First Battle of Kernstown Commemorative Walking Tour

Learn about the Civil War’s First Battle of Kernstown (March 23, 1862) during this walking tour that takes place at the Kernstown Battlefield on the Pritchard-Grim Farm and the MSV’s Rose Hill Park. Led by author and historian Gary Ecelbarger, the walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Kernstown Battlefield, breaks for lunch at 11:30 a.m., then reconvenes at Rose Hill Park at 1 p.m.

Free. Registration not required. Presented in partnership with the Kernstown Battlefield Association. Pritchard-Grim Farm: 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester; Rose Hill Park: 1871 Jones Road, Winchester.

Gary Ecelbarger is the author of numerous nineteenth-century non-fiction works including The Day Dixie Died: The Battle of Atlanta, and “We are in for it!”: The First Battle of Kernstown. He has also published biographies of Civil War generals “Black Jack” Logan and Frederick W. Lander, as well as military histories of the Shenandoah Valley campaign. Ecelbarger is a leading authority of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and has been consulted frequently for historical interpretations of Civil War battlefields in the Valley. Gary Ecelbarger is also a Lincoln scholar and divides his research and touring time between the Rockies and Revolutionary War sites.

Haunted History Ghost Tour

Prepare yourself for a spine-tingling tour that delves into the mysterious history of Winchester!

Learn of the restless spirits from the Colonial and Civil War eras often seen and heard in the streets and historic buildings of Old Town. Your expert guide weaves a tale of carefully researched history and true ghost stories that will leave you intrigued and hopefully convinced that they are here!

Tour lasts approximately one hour.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center.

Cost: $10
Cash or check only.

Limit of 25 participants per tour.

Tour is offered Saturday, October 26; Wednesday, October 30; and Thursday, October 31 at 6pm.

Meet at the intersection of Cork Street and the Loudoun Street Mall.

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History at Sunset

“…there burst upon our view the appalling spectacle of a panic-stricken army…”
The William Dinges Farm (Rienzi Knoll) at Cedar Creek

Known variously as the William H. Dinges Farm, Ripple Farm or Rienzi Knoll, this historic property witnessed one of the most dramatic episodes of the Battle of Cedar Creek (October 19, 1864); the arrival of Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan following his non-stop ride from Winchester. Finding his army broken and demoralized, Sheridan rallied his troops and launched a devastating counterattack that afternoon which “snatched victory from the jaws of defeat,” turning Cedar Creek into a stunning Union triumph.

Join Park Ranger Jeff Driscoll for a special program that will allow the general public access to this property and explore its Battle of Cedar Creek history, Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645). Visitors will then car-pool to the site.