Winter Garden Walk

Bundle up and take a guided garden tour with MSV Deputy Director of Operations and Director of Gardens Perry Mathewes that will highlight features of the winter landscape.

MSV members: $5; all others: $8. Registration required by February 4; register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Meet at the garden entrance. Walk-ins welcome as space permits.

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Candlelight Tours and Open House

Abram’s Delight, the oldest house in Winchester, built in 1754, is decorated with holiday floral arrangements by local garden clubs. There will living history in the 1780s log cabin.

Friday, December 6:
6-8pm

Saturday, December 7:
3-7pm

Admission is Free!

Winchester Beer & Cider Tour

You’ll experience Old Town Winchester with a new eye on this tour. Explore the significance of buildings you’ve walked by before, hear about the men and women that made Winchester come to life, and sample beer and cider from the newest breweries along the way.

We’ll make sure you have fun with interesting historical facts, pointing out the best architecture, and telling you the stories behind the brewers and the beer/cider. All of the food and beer/cider is included in the tour price!

Explore 4-5 Unique Stops

Winchester’s eclectic collection of restaurants has been accented recently by locally owned breweries popping up in town. This tour will take you on a taste sensation through samples and stories about how they got started and what you can expect as they grow. Here are a few we might pop into on your tour:

Winchester Brew Works
Escutcheon Brewing Co.
Alesatian Brewing Company
Broken Window Brewing Company
Kindred Pointe
Piccadilly Public House
The German Table

Every Sunday 2pm-5pm.

Tickets available at: www.tastewinchesterhistory.com

History at Sunset

Tommy, Charlie, and the Kidd: General Wesley Merritt’s Cavalry at Cedar Creek

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.

Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645).

Twilight Hike

While Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park was specifically established in 2002 to preserve and interpret the area’s cultural history, the Shenandoah Valley is rich in natural features, wildlife, and vegetation, including wildflowers.These twilight hikes, offered on May 25th (6:30 p.m.) and September 28th (5:00 p.m.) will not only explore the natural side of the park, but also discuss and practice the basics of hiking and backpacking, along with the equipment usage techniques of these hobbies.

Both programs will be led by Ranger Rick Ashbacker and begin at the Claven Lane parking area (2262 Claven Lane, Middletown, Virginia), the back entrance to the park’s “Morning Attack Trails” trails system, which includes the 8th Vermont monument. Each walk will last approximately 90 minutes, over moderate terrain. Proper walking shoes and water are recommended.

FallFest at Belle Grove Plantation

When the garden slows down this fall, get a head start on next year with Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners at the FREE FallFest at Belle Grove Plantation on Sunday, September 8, 12-4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association, this event includes talks from Master Gardeners, as well as demos, crafts, and giveaways–all free to the public and open to all ages.

Scheduled Talks in the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center (1918 Barn):
12:15 a.m. Plan a Pollinator Garden for Season-long Blooms with Stacey Morgan Smith
1:15 p.m. For your home Create a Habitat Garden and a Sustainable Landscape for Flora and Fauna with Cy Haley
2:15 p.m. Fall Decorations Using Garden Materials with Lynn Hoffmann
3:00 p.m. Learn Simple Steps for Saving Seeds with Elaine Specht

Under the Tents:
Demos, Craft workshops, and Giveaways throughout the event.
Tool Sharpening and winter storage tips
Dividing Daylilies Demo and Give Away
Fall Propagation of Woody Shrubs Demo
Flower Pounding Crafts
Tours of the Belle Grove Teaching Garden
Kids Gardening Table
Spring Bulb Information Booth and Daffodil Give Away
Master Gardener Information Booth
Peony Sale–come early for best selection!
Pot Recycling–bring in your garden pots and we will reuse or recycle them
And more!

History at Sunset

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park presents a series of special “History at Sunset” programs. These ranger-conducted presentations cover a variety of subjects and provide visitors an opportunity to see sites normally not open, or widely accessible, to the general public.

Explore and learn about some of the “hidden gems” of the park and the Shenandoah Valley. Each program is free and lasts between 90 minutes to two hours.

“A great deal of labor was…expended in building breastworks….”
Exploring the Civil War Entrenchments at Cedar Creek
Some of the most well preserved original Civil War entrenchments in the Shenandoah Valley are located on the bluffs above Cedar Creek. Join Park Ranger Jeff Driscoll for a special walking tour that explores both the construction of these field fortifications and their role during the Battle of Cedar Creek. Preserved by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and Belle Grove, these earthworks are the focal point of a newly expanded walking trail in the park. Meet at the Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645). Visitors will then car-pool to another site closer to the entrenchments.

History at Sunset

History at Sunset: Flank to Flank, Hiking in the Footsteps of Soldiers While Exploring the Terrain of the Third Winchester Battlefield

Besides being excellent places to experience history, many Civil War battlefields are also great places for hiking. With more than five miles of well-maintained trail over rolling terrain and through woodlots, the Third Winchester battlefield is one of the best. Join Ranger Rick Ashbacker to not only hike most of the battlefield, but also discuss key events, locations, and natural features on the site of the largest battle in the Shenandoah Valley.

Presented by Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park.

Meet at the parking lot for the Third Winchester Visitor Center (541 Redbud Road, Winchester, VA 22603). This activity is recommended primarily for visitors who are comfortable hiking at least 3-4 miles at a moderate pace.

Second Battle of Winchester Anniversary

The Kernstown Battlefield Association will commemorate the 156th anniversary of the Second Battle of Winchester, which began with a skirmish at Kernstown.

Special tours featuring the Second Battle of Winchester will be given all day, as well as tours of the battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex. The gift shop will be open.

The battlefield will be open from 10am-4pm.

kernstownbattle.org

 

Sightseeing Express Trolley Tour

UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT.

60 sites in 60 minutes! Hop aboard the trolley for a one-hour sightseeing excursion of Winchester. Your professional tour guide will entertain you while pointing out historical sites, museums, and other attractions as the trolley travels the same streets that George Washington, General Stonewall Jackson, General Phil Sheridan, Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, and the legendary Patsy Cline traveled.

Meet your guide and the trolley at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center located at 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road. The tour has no stops. Fee: $10.

Participants must register in advance (by June 3). Call Winchester Parks & Recreation to register at (540) 662-4946.