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:
6-8pm

Saturday, December 4:
3-7pm

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.

FREE

Register in advance

The Bell House Guided Tour

A guided tour of the Bell House, the c. 1810-1811 Winchester landmark that was at the center of Winchester’s wartime and postwar story. The home includes Bell family furnishings and collections which have been passed down for generations, including the famous case clock that was stopped by the concussion of Union artillery fire during the Third Battle of Winchester. Free. The tour will begin at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum before the group walks the short distance to the Bell House. Free.

Pre-registration is not required. This tour is hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

For more information, call 540-542-1145 or email info@svbf.net.

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.

Second Battle of Winchester Anniversary

The Kernstown Battlefield Association will commemorate the 158th anniversary of the Second Battle of Winchester, which occurred during June 13-15, 1863. This battle was launched across the Pritchard Farm, extended into Winchester, and eventually to Stephenson where 4000 Union troops were taken prisoner. The success of this battle allowed Lee to bring the Army of Northern Virginia up from Fredericksburg, through Winchester, and into Maryland and Pennsylvania, culminating in the Battle at Gettysburg.

During the weekend of June 12-13. 2021, the KB with host a full schedule of special events to commemorate this significant historic event. Please visit the KB website to sign up for a tour time led by Jerry Holsworth. The schedule of events is as follows:

Saturday, June 12:
9 am: Co. F, 21st VA arrives and sets up their living history camp. A Provost will allow visitors to “enter the camp to see their relatives and friends”.

11am: Co. F drill demonstration

2pm: Co. F drill demonstration

Sunday, June 13 (actual date of 2nd Winchester on the Pritchard Farm):
10 am: 2nd Winchester Tour on the Pritchard Farm by Jerry Holsworth

10:45 am: Holsworth Tour to visit Co F, 21st VA for living history presentation

11 am: Co. F drill demonstration

12 noon – 1 pm: Lunch break for 21st VA and Holsworth Tour

1:00 pm: 2nd Winchester tour on the Pritchard Farm by Jerry Holsworth

1:45 pm: Holsworth Tour to visit Co F, 21st VA for living history presentation

2:00 pm: Co. F drill demonstration

2:00 pm: Turner Ashby Camp annual picnic (private event) begins in the Artillery Building

4:00 pm: Turner Ashby Camp picnic concludes. Attendees are guests for a Co F, 21st VA drill demonstration

Virginia COVID-19 guidelines for masks and social distancing during the tour will be practiced. Masks are not required indoor or outdoor for those who have been fully vaccinated. The vast majority of the tour is outdoors, but movement in vehicles between locations will be required. High-risk persons, those with COVID symptoms, or who have been in contact with individuals with symptoms, should not attend.

kernstownbattle.org

 

Apple Blossom Festival: Winchester Ciderworks Tasting and Orchard Tours

Half-hour walking tours of the orchards will begin at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Winchester Ciderworks is a local cidery that specializes in the burgeoning new market for gourmet hard ciders. This event consists of a two-part tour of the orchard and cidery followed by a cider tasting.

During the orchard tour, guides will dispense a wealth of information on the planting and growing of fruit trees, temperature sensitivity for blossoms, spraying and pruning and using the latest “green” methodology to protect the trees and promote tree and fruit growth, when and how to harvest, and much more. Please wear appropriate footwear.

Following the tour, participants can enjoy going into Winchester Ciderwork’s wonderful tasting room to sample different hard ciders that are made right on the premises.

Delicious food options will be available for purchase from various vendors on site as well as live music.

The Cider Tastings & Orchard Tours is an outdoor event at Winchester Ciderworks. This is a rain or shine event.

COVID-19 Statement: Ticket holders will be required to follow CDC guidelines and mandates in order to participate in events.

    Morning Garden Walk

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at spring in the formal gardens on this guided tour led by Perry Mathewes, MSV deputy director, museum operations and director of gardens.

    MSV members: $5; all others: $10. Register by April 6. Register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Meet at the garden entrance. Walk-ins welcome as space permits. Mask required.

    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

    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