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Don’t miss the eclipse

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:59 am

Although we will not see a total eclipse here in Westmoreland County we will see more than 80 percent of the sun covered by the moon.

A small crescent shape of the sun will show in the upper portion of the eclipse at the height of the event at 2:42 pm. This will mean at NO time is is recommended to view the eclipse from our vantage point without safety glasses.

George Washington’s Birthplace: On Monday, August 21, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Many communities across the United States are hosting parties and events to celebrate. While George Washington Birthplace National Monument is not along route of the total solar eclipse, the eclipse will be about 80 percent.

From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the park rangers at Washington’s Birthplace will be near the Memorial House with a solar telescope, which will be trained on the sun. Special viewing glasses are required in order to safely view the solar eclipse and the park will have a limited number of glasses available. So drop by and view the neighborhood star.

George Washington Birthplace National Monument
• Eclipse Viewing: Monday, August 21, 2 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
• Summer Hours: 9:30 a.m.—5 p.m.
• 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach, VA 22443
• 804-224-1732 x 227

Colonial Beach: Sunsational Eclipse on the Beach
Cooper Branch, Monday, August 21, 1:30-3 p.m.
Celebrate the solar eclipse on the beach at Colonial Beach. Bring your beach blanket and a lunch. After the eclipse, a time capsule of mementos will be buried. Safety-certified viewing glasses and snacks will be provided. Call to sign up for glasses: 804-224-0921. Safety-certified viewing glasses will be provided for viewing party participants while supplies last.

Westmoreland State Park will also be hosting a viewing and will have safety glasses on hand.