Usher in the Holiday Season in Northern Neck Style

Menokin Illuminated is designed to provide an experience unique to the Northern Neck of Virginia in a landscape that borders on magical. Anyone who has visited here knows that Northern Neck Time ticks a little more slowly. Take a pause from the hectic pace of the holiday season to reconnect with yourself in a place that only requires one thing — to be present.

Soup, Salad and Spirits

This ticketed dinner takes place under a lit tent on the lawn in front of the Menokin ruin. Choose from oyster stew made from a coveted regional recipe or hearty vegetable soup chock full of locally grown vegetables. Spirits for the spirited will be available for purchase. While you dine, enjoy an overview presentation of Menokin’s Glass House Project and programming initiatives.

This new event for Menokin and is also the first of its kind in the Northern Neck. Only 100 tickets will be sold and proceeds from the evening will benefit Menokin’s humanities programs and the Healthy Harvest Food Bank.

Illuminated Walking Tour

The public is invited to participate in the Menokin Illuminated Walking Tour which begins immediately following the dinner. There is no fee to participate. Guests will traverse a path on the beautifully lit landscape from the Menokin house to the Remembrance Structure – built on the site of a former slave dwelling. Along the way, interpreters will be on hand to the share stories and history of the many cultures which have inhabited the site over time, including the Rappahannock Tribe, English settlers, an enslaved population, tenant farmers and a Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The Illuminated Walking Tour takes place outdoors, so we encourage you to dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes.

(Check out the Calendar for extended hours in December. )

Soup, Salad & Spirits is SOLD OUT.

We will be keeping a waiting list in the event of cancellations. If you’d like to be added to the list, please submit an email using “Waiting List” in the subject line, and include your name and the number of spaces you’re hoping for.

We do hope that you still plan to attend the Illuminated Walking Tour with a Hunger Relief food donation for the Healthy Harvest Food Bank. Share the spirit of Thanksgiving in Northern Neck Style!


Share the Spirit of Thanksgiving

We give thanks for our Community Partners for helping us relieve hunger in our community. Won’t you join us?

Everything you need to know about what food items to donate and how to donate them are on the flyer below. Print copies to share at your church or school. Post it on social media and encourage your friends and family to do the same. After all, isn’t this the true Spirit of Thanksgiving?

Just click on the image for a hi res, printable version. And don’t forget to include these hashtags in your social media posts!

#MenokinIlluminated   #HealthyHarvestFoodBank   #HungerReliefCampaign   #SpiritofThanksgiving


About the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution

The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution™ 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. and highlights events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today.

Featured programs, events and legacy projects position Virginia as a leader in education, tourism and economic development. American Evolution™ commemorates the ongoing journey toward the key ideals of democracy, diversity and opportunity. Dominion Energy is an American Evolution Founding Partner and Altria Group and TowneBank are Virginia Colony Partners.

About the Virginia Customs, Culture and Cuisine Festival

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.

The Menokin Foundation was awarded one of sixteen 2019 Commemoration Finale Grants for Menokin Illuminated. The grants are being administered by the Virginia Tourism Corporation.