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

Who’s Buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery? Walking Tour

Mt. Hebron has been Winchester’s burying ground since inception of the town in the 1700s. On this walking tour, you will be introduced to men and women who contributed to the development of Winchester, as well as our great nation. Meet your guide outside the gatehouse on East Lane. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Note that no restroom facilities will be available.

Fee: $5, payable to the guide.

Additional tours are available: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

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 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

Who’s Buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery? Walking Tour

Mt. Hebron has been Winchester’s burying ground since inception of the town in the 1700s. On this walking tour, you will be introduced to men and women who contributed to the development of Winchester, as well as our great nation. Meet your guide outside the gatehouse on East Lane. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Note that no restroom facilities will be available.

Fee: $5, payable to the guide.

Additional tours are available: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

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

Civil War Weekend

This special annual event that offers rare opportunities to see many sites as they may have looked at the time of the war.

Event details for 2019 will be available soon – check back!
Friday-Sunday, August 16-18, 2019
This year, Civil War sites throughout the Winchester-Frederick-Clarke County area will once again join together to provide unique opportunities to experience the area’s remarkable wartime story. See details about last year’s event, below:

Schedule of Events

Download the Event Flyer (2018)

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 7pm
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Civil War Roundtable Meeting: “Stuart’s Finest Hour: The Ride Around McClellan”
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester, VA 22601).
Author John Fox will speak about Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s famous around ride the Federal troops besieging Richmond in the summer of 1862.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Friday, August 17, 2pm
Battle of Cedar Creek Tour
Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645).
A two-hour guided tour, using a car-caravan system (visitors follow the ranger’s vehicle), covering the Battle of Cedar Creek in a chronological fashion.
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

Friday, August 17, 7pm
History at Sunset “When the conflict is ended mercy again asserts it: Treating the Wounded at Cedar Creek”
St. Thomas Chapel (7854 Church Street, Middletown, VA).
The Battle of Cedar Creek left over 8,600 Americans killed, wounded or missing in its wake. This special program includes living history demonstrations presented by staff of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and will be held at St. Thomas Chapel, which was used as a hospital following the battle.
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

 

Saturday, August 18, 9am
Civil War Weekend Car Caravan Tour
“Not with Fire & Sword”: Postwar Reunion and Reconciliation in Winchester
Meet at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center (1400 Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester) for a car caravan tour led by Jonathan Noyalas, Director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University. The tour will examine the efforts of the Sheridan’s Veterans’ Association to heal the Civil War’s wounds in the Shenandoah Valley with Confederate veterans. Visit various sites, including the site of the 1885 Camp Russell, Winchester National Cemetery, Stonewall Confederate Cemetery, site of Cameron Hall, as well as additional sites related to the complex and at times contradictory era of reconciliation. The tour will return to the Visitors Center and end with a book signing of Noyalas’ Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah, as well as some of his other books. Tour is approximately 1.5 hours in length.
Cost: Free
McCormick Civil War Institute

Saturday, August 18, 9am
“Monuments and Signs: Sentinels on the Cedar Creek Battlefield”
Meet at the Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645).
A 2-hour car caravan tour exploring the monuments, markers and memorials on the Cedar Creek battlefield. Who built them? Who do they honor? And what do they symbolize?
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 18, 10am-Noon
“Defend the Fort!”: SVBF Civil War Kids Camp
Star Fort, (522 Fortress Drive, Winchester, VA 22603).
Mini-kids camp for kids ages 6-14. Youngsters will learn about camp life, drill, life in a Civil War fort, and take part in manning the defenses.
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required.
Register by calling 540-740-4545 or going to www.shenandoahatwar.org.

Saturday, August 18, 10am-4pm
Living History and Tours
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Dr, Winchester, VA 22601).
The Battlefield will be hosting the 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Maryland Infantry, Co. D. Both camps will be open to the public. Come experience camp life with both Union and Confederate soldiers. An all-day special walking/driving tour of the First Battle of Kernstown will start at 10 am. Box lunches will be available.
Cost: Free, box lunches available for $12.
www.kernstownbattle.org

Saturday, August 18, 10am-4pm
Museum Tours
Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum, (415 N. Braddock St, Winchester, VA 22601).
This Hudson River Gothic Revival style house, a Virginia and National Historic Landmark, was used as headquarters by General “Stonewall” Thomas Jackson during the winter of 1861-1862. The museum will be open all weekend for tours.
Cost: See website for admission fee.
www.winchesterhistory.org

Saturday, August 18, 11:30am
“Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box”
Meet on the front lawn of Belle Grove (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA).
A 30 minute overview of the Battle of Cedar Creek using props and the actual landscape to explain the campaign and battle.
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 18, 1pm-9pm
“A Sight to Be Remembered”: SVBF Programs at Fort Collier
Fort Collier, (922 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester, VA 22601).
Programs at the historic fort that played a critical role at the Third Battle of Winchester will include:
• 1-5pm – Living history
• 1:30pm – “History in Action” for young people
• 2pm and 4 pm – Artillery demonstrations
• 3pm – Historical talk
• 8pm – Guided candlelight tour of the camps
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 18, 2:30pm
“Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse into the Life Judah the Enslaved Cook”
Meet at Belle Grove (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA).
A 30 minute program on the life of Judah, the enslaved cook at Belle Grove.
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 18, 3-3:30pm
Update on Archaeology of the Slave Quarter Site at Belle Grove
Belle Grove Plantation Manor House Lower Level (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA).
Belle Grove just concluded its fourth field season of archaeology in the area where slave quarters were located. Come hear what has been discovered!
Cost: Free
www.bellegrove.org

Saturday, August 18, 7:30pm
Legends by Lanternlight, Berryville: Using a County Seat to View the Civil War
Clarke County Historical Association, (32 E. Main St., Berryville, VA 22611)
Partnering with the Clarke County Historical Association, the members of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group (MHAIG), in a twilight-lanternlight walking tour, will bring alive the memorable experiences of Berryville during the American Civil War through costumed first-person interpretations in the historic downtown. Learn how our preserved landscape still tells us stories.
Participants will view the Civil War experience of Berryville and how the war affected life in the Shenandoah Valley. The period-dressed Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group will offer their story-telling ability against the backdrop of historic Berryville, featuring stories of Clarke County’s commissioner to the Virginia Secession Convention, the visits of two famous Civil War generals, Mosby’s Wagon Train Raid in Berryville, and the story of Eugene Ferris, a Medal of Honor recipient from his days of fighting Mosby’s Rangers.
Cost: $15 per adult, $8 per student; tickets can be purchased at the door of the event or in advance HERE.
www.mosbyheritagearea.org

 

Sunday, August 19, 11am-4pm, presentations at 10am and 1pm
Living History and Historian Presentations
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Dr, Winchester, VA 22601).
The Battlefield will be hosting the 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Maryland Infantry, Co. D. Both camps will be open to the public. Come experience camp life with both Union and Confederate soldiers. At 10am, Jerry Holsworth, author of Civil War Winchester and Stonewall Jackson and Winchester, VA., will speak in the conference room about Winchester during the Civil War. At 1 pm, local historian Jeff Chamberlin will discuss the old homes of Winchester and Frederick County, VA and their roles during the Civil War.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Sunday, August 19, Noon-4pm
Museum Tours
Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum, (415 N. Braddock St, Winchester, VA 22601).
This Hudson River Gothic Revival style house, a Virginia and National Historic Landmark, was used as headquarters by General “Stonewall” Thomas Jackson during the winter of 1861-1862. The museum will be open all weekend for tours.
Cost: See website for admission fee.
www.winchesterhistory.org

Sunday, August 19, 1, 2, and 3pm
“Saving Newtown” Escape Room Experience
Newtown History Center (5408 Main Street, Stephens City, VA).
Experience an exciting challenge based on the events related to the near burning of the Town of Stephens City (Newtown) on the 1st of June 1864. Solve puzzles in an historic house and help prevent soldiers of the 1st New York “Lincoln” Cavalry from carrying out General David Hunter’s order to burn the town.
Advanced RSVP Required. Call (540) 869-1700 to RSVP or for questions.
Groups of 2 to 5 people per session.
Cost: $10 adult (age 18+); $5 child (age 6-17); not recommended for children 5 and under.

Sunday, August 19, 2:30pm
“Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box”
Meet on the front lawn of Belle Grove (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA).
A 30 minute overview of the Battle of Cedar Creek using props and the actual landscape to explain the campaign and battle.
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

 

More Information:
Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center
Open Sat. and Sun. 9am-5pm
Visitor Info & Civil War Orientation
(540) 542-1326

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

Second Battle of Kernstown Tour

The KBA will commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Second Battle of Kernstown with a weekend full of special events.

Kernstown Battlefield Association’s Mike Cannane and Larry Turner will be giving a walking/driving tour of the Second Battle of Kernstown starting at 10 am. Meet at the Visitors’ Center and dress accordingly. The morning tour is a walking tour of the Kernstown property. 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 battlefield Visitors’ Center.

The afternoon tour is partly a driving tour, with spots to include American Woodmark (McLaughlin’s Artillery Battalion), the Opequon Presbyterian Church (Terry’s Brigade, containing the remnants of the Stonewall Brigade), and Jackson’s Lookout on Apple Valley Road (where Early’s Infantry concealed themselves in the woods. In addition, our docents will be giving Battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex tours. The Gift Shop also will be open.

Summer Historic Lecture Series

Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center Lecture Series 2019

Held in the Woltz Pavilion

Winchester through 275 years

July 16
1700s in Winchester
Tom Maccubbin on early business life in Winchester through ledger
Gene Fisher on history of the Godfrey Miller Home

July 18
1800s in Winchester
Rebecca Ebert on life before the War Between the States
Keven Walker on life during and after the war

July 23
1900s in Winchester
Trish Ridgeway on benefactors to the area
Judy Humbert on integration in the second half of the century

July 25
2000s in Winchester – Kris Tierney, Frederick County administrator, and Eden Freeman, Winchester city manager, on the present state of the area and future goals

Cost is $10 per person (cash or check) at the door. Proceeds benefit programs at the Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center, 28 S. Loudoun Street, Winchester. Door prizes will be given each evening.

(540) 667-5869

www.godfreymillerhome.org

winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary