Abram’s Delight Candlelight Tour

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 3:

Saturday, December 4:

Admission is Free!

Thanksgiving Weekend Tours

Belle Grove will be open for tours on Friday, November 26 & Saturday, November 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, November 28 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!

For more information about the Belle Grove Manor House being decorated for the holidays click here.




Kernstown Battlefield Walking Tour

Join us for a tour of Kernstown Battlefield, during the Battlefield Half Marathon.

The walking tour of the battlefield and Pritchard House will start immediately after the race begins. Tour attendees will gather in the large mowed grass area along the north side of the entrance road of the battlefield.

The tour will last about an hour to allow attendees to gather at the finish line to cheer on their runners. If any attendee needs to leave the tour early to meet a runner, please don’t hesitate to do so.


Register in advance

Antiques Appraisal Fair

Expert appraiser, Sandra Perry from Bremo Auctions in Charlottesville, Virginia will be available for verbal evaluations of antiques and heirlooms. She has a wide range of experience in appraising items such as textiles, furniture, documents, Shenandoah Valley and Civil War artifacts. Appraisals are $10 for one item and three for $25. Since appraisals will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis, we ask that you limit it to three-items per person.

Appraisals will take place on Saturday, November 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m. and Sunday, November 7, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the first floor meeting room of the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center, which is fully handicapped accessible. If you have a large item, please come in to register before bringing it inside.

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!


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.


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.