About The Friends
Incorporated in 1997, The Friends of the National Park for Green Spring, Inc. is a non-profit Virginia corporation with 501 (C) (3) IRS tax status, and is governed by a 21-member Board and an 11-member Advisory Council. The Friends' mission is to research, preserve, and present Historic Green Spring and its history for public education and enjoyment.
Interactive Kiosk Dedicated to Friends Founder Clifford Williams
The Friends commissioned an interactive kiosk in 2011 to tell the stories of Historic Green Spring in words, pictures and videos. The kiosk was installed at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center and dedicated it to the late Clifford Williams, founder of The Friends of Green Spring. Mrs. Williams helped cut the ribbon at the dedication with Friends Co-Presidents Julie Leverenz and Bob Taylor, and Karen Rehm and Superintendent Dan Smith of the Colonial National Historical Park.
The 2011 Annual Tour of Historic Green Spring had to be cancelled due to wet site conditions. However, The Friends along with costumed interpreters portraying Sir William and Lady Frances Berkeley greeted visitors at the Jamestowne Visitor Center. The next tour is planned for Fall 2012.
"Who Was Nathaniel Bacon?"
The 2011 lecture was presented by Warren Billings, author of Sir William Berkeley and the Forging of Colonial Virginia. In an entertaining and informative program at the Williamsburg Regional Library, Prof. Billings gave new insight into what little is known about the man behind Bacon's Rebellion.
In October 2010 the Friends presented a newly-developed conceptual animation of the grand manor house at Green Spring and hosted the second Annual Tour, "A Journey Back in Time". During the tour, visitors were greeted by Sir William and Lady Frances Berkeley, and Park Rangers presented programs on The Greate Road, African Americans at Green Spring, Mapping, and Recent Discoveries on the Battle of Green Spring.
In October 2009 The Friends sponsored a series of events in conjunction with Virginia Archaeology Month. Three informative lectures were presented by Kent Brinkley, Martha McCartney and Warren Billings.
On October 24, The Friends hosted an Open House, welcoming the public to Historic Green Spring for the first time since 2003. Interpreters from The Friends and the National Park Service, multi-media exhibits, actors portraying Governor Sir William and Lady Frances Berkeley, and historical dancers and musicians brought the site to life for hundreds of visitors.
Watch the video "The Voices of Green Spring"
The Friends of the National Park Service for Green Spring, Inc.
P.O. Box 779
Williamsburg, VA 23187