About the Village
The Historic Village was ten years in the making and finally opened on September 20, 2007. It is located on 40 acres and owned by Historic Buckingham, Inc. The historic significance of the property is that Rose Cottage was a stagecoach stop and it's the spot where General Robert E. Lee camped on his way back to Richmond two days after the surrender at Appomattox.
At the present time, the Village consists of the following structures: tobacco barn, slate company office, general store, corn crib, one room school, post office, slate roofed privy, colonial garden, blacksmith shop, smoke house, a covered stage, plus a colonial garden,and a nature trail. All the buildings were physically moved onto the land (with the exception of the blacksmith shop and stage which were built on site) , to create a village. There is the Word/Shepherd family cemetery located on the property for which HBI is caretaker.
The Village is staffed with volunteers some of whom dress in period attire and act as guides. Plans to have one or more events monthly add to the excitement and enjoyment of this little village. Some of the activities are Civil War weekend and May Fest in the spring and Fall Farm Fest , Indian Relic Show, music and theater on the stage, and more.