Third Winchester Living History Programs

The Third Battle of Winchester was the largest and costliest battle ever fought in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. Today, over 600 acres of the battlefield have been preserved and are open to the public.

There will be living history throughout the day, including artillery demonstration, infantry demonstrations, and camp set-up. Held in the fields adjacent to the parking lot for the Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center at 541 Redbud Road, Winchester.

Hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

Shenandoah University McCormick Civil War Institute’s Annual Spring Conference

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO APRIL 10, 2021.

The Civil War on the Water

Tentative Schedule

8:30-9:15 a.m.: Check-in at Henkel Hall, Hester Auditorium, Shenandoah University
9:15-9:40 a.m.: Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Unveiling of “So Much to Say”: The Civil War Letters of Corporal Robert Bradbury, Battery D, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery
9:40-10:40 a.m.: Jonathan A. Noyalas (Shenandoah University), “The Eagle Cowering to the Feet of the Lion”: The Trent Affair and the Freedom of the Seas
10:40-10:50 a.m.: Break
10:50-11:50 a.m.: Jonathan White (Christopher Newport University), Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War
11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Lunch in Allen Dining Hall
1-2 p.m.: Anna Gibson Holloway (SEARCH), Raising the Merrimack: Rescuing the Memory of a Civil War Vessel
2-2:10 p.m.: Break
2:10-3:10 p.m.: John Coski (American Civil War Museum), Commander Hunter Davidson: The Travels, Travails, Triumphs, and Tribulations of a Naval Life
3:10-3:25 p.m.: Break and Book Raffle
3:25-4:00 p.m.: Karen Needles (The Lincoln Archives Digital Project), Bringing Federal Records Online: Prize Cases During the Civil War
4-4:15 p.m.: Concluding Remarks

Registration fee of $50 covers cost of all presentations and lunch.

$25 for students with valid identification (please note students who wish to register must first email jnoyalas01@su.edu for a special discount code)

For questions about the conference, contact Jonathan Noyalas at jnoyalas01@su.edu or 540-665-4501.

Newcomers Welcome Event

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

The Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a Newcomers Welcome and Information Event at the Visitors Center.

This free, family-friendly event for new City and County residents of all ages aims to provide useful information in a low-key setting with some great local food.

Intentionally held after traditional work hours, this event is targeted at the many working families that have recently moved to the area. The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum and Handley Library will be present with kid’s activities and information on the various programs that each offers.

The area’s many retirees who have recently relocated to the area are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

Attendees will be treated to complimentary offerings from a local restaurant.

In addition to the food, networking and kid’s activities, there will be representatives from the City and County government offices on hand with how-to information on utilities, taxes, vehicle registrations and more.

Parking is ample and free, however attendees are encouraged to refrain from parking in marked Shenandoah University spots.
This will be an alcohol-free event, however attendees will be able to learn out our local breweries, wineries, cidery and meadery inside the Visitor Center, and even purchase some local selections from the Gift Shop, which will be open during the event.

For more information, contact the Visitor Center at (540) 542-1326 or info@visitwinchesterva.com.

Valentine’s Dessert Tour

What better way to show your love for someone than a complete afternoon sampling food? We’ll be stopping at 5 top secret locations to sample decadent desserts and more. We’ll play a fun version of The Newlywed Game, ending with a a complimentary Champagne toast and a rose for the ladies! Only one tour so space is very limited, book early!

$55 a ticket

Tickets available at: www.tastewinchesterhistory.com 

Harry Potter Yule Ball

Handley Library, Ages 12+, for middle and high school students.

It’s time to dress up in your semi-formal best as we celebrate a love of Harry Potter in the wintery wonderland of the Great Hall. Fun will be had by all, whether you’re dancing the night away, drinking butterbeer, or going through our interactive stations.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

November 29-December 29

Don’t miss Frederick County Parks & Recreation’s annual light show – memories to last a lifetime! Don your stocking caps and wrap those scarves tight as you take a magical stroll through this winter wonderland. Warm up in the cabin, where you might run into Santa!

Free hot chocolate!

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Peak Night Admission (December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23)
Ages 12+: $10
Ages 2-11: $5
Age 0-1: FREE

Regular Admission
Ages 12+: $5
Ages 2-11: $3
Age 0-1: FREE

Veterans and active duty: $3 on non-peak nights with valid military ID.

Scottish “Backyard” Highland Games

The Kernstown Battlefield Association and Clan Adrenalin will host its second “backyard” Highland Games of the season.

This low-key event is a perfect family outing. The games benefit prostate cancer research. The games start at 9 am.

Bagpipers will play throughout the day. Refreshments will be for sale by Shaffer’s BBQ. Please bring your own chairs.

Virginia Gourd Show and Sale

Celebrate the craftsmanship and interesting history behind gourd art! Meet the gourd art experts in the Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society and browse displays of gourd art available for purchase. Gourd art available for purchase includes luminaries, birdhouses, oil lamps, bowls, musical instruments, and ornaments.

Raw gourds suitable for arts and crafts or decorating will also be available for purchase. While browsing displays of gourd art, event attendees will also have the opportunity to converse with expert gourd artisans about gourds and see several gourd artists demonstrating gourd art techniques. Winning entries in the event’s annual gourd competition will also be on view.

Free admission to the event. MSV admission fee applies to visit the gardens and galleries.

Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society (VLGS) is the official Virginia chapter of the American Gourd Society and has organized the Virginia Gourd Show, Sale & Competition for fifteen years. Based in Stephens City, the VLGS is dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of gourd gardening, encouraging the use of gourds in arts and crafts, and supporting gourd agriculture.

​Saturday 10am-5pm / Sunday: 10am-4pm

VA Cider Week: Bonfire in the Orchard

We will be kicking off Virginia Cider Week with a bonfire in our orchard. Hang out with friends, or snuggle up to someone special under the stars.

Live music and food trucks will round out this special evening.

ciderweekva.com