues of Earl Hamner Jr., creator of “The Waltons,” and Jimmy Fortune, formerly of the Statler Brothers, will be unveiled at a ceremony at the Nelson County Historical Society’s Oakland Museum on Saturday, July 8, at 11 a.m.
Kami Cotler, who played Elizabeth Walton, and Michael McGreevey, an actor and writer on the show and a co-producer of a documentary on Hamner, will speak at the event.
Cotler, a prominent cast member of “The Homecoming” and “The Waltons” beginning at age 6, and who lived in Nelson and taught in the school system, arranged for other cast members to produce a video expressing their memories of Hamner. It will be shown at the unveiling. Hamner died in 2016 and July 10 will mark his 100th birthday.
Fortune and members of his family will be present for the unveiling. Fortune will speak about his relationship with Hamner. Musician Eddie Witt, a former coach and teacher in the Nelson County Public Schools, will speak about Fortune’s place in the history of music in the United States.
The museum will also premiere exhibits on Hamner and “Rhythms Past and Present,” honoring Fortune and other prominent local musicians with photos, biographies and videos of interviews and performances. The exhibits will be opened to the public at 1 p.m. following the unveiling. The musical heritage exhibit is partially funded by a grant from Bama Works, a charitable foundation of the Dave Matthews Band.

Saturday, July 8
Concert to Honor Jimmy Fortune  (Special Events)
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Nelson Heritage Center, 1653 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Arrington, VA
A concert to honor Nelson County’s Jimmy Fortune, formerly of the Statler Brothers and now a successful nationwide solo performer, is set for Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center at 1653 Thomas Nelson Highway, Arrington.
Fortune will headline the concert, along with his cousins D.D. and Tommy Fortune, John Rimel, Curtis Kidd, Alan Hoffman and Bill Edmonds. A host of musicians he played with in his early days will also perform: Jimmy’s brother Tony Fortune, Benny Dodd, Joey Davis, Eddie Witt, Ral Satterwhite, David Matthews, Charles Taylor, Billy Paul Mays,  Keith Bradley and others.
Only 250 tickets will be sold for the concert and can only be purchased online at under the title “A Tribute to Jimmy Fortune.”
The concert is sponsored by the Nelson County Historical Society which will open an exhibit at Oakland Museum on the county’s musical heritage called “Rhythms of Yesterday and Today.”