Hillsman House

Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park
Hillsman House at Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park
Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park
6541 Saylers Creek Road
Rice, VA 23966
Region Central Virginia
Locality Prince Edward
Phone: (804) 561-7510
Email sailorscreek@dcr.virginia.gov
Website www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sai.shtml

The Overton-Hillsman House, overlooking the scene of the last major battle of the Civil War in Virginia, served as a Federal field hospital. Sailor's Creek Battlefield is a historical site because on April 6, 1865 - the Black Thursday of the Confederacy - Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia lost 7,700 men, including eight generals, in the Battle of Little Sailor's Creek. This defeat was key to Lee's decision to surrender at Appomattox Court House 72 hours later, thus ending the war in Virginia.

This compact, 1-1/2 -story structure contains dormer windows and is constructed throughout with hand-hewn timbers, wooden pegs and anvil-wrought nails and a variety of ironwork. Other interesting features include brick nogging daubed in clay, beaded weatherboarding and hand-crafted guters fashioned from heart pine. It is believed to have been built in the 1770s by Moses Overton.

Period costumed interpreters commemorate the event and conduct other living history events throughout the year.

Last Updated: 9/13/2011 4:38 PM
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