History and Civil War Walking Tour

Experience 275 years of history on this guided walking tour! Learn about the citizens that lived here and the pivotal events that made Winchester the place it is today. These tours are given by experienced and knowledgeable guides that enjoy sharing their love of local history.

Make your reservation by calling 540-542-1326.

Cost: $10, payable to the guide.

Meet at 2 N. Cameron Street (the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia)

More tours are available. See: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

 

 

 

 

The City of Winchester is celebrating its 275th Anniversary in 2019! Visit their website for details on other special history events and activities throughout the year.
www.winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

Taste of Winchester Food and Drink Festival

Come explore the unique restaurants and breweries that dot the Winchester and Frederick County landscape! Our restaurant partners are preparing fantastic tasting samples for you to try throughout the entire city. Pick and choose at your leisure. This is a great chance to try new places and explore cuisines! We are blessed to have such a wide array of International food options from Thai to Indian, German, Italian, Japanese, pizza, food trucks and more!

Join us for the best food and drinks around! Featuring over 25 restaurants, breweries and food trucks!

The festival will be hosted all over the city and county so you can explore and find new restaurants and breweries while experiencing their unique atmosphere. Your schedule, your selections, your custom tastes!

Some locations will be featuring live music throughout the event!

TICKET PACKAGES
Nibbler, 5 Tastings: $30.00 ($35.00 day of event)
Foodie, 10 Tastings: $45.00 ($50.00 day of event)
Voracious Locavore, 15 Tastings: $60.00 ($65.00 day of event)

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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/

History and Civil War Walking Tour

Experience 275 years of history on this guided walking tour! Learn about the citizens that lived here and the pivotal events that made Winchester the place it is today. These tours are given by experienced and knowledgeable guides that enjoy sharing their love of local history.

Make your reservation by calling 540-542-1326.

Cost: $10, payable to the guide.

Meet at 2 N. Cameron Street (the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia)

More tours are available. See: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

 

 

 

 

The City of Winchester is celebrating its 275th Anniversary in 2019! Visit their website for details on other special history events and activities throughout the year.
www.winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

Farm to Fork Fondo

Farm to Fork Foundation is an organized bicycle ride where riders get to choose the distance best for them and stop for chef-prepared bites at farms along the way. Its mission is to highlight and support the symbiotic relationship between cyclists, farmers, and beautiful landscapes. The rides promote physical activity in a fun and supportive environment, create achievable challenges for people of all ages and abilities, and result in social good.

The Farm to Fork Fondo rides are held throughout the spring, summer, and fall in eight locations throughout the country. Belle Grove is delighted to warmly welcome them back for 2019.

History and Civil War Walking Tour

Experience 275 years of history on this guided walking tour! Learn about the citizens that lived here and the pivotal events that made Winchester the place it is today. These tours are given by experienced and knowledgeable guides that enjoy sharing their love of local history.

Make your reservation by calling 540-542-1326.

Cost: $10, payable to the guide.

Meet at 2 N. Cameron Street (the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia)

More tours are available. See: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

 

 

 

 

The City of Winchester is celebrating its 275th Anniversary in 2019! Visit their website for details on other special history events and activities throughout the year.
www.winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

Civil War History Trolley Tour

Update: This tour is now SOLD OUT.
This non-stop 22 mile trip will take you on a tour of the battlegrounds of six major battles fought in and around the City of Winchester. Ride through the city and into the countryside where over 140,000 Confederate and Union soldiers met on the area’s battlefields during the four year period of 1861-1865. The remains of many of those brave soldiers are resting in the Mt. Hebron Stonewall Confederate Cemetery and the Winchester National Cemetery. Meet your guide and the trolley at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, located at 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

Fee: $10.

Register by August 20 by calling Winchester Parks and Recreation, (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/

History and Civil War Walking Tour

Experience 275 years of history on this guided walking tour! Learn about the citizens that lived here and the pivotal events that made Winchester the place it is today. These tours are given by experienced and knowledgeable guides that enjoy sharing their love of local history.

Make your reservation by calling 540-542-1326.

Cost: $10, payable to the guide.

Meet at 2 N. Cameron Street (the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia)

More tours are available. See: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

 

 

 

 

The City of Winchester is celebrating its 275th Anniversary in 2019! Visit their website for details on other special history events and activities throughout the year.
www.winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

Civil War Weekend

This special annual event that offers rare opportunities to see many sites as they may have looked at the time of the war.

This year, Civil War sites throughout the Winchester-Frederick-Clarke County area will once again join together to provide unique opportunities to experience the area’s remarkable wartime story. See details about last year’s event, below:

Schedule of Events

Download the Event Flyer 2019 (PDF)

Friday, August 16, 2019, 10am-4pm
Living History & Tours
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
The Company D, 2nd Maryland Infantry will be at Kernstown Battlefield all weekend. There will be living history demonstrations, battlefield tours, and the Pritchard House, museum, and gift shop will be open.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Friday, August 16, 2019, 10am-5pm
History Book Sale (Used Books)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
A mammoth sale of used books and magazines, featuring primarily history-related titles. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s library and archives. (Sale runs Aug 3-18)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Friday, August 16, 2019, 2pm
Battle of Cedar Creek Driving Tour
National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645)
A two-hour guided tour, using a car-caravan system (visitors follow the ranger’s vehicle), covering the Battle of Cedar Creek in a chronological fashion.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Friday, August 16, 2019, 6pm
History at Sunset – “Free at Last: The Complicated Road to Freedom for Emanuel Jackson”
Belle Grove Plantation, (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645)
This program will explore how one enslaved man, Emmanuel Jackson, Jr., from Belle Grove Plantation was purchased by his free black father, Emmanuel Jackson, Sr. from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and ultimately freed four years later.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9am-Noon
Battle of Fisher’s Hill, Special Tour
National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645)
This in-depth ranger led tour will examine the struggle for Fisher’s Hill, known as the “Gibraltar of theValley.” The program will be conducted using a car caravan system (follow the ranger’s vehicle) for this chronological tour across the Fisher’s Hill battlefield. Some walking involved.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9:30-10:30am
Old Town Winchester Walking Tour – “Quite a Panic”: Winchester’s Civilians During the Civil War’s Bloodiest Year
Meet at Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Join Prof. Jonathan Noyalas, director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute, to explore the ways Winchester’s demographically diverse population confronted, coped with, and navigated the complexities of life in war-torn Winchester during the war’s decisive year in the Shenandoah Valley.
Cost: Free
www.facebook.com/McCormickCivilWarInstitute

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am-Noon
“Hands-On History” Youth Event
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Special Civil War youth event where youngsters will to take on different roles – from serving as a member of a cannon crew to a soldier telling his story with Civil War graffiti.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am-4pm
Living History & Tours
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
The Company D 2nd Maryland Infantry will be at Kernstown Battlefield all weekend. There will be living history demonstrations, battlefield tours, and the Pritchard House, museum and gift shop will be open.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am-5pm
History Book Sale (Used Books)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
A mammoth sale of used books and magazines, featuring primarily history-related titles. Proceeds from the sale will go towards the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s library and archives. (Sale runs August 3-18)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11am
“The Journey to Becoming Stonewall”
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
Brian Daly, docent at Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, will give an illustrated talk “The Journey to Becoming Stonewall”, a presentation on Stonewall Jackson’s life from birth to the trial of John Brown.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11:30am and 2:30pm
“Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box”
Belle Grove Plantation lawn, (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645)
A 30 minute overview program on the Battle of Cedar Creek and its impact. This interactive program uses various props and the surrounding landscape features to “create” and explain the battle by literally placing visitors “in the middle of the battlefield.”
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, Program at 11am, Photography until 5pm
Wet Plate Photography
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Harrington Traveling Photograph Artists will present a program on wet plate collodion photography, demonstrating the techniques used for Civil War-era photography, at 11am. Following the program, visitors will have the opportunity to have their photographs taken using this historic method (fee to purchase).
Cost: Free, fee to purchase photos
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, Noon-5pm
“A Soldier’s Life”: Living History
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun St, Winchester, VA 22601)
Living historians will be on the courthouse lawn in front of the museum, portraying a soldier’s life in camp and on the march, and recounting harrowing stories of fighting in the streets of Winchester.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1pm
Blue-Grey Sweets: The Unexplored World of Civil War Sweets, (1861-1865)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
We hear the stories of the heroes. The excitement and pain of the battles. But little is known about the role of sugars and sweets of the Civil War, those which the soldiers relished and relied on. Some were new, such as the peanut, others were traditional, such as the horehound candy, part of the American diet since the early settlers. Speaker Susan Benjamin is a candy historian and owner of the nation’s only historic candy stores, located in Harpers Ferry, WV, and Frederick, MD.
Cost: $5 (includes museum admission)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1-4pm
Battle of Cedar Creek, Special In-Depth Tour
Belle Grove Plantation, (336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown, VA 22645)
This in-depth ranger led tour will examine the Battle of Cedar Creek, the climatic struggle of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The program will be conducted using a car caravan tour (follow the ranger’s vehicle) for this chronological tour across the Cedar Creek battlefield. Some walking involved.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 2pm
Civil War Archaeology Program: “United We Unveil, Divided We Bury: How Civil War Archaeologists and Relic Hunters Can Work Together”
Trinity Lutheran Church, (810 Fairfax Street, Stephens City, VA 22655)
Northern Shenandoah Archaeology Society President Mike Kehoe discusses how relic hunting can impact Civil War archaeology, including for the better.
Cost: Free
www.newtownhistorycenter.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 3pm
“To Gettysburg and Back”: The Bell Diary
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Harry and Trish Ridgeway present the story of Confederate Private Robert Sherrard Bell as told through his diary entries, including his experiences at the Second Battle of Winchester and the Battle of Gettysburg. Bell was a member of the famous Bell Family of Winchester who lived in Linden Hill (the Bell House), and the uncle of Stewart Bell Jr., Mayor of Winchester from 1972-1980.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4pm
“Linden Hill: The Bell House”: Guided Tour
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Tour the Winchester landmark that was at the center of the town’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.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 10am-4pm
Living History & Tours
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
The Company D 2nd Maryland Infantry will be at Kernstown Battlefield all weekend. There will be living history demonstrations, battlefield tours, and the Pritchard House, museum and gift shop will be open.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 11am
Artillery Program
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
Larry Turner will give a presentation on the artillery of the Battles of First and Second Kernstown, and Third Winchester.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, Noon-4pm
“Civil War vs. American Revolution”
Discover scientific changes between the American Revolution and the Civil War with first person interpretation and hands-on activities! Learn about a soldier’s life in each era with the Mosby Heritage Area Association, plus life on the homefront at historic Clermont farm.
Clermont Farm
801 E. Main Street, Berryville | FREE
www.mosbyheritagearea.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 1pm
“Civil War Tales of Old Winchester”
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
Local historian Jerry Holsworth will give a presentation entitled “Civil War Tales of Old Winchester.” It will include interesting stories about Winchester’s unsung heroes and victims during the Civil War.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 1-5pm
History Book Sale (Used Books)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
A mammoth sale of used books and magazines, featuring primarily history-related titles. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s library and archives. (Sale runs Aug 3-18)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 2:30pm
“Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box”
Belle Grove Plantation lawn, (336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown)
A 30 minute overview program on the Battle of Cedar Creek and its impact. This interactive program uses various props and the surrounding landscape features to “create” and explain the battle by literally placing visitors “in the middle of the battlefield.”
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

More Information:
Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center
Open Sat. and Sun. 9am-5pm
Visitor Info & Civil War Orientation
(540) 542-1326