Discover the Princess Anne County Militia During the War of 1812 – June 15

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Did you know the first documented engagement between British troops and Virginia militia in the War of 1812 occurred in present-day Virginia Beach?  Discover the role of the Princess Anne County militia and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Attack at Sea at Militia Day at the Francis Land House on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Visitors will meet a uniformed member of the 20th Virginia regiment, handle common militia equipment, participate in drills and learn about local battles, including the Attack at Sea on June 15, 1813, that gave the Seatack area its name.  Militias were made up of civilians, not professional soldiers, and played a critical part in the War of 1812 in Virginia.  Francis Moseley Land, the builder of the Francis Land House, was a civilian militiaman who helped to protect Princess Anne County from the British.


The Francis Land House, 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd., was built circa 1805 and served as the residence of Francis Moseley Land, a wealthy and prominent plantation owner in Princess Anne County.  Admission to Militia Day is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students.  Admission includes both the Militia Day activities and a tour of the historic home. Call (757) 385-5100 or 460-7530 for information or visit



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