Happy Birthday, General Andrew Lewis! The Salem Museum is celebrating the Brigadier General’s 300th birthday with a new collectible ornament and a party just for him.
Just after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Andrew Lewis was chosen for the task of driving out the last British Governor of Virginia. The museum’s new, colorful and highly detailed brass ornament depicts Lewis firing the first shot that led to Lord Dunmore’s defeat – and Virginia’s independence.
Two of the previous years’ ornaments – Andrew Lewis High School and the Lake Spring Park Gazebo – have sold out, but these are still available in the museum’s Gift Shop: the Salem City Seal, Roanoke County Courthouse/Roanoke College West Hall, Preston Place, Carver School, Lakeside Amusement Park, Longwood Mansion and Park, Salem Farmers Market, and the Salem Museum/Brown House. Each ornament is $21, including tax.
Tickets are now on sale for General Andrew Lewis’ Birthday Bash! Now in its 22nd year, this Ghost Walk 2020 event will be held on Saturday, October 17, at 4 p.m. in the amphitheater deep inside Sherwood Memorial Park.
Some of Salem’s most popular ‘ghosts’ will be putting on the party, sharing their own stories and joining the audience in learning more about Lewis and his impact on our nation’s history. The celebration will be family-friendly, fun and informative for all ages. The Museum’s assistant director, Alex Burke, will emcee the party.
Tickets are $10 adults; $5 students; ages 3 and under are free. Tickets are available at the Salem Museum, online at SalemMuseum.org, or at the gate (if available). Proceeds benefit the Salem Museum & Historical Society. Tickets are not refundable, except in case of illness. Gates will open at 3:30. There is limited handicapped parking at the Amphitheater with an area for wheelchairs.
Guests are required to wear masks at all times, over both mouth and nose, and maintain a distance at least six-feet from others while seated and while entering and exiting.
Ghost Walk 2020 is made possible through the generous support of Sherwood Memorial Park, the City of Salem and the William & Margaret Robertson Endowment Fund.
- Submitted by Fran Ferguson, Salem Museum Executive Director