Apples and Hard Cider: A History

This history program will provide a general background on apple cultivation and cider production worldwide, in particular, Frederick County.

Join us at Winchester Ciderworks, for this special event, in collaboration with the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.

Founded in 2012, Winchester Ciderworks makes handcrafted Virginia hard cider with apples from their own orchard. Come visit their tasting room!

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North-South Skirmish Association: Fall National Competition

The N-SSA is the country’s oldest and largest Civil War shooting sports organization with over 3,200 individuals that make up its 200 member units. Each unit represents a Civil War regiment or unit and wears the uniform they wore 150 years ago.

Member units compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War period muskets, carbines, breech loading rifles, revolvers, mortars and cannons. It is the largest Civil War event of its kind in the United States.

N-SSA members come from all over the country to Fort Shenandoah each fall for this National Competition. Competitions, called “skirmishes”, where participating teams shoot at breakable targets in several timed events. The teams with the lowest cumulative times win medals or other awards. Women participate along with the men in all events. There are also competitions for authenticity of Civil War period dress, both military and civilian, as well as lectures on topics of interest.

Spectators are welcome and admission is free. There is a large sutler area and food service is available. For more information, visit the N-SSA web site at: www.n-ssa.org.

 

 

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation 25th Anniversary Celebration

Join as we look back on 25 years of accomplishment with a star-studded red carpet event that will feature fine food, elegant music, and special guests and dignitaries, including former Congressman Frank Wolf and our keynote speaker, legendary Civil War historian Dr. James M. McPherson.

The evening’s events will include:

• A red carpet entrance
• A social hour with hors d’oeuvres and beverages beginning at 6:30 pm.
• A silent auction featuring an array of special items
• Music by the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Collective and concert pianist Carter Stevens
• An elegant dinner beginning at 7 pm.
• A special program headlined by the keynote address by Dr. McPherson
• A champagne toast with the cutting of the NHD’s 25th Anniversary birthday cake.

Social Hour: 6:30pm. Dinner: 7:15pm

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event. Come help us celebrate all that you have helped us do – all that you have done to help preserve the Valley and tell its story. We hope all of the National Historic District family will be able to join us… all of our friends, members, supporters, and partners. We’re celebrating YOU because you are the National Historic District.

Tickets are $25 per person and $40 for a couple.

To purchase tickets, click here or the link below or call 540-740-4545

Full Table Options
Full tables can also be purchased. For more information, call 540-740-4545.

The deadline to purchase tickets is September 8.

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Patriots Pride Day

Enjoy a full day of activities planned for the whole family.

Two Battle Re-enactments
British and Continental Army Encampments
Veterans and Civic Groups
Vendors and Exhibitors
World War II Era Campsite and Vehicles
Parade of Color Guards
Patriotic Presentations
Memoriam to the Fallen
Stay for live music starting at 6pm and fireworks at dusk.

50/50 Raffles to benefit the Veterans Memorial Fund

Veterans Memorial Park on Route 11 at the south end of Middletown, Virginia

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.

Masks are recommended.

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/

Civil War Graffiti Tour

The 1840 Frederick County Court House (today’s Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum) served as a prison and hospital to both sides during the Civil War. Many of those soldiers wrote their names and drew pictures on the walls – including the famed “Jeff Davis Curse.” Join us for this special tour of the museum and the fascinating graffiti on its wall. Free.

Pre-registration is not required. Tour is hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

For more information, call 540-542-1145 or email info@svbf.net.

Civil War Walking Tour of Winchester

This downtown walking tour of historic Winchester visits Civil War sites and tells the stories of soldiers and civilians who were caught up in the chaos of the constant combat, occupations, and caring for the wounded. The tour is free. Advance registration is not required. The tour will gather in the courtyard of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun St. on the downtown walking mall. Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

Pre-registration is not required. Tour is hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

For more information, call 540-542-1145 or email info@svbf.net.

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.

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.

Masks are recommended.

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/

Second Battle of Kernstown Tour

The Kernstown Battlefield will host a walking and driving tour of the Second Battle of Kernstown, stopping at key battle locations on and around the battlefield property.

The Second Battle of Kernstown was one of the most lopsided defeats suffered by the Union in its Valley of Humiliation throughout the war and avenged Stonewall Jackson’s only defeat at the scene of the action. Come and learn more about the battle that saw 1,200 Union soldiers become casualties while Jubal Early’s Confederates lost only 200 men in what Virginia Sergeant John Worsham called the “most easily won victory” of the war.

Accomplished Civil War author Scott Patchan, known for his books, “Shenandoah Summer” and “Last Battle of Winchester”, will lead the tour. While there is no cost for the tour, your generous donations will be greatly appreciated.

The tour will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the battlefield Visitors Center where Scott will provide an overview of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign and explain how Southern General Jubal A. Early ended up facing off against Union commander General George Crook at Kernstown on July 24, 1864.

After the overview, we will move to several areas of the historic battlefield throughout the Kernstown and Stephens City area. Weather permitting, anticipated tour stops include Newtown (Stephens City), Bartonville, Sandy Ridge, Opequon Church, Middle Road, Pritchard’s Hill and Lane, and the location of General John C. Breckinridge’s flank attack on the east side of I-81.

This boots on the ground tour will take us to Sandy Ridge to explore the seldom seen location where Crook’s misreading of the situation nearly caused the destruction of Col. Joseph Thoburn’s division at the hands of North Carolina General Stephen D. Ramseur. The pinnacle of the tour will occur in Pritchard’s Lane, where the popular Irish leader from Chicago, Col. James A. Mulligan, lost his life battling against Georgia General John B. Gordon and his men. We will conclude the day with a wrap up of the outcome of the battle and its impact on the progress of the war.

Depending on the length of the tour, we may break for lunch. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, proper clothing for the weather, and water.

Sign up for the tour here