Winchester Tales Book Release

WINCHESTER TALES – A self guided walking tour of Winchester, Virginia
By Mike Robinson

Book Release Event!

This book is written by the gentleman behind the very popular “Winchester Tales” Facebook page.

Event will take place on the outdoor patio at the Wine Room at Taylor Pavilion.

Signed and numbered books available.
$10.00 per book

* Books will be sold exclusively at Solenberger’s Hardware on Berryville Avenue if you miss the book release.

Third Winchester Living History Programs

The Third Battle of Winchester was the largest and costliest battle ever fought in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. Today, over 600 acres of the battlefield have been preserved and are open to the public.

There will be living history throughout the day, including artillery demonstration, infantry demonstrations, and camp set-up. Held in the fields adjacent to the parking lot for the Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center at 541 Redbud Road, Winchester.

Hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

History Program and Tour

This weekend is the anniversary of the Battle of 2nd Winchester.

A National Park Service ranger from Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will conduct a presentation, “1864 in a Box” at Kernstown Battlefield at 1pm.

Following the program, author Jerry Holsworth will conduct a tour from 2-4pm starting at the Kernstown Battlefield.

Both are outdoor events.

Shenandoah University McCormick Civil War Institute’s Annual Spring Conference


The Civil War on the Water

Tentative Schedule

8:30-9:15 a.m.: Check-in at Henkel Hall, Hester Auditorium, Shenandoah University
9:15-9:40 a.m.: Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Unveiling of “So Much to Say”: The Civil War Letters of Corporal Robert Bradbury, Battery D, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery
9:40-10:40 a.m.: Jonathan A. Noyalas (Shenandoah University), “The Eagle Cowering to the Feet of the Lion”: The Trent Affair and the Freedom of the Seas
10:40-10:50 a.m.: Break
10:50-11:50 a.m.: Jonathan White (Christopher Newport University), Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War
11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Lunch in Allen Dining Hall
1-2 p.m.: Anna Gibson Holloway (SEARCH), Raising the Merrimack: Rescuing the Memory of a Civil War Vessel
2-2:10 p.m.: Break
2:10-3:10 p.m.: John Coski (American Civil War Museum), Commander Hunter Davidson: The Travels, Travails, Triumphs, and Tribulations of a Naval Life
3:10-3:25 p.m.: Break and Book Raffle
3:25-4:00 p.m.: Karen Needles (The Lincoln Archives Digital Project), Bringing Federal Records Online: Prize Cases During the Civil War
4-4:15 p.m.: Concluding Remarks

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

$25 for students with valid identification (please note students who wish to register must first email for a special discount code)

For questions about the conference, contact Jonathan Noyalas at or 540-665-4501.

First Battle of Kernstown Tour


Join us for a detailed docent tour of the First Battle of Kernstown, led by historians Michael Cannane and Larry Turner.

This tour will be a combination of walking and driving.

In addition to gaining a solid understanding of this battle, an understanding of the overall campaign for early 1862 will be provided.

Free. Registration not required.

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.

Heritage Day

Celebrate women’s history month and the centennial of Women’s Suffrage at this free genealogy-focused event featuring tables hosted by historical societies and research organizations and two lectures. At 10:30 a.m., Library of Virginia exhibitions coordinator Barbara Batson will discuss the challenges and opportunities tracing women’s history in the presentation “Where are the Women?” and at noon, MSV Curator of Collections Nick Powers and MSV Registrar and Collections Manager Lauren Fleming will discuss preserving and protecting textiles. Heritage Day will also include free drawings for prizes from Ancestry®.

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. MSV admission fee applies to visit the galleries. For more information call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Presented in partnership with Handley Regional Library’s Stewart Bell Jr. Archives. Snow date: March 14.