Published on January 30, 2019

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Please Note:  The Fridays at the Front Tours for 2020 have been postponed due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Join historian and SVBF Chief Executive Officer Keven Walker for “Fridays at the Front,” special complementary tours of Civil War battlefields and historic sites in the Shenandoah Valley. These tours cover stories great and small, from the accounts of huge armies moving across the landscape to the individual stories of loyalty, determination, and sacrifice involving soldiers and civilians alike.

Come alone or bring a friend, your family, or a group. Discover the dramatic history of these sites — and the incredible stories — history and stories that the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, thanks to your help and support, continue to fight to preserve today.

The tours are free, but pre-registration is required.  To register, fill out the form below or call the Battlefields Foundation at 540-740-4545.

2020 Schedule

This year’s Fridays at the Front tours will range from one of the Valley to other, and feature stories from John Brown’s 1859 Raid to the post-war era.

Friday, May 8, 2020, 10am-Noon
Fridays at the Front – “Shells Went Through the House”: Civil War Lexington [CANCELLED]
Car caravan tour of sites related to Lexington’s Civil War story, including VMI, locations related to Hunter’s 1864 Raid, Stonewall Jackson’s House, and the gravesites of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.  Located at the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley, Lexington escaped the worst of the Civil War until June 1864, when Union Gen. David Hunter’s victory at the Battle of Piedmont allowed him to embark on “Hunter’s Raid,” which climaxed when Hunter brushed aside a small Confederate force and descended on Lexington, where he ordered the burning of the Virginia Military Institute.
Please Note:  Because of health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), our Fridays at the Front Tour of Lexington, which was scheduled for May 8, 2020, has been cancelled.

Friday, July 31, 2020, 10am-Noon
Fridays at the Front – “The Horrors of War”: Harper’s Ferry During the Civil War [POSTPONED TO JULY 30, 2021]
Car caravan tour of Harper’s Ferry Civil War-era story, including sites related to John Brown’s 1859 Raid, Stonewall Jackson’s victory at the 1862 Battle of Harper’s Ferry, Jubal Early’s 1864 Maryland Campaign, and Storer College.  Located at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley, Harper’s Ferry was a critical strategic location that was also – thanks to the heights that overlooked and dominated it – almost impossible to defend.  Few towns were as ravaged by the conflict.  As resident Joseph Barry remarked, “It may be said with truth that no spot in the United States experienced more of the horrors of war.”

Friday, October 9, 2020, 10am-Noon
Fridays at the Front:  “When They Come, Aim Low”: The Battle of Hupp’s Hill and Civil War Strasburg [POSTPONED; NEW DATE TO BE DETERMINED]
Car caravan tour of Strasburg’s Civil War sites, including Hupp’s Hill.  Sitting near the northern end of Massanutten Mountain and overlooked by Signal Knob, Strasburg was a strategic location throughout the Civil War, with both Confederate and Union armies marching through and occupying the town numerous times.  This car caravan tour will visit sites related to Stonewall Jackson’s Great Train Raid of 1861, Bank’s Fort, Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign, and the 1864 Battles of Fisher’s Hill, Cedar Creek, and – especially – the Battle of Hupp’s Hill, and more.