Mystery Dinner Theater Fundraiser

Dahlgren Heritage Foundation’s Mystery Dinner Theater Fundraiser

“Death Proves Fatal”
Captain Daniel “Old Granddad” Hendricks and his wife, Millicent, were having a cocktail party and the mood was festive until screams were heard. At the base of the third-floor stairs lay Old Granddad Hendricks–dead. It seems someone made sure the Captain swallowed the anchor early.

Written by local author, Amy E. Lilly
Performed by King George High School Drama Students

Friday, February 16th – Doors open at 5:30, Dinner is served at 6:30, Show begins at 7

Individual Tickets – $50
To purchase tickets, call the museum at 540-663-3680, or click here. You can also order tickets by mail by sending a check payable to Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, PO Box 816, Dahlgren, VA 22448. All sales are final. Tickets purchased by phone or mail will be held at will call and picked up the night of the event.

  • Those who solve the mystery will be eligible for a prize
  • Local Wine & Beer Available for Sale
  • Silent Art Auction
  • Professional Photos Upon Arrival

Tractor Gun Model Display Unveiling

You are cordially invited to attend Dahlgren Heritage Museum’s World War I Era Tractor Gun Model Display Unveiling on Wed., Feb. 1 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 3540 James Madison Parkway, King George, VA 22485. This event is free for museum members and a limited number of tickets will be available for $10 for all other attendees, with all proceeds to benefit the museum.

The model was handcrafted by museum member Tim Carsola and is a replica of the first gun fired on the Dahlgren Navy test range in 1918. Come and meet Mr. Carsola and learn more about how he created the model and how the gun was used by the Navy. Enjoy light refreshments and learn more about our museum displays.

Dahlgren Heritage Museum members may RSVP by calling the museum at 540-663-3680 or emailing dahlgrenmuseuminfo@gmail.com. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tractor-gun-model-unveiling-tickets-31061505800. To learn more about Dahlgren Heritage Museum and to become a museum member, visit www.dahlgrenmuseum.org

Special Programs Highlight Local History Before & After the Navy Established a Base at Dahlgren

DAHLGREN, Va. –Dahlgren Heritage Museum hosts two special programs this week as part of a spring celebration of the museum’s expanded operating schedule.

A guest panel themed “Life at Dahlgren in the 60s” is featured Thursday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. Special guests include Chris Agnew and Elizabeth Lyddane, daughter of Dahlgren technical director Russell Lyddane.

Elizabeth Lee, president of the King George Historical Society, will offer a presentation on “Dahlgren Before the Arrival of the Navy” on Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m.

All special programs are hosted at the museum and are free and open to the public.

Regular operating hours for the Dahlgren Heritage Museum are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is located in the former Virginia Gateway Tourism Center, 3540 James Madison Hwy., King George, Va.

The museum’s exhibits and displays focus on the history of the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, but also offer information on the rich history of Virginia’s Northern Neck peninsula of as well as statewide attractions.

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation is chartered to establish and operate the Dahlgren Heritage Museum and to provide the long-term preservation efforts and educational activities associated with sharing the stories and interpreting the U.S. Navy’s physical, technical, intellectual and social contributions to King George County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation.

Dahlgren Museum in the Community Give

This year, Dahlgren Heritage Museum will be joining the Community Foundation in The Community Give on May 3rd. The Community Give is an exciting 24-hour online event that brings together nonprofits and generous people from around our region.

The Dahlgren Heritage Museum was established to provide long-term preservation efforts and educational activities associated with sharing the stories and interpreting the U.S. Navy’s physical, technical, intellectual and social contributions to King George County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation. The museum supports tourism in a way that respects the history and fuels the economic development of the Northern Neck region. The mission of the museum is to tell the story, not only of the Navy base at Dahlgren, but also of the communities that surround it.

The Community Foundation is offering a total of $100,000 in bonus prizes, some of the winning organizations drawn at random from the participating non-profits. Each individual gift the Dahlgren Heritage Museum raises has the potential to bring in more money.

Mark your calendars for May 3, 2016—fundraising kicks off at 12:00 midnight and will continue for 24 hours.

Thank you for supporting the Dahlgren Heritage Museum at https://thecommunitygive.org/.

Dahlgren Museum to Celebrate Grand Opening

DAHLGREN, Va. – The Dahlgren Heritage Museum will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, April 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the museum grounds at 3540 James Madison Hwy. in King George, Va.

The event marks the start of an expanded operating schedule for the museum, which will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning April 13.

The museum will be open for visitors for the grand opening commemoration, which will include refreshments and feature a short program of guest speakers to include Virginia Senator Richard Stuart and Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell.

The Dahlgren Museum originally opened its doors in October 2013, but limited staff and resources restricted the hours that the facility could be open to the public, typically just on Saturday afternoons.

Ed Jones, president of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, said that an expanded five-day-a-week schedule is the most important development to date in the museum’s five-year existence.

“This major upgrade will produce significant, tangible benefits to the surrounding counties throughout the Northern Neck,” Jones emphasizes. “We will now be in a better position to support tourism in the region in a way that respects our history and fuels local economic development. The mission of our museum is to tell the story, not only of the Naval Support Facility at Dahlgren, but also of the community that surrounds it.”

The Dahlgren Museum’s expanded operation is being made possible through expanded financial support that has come in the form of both private and corporate grants and through partnerships with local governments.

“Our intent is to turn the Dahlgren Museum – which was the previously long-closed former Gateway Welcome Center – into a better-than-ever support facility for the Northern Neck region, combining the advantages of a tourism center and a history/science museum,” says Jones.

“And we are squarely focused on the year 2018 as the Naval Support Facility at Dahlgren counts down to its centennial that year,” he adds. “We want to be a key contributor to that commemoration to continue to tell the story of this critically important military base and the community that surrounds it.”

The grand opening also serves to kick off additional special events at the museum over the coming months to include guest speaker programs and educational activities for students. Currently on the schedule will be a “First Thursday” speaker series featuring Dr. James Colvard, former technical director for the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren and deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Scheduled for May 5, June 2 and July 7, each “First Thursday” session will begin at 4:30 p.m. with light refreshments. The hour-long sessions – which will address Dahlgren’s evolution and its expected contributions to the Navy of the future – will be free and open to the public.

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation is chartered to establish and operate the Dahlgren Heritage Museum and to provide the long-term preservation efforts and educational activities associated with sharing the stories and interpreting the U.S. Navy’s physical, technical, intellectual and social contributions to King George County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation.

Dahlgren Museum to Host 2nd Annual German Christmas Market

The grounds of the Dahlgren Heritage Museum, 3540 James Madison Hwy. in King George, Va., will come alive on Saturday, Nov. 14, with the holiday sights and sounds of the 2nd annual outdoor German Christmas Market from 3-7 p.m.

The festive event – free admission to the public – will include a craft fair, kids’ activities and silent auction. Live musical entertainment will be provided by the Acoustic Onion (formerly Glass Onion) band, DJ Cathy Lynn along with Sarah Snow.

A festival of Christmas trees, Santa Land and Mary’s Cakery Cookie Corner will all provide a colorful holiday backdrop for the festival. Hot food and refreshments will be available for purchase from multiple concessions to include The Bavarian Chef restaurant, Normandie Cuisine and Hollabac BBQ. Mulled wine, beer and hot chocolate will also be available.

And Santa himself will be on hand to greet the kids and take photos from 4 to 6 p.m.

Ample free parking will be available at Barnesfield Park, 3360 Barnesfield Rd., adjacent to the museum property on Hwy. 301 in King George. Shuttle buses will transport handicapped guests to and from the event. All others can follow the Christmas trail to the event.

All proceeds from the German Christmas Market will benefit the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation. The foundation is chartered to establish and operate the Dahlgren Heritage Museum and to provide the long-term preservation efforts and educational activities associated with sharing the stories and interpreting the U.S. Navy’s physical, technical, intellectual and social contributions to King George County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation.

Second Meeting of Tourism Workshop to Further Explore Tourism Opportunities in King George County

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation is sponsoring a second tourism workshop on Wednesday, July 22, from 5-7 p.m. at the King George County Administration Building, 10459 Courthouse Dr., in the Revercomb Board Room. All interested businesses and citizens are invited to attend.

“Our continuing purpose with this initiative is to provide a collaborative forum to discuss tourism-related opportunities that potentially could benefit both community and economic development in King George, while preserving the rural character of the county,” explains Ed Jones, president of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation.

A portion of the workshop will be facilitated by Lisa Hull with the Northern Neck Tourism Council.

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation is chartered to establish and operate the Dahlgren Heritage Museum and to provide the long-term preservation efforts and educational activities associated with sharing the stories and interpreting the U.S. Navy’s physical, technical, intellectual and social contributions to King George County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation.

The Dahlgren Heritage Museum is located in the former Virginia Gateway Visitor Center on Hwy. 301 in King George, Va., adjacent to Wayside Park on the Potomac River.  The street address for the museum is 3540 James Madison Hwy., King George, Va. 22485.  The museum is open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

August 11 Forum to Reflect on Dahlgren’s Contribution to Development of Nuclear Capability to Hasten the End of World War II

“World War II Ends: Dahlgren Tests Validate New Atomic Capability” is the theme of a community forum sponsored by the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation on August 11.
Hosted by the University of Mary Washington’s Dahlgren Campus, Center for Education and Research, in King George, the community forum will be open to the public and offered at no charge.  The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with an informal reception and the program will begin at 5 p.m.
The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation is targeting 2015 as a year-long opportunity to observe the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II through the lens of the innovations and technology developed and tested by the U.S. Navy at Dahlgren, Va. that helped determine the outcome of that war and continue to be critical to the tactical and strategic capabilities to U.S. armed services today and into the future.  The centerpiece of this year-long commemoration is a series of quarterly community forums.
Vice Adm. William Hilarides, commander for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Washington, D.C., is the featured guest speaker for the August 11 forum.  Hilarides oversees a global workforce of more than 56,000 military and civilian personnel responsible for the development, delivery and maintenance of the Navy’s ships, submarines and systems.
A 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Hilarides has served at sea on U.S. attack submarines and ballistic-missile submarines in deployments to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic and Western Pacific.
The forum will also feature a guest panel discussion that will include Dr. James Colvard, a former technical director for the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren and former special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, and Chris Kolakowski, director of The MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Va.  The panel will be moderated by Ed Jones, president of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation.
While there is no charge to attend, registration is strongly encouraged and may be completed on line at www.eventbrite.com (search for Dahlgren Community Forum) or from the Dahlgren Heritage Museum’s Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dahlgren-Heritage-Museum/218635358172762.
UMW’s Dahlgren Campus is located at 4224 University Dr., King George, Va.  From Fredericksburg, travel east on Route 3/Kings Highway for 15.3 miles. Turn left onto Rt. 206 east (Dahlgren Rd.).  Follow Rt. 206 east for 9.3 miles and turn left onto U.S. 301 north (James Madison Parkway).  Travel 2 miles, then turn left onto University Drive.  As you pass Walmart, the road will bear left to the Dahlgren Campus.
The World War II commemorative programming of 2015 will also provide a platform for the Foundation to prepare for the centennial of the Navy base at Dahlgren in 2018.  The Foundation anticipates that the Dahlgren Heritage Museum will factor into the base’s centennial observance and will serve as helpful catalyst not only to tell the history of Dahlgren, but also to promote its future.
The goal of the Foundation is to generate a public understanding of the impact the U.S. Navy base at Dahlgren and the surrounding community has had in using science and technology to strengthen national defense, particularly through support for warfighters.
Dahlgren’s function as the Navy’s principal proving ground at the outset of World War II provided a critical capability for proofing and testing every major naval gun and all ammunition supplied to the Fleet to directly influence and support force readiness throughout the global conflict.
Dahlgren’s ballistic ranges, coupled with the scientific and technical expertise resident at the base at the outset of World War II, played an important role in the nation’s development of its first atomic weapon delivery system.
Dahlgren’s ballistic ranges continue to provide a unique capability for proofing and testing every major naval gun and Fleet ammunition, as well as supporting RDT&E and proof testing for leading-edge weapons systems for Navy and other U.S. armed services.
The siting of the Naval Ordnance Relay Calculator (NORC) computer and further evolutions of computer systems employed at Dahlgren have been key to development of leading-edge ballistics research, space geodesy and space surveillance, and computer/ weapon systems integration, and have provided essential operational support to Navy and other U.S. armed forces on both strategic and tactical levels.
Today, Dahlgren has grown to serve as home to multiple DoD commands that execute a broad spectrum of scientific and response-force missions serving all branches of the U.S. armed services.
NSF Dahlgren makes a significant economic contribution to the local community and the installation’s military commands, as a whole, serve as the largest employer in King George County, and one of the largest employers in the greater Fredericksburg area.

Forum to Recount Impact of the War Years on Dahlgren and Region

DAHLGREN, Va. – A community forum hosted at the University of Mary Washington’s Dahlgren Campus on June 11 will feature a panel discussion focused on the impact of World War II on Dahlgren and the surrounding community.

Held in the UMW Dahlgren Campus’ University Hall, the community forum will be open to the public and offered at no charge.  The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with an informal reception and the program will begin at 5 p.m.

Guests are asked to register to attend the forum. Registration can be made on line at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wwii-community-forum-boomtown-the-war-years-meld-dahlgren-community-tickets-17023682292.

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation is targeting 2015 as a year-long opportunity to observe the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II through the lens of the innovations and technology developed and tested by the U.S. Navy at Dahlgren, Va. that helped determine the outcome of that war and continue to be critical to the tactical and strategic capabilities to U.S. armed services today and into the future.

The centerpiece of this year-long commemoration will be a series of quarterly community forums hosted at the UMW Dahlgren Campus. The June 11 forum opens the series with a guest panel that includes Elizabeth Lee, president of the King George Historical Society; Ann Swope, former environmental scientist, safety and environmental director and chief of staff for Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division; Ira West, a mathematician who worked in exterior ballistics, geoballistics and anti-submarine warfare and headed both the Systems Simulation and Operational Support Branches of Dahlgren Division’s Strategic Systems Department prior to his retirement in 1990; and Gladys West, a programmer with Dahlgren Division for large-scale computers and project manager for data processing systems used in the analysis of satellite data. Prior to her retirement in 1998, her work contributed to the development of the modern Global Positioning System.

The panel will be moderated by Ed Jones, president of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation. And special guest remarks will be provided by Capt. Mary Feinberg, commanding officer for Naval Support Activity South Potomac.

The World War II commemorative programming of 2015 will also provide a platform for the Foundation to prepare for the centennial of the Navy base at Dahlgren in 2018.  The Foundation anticipates that the Dahlgren Heritage Museum will factor into the base’s centennial observance and will serve as helpful catalyst not only to tell the history of Dahlgren, but also to promote its future.

The Dahlgren Heritage Museum will host special openings and programs to coincide with the quarterly community forums.  Plans are underway to showcase special exhibits at the museum and coordinate with military commands on Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren for public tours of the base.

Additionally, the museum plans to host a student STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity and student tour of the base.

The goal of the Foundation is to generate a public understanding of the impact the U.S. Navy base at Dahlgren and the surrounding community has had in using science and technology to strengthen national defense, particularly through support for warfighters.

Dahlgren’s function as the Navy’s principal proving ground at the outset of World War II provided a critical capability for proofing and testing every major naval gun and all ammunition supplied to the Fleet to directly influence and support force readiness throughout the global conflict.

Dahlgren’s ballistic ranges, coupled with the scientific and technical expertise resident at the base at the outset of World War II, played an important role in the nation’s development of its first atomic weapon delivery system.

Dahlgren’s ballistic ranges continue to provide a unique capability for proofing and testing every major naval gun and Fleet ammunition, as well as supporting RDT&E and proof testing for leading-edge weapons systems for Navy and other U.S. armed services.

The siting of the Naval Ordnance Relay Calculator (NORC) computer and further evolutions of computer systems employed at Dahlgren have been key to development of leading-edge ballistics research, space geodesy and space surveillance, and computer/ weapon systems integration, and have provided essential operational support to Navy and other U.S. armed forces on both strategic and tactical levels.

Today, Dahlgren has grown to serve as home to multiple DoD commands that execute a broad spectrum of scientific and response-force missions serving all branches of the U.S. armed services.

NSF Dahlgren makes a significant economic contribution to the local community and the installation’s military commands, as a whole, serve as the largest employer in King George County, and one of the largest employers in the greater Fredericksburg area.

Workshop Will Explore Tourism Opportunities for King George County

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation is sponsoring a tourism workshop on Monday, March 9, from 3-5 p.m. at the King George County Administration Building, 10459 Courthouse Dr., in the Revercomb Board Room. All interested businesses and citizens are invited to attend.

“Our goal in organizing this event is to provide a collaborative forum to discuss tourism-related opportunities that potentially could benefit both community and economic development in King George, while preserving the rural character of the county,” explains Ed Jones, president of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation.

A portion of the workshop will be facilitated by Lisa Hull with the Northern Neck Tourism Council.

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation is chartered to establish and operate the Dahlgren Heritage Museum and to provide the long-term preservation efforts and educational activities associated with sharing the stories and interpreting the U.S. Navy’s physical, technical, intellectual and social contributions to King George County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation.

The Dahlgren Heritage Museum is located in the former Virginia Gateway Visitor Center on Hwy. 301 in King George, Va., adjacent to Wayside Park on the Potomac River. The street address for the museum is 3540 James Madison Hwy., King George, Va. 22485. The museum is open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.