Twilight Hike

While Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park was specifically established in 2002 to preserve and interpret the area’s cultural history, the Shenandoah Valley is rich in natural features, wildlife, and vegetation, including wildflowers.These twilight hikes, offered on May 25th (6:30 p.m.) and September 28th (5:00 p.m.) will not only explore the natural side of the park, but also discuss and practice the basics of hiking and backpacking, along with the equipment usage techniques of these hobbies.

Both programs will be led by Ranger Rick Ashbacker and begin at the Claven Lane parking area (2262 Claven Lane, Middletown, Virginia), the back entrance to the park’s “Morning Attack Trails” trails system, which includes the 8th Vermont monument. Each walk will last approximately 90 minutes, over moderate terrain. Proper walking shoes and water are recommended.

Second Battle of Kernstown Tour

The KBA will commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Second Battle of Kernstown with a weekend full of special events.

Kernstown Battlefield Association’s Mike Cannane and Larry Turner will be giving a walking/driving tour of the Second Battle of Kernstown starting at 10 am. Meet at the Visitors’ Center and dress accordingly. The morning tour is a walking tour of the Kernstown property. Shaffer’s BBQ is providing a box lunch menu. Lunches can be ordered in the morning before the tour, and will be ready for the lunch break. After the lunch break, the tour will reconvene at 1 pm at the battlefield Visitors’ Center.

The afternoon tour is partly a driving tour, with spots to include American Woodmark (McLaughlin’s Artillery Battalion), the Opequon Presbyterian Church (Terry’s Brigade, containing the remnants of the Stonewall Brigade), and Jackson’s Lookout on Apple Valley Road (where Early’s Infantry concealed themselves in the woods. In addition, our docents will be giving Battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex tours. The Gift Shop also will be open.

Second Battle of Kernstown Anniversary

On Wednesday, July 24th, the actual date of the Second Battle of Kernstown, the Battlefield will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.

KBA docents give tours of the Battlefield, the 1854 Pritchard House, the Museum and the Artillery Annex collections.

Free and open to the public.

Scottish Highland Games

The KBA and Clan Adrenalin will host a Highland Games competition on our south field. Scottish Highland warriors competed against each other between battles. They used ordinary objects in their competitions: weights, stones, hammers and tree trunks (“cabers”).

This year our July games will be expanding to include other fun activities for the whole family. Come and see these amazing athletes compete and see what other fun things we have in store for you! Bagpipers will be playing throughout the day.

Shaffer’s BBQ from Middletown will provide their food truck for refreshments throughout the day. Please bring your own chairs.

History at Sunset

History at Sunset: Briscoe Brothers and Beyond: Historic Images of the Cedar Creek Battlefield
Join Cultural Resource Manager Kyle Rothemich as he examines historic images of the Cedar Creek battlefield. The first known photographs were taken by the Biscoe Brothers in the 1880s, which can be used to compare and contrast the 19th century landscape to today. Learn about these travelers and veterans who returned decades later through the images they captured.

This will be a car caravan tour through the park as the program will take visitors to the spots where these images were captured. Moderate walking will be required. Meet at the Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown VA 22645).

Kids Civil War History Camp

Join the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, along with Company H, 13th Virginia, McNeill’s Rangers and McClanahan’s Battery. Activities include mustering into Civil War service for the day, infantry drill, cavalry drill, and an artillery demonstration. A “Grand Battle” will commence at 3:00 pm.

Parents welcome! For ages 8-14.

8437 Valley Pike. For more information, or to register, call (540) 869-2064, or see:

History at Sunset

History at Sunset: Flank to Flank, Hiking in the Footsteps of Soldiers While Exploring the Terrain of the Third Winchester Battlefield

Besides being excellent places to experience history, many Civil War battlefields are also great places for hiking. With more than five miles of well-maintained trail over rolling terrain and through woodlots, the Third Winchester battlefield is one of the best. Join Ranger Rick Ashbacker to not only hike most of the battlefield, but also discuss key events, locations, and natural features on the site of the largest battle in the Shenandoah Valley.

Meet at the parking lot for the Third Winchester Visitor Center (541 Redbud Road, Winchester, VA 22603)

*This activity is recommended primarily for visitors who are comfortable hiking at least 3-4 miles at a moderate pace.*

Opening Weekend at Kernstown Battlefield

Join us for opening weekend at the Kernstown Battlefield. There will be tours of the Battlefield, the 1854 Pritchard House, the Museum and the Artillery Annex. The Gift Shop also will be open. Other activities to be announced.