Of Ale and History Beer Festival

Join us for the longest running beer festival in Virginia–the ‘Of Ale and History’ Beer Festival now in its 24th year! Featuring live music from Mojo Mothership and The Robbie Limon Band, 50+ beers, local food and merchandise vendors. This is a rain or shine event but feel free to bring your own chairs and pop-up tents. Please do not bring pets, coolers, outside food or drink. And don’t forget your ID!

The 2019 “Of ALE AND HISTORY” features live music from MOJO MOTHERSHIP (11:00AM-2:30PM) & the Robbie Limon Band (3:00-6:00PM)

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Shenandoah University McCormick Civil War Institute’s Annual Spring Conference

“A House Divided…”: Dissent, Disagreement & Subversion During the Civil War Era

The Civil War era’s events–John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, the secession crisis, and four years of brutal conflict–divided more than North and South. In the spring of 2019 Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and an all-star faculty of nationally recognized Civil War historians (Dennis Frye; recently retired chief historian from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; Jonathan Noyalas, director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute; Paul Quigley, director of Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech; and Jennifer Weber, associate professor of history at University of Kansas) will examine the ways the Civil War era’s events strained relations among political officials of the same government, soldiers of the same army, communities, and friends.

Schedule of Day’s Activities

8:30-9:15 a.m. Check-in at Hester Auditorium, Henkel Hall, Shenandoah University (1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA)

9:30-10:30 a.m. Jonathan A. Noyalas, “Take Off Your Badges of Disunion”: Dissent in the Shenandoah Valley

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45-11:45 a.m. Dennis Frye, John Brown: The Spark that Ignited the Fuse

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch in Allen Dining Hall

12:45-1:45 p.m. Jennifer Weber, Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North

1:45-2:00 p.m. Break

2-3:00 p.m. Paul Quigley, Fire in the Rear: Jefferson Davis’s Confederate Adversaries

3-3:10 p.m. Break

3:10-4:00 p.m. Concluding panel and book-signing with speakers

Registration fee of $50 covers the cost of all presentations and lunch.

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Exploring Your Civil War Roots

Join Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Chairman Nicholas Picerno, Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Staff, and volunteers in an opportunity to explore your Civil War Ancestry.

The public is invited to join us at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia, from 1-4 PM. We will conduct free, live research while you wait. Any questions please email: cdalton@svbf.net.

Cost: Free

First Battle of Kernstown Tour

Kernstown Battlefield’s own expert tour guides, Mike Cannane and Larry Turner will give a tour of the First Battle of Kernstown.

The morning tour will start at the Visitors’ Center at 10 am. The morning tour is a walking tour around the Kernstown property, so dress appropriately. 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 Kernstown Battlefield Visitors’ Center.

The afternoon tour is partly a driving tour, with stops at Milltown, the Opequon Presbyterian Church, Jackson’s Lookout on Apple Valley Road, Rose Hill Park and Sandy Ridge.

Other activities, including tours of the Battlefield, the 1854 Pritchard House, the Museum and the Artillery Annex, will continue throughout the day. The Gift Shop also will be open.

The battlefield property will be open from 9:30 am-4 pm.

Civil War Winchester – Pen In Hand

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 6:00 PM on the 157th anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown, the public is invited to join us at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum in Winchester for a free viewing and discussion of the movie, Winchester – Pen in Hand.

The film provides a unique look at Winchester, Virginia’s inhabitants during the Civil War from the viewpoint of their letters, diaries and journals. The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum is located at the Old Courthouse at 20 N. Loudoun Street in Winchester. If you have any questions please email: cdalton@svbf.net.

Spirits of the Valley

This special evening experience features a walking tour of the historic Rose Hill Park trail on the 157th anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown, a southern-inspired meal provided at Valerie Hill by Village Square Restaurant, and a complimentary glass of wine. Various tour/dinner times are available; see www.fcprd.net for details.

$50 per person (ages 21+ only; includes tour, one glass of wine, dinner, and round-trip bus transportation from the vineyard to the park). Meet at Valerie Hill Winery & Vineyard (1687 Marlboro Rd., Stephens City, VA). Additional food/beverage will be available for purchase. Register with Frederick County Parks & Recreation at www.fcprd.net or 540-665-5678.

The Science of Our Success: The Brown Family Story

The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, part of Handley Regional Library System, has a new historical program on March 23rd at 2PM in the Robinson Auditorium at Handley Library in Winchester. The program, The Science of Our Success: The Brown Family Story, will be a theater reading based on the lives of an outstanding African-American family written by Judy Humbert and Sharon W. Dixon. The program is free and open to the public.

About the Program: Maria Fairfax and Charles C. Brown were married in 1865. They lived in Winchester, VA and raised seven children; Lucy, Sarah, John, Edward, Harris, Nancy and James. The family was very interested in educating their children and several of them became medical doctors and pharmacists. Come and learn the story of their lives and their accomplishhanments.

Opening Day at Belle Grove

Belle Grove Plantation will open for its 2019 season on Saturday, March 23. The Manor House will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and then resume its schedule of being open seven days a week.

To celebrate Opening Day, Belle Grove Manor House tours will be offered free of charge. The tour lasts one hour and will be offered at :15 minutes and :45 minutes past each hour, with the first tour beginning at 10:15 a.m. and the last tour beginning at 3:15 p.m.

In 2019, Belle Grove Plantation’s 1797 Manor House and grounds will be open March 23-October 31, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. (closed major holidays). From November 1 to December 5, Belle Grove will be open Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. December 6-30, Belle Grove’s annual Christmas tours will take place Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays 1-5 p.m.

photo by Buddy Secor

Battle of First Kernstown Anniversary

March 23
The Kernstown Battlefield Association will commemorate the 157th anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown. Gary L. Ecelbarger, author of “We Are In For It!” The First Battle of Kernstown, will be giving a guided, walking tour of the Battlefield starting at 9 am. Meet at the Visitors’ Center.

Please dress appropriately. After a lunch break, the tour will resume at Rose Hill Park on Jones Road at 1 pm. 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. Other activities, including tours of the Battlefield, the 1854 Pritchard House, the Museum and the Artillery Annex, will continue throughout the day. We will be open 8:30 am until 4 pm.

March 23-24
The Valley Guards – 10th Virginia Infantry, will be at the Battlefield. The Valley Guards will be doing living history demonstrations all weekend. Battlefield and 1854 Pritchard House tours will be available. The Museum, Artillery Annex and Gift Shop also will be open.

Heritage Day

Presented with Handley Library’s Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Heritage Day includes information tables hosted by historical societies and research organizations and free lectures. At 10:30 a.m., National Park Service Art Conservator Fran Ritchie will discuss storing, displaying, and preserving family heirlooms. At 1:30 p.m., genealogist Joan Wood will present Beginning Genealogy: A Five-Step Program. The day will also include free drawings for prizes generously provided by Ancestry.com.

Heritage Day activities are free to all. Lecture seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets available beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the event. Lunch will be available for purchase. MSV admission fee applies to visit the galleries.