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Civil War Weekend Events – SVBF

August 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
Civil War Weekend 2019 – Programs

All programs will be held at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun St., in Winchester.

“Hands-On History” – Youth Event
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am-Noon
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.  Free.

Wet Plate Photography
Saturday, August 17, 2019.  Program at 11am.  Photography until 5pm.
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.  The program is free.  There will be a charge to purchase photographs.

“A Soldier’s Life”: Living History
Saturday, August 17, 2019, Noon-5pm
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.  Free. 

Blue-Grey Sweets: The Unexplored World of Civil War Sweets (1861-1865)
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1pm
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 which the northern Union soldiers ate for the first time. Others were traditional, such as the horehound candy, part of the American diet since the early settlers.  Participants will learn about the many aspects of Civil War daily life from fireside to packages shipped from home and sample flavors which were familiar to the soldiers who lucky enough to get them. Speaker Susan Benjamin is a candy historian and owner of the nation’s only historic candy stores, located in Harpers Ferry, WV, and Fredrick, MD.  Cost:  $5, which includes tasting bags of candy and free admission to the museum.

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“To Gettysburg and Back”: The Bell Diary
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 3pm
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.  Free.

“Linden Hill: The Bell House”: Guided Tour
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4pm
A guided tour of Linden Hill (the Bell House), the c. 1810-1811 Winchester landmark that was at the center of Winchester’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.  The tour group will gather at the museum before proceeding to the Bell House.  Free.

History Book Sale – Used Books
Friday-Sunday, August 16-18, 2019 (sale begins August 3 and continues through August 18)
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.

More information:  theder@svbf.net, 540-740-4545, or www.ShenandoahAtWar.org


August 17, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation


The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum
20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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