Civil War Weekend

This special annual event that offers rare opportunities to see many sites as they may have looked at the time of the war.

Event details for 2019 will be available soon – check back!
Friday-Sunday, August 16-18, 2019
This year, Civil War sites throughout the Winchester-Frederick-Clarke County area will once again join together to provide unique opportunities to experience the area’s remarkable wartime story. See details about last year’s event, below:

Schedule of Events

Download the Event Flyer (2018)

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 7pm
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Civil War Roundtable Meeting: “Stuart’s Finest Hour: The Ride Around McClellan”
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester, VA 22601).
Author John Fox will speak about Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s famous around ride the Federal troops besieging Richmond in the summer of 1862.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Friday, August 17, 2pm
Battle of Cedar Creek Tour
Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645).
A two-hour guided tour, using a car-caravan system (visitors follow the ranger’s vehicle), covering the Battle of Cedar Creek in a chronological fashion.
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

Friday, August 17, 7pm
History at Sunset “When the conflict is ended mercy again asserts it: Treating the Wounded at Cedar Creek”
St. Thomas Chapel (7854 Church Street, Middletown, VA).
The Battle of Cedar Creek left over 8,600 Americans killed, wounded or missing in its wake. This special program includes living history demonstrations presented by staff of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and will be held at St. Thomas Chapel, which was used as a hospital following the battle.
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

 

Saturday, August 18, 9am
Civil War Weekend Car Caravan Tour
“Not with Fire & Sword”: Postwar Reunion and Reconciliation 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 examine the efforts of the Sheridan’s Veterans’ Association to heal the Civil War’s wounds in the Shenandoah Valley with Confederate veterans. Visit various sites, including the site of the 1885 Camp Russell, Winchester National Cemetery, Stonewall Confederate Cemetery, site of Cameron Hall, as well as additional sites related to the complex and at times contradictory era of reconciliation. The tour will return to the Visitors Center and end with a book signing of Noyalas’ Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah, as well as some of his other books. Tour is approximately 1.5 hours in length.
Cost: Free
McCormick Civil War Institute

Saturday, August 18, 9am
“Monuments and Signs: Sentinels on the Cedar Creek Battlefield”
Meet at the Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645).
A 2-hour car caravan tour exploring the monuments, markers and memorials on the Cedar Creek battlefield. Who built them? Who do they honor? And what do they symbolize?
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 18, 10am-Noon
“Defend the Fort!”: SVBF Civil War Kids Camp
Star Fort, (522 Fortress Drive, Winchester, VA 22603).
Mini-kids camp for kids ages 6-14. Youngsters will learn about camp life, drill, life in a Civil War fort, and take part in manning the defenses.
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required.
Register by calling 540-740-4545 or going to www.shenandoahatwar.org.

Saturday, August 18, 10am-4pm
Living History and Tours
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Dr, Winchester, VA 22601).
The Battlefield will be hosting the 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Maryland Infantry, Co. D. Both camps will be open to the public. Come experience camp life with both Union and Confederate soldiers. An all-day special walking/driving tour of the First Battle of Kernstown will start at 10 am. Box lunches will be available.
Cost: Free, box lunches available for $12.
www.kernstownbattle.org

Saturday, August 18, 10am-4pm
Museum Tours
Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum, (415 N. Braddock St, Winchester, VA 22601).
This Hudson River Gothic Revival style house, a Virginia and National Historic Landmark, was used as headquarters by General “Stonewall” Thomas Jackson during the winter of 1861-1862. The museum will be open all weekend for tours.
Cost: See website for admission fee.
www.winchesterhistory.org

Saturday, August 18, 11:30am
“Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box”
Meet on the front lawn of Belle Grove (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA).
A 30 minute overview of the Battle of Cedar Creek using props and the actual landscape to explain the campaign and battle.
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 18, 1pm-9pm
“A Sight to Be Remembered”: SVBF Programs at Fort Collier
Fort Collier, (922 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester, VA 22601).
Programs at the historic fort that played a critical role at the Third Battle of Winchester will include:
• 1-5pm – Living history
• 1:30pm – “History in Action” for young people
• 2pm and 4 pm – Artillery demonstrations
• 3pm – Historical talk
• 8pm – Guided candlelight tour of the camps
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 18, 2:30pm
“Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse into the Life Judah the Enslaved Cook”
Meet at Belle Grove (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA).
A 30 minute program on the life of Judah, the enslaved cook at Belle Grove.
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 18, 3-3:30pm
Update on Archaeology of the Slave Quarter Site at Belle Grove
Belle Grove Plantation Manor House Lower Level (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA).
Belle Grove just concluded its fourth field season of archaeology in the area where slave quarters were located. Come hear what has been discovered!
Cost: Free
www.bellegrove.org

Saturday, August 18, 7:30pm
Legends by Lanternlight, Berryville: Using a County Seat to View the Civil War
Clarke County Historical Association, (32 E. Main St., Berryville, VA 22611)
Partnering with the Clarke County Historical Association, the members of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group (MHAIG), in a twilight-lanternlight walking tour, will bring alive the memorable experiences of Berryville during the American Civil War through costumed first-person interpretations in the historic downtown. Learn how our preserved landscape still tells us stories.
Participants will view the Civil War experience of Berryville and how the war affected life in the Shenandoah Valley. The period-dressed Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group will offer their story-telling ability against the backdrop of historic Berryville, featuring stories of Clarke County’s commissioner to the Virginia Secession Convention, the visits of two famous Civil War generals, Mosby’s Wagon Train Raid in Berryville, and the story of Eugene Ferris, a Medal of Honor recipient from his days of fighting Mosby’s Rangers.
Cost: $15 per adult, $8 per student; tickets can be purchased at the door of the event or in advance HERE.
www.mosbyheritagearea.org

 

Sunday, August 19, 11am-4pm, presentations at 10am and 1pm
Living History and Historian Presentations
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Dr, Winchester, VA 22601).
The Battlefield will be hosting the 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Maryland Infantry, Co. D. Both camps will be open to the public. Come experience camp life with both Union and Confederate soldiers. At 10am, Jerry Holsworth, author of Civil War Winchester and Stonewall Jackson and Winchester, VA., will speak in the conference room about Winchester during the Civil War. At 1 pm, local historian Jeff Chamberlin will discuss the old homes of Winchester and Frederick County, VA and their roles during the Civil War.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Sunday, August 19, Noon-4pm
Museum Tours
Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum, (415 N. Braddock St, Winchester, VA 22601).
This Hudson River Gothic Revival style house, a Virginia and National Historic Landmark, was used as headquarters by General “Stonewall” Thomas Jackson during the winter of 1861-1862. The museum will be open all weekend for tours.
Cost: See website for admission fee.
www.winchesterhistory.org

Sunday, August 19, 1, 2, and 3pm
“Saving Newtown” Escape Room Experience
Newtown History Center (5408 Main Street, Stephens City, VA).
Experience an exciting challenge based on the events related to the near burning of the Town of Stephens City (Newtown) on the 1st of June 1864. Solve puzzles in an historic house and help prevent soldiers of the 1st New York “Lincoln” Cavalry from carrying out General David Hunter’s order to burn the town.
Advanced RSVP Required. Call (540) 869-1700 to RSVP or for questions.
Groups of 2 to 5 people per session.
Cost: $10 adult (age 18+); $5 child (age 6-17); not recommended for children 5 and under.

Sunday, August 19, 2:30pm
“Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box”
Meet on the front lawn of Belle Grove (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA).
A 30 minute overview of the Battle of Cedar Creek using props and the actual landscape to explain the campaign and battle.
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

 

More Information:
Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center
Open Sat. and Sun. 9am-5pm
Visitor Info & Civil War Orientation
(540) 542-1326

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Conference

The Forgotten Valley: Overlooked Civil War Stories in the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s 2019 Valley Conference will focus on fascinating but overlooked stories that deserve more attention, from lesser-known stories of the famous to moving accounts of everyday people caught up in the four years of fury. The conference will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester, and will features speakers Eric Buckland, Gary L. Ecelbarger, Dennis Frye, Catherine Mägi, Scott C. Patchan, Keven M. Walker, and Eric J. Wittenberg.

For more information and registration, call: 540-740-4545. Pre-registration is required.

8am: Check-In Desk Opens
9am – Dennis Frye and Catherine Mägi – Confluence: Harpers Ferry as Destiny
10am – Gary L. Ecelbarger – Stonewalling Jackson: The Unheralded Counter Campaign of Winter 1862
11am – Eric J. Wittenberg – The Battle of Wapping Heights: Lost Opportunity, July 23, 1863
Noon: Lunch (On your own)
1:00 pm – Scott C. Patchan – Germans in the Valley: Col. Augustus Moor and the 28th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Piedmont
2:00 pm: Eric Buckland – Mosby’s Rangers: Playing Outside of the Box
3:00 pm: Keven M. Walker – “We shall never be the same”: The Soldiers Who Gave Their Last Full Measure and the Ones They Left Behind

Cost: $30 per person; $27 for SVBF Members

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.

kernstownbattle.org

History at Sunset

“This Valley…was [a] scene of desolation and ruin.” The Burning of the Shenandoah Valley

Considered one of the most infamous episodes of the entire war, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s systematic destruction of the Valley has been understudied and therefore misunderstood. This program provides an overview of the major events of “The Burning” itself, places it within the larger context of the entire Union war effort, visits one of the local sites associated with this incident and most importantly examines the military, political and personal impacts of “The Burning” on the local populace.

Meet Ranger Eric Campbell at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645).

Rebecca and Thomas: A Civil War Spy Tale

In observation of Juneteenth (June 19), celebrating freedom and commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., hear the story of Rebecca Wright (1838 – 1914) and Thomas Laws (1817 – 1896) as told through this one-act play performed as a reading. Wright, a local teacher and Unionist, and Laws, an enslaved man from Millwood, Virginia, relayed intelligence about Confederate troop movements in and around Winchester, ultimately leading to General Philip Sheridan’s decisionto attack. The play was written by Winchester resident and former teacher Sharon Dixon.

Admission to this event is FREE and registration is not required.

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: www.ccbf.us.

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.

Presented by Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park.

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.

Second Battle of Winchester Anniversary

The Kernstown Battlefield Association will commemorate the 156th anniversary of the Second Battle of Winchester, which began with a skirmish at Kernstown.

Special tours featuring the Second Battle of Winchester will be given all day, as well as tours of the battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex. The gift shop will be open.

The battlefield will be open from 10am-4pm.

kernstownbattle.org

 

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.*