RCC-RILL probes New Kent history

New Kent County history enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity to take another course on that subject from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL). “Continuing the Magical History Tour of New Kent County,” a sequel to the original “Tour” from Spring 2016, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on October 11, 18, and 25 (Tuesdays).

Those who register for this course in order to deepen their knowledge of New Kent—one of the oldest counties in Virginia—will meet instructor LaVonne Patterson Allen at RCC’s New Kent site, at 11825 New Kent Highway, on the three class dates. On October 11, Allen will lead the group in a walk along part of the road used by the Washington Rochambeau Wagon Train in 1781. They will then sit in the jury box at the Old New Kent Courthouse, and meet a mystery guest at the New Kent Historical Society Museum. On October 18, the group will visit the two historic homes of “Iden” and “Cedar Lane.” The birthplace of President John Tyler’s wife Letitia, “Cedar Grove,” will be the first of the October 25 destinations, to be followed by Emmaus Baptist Church.

LaVonne Patterson Allen is the “Jailor” and historian of the New Kent Historical Society. She has done extensive historical and genealogical research centering on New Kent County, and has co-authored four books.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Continuing the Magical History Tour of New Kent County” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2016.