By Jaya Franklin
Nash Farm Battlefield in Hampton will host special activities this weekend.
In observance of Easter Sunday, on Friday, March 14, the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department will hold its second, annual, flashlight Easter egg hunt.
The county will also open the park on Saturday, March 15, for a grand opening that will be held to celebrate the transition of Nash Farm Battlefield into a passive park.
District II Commissioner Elizabeth "BJ" Mathis said the Easter egg hunt was a big hit last year and the kids really enjoyed themselves.
"It's going to be a great day of family fun, and it's affordable to all because it's free," said Mathis. "This is also a good opportunity to check out the walking trail and everything that the park has to offer."
The park has several new attractions for its visitors to enjoy, including a walking trail, a bird sanctuary and a reception hall that was formerly a barn. The massive hall is available to rent for weddings, family reunions and other events.
Mathis said the function created such a big turnout last year that the county ran out of eggs for egg hunters. "Everyone was thrilled, but we didn't have enough eggs. That won't be a problem this year," said Mathis.
"Last year, I saw more than 3,000 excited children line up to search for Easter eggs by flashlight," said Henry County spokesperson, Julie Hoover-Ernst.
"We never expected such a wonderful turnout and hadn't ordered enough eggs, so this year, we ordered 30,000 to keep those kids hunting happily for a long time. It's going to be a fantastic evening for the entire family," said Hoover-Ernst.
Kids will have a chance to participate in games and face-painting, and they will also have the opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.
The Picnic in the Park event will take place from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m. The Flashlight Easter egg hunt event will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The battlefield includes 204-acres, and it is used for several events throughout the year, including tours, Civil War re-enactments, movies in the park and more. Nash Farm serves as a multi-purpose facility. It was also the site of a major archaeological dig in 2007 that uncovered 1,300 historical artifacts.
The county has been working to transform the site into a park since it was purchased in 2005.