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The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum

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20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States

September 2015

Third Battle of Winchester Walking Tour

September 18, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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Meet your guide in front of the Old Court House Civil War Museum located at 20 North Loudoun Street. Your guide will lead you through the streets and alleys and tell you about sites related to the battle that was raging just outside the city limits. This tour is about a one mile walk. Friday September 18, 6:00-7:30pm, in Old Town Winchester. Fee: $5, payable to the guide. Contact Winchester Parks and Recreation to Register by September 11. (540) 662-4946.…

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June 2016

Second Winchester Anniversary Programs

June 18, 2016 @ 9:25 am - 9:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation presents a day of programs commemorating the June 13-15, 1863, Second Battle of Winchester including: 10am-on:  Living History and Encampment on Court House Lawn, including the story of Union prisoners after the battle. 4pm:  "Second Winchester: Opening the Road to Gettysburg": Program with Keven Walker (inside Court House Museum) 6:30pm:  History in Action: Court House Museum - a fun-filled program for kids that will combine an Amazing Race-type competition, puzzle-solving, mini-games, and a scavenger hunt…

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September 2016

The Lost Gettysburg Address: Talk and Book Signing by David Dixon

September 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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Special program and book-signing by David Dixon, author of The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey.  The program will be held at 7pm in the court room of the Old Court House Civil War Museum, followed by the book-signing. Few remember Edward Everett's oration that preceded Lincoln's masterpiece, but hardly anyone is aware of Kentucky native Charles Anderson's oration, which concluded the day's events. The speech was never published and the lost manuscript only recently uncovered at a…

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“Winchester’s Three Battles”: Book Signing and Reception with Author Brandon Beck

September 24, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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A book signing and reception for the new book by history professor and Shenandoah Valley expert Brandon Beck. The book provides a concise driving tour and history of three battles fought around Winchester during the Civil War: the First Battle of Winchester (May 25, 1862); the Second Battle of Winchester (June 13-15, 1863); and the Third Battle of Winchester (September 19, 1864.)   About the Author Dr. Brandon H. Beck is retired professor emeritus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.…

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October 2016

Decision at Tom’s Brook: Talk and Book Signing

October 8, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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The meeting of the flamboyant personalities of opposing generals George Custer and Thomas Rosser at Tom's Brook October 9, 1864, promised high drama. Custer’s Federals had devastated much of the Shenandoah Valley despite the efforts of Rosser’s enraged Confederates. The resulting battle between the two old friends--commonly known as The Woodstock Races--carried serious repercussions. Bill Miller, author of Decision at Tom's Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser, and the Joy of the Fight, will discuss his new book on these stirring events…

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August 2017

“Court House by Candlelight”: The Court House and Second Winchester (Civil War Weekend)

August 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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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…

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December 2017

SVBF Civil War Roundtable Meeting

December 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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Guest speaker:  Eric Campbell, Chief of Interpretation at Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park.  Eric's topic will be "Cedar Creek: Critical Points." The Battle of Cedar Creek (October 19, 1864) was not only one of the most critical engagements fought in the Shenandoah Valley during the war, but also the most controversial.  This program will examine the four most critical points involving the planning and execution of the battle.  These include: Gen. Early's decision to attack, the Confederate attack plan, the "Fatal Halt" and Sheridan's Ride.  By examining these pivotal decisions and moments, it will be clear why Confederate Gen. John Gordon later wrote, "No battle of the entire war...has provoked such...prolonged controversy…

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April 2018

SVBF Civil War Roundtable Meeting: Dr. Clarence Geier

April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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The next meeting of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation's Civil War Roundtable will feature Dr. Clarence R. Geier speaking on "History in Bits and Pieces: Contributions of Historical Archaeology to Interpreting the Civil War In the Shenandoah Valley."  Dr. Geier is a Retired Professor of Anthropology/Archaeology at James Madison University Historical archaeology has taken on an increasingly important role in the world-wide study of battlefields and other military sites from ancient times to as recently as Vietnam.  Since 1990 studies…

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June 2018

“Remember Me: The Gettysburg Officers on the Courthouse Wall”

June 9, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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Second Winchester 155th Anniversary Programs The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will commemorate the 155th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Winchester (fought June 13-15, 1863), with a series of programs: 1pm-2pm - "The Second Battle of Winchester: an Overview" program by Scott Mingus (Kernstown Battlefield on the Pritchard-Grim Farm, 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester). The program will be held in the KBA Conference Room.  Will include book signing after program. 2:30-4pm – Second Winchester Car Caravan Tour with Scott Mingus…

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McNeill’s Rangers in the Gettysburg Campaign – Steve French

June 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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The next meeting of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation's Civil War Roundtable will feature Steve French speaking on McNeill's Rangers in the Gettysburg Campaign.  During the Gettysburg Campaign, Rebel guerrillas and partisans roamed far and wide attacking military targets and gathering plunder. One of these bands, McNeill's Rangers, fought at the Second Battle of Winchester, occupied Hancock, Maryland, destroyed Baltimore & Ohio property, raided the farms and stores of southern Pennsylvania fought at the July 6 Battle of Williamsport and…

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September 2018

Casting Call for John Brown Trial VR Project

September 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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It was the "Trial of the Century" of its era. Following John Brown's failed raid on Harpers Ferry in October 1859, he was brought to trial in Charles Town Virginia (modern-day West Virginia). The presiding judge was Richard Parker, who regularly held court at the Frederick County Court House (today's Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum) in Winchester. The dramatic trial was followed by a rapt nation aflame with sectional tension. Brown's raid, trial, and execution (Dec. 2, 1859) ignited the…

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Third Winchester: The Battle and the Aftermath – Nick Picerno

September 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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This program by SVBF Board Chairman Nicholas Picerno will look at the Third Battle of Winchester (September 19, 1864) on both the large scale and the small scale, focusing on the pivotal action in the Middle Field that decided the outcome and the stories of the individual soldiers caught up in the fury.  It will also examine the aftermath of the battle, then and now, from its impact on the war then to the efforts to save the hallowed ground in the years since.…

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October 2018

SVBF Civil War Roundtable: Logan Metesh

October 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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The Most Influential Man in the (Gun) World: James Henry Burton" - Logan Metesh Though he’s little-known today, James Henry Burton’s impact on the arms industry in the 19th century rivals that of his well-known contemporaries. He helped design the Minie ball used during the Civil War, worked for both the Springfield and Harpers Ferry Armories, Hall's Rifle Works, Ames Manufacturing, the British Board of Ordnance, Enfield's Royal Small Arms Manufactory, the Virginia Manufactory of Arms (later, Richmond Armory), was…

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December 2018

SVBF Civil War Roundtable Meeting: Ted Alexander

December 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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The next meeting of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s Civil War Roundtable will feature  historian and author Ted Alexander speaking on “The Burning of Chambersburg.” Ted Alexander retired from the National Park Service in 2016 after a career of over 30 years with the park service, including serving as chief historian at the Antietam National Battlefield. He is the author, editor or contributor to ten books on the Civil War and other aspects of American history, including History and Tour…

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February 2019

SVBF Civil War Roundtable: Stephen Recker

February 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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"Rare Images of Antietam and the Photographers Who Took Them" - Stephen Recker Soon after Alexander Gardner’s photographic wagons left the blood-strewn Antietam Battlefield, local photographers began taking images on the field. While much has been written about Gardner’s ‘death studies,’ little is known about these other early images. Our speaker, Stephen Recker, has found over 600 of them, many unknown and unseen, including some exciting recent finds, and will use them to show how the battle happened and how…

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Exploring Your Civil War Roots

February 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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On Saturday, February 23, 2019, join Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Chairman Nicholas Picerno, Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Staff, and volunteers in an opportunity to explore your Civil War Ancestry. The public is invited to join us at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudon Street in Winchester, Virginia, from 1 – 4 PM. We will conduct free, live research while you wait. Any questions please email: cdalton@svbf.net. This program will also be held a second time…

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March 2019

Civil War Winchester – Pen In Hand

March 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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On Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 6:00 PM on the 157th anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown, the public is invited to join us at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum in Winchester for a free viewing and discussion of the movie, Winchester - Pen in Hand. The film provides a unique look at Winchester, Virginia's inhabitants during the Civil War from the viewpoint of their letters, diaries and journals. The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum is located at the Old…

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Exploring Your Civil War Roots

March 30, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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On Saturday, March 30, 2019, join Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Chairman Nicholas Picerno, Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Staff, and volunteers in an opportunity to explore your Civil War Ancestry. The public is invited to join us at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudon Street in Winchester, Virginia, from 1 – 4 PM. We will conduct free, live research while you wait. Any questions please email: cdalton@svbf.net.

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April 2019

SVBF Civil War Roundtable: Col. Troy Marshall – “Franz Sigel: A Complicated Man For His Times”

April 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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"Franz Sigel: A Complicated Man For His Times" - Col. Troy Marshall General Franz Sigel today is a frequently forgotten Union commander from the American Civil War, but like any good story there are many facets and controversies to the man. From his status as a German expatriate, to later as a doomed Union commander at the Battle of New Market, his career continues to be studied by historians to reveal the man beneath the history. Speaker Col. Troy Marshall…

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June 2019

“The Life and War of Confederate General Zebulon York” – Peter Dalton

June 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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SVBF Civil War Roundtable Meeting Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, Winchester (Thursday, June 6, 2019, 7pm) In 1861 Zebulon York helped raise and finance a rifle company which would become a part of the 14th Louisiana Infantry. He would later become colonel of that regiment and lead it in many of the major battles in the East. Later in the war he would be promoted to brigade command and serve under General John Gordon. He would be seriously wounded at…

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August 2019

SVBF Civil War Roundtable: Dennis Frye

August 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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Topic:  “David and Goliath in the Shenandoah: Mosby versus Sheridan.” Dennis E. Frye recently retired after 20 years as the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. For his more than 3 decades of service with the National Park Service, Dennis earned the “Distinguished Service Award,” the highest honor of the Department of Interior. Dennis also received the American Battlefield Trust’s highest honor, the “Shelby Foote Award,” and was recognized with the “Nevins-Freeman Award” for his years of scholarship…

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Civil War Weekend Events – SVBF

August 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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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…

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October 2019

Screening of “The Burning”

October 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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In early October 1864, a Confederate Soldier named Newton Burkholder observed that the "whole vale is red with fire mile on mile, and enveloped in smoke high overhead, twisting and writhing, dissolving." In the Fall of 1864 General Philip Sheridan brought the concept of total war to the residents of the Shenandoah Valley. With the 155th anniversary of the event approaching, there will be a free screening of the movie "The Burning: The Little Known Story of the Destruction of…

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November 2019

Exploring Your Civil War Roots

November 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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Join Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Chairman Nicholas Picerno, Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Staff, and volunteers in an opportunity to explore your Civil War Roots. You are invited to join us at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia, from 1-4 PM on Saturday November 23. We will conduct free, live civil war ancestry research while you wait. Any questions please email: cdalton@svbf.net.

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December 2019

SVBF Civil War Roundtable: Jeff Chamberlin (“Third Winchester – Then and Now”)

December 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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This meeting of the SVBF's Civil War Roundtable will feature speaker Jeff Chamberlin.  Jeff’s topic will be “Opequon Envisioned: The Embattled Landscape of 3rd Winchester -Then and Now.” About the Program Jeff’s presentation will concern 19th century images of the Third Winchester Battlefield, the locations of events during the battle, and their corresponding positions today. This talk will include a visual emphasis on the engagements' setting and the often-dramatic contrast of today’s changes upon this landscape. About the Speaker Jeff…

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February 2020

Star Fort: Its Past, Present, and Future – SVBF CWRT

February 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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"Star Fort: Its Past, Present, and Future": Jack Owens SVBF Civil War Roundtable Meeting This talk will discuss the history of the earthwork, events and individuals involving the fort, the fortifications post war history, other Winchester earthworks, the preservation of the Star Fort and the future of the Fort. Jack Owens is a Resource Management Associate with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. He is a student at Lord Fairfax Community College and plans to transfer to Shenandoah University to study…

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May 2021

Civil War Walking Tour of Winchester

May 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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This downtown walking tour of historic Winchester visits Civil War sites and tells the stories of soldiers and civilians who were caught up in the chaos of the constant combat, occupations, and caring for the wounded. The tour is led by SVBF Park Ranger Wade Custer. The tour is free. Advance registration is not required. The tour will gather in front of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun St. on the downtown walking mall. Please wear comfortable…

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June 2021

Civil War Walking Tour of Winchester

June 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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This downtown walking tour of historic Winchester visits Civil War sites and tells the stories of soldiers and civilians who were caught up in the chaos of the constant combat, occupations, and caring for the wounded. The tour is led by SVBF Park Ranger Wade Custer. The tour is free. Advance registration is not required. The tour will gather in front of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun St. on the downtown walking mall. Please wear…

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July 2021

Civil War Walking Tour of Winchester

July 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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This downtown walking tour of historic Winchester visits Civil War sites and tells the stories of soldiers and civilians who were caught up in the chaos of the constant combat, occupations, and caring for the wounded. The tour is led by SVBF Park Ranger Wade Custer. The tour is free. Advance registration is not required. The tour will gather in front of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun St. on the downtown walking mall. Please wear…

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August 2021

Civil War Book Sale – Used Books

August 28 @ 9:00 am - September 19 @ 5:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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Civil War Book Sale - Used Books Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester (Extended through September 19, 2021) The SVBF presents a giant sale of used books and magazines, featuring primarily Civil War-related titles. Proceeds from the sale will go towards the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation's library and archives. The sale is open during regular museum hours: SALE HOURS Monday-Saturdays, 10am-5pm Sundays, 1-5 pm The museum is located at 20 N. Loudoun Street on the downtown…

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Civil War Walking Tour of Winchester

August 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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This downtown walking tour of historic Winchester visits Civil War sites and tells the stories of soldiers and civilians who were caught up in the chaos of the constant combat, occupations, and caring for the wounded. The tour is free. Advance registration is not required. The tour will gather in the courtyard of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun St. on the downtown walking mall. Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Pre-registration is not required.…

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Civil War Graffiti Tour

August 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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The 1840 Frederick County Court House (today's Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum) served as a prison and hospital to both sides during the Civil War. Many of those soldiers wrote their names and drew pictures on the walls - including the famed "Jeff Davis Curse." Join us for this special tour of the museum and the fascinating graffiti on its wall. Free. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 540-542-1145 or email info@svbf.net.

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Bell House Tour

August 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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A guided tour of 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. Free. The tour will begin at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum before the group walks the short distance to the Bell House. Free.…

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