History at Sunset

Life in the Borderland: The Limits and Possibilities of Freedom for Enslaved and Free Blacks
What did Shenandoah Valley enslaved have to do to earn their freedom? How did free blacks in the area circumnavigate laws which required them to leave the state within a year of acquiring their freedom? Why did some choose to stay in a land where Virginia laws and social codes created racial restrictions that severely limited their freedoms, while others chose to find new lives in an unknown land? These are some of the questions that will be explored during this special History at Sunset program.

This will be the final presentation during our special event – Inalienable Rights: Free & Enslaved Blacks Crafting A Life In The Shenandoah Valley. Meet at Belle Grove (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645).

Crossroads of History Conference

Atlanta, the Valley, and the Crossroads of History:
The Battles and Leaders That Influenced Lincoln’s Reelection in 1864

In August 1864, the outcome of the Civil War hung in the balance, and Abraham Lincoln’s chances for reelection looked doubtful – until a series of pivotal battles around Atlanta and in the Shenandoah Valley helped propel Lincoln to victory. Led by historians Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan, this conference will examine those events – and the fights and personalities that changed the course of history.

SCHEDULE:
8am: Check-In Desk Opens
9am: Lincoln’s Jeopardized Election Status in Summer 1864 – Gary Ecelbarger
10am: The Battle of Atlanta – Unheralded Turning Point – Gary Ecelbarger
11am: The Battle of Jonesboro and Sherman’s Capture of Atlanta – Scott Patchan
Noon: Lunch (On your own)
1:15 pm: Black Jack Logan’s 6 Months of Unprecedented Political Generalship – Gary Ecelbarger
2:15 pm: Phil Sheridan’s Leadership at the Battle of Cedar Creek: From Union Disaster to Icing on the Cake – Scott Patchan
3:15 pm: Final Actions of the Third Battle of Winchester – Tour in Old Town Winchester – Scott Patchan

The cost will be $27 for SVBF members; $30 for non-members. Lunch will be on your own. Space will be limited, and pre-registration is required.

Register Online

For more information, call the SVBF at 540-740-4545.

 

West Oaks Fall Festival

Come celebrate fall at the best festival of the year, the Fall Festival!

There will be all kinds of activities like the Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Apple Cannon, Bounce House, Face Painting, and more.

Live Music out in the courtyard featuring TRAINWRECK from 1-5pm. If you saw them at our August Festival, you know you won’t want to miss out! It is sure to be a great time!

So much fun for the entire family!

Wine/Beer/Hard Cider samples and sales will be available in the Market Cafe Bar.

FUNNEL CAKES / FRESH SQUEEZED LEMONADE / PORK RINDS / KETTLE KORN / HAND-ROLLED ICE CREAM

Free admission into the festival, everything inside is sold individually.

 

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Conference

The Forgotten Valley: Overlooked Civil War Stories in the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s 2019 Valley Conference will focus on fascinating but overlooked stories that deserve more attention, from lesser-known stories of the famous to moving accounts of everyday people caught up in the four years of fury. The conference will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester, and will features speakers Eric Buckland, Gary L. Ecelbarger, Dennis Frye, Catherine Mägi, Scott C. Patchan, Keven M. Walker, and Eric J. Wittenberg.

For more information and registration, call: 540-740-4545. Pre-registration is required.

8am: Check-In Desk Opens
9am – Dennis Frye and Catherine Mägi – Confluence: Harpers Ferry as Destiny
10am – Gary L. Ecelbarger – Stonewalling Jackson: The Unheralded Counter Campaign of Winter 1862
11am – Eric J. Wittenberg – The Battle of Wapping Heights: Lost Opportunity, July 23, 1863
Noon: Lunch (On your own)
1:00 pm – Scott C. Patchan – Germans in the Valley: Col. Augustus Moor and the 28th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Piedmont
2:00 pm: Eric Buckland – Mosby’s Rangers: Playing Outside of the Box
3:00 pm: Keven M. Walker – “We shall never be the same”: The Soldiers Who Gave Their Last Full Measure and the Ones They Left Behind

Cost: $30 per person; $27 for SVBF Members

Antique and Modified Car Show

Celebrate summer and fabulous cars at this Antique & Modified Car Show coordinated by the Shenandoah Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (SRAACA). Enjoy a free car-themed coloring activity in the Carriage House Classroom, too. In the morning, coffee and specialty espresso drinks will be available for purchase from the Espresso Bar & Café and Jordan Springs Market will be onsite offering barbecue in the afternoon.

The car show begins at 10 a.m. in the Glen Burnie Gardens and on the lawn between the Museum and the gardens, sorry no pets; only service animals are permitted. The car show will conclude with an awards ceremony from 2 to 3 p.m.

Free admission to the car show, gardens & galleries.

 

Dog Agility Trials

The Shenandoah Valley Kennel Club hosts these agility trials. New this year, the dogs will be competing in dock jumping.

Shenandoah University McCormick Civil War Institute’s Annual Spring Conference

“A House Divided…”: Dissent, Disagreement & Subversion During the Civil War Era

The Civil War era’s events–John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, the secession crisis, and four years of brutal conflict–divided more than North and South. In the spring of 2019 Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and an all-star faculty of nationally recognized Civil War historians (Dennis Frye; recently retired chief historian from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; Jonathan Noyalas, director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute; Paul Quigley, director of Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech; and Jennifer Weber, associate professor of history at University of Kansas) will examine the ways the Civil War era’s events strained relations among political officials of the same government, soldiers of the same army, communities, and friends.

Schedule of Day’s Activities

8:30-9:15 a.m. Check-in at Hester Auditorium, Henkel Hall, Shenandoah University (1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA)

9:30-10:30 a.m. Jonathan A. Noyalas, “Take Off Your Badges of Disunion”: Dissent in the Shenandoah Valley

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45-11:45 a.m. Dennis Frye, John Brown: The Spark that Ignited the Fuse

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch in Allen Dining Hall

12:45-1:45 p.m. Jennifer Weber, Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North

1:45-2:00 p.m. Break

2-3:00 p.m. Paul Quigley, Fire in the Rear: Jefferson Davis’s Confederate Adversaries

3-3:10 p.m. Break

3:10-4:00 p.m. Concluding panel and book-signing with speakers

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

More information and registration

Exploring Your Civil War Roots

Join Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Chairman Nicholas Picerno, Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Staff, and volunteers in an opportunity to explore your Civil War Ancestry.

The public is invited to join us at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia, from 1-4 PM. We will conduct free, live research while you wait. Any questions please email: cdalton@svbf.net.

Cost: Free

Exploring Your Civil War Roots

Join Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Chairman Nicholas Picerno, Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Staff, and volunteers in an opportunity to explore your Civil War Ancestry.

The public is invited to join us at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia, from 1-4 PM. We will conduct free, live research while you wait. Any questions please email: cdalton@svbf.net.

Cost: Free