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

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.

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!