Lunch and Learn: Defenders of Isle of Wight

On April 12th, 2017,  Home Sweet Home Care Inc. is sponsoring a lunch and learn by the renowned and popular historian, Dr. John V. Quarstein. Dr. Quarstein will present DEFENDERS OF ISLE OF WIGHT: FORTS BOYKIN AND HUGER. Quarstein’s lectures are both educational and entertaining. This lunch and learn will breathe life into these two historical sites in Isle of Wight.

According to the Fort Boykin’s Brochure: Fort Boykin has been a part of American history since 1623 when a fort known as “the Castle” was constructed to protect the Jamestown colonists from Native Americans and raiding Spaniards. Atop a bluff overlooking the James River, the site’s commanding view makes it a keen observation point.
From Fort Huger’s Brochure: In 1861, state engineer and architect Andrew Talcott was assigned the task of building defenses along the James River to protect against Union assault. He traveled up the James River and chose the most suitable sites for gun batteries. In addition to batteries at Fort Boykin, Mulberry Island, Jamestown Island and Drewry’s Bluff, he also chose Hardy’s Bluff for the construction of Fort Huger.

The event starts with lunch at the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club at Gatling Point North in Smithfield, Virginia.  Enjoy a great meal and learn about the history of these local forts in a lovely private location. Gatling Pointe Yacht club will be catering the event.

Dr. Quarstein is a frequent speaker for events on the Peninsula and in Norfolk. Now is an opportunity to attend one of his talks that feature historical locations in Isle of Wight. You don’t even have to leave Isle of Wight to attend. This lunch and learn is happening right in your own backyard!

Details of Lunch and Learn

Cost to attend: $13.50. Seating is limited to 40. To ensure you reserve your seat, please do so early. Choose from one of four meal choices for this lunch and learn. All meals come with a drink and dessert included. Taxes and gratuity are included. Beer and wine are available for separate purchase, as well. Lunch begins at 11:30 and the presentation beings at 12:15. Reservations must be made before April 7th. No cancellations or refunds after April 7th. Make your meal selection below and click on Add to Cart to reserve your seat at this event .


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About Dr. John V. Quarstein

John V QuarsteinJohn V. Quarstein is the director of the USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News, Virginia. An award-winning historian, preservationist, lecturer, and author, Quarstein served as historian for the city of Hampton’s 400th anniversary and previously worked for 30 years as the director of the Virginia War Museum and as consultant to the USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum.

Quarstein’s passion for historic preservation is evidenced by the creation of Civil War battlefield parks like Redoubt Park in Williamsburg and Lee’s Mill Park in Newport News as well as historic house museums such as Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation. He has been instrumental in the preservation of the Rebecca Vaughan House, Lee Hall Depot, Causey’s Mill, and Big Bethel Battlefield.

The author of 15 books, his titles include A HISTORY OF IRONCLADS:  THE POWER OF IRON OVER WOOD and THE MONITOR BOYS: THE CREW OF THE UNION’S FIRST IRONCLAD, which received the 2012 Henry Adams Prize for excellence in historical literature. He also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries including the film series, CIVIL WAR IN HAMPTON ROADS, a 2007 Silver Telly Award winner.

Quarstein is the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 1993 President’s Award for Historic Preservation; the Civil War Society’s Preservation Award in 1996; the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Gold Medal in 1999; and the Daughters of the American Revolution Gold Historians Medal in 2009. Besides his lifelong interests in naval history and Tidewater Virginia’s Civil War experience, Quarstein is an avid duck hunter and decoy collector.  He lives in the National Register of Historic Places property known as the 1757 Herbert House. This outstanding example of brick Georgian architecture is located near Blackbeard’s Point on the Hampton River in Hampton, Virginia.