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Bowling Green Visitors Center
The Bowling Green Visitors Center is located at 109 Courthouse Lane just off Main Street in Downtown Bowling Green. The Visitors Center is staffed by volunteers and is open Monday through Friday, 11 am to 3 pm. You can walk in or call the Visitors Center at (804) 633-2100. Literature and information about the Town and the surrounding area is available along with Bowling Green items that you can purchase from our friendly and helpful volunteers. Literature and information is also available in the Bowling Green Event Hall at 117 Butler Street or you can call (804) 633-6212.
The Harvest Festival
Every October on the 3rd Saturday, the Town hosts its annual Harvest Festival which includes live entertainment, food, crafts, a car and motorcycle show, and displays. The event draws over 10,000 people from Caroline County and neighboring localities. Click on the title to link to more information.
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A Walking Tour of Historic Bowling Green
We invite you to pick up a copy of our self-guided tour book in the Bowling Green Visitors Center at 109 Courthouse Lane or in the Bowling Green Event Hall at 117 Butler Street. All of the homes on this tour are within walking distance of downtown. If you need help finding an address, just ask one of the friendly folks in Bowling Green. Please stay on the sidewalk as all of the homes listed in the tour guide are privately owned and are not open to the public. You will really enjoy the beauty of these old homes, especially if you take the tour in the spring or fall. The dogwoods are beautiful in the spring and the fall foliage is very lovely as well. The guided tour book includes a nice picture of and a short story about each home accompanied by addresses and directions. We hope you enjoy the tour.
Virginia's Civil War Trails
More than 130 years ago, Union and Confederate soldiers marched the dusty back roads of Central Virginia. You are invited to follow in the footsteps of Lee and Grant by traveling along General Grant's "1864 Campaign" trail. You can obtain a travel guide of the tour from the Bowling Green Visitors Center at 109 Courthouse Lane or Town Hall at 117 Butler Street. There are two sites of interest located on the Courthouse lawn. One tells the story of the occupation of Bowling Green when Grant was attempting to reach Richmond. The Union Army camped in and near the Town and destroyed some of the records in the courthouse. The other sign tells a story of the famous Star Hotel located just across Courthouse Lane from the Courthouse. The Star Hotel hosted many Confederate spies during the war and became a haven to those who aided Abraham Lincoln assassin, John Wilkes Booth. If you call 1-800-CivilWar prior to your visit, a Civil War Trails guide will be mailed to you. Please ask for the Lee vs. Grant 1864 Campaign guide.
The Holiday Parade and Fine Arts Exhibition
Beginning in December 2009 on the 2nd Saturday in the evening, the Town of Bowling Green will sponsor the Annual Holiday Parade on Main Street in Bowling Green. The Fine Arts Exhibition is sponsored by the Bowling Green Fine Arts Commission and is held in the Bowling Green Event Hall at 117 Butler Street. For additional information, please call the Bowling Green Visitors Center at (804) 633-2100.
Bowling Green Farmers' Market
The Bowling Green Farmers' Market is located on the lot next to Union First Market Bank on North Main Street. Open from March 30, 2013 to October 19, 2013, the hours of operation for the Farmers' Market are every Saturday from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.. Check the Town Events calendar on this web site for specific information. The Farmers' Market features local farmers in Caroline County offering produce grown in the county. Each month during the growing season will feature different items. Feel free to convey your produce requests to the farmers, so you can have specific information regarding availability of produce items throughout the growing season. Local nurseries will have plants for sale each week as well. Check with the plant vendors for availability of plants you need for your home or yard.
In addition to our farmers, local churches and civic organizations will offer baked goods and other items for sale. There will be different churches and organizations at the Farmers' Market each week with a wide variety of offerings for your enjoyment.
At various times, music and entertainment from local talent will be presented. Some are well known and others are building a name for themselves or their group. Regardless, we support our local talent and hope that you will give them your support as well. We remembered the children by scheduling activities to help them learn about agriculture. Our farmers and plant vendors are always willing to share information and knowledge with customers of all ages.
Each year there are plans to hold special Farmers' Market events in support of the annual Harvest Festival and Christmas Parade. Check this web site, the Town newsletter, and the Town cable channel for details. The success of the Farmers' Market depends on your participation. We hope you will support the vendors, let us know how we can improve the Farmers' Market, and spread the word to those who have not experienced the Bowling Green Farmers' Market. Hope to see you there.