Cindy Bither
Administrative Assistant
P: (540) 464-7207
F: (540) 464-7443

111 Smith Hall
Lexington, VA 24450

Jackson House Seeks New Volunteers

LEXINGTON, Va., Feb. 5, 2013 – The Stonewall Jackson House will offer a volunteer orientation session Thursday, Feb. 7, for area residents interested in volunteering in the house or garden.

The informational session will convene at 10 a.m. at the Davidson-Tucker House, located at 10 E. Washington St. (next-door to the Jackson House) and will include a free introductory tour of the Stonewall Jackson House.

Volunteers serve as docents (tour guides), museum shop assistants, garden volunteers, and special projects volunteers. Because the Stonewall Jackson House is a popular destination for many visitors to the Lexington area, volunteering at the museum is a way to meet new people and learn more about the community.

Volunteer docents lead tours of the house on weekdays. A fascination with history, a love of people, and the ability to speak in front of a group are some of the necessary skills. Museum shop assistants have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, sell distinctive merchandise, and provide education about the 19th century. Docents and shop assistants are asked to contribute four hours a week.

Volunteer gardeners work with heirloom flowers, learn the history of gardening in the 19th century, and create a beautiful setting for an important historic site. Typically, the gardeners meet one morning a week during the growing season.

Special projects volunteers are those who cannot make a weekly commitment, but are available to help as time and talents allow. Office assistance, small repairs, seamstress work, and helping with special events are among the many services provided by special projects volunteers. A willingness to take direction and a few hours to give are all that is required.

Anyone who would like to make a significant contribution to this community and have fun doing it should contact the house. For more information, or to sign up for the initial orientation session, contact Michael Anne Lynn, site director, at (540) 464-7704 or lynnma@vmi.edu.

The Stonewall Jackson House is the only home that the famous Confederate Gen. T.J. “Stonewall” Jackson ever owned, and is where he lived immediately before the American Civil War. The site is owned and operated by the Virginia Military Institute, where Jackson taught for a decade.

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