Battle of Cedar Creek Special Programs

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Belle Grove Plantation, and the Town of Middletown will host the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek programs from Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 20.

Friday, October 18

Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box
Friday, October 18, 11:30 a.m.
Location – Front Lawn of Belle Grove – 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645

Battle of Cedar Creek Tour
Friday, October 18, 1:00
Starting Location – Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645

History at Sunset – Tommy, Charlie, and the Kidd: General Wesley Merritt’s Cavalry at Cedar Creek
Friday, October 18, 4:00 p.m.
By 1864, the Union cavalry was superior to the Confederate cavalry for several reasons: better horses, more firepower, and aggressive, enthusiastic leadership. Cavalry division commander Gen. Wesley Merritt and his three brigade commanders were well-trained, experienced leaders who expected to win every combat action. Join Ranger Rick Ashbacker to follow Merritt’s division from the Union right flank all the way to its counterattack position on the Union left flank during the battle of Cedar Creek.
Starting Location – NPS Visitor Contact Station – 7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645

Saturday, October 19

In Depth Cedar Creek Car Caravan Driving Tour
Saturday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Starting Location – NPS Visitor Contact Station – 7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645

Signal Knob Interpretive Hike
Saturday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hike at your own pace and join a National Park Service Ranger at the top of Signal Knob to see the expansive Shenandoah Valley landscape and learn about the significance of the mountain during the Civil War and its role in the Battle of Cedar Creek.
Click here for directions to Signal Knob.

Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box
Saturday, October 19, offered at 10:30, 12:30, 2:00
Location – Front Lawn of Belle Grove – 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645

10th Virginia Living History
Saturday, October 19, offered at 10:00, 11:00, and 4:00
Location – Front Lawn of Belle Grove – 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645

“Battling in the Streets” Middletown and the Battle of Cedar Creek
Saturday, October 19, 5:00 p.m.
Middletown constantly found itself in the middle of war. At no time was this truer than on October 19, 1864 during the Battle of Cedar Creek when fighting raged through the town’s streets both during the morning Confederate assault and the afternoon Union counterattack.The evening will conclude with, first in helping with the lighting of the town’s luminaries, followed by making the short walk to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, a facility used as a hospital after the battle. Join Ranger Jeff Driscoll as he explores this critical, but often overlooked action.
Starting location – Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645

Sunday, October 20

Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box
Sunday, October 20, offered at 10:30 and 12:30
Location – Front Lawn of Belle Grove – 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645

From Battlefield and Beyond: War Comes to the Shenandoah Valley
Sunday, October 20, offered at 9:30 and 1:30
Location: Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park, 8437 Valley Pike, Strasburg, VA 22641

“A storm of bullets swept the ground…”: The Stand of the 30th Massachusetts and 114th New York Regiments
Sunday, October 20, 11:00
It was still the early morning of October 19, 1864, at Cedar Creek when Union Generals Emory and Wright made their decision: the Confederate attack had already routed the 8th and much of the 19th Corps, and in order to gain time so they could form a defensive line in front of Belle Grove, they had to hold up the Confederate assault. As Emory said later, “…It was one of those painful cases when it was necessary to sacrifice a smaller force for the greater.” That smaller force would be the 30th Massachusetts and 114th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiments. Join Park Ranger Jeff Driscoll as he walks in the footsteps of these two regiments, and takes you to the ground where they sacrificed so much.
Starting Location – Belle Grove’s Special Event parking area, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645

10th Virginia Living History
Sunday, October 20, times to be determined
Location – Front Lawn of Belle Grove – 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645

“Kneading in Silence, a Glimpse into the life Judah the Enslaved Cook”
Sunday, October 20, offered at 2:30
Location – Historic Kitchen at Belle Grove – 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645

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

Farm to Table Dinner

Middletown, VA, closes down Main Street to host a dinner for 250 residents and raise money for NW Works, a non-profit that helps people with barriers to employment find meaningful work.

The Fourth Annual Farm to Table Dinner brings neighbors from all walks of life together for a family-style meal prepared and served by professionals from Firefly Café & Bakery, a Winchester favorite that provides training and job support for people with disabilities. The evening includes wine, locally sourced fare, and live entertainment. Tickets are $75 or $50 for Middletown residents.

Through the coordinated efforts of Middletown’s business community, the Mayor, the Fire Chief, the Police Chief, and the Frederick County Sheriff, Main Street becomes the setting for a lovely dinner party complete with delicious food, lively conversation, and warm support for a worthy cause. Thanks to Citi National Bank for volunteers and sponsorship.

From Farm to Film: An Evening with the Filmmakers

LDR Creative, Thorndale Farm LLC, and Friends of Thorndale Farm present: From Farm to Film, an evening with the filmmakers on historic Thorndale Farm. Come learn about the VA Film industry and see the VA premiere of the award winning short Free, by Director Ben Hartley. (

Inspired by true events and filmed entirely on location at Thorndale Farm, Free tells the story of how a young Frederick Douglass is secretly taught to read and write by his master’s wife. Using only the air as their blackboard, this random act of kindness provided an education that paved the way from slavery to freedom.

Meet the filmmakers of Free!
Learn about the VA Film industry!
See several award winning short Films!
Meet members of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry mounted reenactment and living history group!
Enjoy Shaffer’s Barbecue!
Meet star of film and television – Grace the Amazing Mule!
Enjoy music by the Susquehanna Travellers!

Adults: $30
Children 5-15/Retired: $20

Purchase your ticket before August 18, 2019 and use Coupon Code: 5OFF to get $5 off your ticket purchase!!

Ticket price includes:
Food *
One raffle ticket for a chance to win:
Alamo Draft House movie tickets
Nana’s Irish Pub gift card
CRUSH Wine Bar gift card
Susquehanna Travellers CDs
And more, to include the Grand Prize, a one-time use of the event venue, Thorndale Farm, for a private event! A $2,700 value! (See Terms, Restrictions, and Conditions here)

* Price includes sandwich, side, and drink. No outside food or alcohol will be permitted.


Richard’s Peach Festival

Family Fun Day on the Farm!

FREE Admission! Join us on Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 11am – 4pm for our Peach Festival! We’ll have live music, farm food (our own burgers, farm to crust pizza, hotdogs, peach milkshakes & more), a tasting table, wine & craft beer, and of course, LOTS of peaches!

This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids and spend the day in the country with us! Have fun in our petting zoo, take a ride on the hay wagon, let the kids cruise around in the barrel train, or just run around til they’re exhausted. We’ll have badminton & corn hole too.

The event is rain or shine, but no worries – there’s plenty of undercover space if a sprinkle happens along.

Middletown’s 9th Annual Car, Truck, & Tractor Show

Join us for Middletown’s 9th Annual Car, Truck, & Tractor Show

Registration from 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m. | Awards Presentation at 3:00pm
Located on MAIN STREET in Historic Middletown, Virginia

To Benefit the Middletown 4th of July Celebration.

Awards to Top 20 1900-1980 and Top 5 1980-Present
Entry Fee $10.00
Dash plaques to the first 100 registered vehicles.

For more information, call Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV (540) 877-4594.

Rain Date is Sunday August 25, 2019.
Pre-Registration not required.


Fourth of July Celebration and Parade

Middletown’s annual 4th of July Celebration is a hometown, community event that promotes our small town and family atmosphere. All events will be held in the Middletown Community Park, located at the intersection of Senseney Avenue and Second Street.

Food vendors, crafters, kid’s games, rides on the Virginia Giant, softball tournament, cornhole tournament, and of course, live music!

Schedule of Events

8:00 AM: Softball Tournament

10:00AM: Cornhole Tournament

12:00 AM- 8:00 PM: Crafter Fair

10:00AM-8:00 PM: Food Trucks Open

11:00 AM-12:30: Allen Boyd performing classic country

1:00 PM-3:00 PM: Robbie Limon performing your greatest hits

5:00 PM: The area’s ONLY July 4th parade! Featuring Washington Redskins players, tractors, antiques, motorcycles etc

6:15 PM- dusk: The Reflex performing 80’s music


In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks will be rescheduled.

Middletown Heritage Day

The Middletown Heritage Society invites you to the first Heritage Day in Middletown. This free family event will include numerous activities at a variety of venues throughout Middletown.

Log House Antiques (7868 Main Street)
will host Live Music 10 to 11:40 am with Sweet Nola’s Po Boys

Larry Johnson LIBERTY MAN will be speaking
Meet him 1:30 to 2:30

John Flood BIG LEGENDS talks about Buffalo Bill & more
Noon & 2:45

Free Hot Dogs while they last!
Finger Painting Face Painting ALL DAY
Scavenger Hunt

Wayside Inn (7783 Main Street)
Please join us for a ceremony of appreciation for Prof. Jonathan Noyalas, Shenandoah University and others and a blessing for Mount Zion’s 1801 Cemetery
at 1pm. Tours of the historic cemetery weather permitting.

Next door to the Wayside Inn at 7793 Main Street, there will be a Free Escape Room! Step Back in Time!
Call 540-535-9416 for reservations, sessions will be held every 30 minutes. (Ages 8 to adult)

Aunt Caroline’s Cabin, 7805 Church St
The Hoffman House, 7827 Main St
Free Box Tour at Belle Grove Plantation (336 Belle Grove Road), 11:30 am