WFCCVB

Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Civil War Events

 

Winchester-Frederick County hosts a wide variety of Civil War events each year. Guided tours, living history demonstrations, National Park Service programs, and reenactments are just a few of the ways to experience the Civil War history of the Shenandoah Valley.

August 19-21, 2016

Civil War Weekend is a special annual event that offers rare opportunities to see many sites as they may have looked at the time of the war. This year, Civil War sites throughout the Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, and Shenandoah County area will join together to provide unique opportunities to experience the area’s remarkable wartime story.

 

Calendar of Events

Civil War Weekend Preview Trolley Tour
Friday, August 19, 2016, 6-7:30pm

This year, a special "preview" trolley tour will give a sneak peek at some of the participating sites for Civil War Weekend! Hop on the trolley and get an overview of important historic sites and their significance during the war. Our knowledgeable guide offers an interesting look from the civilian's point of view; turning back the clock over 150 years ago to what life was like for the Winchester-Frederick County community and its residents. Meet your guide and board the trolley at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd, Winchester.

Fee: $5.

Contact Winchester Parks and Recreation to Register by August 12, 2016, (540) 662-4946.

Reference Activity#627447-02.

Register online

 

Belle Grove Plantation
Exhibit: Friday and Saturday, August 19-20, 10am-4pm and Sunday, August 21, 1-5pm

Belle Grove Plantation will host the traveling exhibition “To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade” from Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, September 26, 2016. This exhibit was created by the Library of Virginia with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It offers a frank exploration of Virginia’s role in the business of the second middle passage—the forced relocation of two-thirds of a million African Americans from the Upper South to the Cotton South in the decades before the Civil War.

Program: Saturday, August 20, 2:30-3pm
In conjunction with the exhibit, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Shannon Moeck will lead a 30-minute program, “Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse Into The Life of Judah the Enslaved Cook” in the Belle Grove Winter Kitchen.

Exhibit and Interpretive Program is free, tours of the Belle Grove Manor House $12 (some discounts available)

336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645
(540) 869-2028
More Information

 

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Offering numerous FREE programs all weekend.

Friday, August 19: 2-4pm | FREE
Battle of Cedar Creek Car-Caravan Tour
A two-hour ranger-guided tour, using a car-caravan system (visitors follow the ranger’s vehicle), which covers the Battle of Cedar Creek in a chronological fashion.  It includes approximately 5 or 6 stops at the key landmarks associated with the battle.
Meet at 7712 Main Street, Middletown

Friday, August 19: 7pm | FREE
“Attention - Company!” Civil War Soldier for an Evening Program
Have you ever attended a Civil War "living history" event or re-enactment and wondered about all those strange movements, battle formations and commands? Or the details of the various steps in loading and firing a rifled-musket? Join Ranger Jeff Driscoll for a hands-on interactive experience on the basics of Civil War drill. For adults and kids alike! 
336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown

Saturday, August 20: 9am | FREE
Special Ranger Walking Tour
Join Ranger Jeff Driscoll as he explores the attack of Maj. Gen. Stephen D. Ramseur’s Division on the Union line held by Col. (and future President) Rutherford B. Hayes and Col. J. Howard Kitching’s troops.  This program will highlight the park’s newly opened “Morning Attack Trails” in the park.  Visitors will then car pool to the program site for the walking tour.
7712 Main St, Middletown

Saturday, August 20: 11:30am, 1pm, 3pm | FREE
National Regiment Living History Encampment and Demonstrations
Members of the National Regiment living history unit will set up a Civil War encampment and discuss the life of the common Civil War soldier.  Firing demonstrations will illustrate the weapons and tactics used by Civil War armies.
2262 Claven Lane, Middletown

Saturday, August 20: 2:30pm | FREE
Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box
A 30 minute program on the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign and the Battle of Cedar Creek.  This interactive program uses the surrounding landscape features and various props (taken from a box) to “create” the battlefield and explain the fighting by placing visitos “in the middle of the park.”  Great for kids and adults alike! 
336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown

(540) 869-3051
www.nps.gov/cebe

 

Clarke County - Clermont Farm
Clarke County Civil War Driving Tour: Saturday, August 20, 10am-5pm
Premiere of the Clarke County Civil War Driving Tour, a self-guided tour of sites related to Clarke County’s Civil War story, including the Battles of Cool Spring and Berryville, Mosby’s Rangers and partisan warfare, and the wartime and post-war story of African-Americans in the community. Clermont Slave Quarter open, Driving Tour maps available.  Free. 

801 East Main Street, Berryville, VA 22611
(540) 955-0102

 

Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and Museum
Presentation and Book Signing: Saturday, August 20, 11:30am
Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and Museum will host a lecture and book signing focusing on the “disastrous” cavalry battle at Tom’s Brook. Author William J. Miller will speak about the characters and events of the controversial battle and sign copies of his new book, Decision at Tom’s Brook. FREE.

33229 Old Valley Pike
Strasburg, VA 22657
(540) 465-5884
Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and Museum
 

Kernstown Battlefield
Lawn Party: Saturday, August 20, 10am-4pm

A Civil War era lawn party will be held in front of the Pritchard House. In addition, battlefield walking tours will be offered periodically throughout the day, as well as Pritchard House Tours.

Civil War Ball: Saturday, August 20, 7-10pm
Later in the evening on Saturday there will be a Civil War era ball with live musicians and dance instructor. Wear your finest Civil War period correct attire or your Sunday best and join in the fun. ($25 pp) Refreshments will be available for sale. Battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, museum and artillery tours will be available all weekend. The gift shop also will be open all weekend.

610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 869-2896
kernstownbattle.org

 

Newtown History Center
Special Presentations: Saturday, August 20, 11am and 3pm.
Kenny Rowlette, Special Projects Coordinator, Jerry Falwell Library and National Civil War Chaplains Museum, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, will present “War-Time Chaplains and the U.S. Christian Commission” at 11am, and “Chaplains and Post-War Weddings” at 3pm. FREE admission (donations accepted).

Trinity Lutheran Church, Parish Hall
810 Fairfax St, Stephens City, VA 22655
(540) 869-1700
newtownhistorycenter.org

 

Old Courthouse Civil War Museum
Living History: Winchester on the Front Lines: Saturday, August 20, 10am-9pm
An interactive living history event on the front lawn of the Court House, with reenactors portraying both sides of life in and around Winchester during the Civil War, including soldier camps while on the march and civilian life at home, including games, music, demonstrations, and more.

History in Action (Children's Program): Saturday, August 20, 4-6pm
A fun-filled program for kids ages 6-17 that combines an Amazing Race-type competition, puzzle-solving, mini-games, and a scavenger hunt, with competitors racing from station to station to beat the clock and win prizes.  Programs take place inside the museum and on the lawn in front.  Registration inside the museum.  Presented by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.  Free.

20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 740-4545
info@svbf.net

 

Sheridan's Field Hospital (Shawnee Springs Preserve)
Tours of Sheridan’s Field Hospital: Saturday, August 20, 10am-2pm
Dr. Jonathan O’Neal will present guided tours of the site of the largest temporary field hospital of the Civil War.  Established immediately following the Third Battle of Winchester (September 19, 1864), the hospital was part of a modernization trend in military medicine, a clearing and evacuation facility that featured a unique radiant floor heating system. Remains of the hospital tent mounds exist today. Free.

Turn west on Hollingsworth Drive from Pleasant Valley Rd., left onto Opequon Ave., then right to parking for the site.
(540) 740-4545
info@svbf.net

Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum
Family Fun and History Day at Jackson’s Headquarters
Saturday, August 20, 10am-4pm
Experience the sights, smells and sounds of a Confederate Infantry encampment, including live musket firing. Wander the camp, inspect the tents, taste the campfire cooked foods, examine the equipment, talk to the soldiers and most importantly, learn. A National Park Service Ranger will host a booth with children's activities. Period children’s games and a Confederate recruiting station will also be available. House tours by period dressed docents. FREE activities, House tours: $5 adult, $2.50 child.

415 N. Braddock Street, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 662-6550
winchesterhistory.org

 

More Information:
Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center
Open Sat. and Sun. 9am-5pm
Visitor Info & Civil War Orientation
1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd, Winchester, VA
(540) 542-1326
www.visitwinchesterva.com

Participants are invited to complete an Event Passport!
Visit at least 3 of the participating locations, and return your passport to the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, (1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd, Winchester) to receive your "bounty" - a special prize! Passports are available at the locations, and online.


Event Venues
The following venues hold Civil War-related events on a regular basis. For more information on what upcoming events are available, choose a venue.


Belle Grove Plantation
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Fort Shenandoah
Kernstown Battlefield
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Old Court House Civil War Museum
Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum

You may also browse our Events Calendar for monthly events.

Guided and Self-Guided Civil War Tours
Visit our Guided Tours page to learn about when tours are offered.
We also offer Self-Guided tour brochures, and a Civil War themed tour on a mobile app. See our Self-Guided Tours page for details.



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