The Department of the Chesapeake invites you to Richmond, Virginia, for the 2015 National Encampment. The Omni Hotel Richmond will serve as our headquarters from 20 August through 23 August. The Omni is at the center of Richmond’s financial, judicial, and legislative districts, blocks from State Capitol and just eight miles from Richmond International Airport. The hotel is located in the historic Shockoe Slip district and is close to first class dining and entertainment venues. The hotel has 361 guest rooms, a heated indoor pool and outdoor sun deck, 24-hour dining, full serve restaurant, ATM, business center, etc. We have exceeded our room block at the Omni hotel and they are no longer able to accept reservations at our reduced room rate. The National Site committee has identified the Berkeley Hotel, directly across the street from the Omni, as an overflow hotel. You can make reservations by calling (888) 780-4422 or going online to www.berkeleyhotel.com.
Transportation from the Airport
The Omni Hotel is 10 miles from Richmond International airport. A cab ride from the airport to/from the Omni hotel will cost approximately $20.00. If you are travelling in a group and would like to remain in a group, a private shuttle can be arranged by calling Groome transportation at 804-222-7226 at least two days in advance. A 10 passenger van costs approximately $70.00 and a 15 passenger costs approximately $100.00. Van passenger capacity is reduced by the amount of luggage carried.
From the Richmond International airport take I-64 West to Exit 190, merging onto I-95 South. On I-95 South, take Exit 74A onto I-195 the (toll road). Then take the Canal Street exit and pay the toll ($0.30). Turn right onto 10th Street. Turn right at the light onto Cary Street. For valet parking, take an immediate right onto 12th Street and into the hotel motor entrance. – See more directions at: http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/richmond/property-details/directions
The National site committee has negotiated with the hotel for a reduced rate of $10.00 per day (discounted from $22.00) for valet parking at the Omni Hotel. Valet parking comes with unlimited in/out privileges. You will need to be registered and staying at the Omni Hotel to take advantage of the reduced rate. For those not staying at the Omni, there is a parking garage on South 12th Street operated by Lenier Parking across from the front of the Omni that charges $2.00 per hour or a maximum of $10.00 per day Monday through Friday. You can park there all day on Saturday and Sunday for $4.00. You will need a new ticket each time you leave the Lenier garage, so if you come and go during the day, you could spend more than the maximum daily amount.
We will start gathering in the Omni Hotel lobby at 7:45 AM Thursday morning (20 August) for the morning tour. The bus will leave promptly at 8AM and return at noon. The afternoon tour will gather in the lobby starting at 12:45PM, with the bus leaving at 1PM and returning at 5PM.
Local Site Committee
The Dept. host committee is PDC Mike Paquette (Chair), PDC Mike Beard (co-Chair), PDCs Mark Day, Steve Hammond, Robert Moore, Lee Stone, NCoS Kevin Martin, CCs Brin Lewis Faron Taylor, PCC Mike Virts, PDP Barbara Day and NPA Rosemary Martin (ASUVCW).
Pre-registration are Being Taken Now
Pre-register before July 31st $10/brother using the form provided. After July 31st the fee jumps to $20/brother. The fee includes (1) Friday campfire program, (2) memorial service, and (3) the Saturday hospitality room.
Special Optional Activities
Plans are in development for a bus tour to Appomattox and/or Richmond area Civil War battlefield sites. On Saturday, August 22nd from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. the Sons of Veterans Reserve will host a breakfast hosted by the commanding general; the breakfast is open to all brothers. SVR members are encouraged to attend in uniform with their wives and families. On Saturday, August 22nd at 6:00 p.m. will be the Allied Orders Banquet featuring a formal meal (with two entree choices) and entertainment.
Pre-sale Items for 2015 National Encampment
Allied Orders banquet Form
Commemorative Medal Order Form
Encampment Program Advertisement Form
Encampment Group Tours Order Form
Encampment Vendor Table Order Form
SVR Breakfast Registration