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.

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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.

    Candlelight Tours and Open House

    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 4:
    6-8pm

    Saturday, December 5:
    3-7pm

    Admission is Free!

    Thanksgiving Weekend Tours

    Belle Grove will be open for tours on Friday, November 27 & Saturday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, November 29 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!

    Click here for ticket information and pricing

     

     

    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

    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

    Second Battle of Kernstown Tour

    The Kernstown Battlefield will host a walking and driving tour of the Second Battle of Kernstown, stopping at key battle locations on and around the battlefield property. Accomplished Civil War author Scott C. Patchan, known for his books, Shenandoah Summer and Last Battle of Winchester, will lead the tour. While there is no cost for the tour, your generous donations will be greatly appreciated.

    The tour will begin at the battlefield Visitors Center, then move to the Jackson’s Lookout observation platform on Apple Valley Road, the parking lot of Opequon Church, and then onto the front lawn of the Grafton Health building off Shawnee Drive. At each of these locations, Scott will discuss the maneuvers of Generals Ramseur, Gordon, and Breckinridge, plus details of the Confederate artillery.

    The tour will then move onto the battlefield property to locations where the maneuvers of Union Colonels Thoburn, Ely, and Wells created a gap in the Union line, enabling Confederate General Jubal Early to execute his double-envelopment of the Union forces. The tour will end along the stone wall on Pritchard’s Lane where Scott will discuss the actions of Colonel James Mulligan’s Union division and his mortal wounding.

    We are very sorry to say we will not be providing lunch at the end of this tour. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, proper clothing for the weather, and remember to bring water. Virginia COVID-19 guidelines will be practiced. 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. Attendees should have masks and practice social distancing during the tour.

    History Program and Tour

    This weekend is the anniversary of the Battle of 2nd Winchester.

    A National Park Service ranger from Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will conduct a presentation, “1864 in a Box” at Kernstown Battlefield at 1pm.

    Following the program, author Jerry Holsworth will conduct a tour from 2-4pm starting at the Kernstown Battlefield.

    Both are outdoor events.