Published on August 10, 2017

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Civil War Weekend – Winchester-Frederick County

(Friday-Sunday, August 18-20, 2017)

Civil War Weekend is a 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 area will once again join together to provide unique opportunities to experience the area’s remarkable wartime story.

Participating Sites and Events:

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

Friday, August 18, 7pm | FREE
History at Sunset: “Attention Company!” Civil War Soldier for an Evening
Have you ever attended a Civil War “living history” event or re-enactment and wondered about all those strange movements, battle formations and commands?  Or the details of the various steps in loading and firing a rifled-musket?  Join Ranger Jeff Driscoll for a hands-on interactive experience on the basics of Civil War drill.  For adults and kids alike!  Meet at Belle Grove Plantation Manor House (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown).

Saturday, August 19, 9 am | FREE
Advance & Retreat: Gordon’s Attack at Cedar Creek
Join Ranger Rick Ashbacker as he explores the attack of Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon’s Division on the Union line held by Col. (and future President) Rutherford B. Hayes troops.  Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown).

Saturday, August 19, 10am-5pm | FREE
National Regiment Living History Encampment and Firing Demonstration Demonstrations
Members of the National Regiment will set up an encampment and discuss the life of the common Civil War soldier.  Firing demonstrations at 10:00 am, and 3:30 pm.  Life of the common soldier demonstration at 12:30.  Meet at the 8th Vermont Monument.  Parking is located at the Claven Lane parking area (2262 Claven Lane, Middletown).

Saturday, August 19, 2:30 pm | FREE
Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse into the Life of the Enslaved Cook Judah
This 30 minute program explores the story of one slave at Belle Grove. Meet at Belle Grove Winter Kitchen (Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown).

Sunday, August 20, 2:30pm | FREE
Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box
A 30 minute program on the history and settlement of the Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War.  Belle Grove Plantation (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown).

For more information, call (540) 869-3051 or go to

Clermont Farm

Saturday, August 19, 7:30pm
The Mosby Heritage Area Association is bringing its Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group to Clarke County on Saturday August 19 for another of its popular Legends by Lanternlight programs.  Historic Clermont Farm, an 18th century structure, will serve as the program’s backdrop. The program will focus on the Civil War in Clarke County, particularly stories relevant to Clermont’s experience in the years immediately before, during, and after the war.  Costumed interpreters of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group will share the horrors and triumphs of Clarke County’s Civil War, from Mosby’s Rangers to interactions between Union soldiers and Berryville’s citizens, and more.  Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students.  Please bring walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The Clermont Foundation will host the event and will provide refreshments served from the 1777 kitchen.

801 East Main St., Berryville, VA  22611

Kernstown Battlefield

Saturday, August 19 | FREE
Civil War Era Picnic
Join us for a period picnic on the Pritchard House lawn with hostess Mrs. Pritchard. The Kernstown Battlefield will be presenting tours all weekend.

Saturday, August 19, 11am and 1pm | FREE
Battlefield Walking Tours
Meet at the Visitor Center for a walking tour with Roger Henderberg.

Sunday, August 20, 11am | FREE
The Manufacture and Use of Artillery Fuses in the Civil War
Free program held in the KBA’s new Conference Center.

610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601.  (540) 869-2896.

Stonewall Jackson HQ Museum

Kernstown Battlefield/Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters

Saturday, August 19, 10am-4pm | $20 includes lunch
Stonewall Jackson Seminar
The Kernstown Battlefield Association and Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum will present a one day seminar on Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Each of the sponsoring organizations will give a special tour from 10am to 11:30 am and again from 2:30 pm to 4 pm. Tour one site in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. The lunch and lecture will be held at Kernstown Battlefield. Our guest speakers, Steve French and Jerry Holsworth, both authors and historians, will discuss Jackson’s 1862 campaign leading up to and including the First Battle of Kernstown. They will be signing their books at lunch. For information or to register contact

Kernstown Battlefield (lunch and lecture, tours).  610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester.  (540) 869-2896.
Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters (tours).  415 N. Braddock Street, Winchester.  (540) 667-5505.

Newtown History Center (Stephens City)

Saturday, August 19, 3:30 pm | FREE
Civil War History Presentation
Author & Historian Steve French will give a presentation titled, “A Tense Co-existence: Scouts and Civilians In 1860s Newtown.” (donations accepted; books for sale)

Trinity Lutheran Church, Parish Hall.  810 Fairfax St, Stephens City.  (540) 869-1700.

The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation)

Saturday, August 19, 3pm-9pm | FREE
“Court House by Candlelight”: The Court House and Second Winchester
Living history and special programs at the historic Old Frederick County Court House (which today houses the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum), focusing on the building’s role as a hospital and prison after the Second Battle of Winchester and the Civil War graffiti that soldiers left on its walls.  Programs will include living history from 3pm-9pm, a hands-on graffiti workshop for children from 4-7pm, an interpretive program on the court house’s graffiti at 7pm, and “torchlight” interpretive tours of the court house and its role during the war at 8pm and 9pm.

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (formerly the Old Court House Civil War Museum).  20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. (540) 740-4545

Star Fort (Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation)

Saturday, August 19, 10am-3pm | FREE
“Storms and Thunder at Star Fort”: Star Fort and Second Winchester
Living history and special programs at the historic site that was part of Winchester’s extensive wartime defensive system – and part of both the Second and Third Battles of Winchester.  Programs will include living history from 10am-3pm, artillery demonstrations at 10am, Noon, and 2pm, and interpretive presentations on “Star Fort and Second Winchester” at 11am and 1pm.

Star Fort.  Fortress Drive off US 522 North, Winchester.  (540) 740-4545.

Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center / McCormick Civil War Institute

Saturday, August 19, 9am | FREE
Car Caravan Tour – “A Gleam of Anxious Speculation: The African Americans’ Civil War in Winchester
Meet at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center (1400 Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester) for a car caravan tour led by Jonathan Noyalas, Director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University. The tour will focus on the experiences of African Americans during the Civil War era. Tour is approximately 1.5 hours in length. 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd, Winchester.  (540) 542-1326

Also Open During the Weekend

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Visitors Center

The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation holds over 300 acres of core battlefield, including the historic Heater House and the site of the Union XIX Corps trenches along Cedar Creek. The CCBF staff at the visitor center provides visitors with an overview of the battle and local landmarks, along with resource materials. A short film about the battle is shown on request. Access to a one mile long interpretive trail along the XIX Corps trenches is free with a stamped pass available at the battlefield visitor center. A gift shop offers a wide selection of books and memorabilia about the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.  8437 Valley Pike, Middletown.  Open Saturday 10am – 4pm Sunday 11am – 4pm.  Free.  (540) 869-2064.

Fort Collier Civil War Park

The Third Battle of Winchester culminated at Fort Collier, where on the afternoon of September 19, 1864, Union General George Armstrong Custer led the largest cavalry charge in American history and stormed the Confederate positions here. The Fort Collier Civil War Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the earthworks at Fort Collier Civil War site.  Roadside markers are near the train tracks.  922 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester.  Open Dawn to Dusk.  Free.

Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and Visitor’s Center

This fun and fact filled Civil War Park has something for everyone. Walking trails along Civil War earthworks provide visitors with a relaxing stroll through the beautiful grounds while interpreting the history of the site and the local natural and manmade environment.  The museum tells the story of the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 from the variety of battles and actions that occurred to the hardships women and children endured on the homefront. Numerous displays and artifacts are available for viewing and learning. Video presentations in the new theater offer a place to learn even more.  33229 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg.  Open 9am – 5pm.  Museum Admission $5 Children 10 & under are free.  (540) 465-5884.


Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester

(Open daily 9am-5pm)

For more information on events, dining and lodging in the area, visit the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center at 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd; see their website here; or call them at (540) 542-1326.   The visitor center also hosts the Civil War Orientation Center for the area.