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.

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.

 

 

Who’s Buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery? Walking Tour

Mt. Hebron has been Winchester’s burying ground since inception of the town in the 1700s. On this walking tour, you will be introduced to men and women who contributed to the development of Winchester, as well as our great nation. Meet your guide outside the gatehouse on East Lane. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Note that no restroom facilities will be available.

Fee: $5, payable to the guide.

Additional tours are available: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

Abram’s Creek Nature Walk

Join seasoned naturalist and current Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society President Jim Smith for his nature walks in the Abrams Creek area in the heart of Winchester. Meet at the Children of America’s parking lot off of West Jubal Early Drive, approx. 1/2 mile west of Valley Avenue. Park at the west/right side of the lot by the woods.

Focus will be on birds, flowers, trees and signs of spring.

If you arrive late, simply walk the path until you catch up with the group. Allow approx. 2 hours for the walk. Dress for the weather and you may want to bring water, binoculars, and a camera. Walks will be cancelled in inclement weather.

No fee, no registration required. Great family activity. Tour is offered March 16, March 30, April 13, and April 27.

Call Jim (540) 303-3983 for more information.

Abram’s Creek Nature Walk

Join seasoned naturalist and current Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society President Jim Smith for his nature walks in the Abrams Creek area in the heart of Winchester. Meet at the Children of America’s parking lot off of West Jubal Early Drive, approx. 1/2 mile west of Valley Avenue. Park at the west/right side of the lot by the woods.

Focus will be on birds, flowers, trees and signs of spring.

If you arrive late, simply walk the path until you catch up with the group. Allow approx. 2 hours for the walk. Dress for the weather and you may want to bring water, binoculars, and a camera. Walks will be cancelled in inclement weather.

No fee, no registration required. Great family activity. Tour is offered March 16, March 30, April 13, and April 27.

Call Jim (540) 303-3983 for more information.

Handley Library Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Staff members and volunteers will give tours of Handley Library on the first Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) and third Saturday (1 p.m.) of each month.

Learn about the architecture and history of the library. Walk on the famous glass floors and see the well under the stage.

Meet in the Rotunda for the tour.
The tours are free, but making reservations is helpful.
To make reservations or for more information, call 540 662-9041, ext. 11.

Handley Library Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Staff members and volunteers will give tours of Handley Library on the first Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) and third Saturday (1 p.m.) of each month.

Learn about the architecture and history of the library. Walk on the famous glass floors and see the well under the stage.

Meet in the Rotunda for the tour.
The tours are free, but making reservations is helpful.
To make reservations or for more information, call 540 662-9041, ext. 11.

Spirits of the Valley

Frederick County Parks and Recreation and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley invite you to experience Spirits of the Valley, an evening of food, wine, and history.

The evening will feature a walking tour of the historic and haunted Rose Hill Park trail, a complimentary glass of wine, and a Southern-inspired meal provided at Valerie Hill Vineyard and Winery by Village Square Restaurant.

The evening’s battlefield walk will feature encounters with living history interpreters who will share events from the 1860s. This is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss!

Cost:$50 per person (21+ only)
Price includes trail tour, a glass of wine, and dinner. Any additional food/beverage purchases must be made on your own at the winery. Vegetarian meal available upon request. Alcohol is not permitted at Rose Hill Park.

Please arrive at the Winery at 5:30 p.m. for check in–Tour time is 6 p.m; Dinner time is 7:30 p.m.. Winery will close at 10 p.m. sharp.

Register online or call (540) 665-5678.