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Radford celebrates 20 years of Glencoe



It’s been 20 years since the Glencoe Mansion Museum and Gallery in Radford opened its doors to the public. In recognition of this, a special event has been organized to take place this Saturday at the 19th century era mansion built by Confederate Brigadier General Gabriel Wharton.

“This is a celebration of 20 years of documenting the history of the Wharton family and of the whole area,” said Scott Gardner, Executive Director of the Glencoe Mansion Museum and Gallery.

The 20th anniversary celebration begins with an opening ceremony starting at 10:30. This will include Radford University and Radford City dignitaries, as well as a representative from Cole Morgan, which bought the property in 1994 before donating it to the city in 1996.

At 11 a.m. the Glencoe’s Art and History exhibit will open and will feature two new exhibits: A quilt made by a member of the Wharton family for Virginia Governor James Hoge Tyler and an exhibit showing how dinner parties were held in the 1890’s. Apparently serving celery at dinner was the latest fad 120 years ago.

At noon, Dr. Robert Whisonant will make a presentation about minerals, the railroad and civil war battles in Southwest Virginia. At two p.m. a history panel discussion will focus on the “World of the Whartons.” An hour later another presentation entitled “Love among the Ruins,” will look into the Confederate courtship of General Wharton and his wife Nannie Radford Wharton.

There will be food available at the event, which ends at 4 p.m.



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