Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau



Fri, Aug. 18
Sun, Aug. 20
August 2017


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 area will join together to provide unique opportunities to experience the area’s remarkable wartime story.


Calendar of Events

Belle Grove Plantation / Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

Friday, August 18, 7pm | FREE
History at Sunset: "Attention Company!" Civil War Soldier for an Evening
An interactive program for children and adults.
Belle Grove Plantation
336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645

Saturday, August 19, 9 am | FREE
Advance & Retreat: Gordon's Attack at Cedar Creek
Location to be determined.
An NPS ranger-led car-caravan tour.

Saturday, August 19, 2:30 pm | FREE
Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse into the Life of the Enslaved Cook Judah
Belle Grove Plantation Winter Kitchen
336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645

Sunday, August 20, 2:30pm | FREE
Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box
A 30 minute program on the history and settlement of the Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War.
Belle Grove Plantation
336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645

Living History demonstrations will take place Saturday, Aug. 19 at the 8th Vermont Monument, 2262 Claven Ln, Middletown, VA 22645. Drilling: 10:00 am and 3:30 pm, Camp Life: 12:30 pm.

(540) 869-3051

Kernstown Battlefield

Saturday, August 19 | FREE
Civil War Era Picnic

Join us for a period picnic on the Pritchard House lawn with hostess Mrs. Pritchard. The Kernstown Battlefield will be presenting tours all weekend.

Saturday, August 19, 11am and 1pm | FREE
Battlefield Walking Tours

Meet at the Visitor Center for a walking tour with Roger Henderberg.

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


Kernstown Battlefield / Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters

Saturday, August 19, 10am-4pm | $20 includes lunch
Stonewall Jackson Seminar

The Kernstown Battlefield Association and Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum will present a one day seminar on Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Each of the sponsoring organizations will give a special tour from 10am to 11:30 am and again from 2:30 pm to 4 pm. Tour one site in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. The lunch and lecture will be held at Kernstown Battlefield. Our guest speakers, Steve French and Jerry Holsworth, both authors and historians, will discuss Jackson’s 1862 campaign leading up to and including the First Battle of Kernstown. They will be signing their books at lunch. For information or to register contact

Kernstown Battlefield (lunch and lecture, tours)
610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601

(540) 869-2896

Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters (tours)
415 N. Braddock Street, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 667-5505

Newtown History Center

Saturday, August 19, 3:30 pm | FREE
Civil War History Presentation
Author & Historian Steve French will give a presentation titled, "A Tense Co-existence: Scouts and Civilians In 1860s Newtown." (donations accepted; books for sale)

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


Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation)

Saturday, August 19, 3pm-9pm | FREE
“Court House by Candlelight”: The Court House and Second Winchester
Living history and special programs at the historic Old Frederick County Court House (which today houses the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum), focusing on the building’s role as a hospital and prison after the Second Battle of Winchester and the Civil War graffiti that soldiers left on its walls.  Programs will include living history from 3pm-9pm, a hands-on graffiti workshop for children from 4-7pm, an interpretive program on the court house’s graffiti at 7pm, and “torchlight” interpretive tours of the court house and its role during the war at 8pm and 9pm.

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (formerly the Old Court House Civil War Museum)
20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 740-4545


Star Fort (Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation)

Saturday, August 19, 10am-3pm | FREE
“Storms and Thunder at Star Fort”: Star Fort and Second Winchester
Living history and special programs at the historic site that was part of Winchester’s extensive wartime defensive system – and part of both the Second and Third Battles of Winchester.  Programs will include living history from 10am-3pm, artillery demonstrations at 10am, Noon, and 2pm, and interpretive presentations on “Star Fort and Second Winchester” at 11am and 1pm.

Star Fort
Fortress Drive off US 522 North, Winchester, VA 22603
(540) 740-4545


Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center / McCormick Civil War Institute

Saturday, August 19, 9am | FREE
Car Caravan Tour - "A Gleam of Anxious Speculation: The African Americans' Civil War in Winchester

Meet at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center (1400 Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester) for a car caravan tour led by Jonathan Noyalas, Director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University. The tour will focus on the experiences of African Americans during the Civil War era. Tour is approximately 1.5 hours in length.

1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 542-1326


Also Open During the Weekend

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Visitors Center
8437 Valley Pike, Middletown, Virginia
(540) 869-2064
Open Saturday 10am – 4pm Sunday 11am – 4pm

Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and Visitor’s Center

33229 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg, Virginia
(540) 465-5884
Open 9am – 5pm
Museum Admission $5 Children 10 & under are free

Fort Collier Civil War Park
922 Martinsburg Park, Winchester, Virginia
Open Dawn to Dusk

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 22601
(540) 542-1326








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