Candlelight Tours and Open House

Abram’s Delight, the oldest house in Winchester, built in 1754, is decorated with holiday floral arrangements by local garden clubs. There will living history in the 1780s log cabin.

Friday, December 6:
6-8pm

Saturday, December 7:
3-7pm

Admission is Free!

History and Hauntings

The history of our Manor House, Valerie Hill, spans two centuries. While her walls don’t talk, the ghosts that haunt her rooms certainly do. Our popular “History & Hauntings” event gives you the opportunity to hear first hand accounts of the activity of our resident ghosts – from the woman in the cellar that calls for help to the spirit of a boy perpetually locked in an attic room.

The evening includes dinner by Village Square Restaurant of Winchester, a glass of wine of your choice, and a detailed tour of our Manor House, focusing on historical fact and documented paranormal activity. This year’s menu by Chef Dan Kalber includes Southern Style Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and fresh bread with butter. Dietary restrictions beyond a vegetarian option cannot be accommodated. This event is for adults 21 and over.

For available dates and to purchase tickets
www.valeriehillwinery.com

Winchester-Frederick County History Trivia Night

Calling all history buffs! 2019 marks the 275th anniversary of Winchester, so we’ve teamed up with Winchester-Frederick Historical Society to bring you our first-ever Trivia Night!

Put on your thinking cap for a fun evening of friendly competition inspired by the local history​ of Winchester and Frederick County​. Join a team or round up your own group (up to ​three people​ to a team​). ​A full menu will be available as well as plenty of libations from the bar.

DOORS, BAR, & KITCHEN OPEN at 6PM

TRIVIA at 7PM

GENERAL ADMISSION: $8 + admission tax & processing fee

DOOR: $10 + admission tax

Advance ticket sales end at 5PM the day of the show. If tickets are not sold out by this time they will be available for purchase when the doors open.

This is an all-seated event in the theater

All ages

FULL MENU AVAILABLE – save room for dessert!

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).

Crossroads of History Conference

Atlanta, the Valley, and the Crossroads of History:
The Battles and Leaders That Influenced Lincoln’s Reelection in 1864

In August 1864, the outcome of the Civil War hung in the balance, and Abraham Lincoln’s chances for reelection looked doubtful – until a series of pivotal battles around Atlanta and in the Shenandoah Valley helped propel Lincoln to victory. Led by historians Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan, this conference will examine those events – and the fights and personalities that changed the course of history.

SCHEDULE:
8am: Check-In Desk Opens
9am: Lincoln’s Jeopardized Election Status in Summer 1864 – Gary Ecelbarger
10am: The Battle of Atlanta – Unheralded Turning Point – Gary Ecelbarger
11am: The Battle of Jonesboro and Sherman’s Capture of Atlanta – Scott Patchan
Noon: Lunch (On your own)
1:15 pm: Black Jack Logan’s 6 Months of Unprecedented Political Generalship – Gary Ecelbarger
2:15 pm: Phil Sheridan’s Leadership at the Battle of Cedar Creek: From Union Disaster to Icing on the Cake – Scott Patchan
3:15 pm: Final Actions of the Third Battle of Winchester – Tour in Old Town Winchester – Scott Patchan

The cost will be $27 for SVBF members; $30 for non-members. Lunch will be on your own. Space will be limited, and pre-registration is required.

Register Online

For more information, call the SVBF at 540-740-4545.

 

Winchester Beer & Cider Tour

You’ll experience Old Town Winchester with a new eye on this tour. Explore the significance of buildings you’ve walked by before, hear about the men and women that made Winchester come to life, and sample beer and cider from the newest breweries along the way.

We’ll make sure you have fun with interesting historical facts, pointing out the best architecture, and telling you the stories behind the brewers and the beer/cider. All of the food and beer/cider is included in the tour price!

Explore 4-5 Unique Stops

Winchester’s eclectic collection of restaurants has been accented recently by locally owned breweries popping up in town. This tour will take you on a taste sensation through samples and stories about how they got started and what you can expect as they grow. Here are a few we might pop into on your tour:

Winchester Brew Works
Escutcheon Brewing Co.
Alesatian Brewing Company
Broken Window Brewing Company
Kindred Pointe
Piccadilly Public House
The German Table

Every Sunday 2pm-5pm.

Tickets available at: www.tastewinchesterhistory.com

Antiques Appraisal Fair

Expert appraiser, Sandra Perry will be available for verbal evaluations of antiques and heirlooms. She has a wide range of items including textiles, furniture, documents, Shenandoah Valley and Civil War artifacts. Appraisals are $10 for one item and three for $25. Since appraisals will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis, we ask that you limit it to three-items per person.

Appraisals will take place on Saturday, November 2, 10am-12pm & 1-4 pm and Sunday, November 3, 10am-2 pm in the first floor meeting room of the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center, which is fully handicapped accessible. If you have a large item, please come in to register before bringing it inside.

History and Hauntings

The history of our Manor House, Valerie Hill, spans two centuries. While her walls don’t talk, the ghosts that haunt her rooms certainly do. Our popular “History & Hauntings” event gives you the opportunity to hear first hand accounts of the activity of our resident ghosts – from the woman in the cellar that calls for help to the spirit of a boy perpetually locked in an attic room.

The evening includes dinner by Village Square Restaurant of Winchester, a glass of wine of your choice, and a detailed tour of our Manor House, focusing on historical fact and documented paranormal activity. This year’s menu by Chef Dan Kalber includes Southern Style Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and fresh bread with butter. Dietary restrictions beyond a vegetarian option cannot be accommodated. This event is for adults 21 and over.

For available dates and to purchase tickets
www.valeriehillwinery.com

History and Civil War Walking Tour

Experience 275 years of history on this guided walking tour! Learn about the citizens that lived here and the pivotal events that made Winchester the place it is today. These tours are given by experienced and knowledgeable guides that enjoy sharing their love of local history.

Make your reservation by calling 540-542-1326.

Cost: $10, payable to the guide.

Meet at 2 N. Cameron Street (the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia)

More tours are available. See: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

 

 

 

 

The City of Winchester is celebrating its 275th Anniversary in 2019! Visit their website for details on other special history events and activities throughout the year.
www.winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

History at Sunset

Tommy, Charlie, and the Kidd: General Wesley Merritt’s Cavalry at Cedar Creek

By 1864, the Union cavalry was superior to the Confederate cavalry for several reasons: better horses, more firepower, and aggressive, enthusiastic leadership. Cavalry division commander Gen. Wesley Merritt and his three brigade commanders were well-trained, experienced leaders who expected to win every combat action. Join Ranger Rick Ashbacker to follow Merritt’s division from the Union right flank all the way to its counterattack position on the Union left flank during the battle of Cedar Creek.

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