The History Center uses exhibits, both on-site and on-line, to showcase some of our vast collections of documents and photographs.
Native Plants at The History Center
Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica). This shrub, which can get as large as 8 feet tall if left untrimmed, has graceful arching branches and its leaves are red to purple in the fall and winter. It is deciduous and does well in mass plantings where it receives plentiful moisture and part shade. Virginia Sweetspire is useful for erosion control and as an understory planting with fall color and is used by small animals as cover, as well as being attractive to insects and birds.