Dahlgren Heritage Museum welcomes pact with Estate at White Hall | Advertisement

Leaders of the Dahlgren Heritage Museum joined the owners of the White Hall Vineyard estate 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 the story of the Dahlgren Navy at the beautiful historic property.

Ed Jones, Chairman of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, thanked Joel and Bethany Cassell, owners of Estate at White Hall, for their openness to working together and sharing the two organizations’ message. “Every time the museum comes here, good things happen,” Jones said. “Last year we were here for the King George County Business Appreciation Event and won the Non-Profit Organization of the Year award. We hope more good things will happen here this year.

The Cassells, who shared the story of their search for a historic home and their journey in opening up the vineyard, also seized the opportunity.

“We are delighted to work with the museum. Bethany and I love the story. We’ve traveled all over the country…we’re excited to learn more about Dahlgren’s story and share it here at White Hall.

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The evening was amplified by the launch of the museum’s new exhibit “Seized Land,” created by University of Mary Washington historic preservation students under the direction of Associate Professor Cristina Turdean.

The exhibit tells the story of the land that is now part of Dahlgren Naval Base and its history before it was claimed to be used in the defense of our nation, as well as the impact and opportunities for the growing base that has become a “hidden gem” of the Navy.

The Dahlgren Museum is pleased to resume public events after a long period of inactivity due to the pandemic, and several events are planned at the White Hall grounds. The annual meeting of Dahlgren Museum members will take place on June 15. A series of lectures is scheduled for August 17. The Murder Mystery dinner theater will take place on September 3 and a museum evening will take place on October 12.

The museum is open Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To learn more about the museum, make a donation or become a member, visit dahlgrenmuseum.org.

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