About the Friends

Group of Friends at Green Spring historical sign Incorporated in 1997, The Friends of the National Park for Green Spring, Inc. is a non-profit Virginia corporation with 501(c)(3) IRS tax status. The Friends’ mission is to research, preserve, and present Historic Green Spring and its history for public education and enjoyment.

The Friends of Historic Green Spring, 2015

The Friends of Historic Green Spring, 2015

Upcoming Events

Annual Tour: Historic Green Spring Day 2015: Looking Ahead

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER – Hope to see you next year!

Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Green Spring site. Free.

Past Events

A Special Interactive Presentation:
The High Life of the English Gentry at Historic Green Spring

The first, new, 3D, computer-generated images of the 17th-century Green Spring mansion will be displayed on theater screens allowing visitors to visualize the once imposing and elegant home of former Virginia colonial governor, Sir William Berkeley, and his wife, Lady Frances Berkeley. The Friends’ educational traveling trunk full of hands-on learning props, which has been presented to more than 900 local 6th graders, will also be featured.

Travelling Trunk 2015

Merry Guernsey presents the Travelling Trunk program

Merry Guernsey presents the Travelling Trunk program

Clean Up Day, April 2015

Envirathon cleans up Centerville Rd. at the Green Spring site

Envirathon cleans up Centerville Road at the Green Spring site, April 2015

September 2014

“A Conversation with Lady Frances”

Susan Berquist portrays Lady Berkeley

Susan Berquist portrays Lady Berkeley

This family event is your opportunity to find out what it means to be invited to a social event at Green Spring, the grandest house in the colony of Virginia and home of Sir William Berkeley and his wife, Lady Frances.  And meet Susan Berquist Zickel, who brings Lady Frances to life.

ANNUAL TOUR at the Historic Green Spring site

Special attraction: the new Green Spring National Park Passport Stamp will be available at the site this day only!

Lady Frances joins her husband, Governor Sir William Berkeley to welcome you. Tour the site with interpreters and enjoy colonial activities with students from Jamestown High School.


Interactive Kiosk, 2011

Green Spring Kiosk Dedication

Dedication at Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center

In 2011, The Friends commissioned an interactive kiosk to tell the stories of Historic Green Spring in words, pictures and videos. The kiosk was installed at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center and dedicated to the late Clifford Williams, founder of The Friends of Green Spring. When it is not at Jamestowne, the portable kiosk can be taken to schools, retirement communities, libraries and special events. Please contact us if you are interested in having the video visit your organization or event.       Park at Jamestown High School, 3751 John Tyler Highway (Route 5), Williamsburg (free shuttle to site). This is a once-a-year opportunity to tour the site of Gov. Sir William Berkeley’s 17th century plantation, which is normally closed to the public. Activities for children, walking tour, dancers, displays, refreshments. Hosted by Gov. Berkeley and Lady Frances Berkeley. Free. Please note that there is no parking on the Green Spring site.

October 2011

Annual Tour

Historic Green Spring is closed to the public, but every year since 2009, The Friends, in cooperation with the National Park Service, have opened the site to the public on one Saturday in October. This is a family-oriented opportunity to stroll the grounds with Governor and Lady Berkeley and experience what life and the people were like in the 17th and 18th centuries. Programs and activities differ from year to year, and include children’s activities.

October 2009 Open House - Lord and Lady BerkeleyOctober 2009 Open House


Annual Lecture 2012

In conjunction with Virginia Archaeology Month, every October The Friends present a free public lecture on Green Spring and related events. Past lectures include:

“Green Spring House Revisioned”

Presented by Retired Colonial Williamsburg Vice President of Research Cary Carson and award-winning architect Roger Guernsey, the 2012 lecture shared new research that changes dramatically our picture of Governor Sir William Berkeley’s mansion house at Historic Green Spring.

“Who Was Nathaniel Bacon?”

The 2011 lecture was presented by Warren Billings, author of Sir William Berkeley and the Forging of Colonial Virginia. In an entertaining and informative program, Prof. Billings gave new insight into what little is known about the man behind Bacon’s Rebellion.

“The Seeds of a Nation”

The 2009 lecture featured a series of programs.

Seeds of a Nation lecture seriesOctober 2009 Sponsors


The Friends are grateful to the many individuals and organizations who helped make these events possible.

If you share our vision of Historic Green Spring’s future, please donate.

Contact Us

Watch the video "The Voices of Green Spring"

Watch the video “The Voices of Green Spring”

Quicktime (11 min, 14.3Mb)

The Friends of the National Park Service for Green Spring, Inc.
P.O. Box 779 Williamsburg, VA 23187

Bill Holstein
Co-President, Friends of Green Spring
Telephone: (757) 258-5297
email: WilliamHolstein1@gmail.com

Carol Tyrer
Co-President, Friends of Green Spring
Telephone: (757) 880-4187

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