Battle of Cedar Creek Commemoration

There will be a variety of events in Middletown this weekend to commemorate the 156th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek Reenactment weekend.

Saturday at 1pm, there will be a ceremony with speeches from Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV, Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation President Gary Rinkerman, as well as several town residents. It will also include music and roses and wreaths will be laid in respect to fallen Union and Confederate soldiers.

Saturday at 11, 1 and 3pm, we will have artillery demonstrations at the Veterans Memorial and again Sunday at 1pm.

Saturday night luminaries will be lit to honor the 964 fallen soldiers of the north and south on Main Street at 7pm. Special thanks to those that volunteered to help light the luminaries and Miller’s Ace Hardware for sponsoring!

Belle Grove Plantation will hold house tours on Saturday. Tours are limited to 10 guests and tour tickets are sold on a first-come, first served basis. Guests may view a Civil War weapons and flag display hosted by the Civil War Dance Foundation, a Pennsylvania based reenactment group. There will also be a free Civil War Signaling program on the front lawn at 11am and 1pm. No preregistration required, but please be prepared to social distance.

History at Sunset

Life in the Borderland: The Limits and Possibilities of Freedom for Enslaved and Free Blacks
What did Shenandoah Valley enslaved have to do to earn their freedom? How did free blacks in the area circumnavigate laws which required them to leave the state within a year of acquiring their freedom? Why did some choose to stay in a land where Virginia laws and social codes created racial restrictions that severely limited their freedoms, while others chose to find new lives in an unknown land? These are some of the questions that will be explored during this special History at Sunset program.

This will be the final presentation during our special event – Inalienable Rights: Free & Enslaved Blacks Crafting A Life In The Shenandoah Valley. Meet at Belle Grove (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645).