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JEB Stuart Birthplace Trust News
The JEB Stuart Birthplace Trust held its last bi-monthly meeting of 2013 on November 12, 2013.

Officers are as follows:  Shirley Keene, President, Ronnie Hayes, Vice President, Shelby Puckett, Secretary, Brian Jessup, Treasurer, and Tom Bishop, Publicity and Media Relations.

The Birthplace Trust hosted a tour of Laurel Hill for Patrick County young professionals on December 11, 2013. The group was led by Tim Collins, Executive Director of the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce. Tour guides for Laurel Hill were Shelby Puckett, Ronnie Haynes, and Tom Bishop.

On December 18, Shirley Keene and Tom Bishop visited Yellow Tavern, battle site near Richmond, VA, where Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart was mortally wounded on May 11, 1864. While there they were given a tour by Robert Krick, Jr. of the National Park Service and Mary Sands Satterwhite, Guest Curator of the Meadow Farm Museum. On hand for this was retired Lt. Col. J. E. B. Stuart, IV, Henry Kidd, Civil War Artist and Re-enactor, Vicky Stevens of the Henrico County Historical Society and retired professor Dr. Jean Maurice Duke. While there, discussions were conducted concerning the planned commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the death of Gen. Stuart called "Clash At The Gates of Richmond."

The Birthplace Trust is planning a JEB Stuart birthday party on February 8, at Granny's Attic antique mall in Stuart, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. There will be a live WHEO radio remote and free birthday cake and lemonade. The Birthplace has a vendor spot in the store with many Civil War books, prints, children's books and toys, T-shirt, hats, coffee mugs, and many more items to sale. This event is free and open to the public. Granny's Attic is located at 301 South Main Street, Stuart.

The Annual Civil War Encampment and Living History will be held on October 4 and 5, 2014 at Laurel Hill, Ararat,VA, Gen. Stuart's birthplace.

To learn more about Laurel Hill and other planned events for 2014, go to the web site, Laurel Hill is open to the public daily for self-guided tours. Organizations wishing to schedule a group tour should contact The Birthplace at 276-251-1833.
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