Guided Civil War Walking Tour of Stephens City

Civil War walking tours of historic Stephens City are conducted at 10:30 a.m. on the 4th Saturday of the month, beginning in June and ending in October. Tours are led by staff of the Newtown History Center. This tour focuses on the impact of the Civil War on the town. Learn about various civilian and military activities in and around Stephens City between 1861 and 1865.

Admission: $5/person (all ages 6+)

Reservations are required.

Please call the Newtown History Center at 540-869-1700.

Tours begin at the Newtown History Center, located at 5408 Main Street.

June 25th
July 23rd
August 27th
September 24th
October 22nd

History at Sunset

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park presents a series of special “History at Sunset” programs. These ranger-conducted presentations cover a variety of subjects and provide visitors an opportunity to see sites normally not open, or widely accessible, to the general public.

Explore and learn about some of the “hidden gems” of the park and the Shenandoah Valley. Each program is free and lasts between 90 minutes to two hours.

“Sabers & Surprise:” Col. William Payne’s Confederate cavalry at the Battle of Cedar Creek
Friday, July 15, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Meet at the NPS Visitor Center, 7712 Main Street, Middletown, Virginia.

Leading the Confederate attack across the Shenandoah River on 19 October 1864, Col. William Payne’s cavalry battalion silenced Federal pickets and drove toward Belle Grove Plantation. Join Ranger Rick Ashbacker to follow Payne’s advance to six locations and discover why Payne was only partially successful.

Guided History Walking Tour of Old Town Winchester

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)

Tours are offered May – October
1st and 3rd Fridays at 6pm
2nd and 4th Sundays at 4pm

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

Bourbon on the Battlefield

Join the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation at Vault & Cellar on Thursday, June 23rd, at 6:00PM, for a history speakers series right here in Middletown, Virginia! Order food or drinks and take part in a conversation style presentation with a historian, battlefield guide, author, or historical figure! Good food, history, preservation, and bourbon… Sounds like the perfect combination!

This month’s topic is titled, The Haversack Diet: Food in Civil War Armies

We often hear about the chaos of battle, the grand strategies behind a campaign, or the reasons men fought. For many of us, these thoughts and ideas are not parallel with our own experiences. However, one thing that we may connect with over the generations is a desire for good food and plenty of it! In this presentation, you’ll learn what the Civil War soldier ate, how he prepared his meals, and what receiving and ingesting those rations did for morale and his stamina.

Meet the speaker!

John Heckman is a digital historian who is best known to online audiences as The Tattooed Historian. John has an M.A. in History with a specialization in War and Society. He has worked alongside the U.S. Army, the National Park Service, and numerous universities and non-profits to bring history to the masses in new and dynamic ways. John will be an adjunct professor at Shenandoah University in the fall, and you can often find him conducting live-stream discussions on various social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

This monthly program is free, though food or drink orders are highly recommended and encouraged since the menu is delicious! Suggested arrival time of 5:30PM to allow for seating and food or drink orders prior to the start of the event. Donations will also gladly be accepted to benefit the Heater House Restoration Fund hosted by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. A percentage of the cost of each pour of bourbon from the evening’s activities will generously be donated by Vault & Cellar to benefit the Heater House restoration projects as well. Please drink responsibly.

Guided History Walking Tour of Old Town Winchester

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)

Tours are offered May – October
1st and 3rd Fridays at 6pm
2nd and 4th Sundays at 4pm

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

Military History Day

Come join us on Saturday June 11, 2022 for the 9th annual living history day at the museum.

Relive history and see a large collection of WWII equipment and vehicles, re-enactor displays, Korean and Vietnam War displays.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11 at the museum, which is located at 811 Fairfax Pike (Va. 277), 1.5 miles east of Stephens City.

Individual displays will include:

• America’s involvement in World War I

• The American WWII home front

• The American infantry soldier and his equipment — D-Day, June 6, 1944

• The local serviceman’s involvement during WWII

• The U.S. Army Air Force flight gear and equipment

• The Battle of the Bulge — the last German offensive, December 1944

• The combat medic

• The weaponry and ordnance of WWII

• WWII and post-WWII military vehicles

• Korean War

• Vietnam War

Separate reunions of WWII veterans, Korean War and Vietnam-era servicemen and women will occur starting at 11 a.m. A BBQ luncheon will be provided for the veterans at noon. The museum encourages local veterans to attend, spread the word about the event and share their stories.

Various military reenactors and their displays will provide “living history” interpretations throughout the day, rain or shine.

Plenty of convenient parking available. No entry fee to attend. Bring the whole family. For more information, contact Fravel at 540-974-1044 or fravel@clemson.edu.

Hosted by the American Military Heritage Museum.

Guided History Walking Tour of Old Town Winchester

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)

Tours are offered May – October
1st and 3rd Fridays at 6pm
2nd and 4th Sundays at 4pm

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

Guided History Walking Tour of Old Town Winchester

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)

Tours are offered May – October
1st and 3rd Fridays at 6pm
2nd and 4th Sundays at 4pm

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

Fridays at the Front: Middletown Civil War Tour

Join historian and SVBF Chief Executive Officer Keven Walker for “Fridays at the Front,” special complimentary tours of Civil War battlefields and historic sites in the Shenandoah Valley. These tours cover stories great and small, from the accounts of huge armies moving across the landscape to the individual stories of loyalty, determination, and sacrifice involving soldiers and civilians alike.

Fridays at the Front – “Madly Along the Road”: The Running Fight at Middletown

A tour of key sites related to the fighting on the Valley Pike on May 24, 1862, a confused, chaotic struggle where Union forces raced to avoid destruction or capture by Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate troops after the Battle of Front Royal. The clash featured fighting between opposing Zouave units, fog of war on both sides, battling in the streets, and horrific scenes of point-blank artillery fire.

Come alone or bring a friend, your family, or a group. Discover the dramatic history of these sites — and the incredible stories — history and stories that the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, thanks to your help and support, continue to fight to preserve today. The tours are free, but pre-registration is required.

To register, fill out the form here: https://www.shenandoahatwar.org/fridays-at-the-front/
or call the Battlefields Foundation at 540-740-4545

Fort Loudoun Day Living History Event

Come join us to celebrate Fort Loudoun Day. On May 18, 1756, Colonel George Washington wrote a letter to Lieutenant Colonel Adam Stephen requesting support from Captain Mercers, Captain Bells, and other Companies for 50 men skilled in masonry and carpentry to “carry on the work” of fort construction “with spirit and vigour”.

419 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, Virginia, the site of historic Fort Loudoun.

Flag Raising at 10:30

Sponsored by The French & Indian War Foundation and Colonel James Wood II chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Join us for a look back into Winchester’s history during the 1700’s via re-enactments, tours, and children’s activities. Meet George Mercers Company, Col James Wood, Sons of the American Revolution Color Guardsmen, and an Indian scout. Visit the Provincial and Ranger Camps to learn about the life of soldiers based at Fort Loudoun. Stanford Flintlock Rifle that is being raffled will be on display.

F&IW era books and merchandise for sale.

For more information visit https://fiwf.org.