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Oysters, Barbecue...Battersea, which will be held on the lawn of Historic Battersea on Nov. 2.

PETERSBURG — Petersburg Area Regional Tourism has been awarded one of 16 2019 Commemoration Finale Grants for Oysters, Barbecue...Battersea, which will be held on the lawn of Historic Battersea on Nov. 2.

The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution Finale Grants are for events taking place in November during the Virginia Customs, Cultures and Cuisine Festival. The grants are being administered by the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

The month-long Virginia Customs, Cultures and Cuisine Festival, presented by TowneBank, will be filled with local, regional and statewide events honoring early Virginia history with cultures and styles that have shaped America over 400 years. This special capstone to the 2019 Commemoration will foster statewide participation, tourism, marketing and promotion, and public events to create a contemporary experience for all ages.

Oysters, Barbecue...Battersea is a beautiful afternoon event held on the rolling lawn of Historic Battersea where guests can enjoy Virginia oysters right off of the grill, along with a very traditional Virginia barbecue buffet lunch with all of the traditional southern side dishes, such as baked beans, cole slaw, macaroni & cheese, cornbread and luscious desserts.

There are also Virginia craft beer selections, Virginia wines from which to choose, and specialty cocktails. Additionally, there is an amazing display of classic British cars on the grounds, and there will be live music andtours of the house and grounds. The very special neo-Palladian house is 251 years old and the huge specimen shade trees pre-date the house. Gates open at noon and the event is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and come and enjoy the history and culture of this special place, the music, the food and this beautiful outdoor oasis in Historic Petersburg, just blocks from Old Towne. It is a perfect event for gathering with friends. Oysters, Barbecue...

Battersea enables the Battersea Foundation to continue the restoration of the house and the very rare greenhouse. This house and these grounds have witnessed the Revolutionary War Battle of Petersburg and the 10-month Civil War Siege of Petersburg and it still stands. This year, in the spirit of giving embedded in the month-long Virginia Customs, Culture and Cuisine Festival, the Battersea Foundation is asking its patrons to bring non-perishable canned goods that will be donated to the Hope Center in Petersburg.

“Oysters, Barbecue...Battersea is a favorite event each year in our region, and we are so flattered to have American Evolution select it to be a part of this wonderful statewide festival celebrating Virginia’s customs, culture & cuisine”, said Martha Burton, Petersburg Area Regional Tourism Director. She added, “there is so much to LOVE when you come to this event.

Mouth-watering food and drinks of your choice, our Virginia oysters, the gorgeous setting, the rich history, music, good friends – make it your new celebration of the beautiful Virginia customs, culture & cuisine”. Ticket information is available at www.petersburgarea.org, or www.batterseafound.org.

The Virginia Customs, Culture and Cuisine Festival is a strategic part of the larger 2019 Commemoration, that recognizes the 400th anniversary of pivotal 1619 Virginia events that forever changed the trajectory of Virginia and America’s history. These 1619 events include the first official English Thanksgiving in North America, the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America, the recruitment of English women in significant numbers to the Virginia colony, the launch of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Commonwealth and more.