Excited about Red Hill

Published 10:47 am Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We’re excited about what the Patrick Henry National Memorial is doing in our community.

The organization, commonly referred to as Red Hill, recently announced plans to construct a 5,100-square-foot multipurpose center, one that will not only serve the organization, but also the community.

We commend the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors for earmarking $2,500 in the proposed 2017-18 county operating budget to support the memorial’s efforts.

“We are about keeping the spirit of the voice of the revolution alive through engaging educational programs,” said Patrick Henry National Memorial Development Coordinator Myra Trent during last Tuesday’s board of supervisors’ meeting.

The new Eugene B. Casey Education and Event Center is slated to include a portico-style covered porch, a lobby entrance featuring historical exhibits, a kitchen, a lecture hall, a classroom and venues for presentations.

“We have been given $1 million through Mrs. Eugene B. Casey and she wants us to build this center,” said Trent.

Aspen/Phenix Supervisor Haywood Hamlet said the construction of the center will fill a void in the county, and we agree with him.

“In this area, it’s not a lot of places to have the square footage to hold functions like this, so I look forward to doing all I can to help this become a reality,” Hamlet noted.

We commend Red Hill for their efforts in providing the community more ways to learn about Patrick Henry’s work in securing American liberties and for affording the community a new venue to old educational, social and other types of events where the people of Charlotte County can come together.

We encourage those in Charlotte County to visit Red Hill, learn more about Patrick Henry and support the organization’s new endeavor to build this center.