Family Day Living History

Join us at the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Museum and Visitor Center for a weekend of family friendly programs and activities hosted by living historians.

Costumed living historians will host photography workshops, cooking demonstrations, muster in new recruits and practice drill, talk about the life of the average soldier and their equipment, have Civil War medicine displays, play period games and tell stories about life as a civilian during the American Civil War, cavalry with their horses will talk about the important roles of horses during the war, and much more!

Activities will begin in the morning and continue throughout the day. Though there are many family focused activities, everyone is welcome! Visitors are also welcome to hike the battlefield trails, pack a picnic to have at the site picnic tables that overlook the Valley, and visit our partners, Belle Grove Plantation and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.

Fort Loudoun Day Living History Event

Join us at the French and Indian War site of Fort Loudoun

Bring the family and enjoy a fun day learning about the history of the French & Indian War era at the site of Colonel George Washington’s headquarters for the Virginia Regiment.

Meet living history interpreters including Colonel James Wood, founder of Winchester and mentor to young George Washington, Captain George Mercer and his company of the Virginia Regiment,  and others.

Tours of the Fort site will be offered throughout the day.

The event is put on by The French and Indian War Foundation and is free to the public.

For additional information, visit our website at FIWF.org, or call 419-971-3493.

You can also take an Audio Tour of Fort Loudoun: 703-574-6110.

First Battle of Kernstown Tour

On April 17, 2021 the Kernstown Battlefield Association (KBA) will host a walking and driving tour of the First Battle of Kernstown. KBA docents Larry Turner and Mike Cannane (pictured) will lead this tour starting at 10am. Attendees should meet at the Visitor Center and dress appropriately for walking across fields, pastures and woods.
The morning will consist of a walking tour of the Kernstown Battlefield property with descriptions of cavalry and artillery actions from the perspective of Union forces on Pritchard’s Hill and Confederate forces from Apple Valley Road.

The afternoon driving portion begins at 1pm near Old Town Winchester with a detailed description of Confederate cavalry reconnaissance and the wounding of Union Maj. Gen. James Shields. This will be followed by visits to the Confederate artillery park south of the Opequon Church and discussions at our “Jackson’s Lookout” viewing platform about the Confederate maneuvers and Jackson’s decision to attack. We will then travel on to Rose Hill Park and Sandy Ridge for continued discussions on the battle during the afternoon of March 23, 1862.
KBA will arrange a lunch for purchase to be delivered at noon. It is suggested that you bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Masks will be required and social distancing observed.

FREE – DONATIONS WELCOME

To comply with Covid-19 restrictions we ask that you pre-register.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Civil War Tour

The Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable will hold a tour of Civil War Winchester at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.

The tour will meet at the pedestrian mall entrance of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (old Court House) at 20 N. Loudoun St. in Winchester. Note that extra time will be needed to park off site and walk to the meeting place. Guide Jerry Holsworth will lead the tour around Old Town Winchester, with a focus on sites that made the city a crucial part of the Civil War story.

After the walking tour (around 7:30 p.m.), there is an opportunity for a curator-guided tour inside the nearby Stonewall Jackson Headquarters Museum at a charge of $4 per person. This will only be offered if an ample number reserve, so those interested should note their desire for this extra experience when they reserve a space for the walking tour.

This tour will involve walking and standing on flat, paved surfaces. Masks are required, and social distancing will be encouraged. There is no charge for the walking tour, a head count is required and numbers will be limited.

To reserve your space, contact Chris Craig at ccraig@laurellodge.com or 304-433-1260.

First Battle of Kernstown 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. Led by author and historian Gary Ecelbarger, the walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Kernstown Battlefield.

Free. Register in advance here.

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.

Battle of First Kernstown Anniversary

The Kernstown Battlefield will be open on this special day to commemorate the 159th Anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown. Tours of the battlefield will be available, and the battlefield Visitors Center and gift shop will also be open.

Kernstown Battlefield will officially open for the 2021 season on April 10.

President’s Day Event at Fort Loudoun

PRESIDENTS DAY MUSTER

Come and see a muster and drill of the Virginia Regiment Of Captain George Mercer’s Company at the site of Fort Loudoun, 419 North Loudoun Street.

The Virginia Regiment and the James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will muster at the site of historic Fort Loudoun and march down Loudoun Street and the Old Town walking mall to George Washington’s Office Museum. There they will fire 3 volleys in honor of Col. Washington. Uniformed re-enactors will participate in this 4th annual event on February 15th, starting at 11:00 am.

Candlelight Tours and Open House

Kick off the holiday season with the annual Candlelight Tour of Abram’s Delight, the oldest house in Winchester, built in 1754. This event will be somewhat different from years past. Although the house will be closed, guests are invited to walk the museum grounds and view the beautiful holiday decorations that are created by local garden clubs. The 1780s log cabin will be open.

Friday, December 4:
6-8pm

Saturday, December 5:
3-7pm

Admission is Free!

Thanksgiving Weekend Tours

Belle Grove will be open for tours on Friday, November 27 & Saturday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, November 29 from 1-5 p.m.

Tours begin at :15 past each hour. Tour groups are limited to 10 people and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The Museum Shop is fully stocked with great holiday gifts, too!

Click here for ticket information and pricing

 

 

Tours of Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters

This November, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters will remain open on weekends for guided tours.

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 house contains the largest collection of Jackson memorabilia and also personal objects from members of his staff. The museum has on display Jackson’s personal prayer table, initialed prayer book, and many other Jackson family artifacts.

Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 4 pm

Admission: Adults $5.00; Seniors $4.50; Students K-12 $2.50