Takisha Fowlkes

Takisha Fowlkes

Patrick Henry’s Red Hill has hired a new director of community engagement and programming.

Takisha Fowlkes stepped into the role in October. Fowlkes is a Virginia native who attended Southern Virginia Community College and has worked in healthcare and business and has a strong communications background. When asked what she is most looking forward to in her new role, Fowlkes responded:

“Engaging with the community. That’s my number one. I love people. I’m an approachable person,” she said. “So if I can get a chance to talk to them, mingle with them, share what I have learned thus far, I think that that would be great for me.”

Fowlkes said she wants to focus on bringing awareness to Patrick Henry and what he stood for, and to increase awareness of the property for those in the area who may not even know where Red Hill is.

This Sunday, Red Hill will be hosting a Christmas open house. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature cookies, warm cider, docent tours and stew. It will be free for the public to attend.

“It’s just going to be a great time to fellowship and get in the Christmas spirit,” Fowlkes said.

Then, on January 17, Red Hill will host a free breakfast to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Attendees have been asked to register before the event by contacting Red Hill, or by registering through the group’s website.

“Come join us for fellowship, a free meal, tours of the grounds, speakers, and lessons about the similarities of such pivotal individuals at different points in history but with one common goal: liberty for all,” an online event description of the breakfast reads.

The Martin Luther King Day breakfast will be a first-time event at Red Hill. Fowlkes said she thinks it will provide a unique opportunity to learn about both Patrick Henry and Martin Luther King.

“Both men were extraordinary speakers. They stood for something, and it made a huge impact on everyone,” she said. “This is a great time to bring the community together from all walks of life.”