Coming This Weekend: Civil War Weekend

Civil War Weekend activities officially kicked off on Wednesday, but there are a number of other events taking place Friday-Sunday around the area. See if one of these events catches your eye!

History at Sunset: “Star Fort in War and Peace”
Park Day (Star Fort), Winchester
Friday, August 21, 2015, 7-9pm

This special program, led by Ranger Jeff Driscoll, will give an in-depth tour of the construction and history of Star Fort. For more information click here.

Newtown History Center: Post-War Lectures
Newtown History Center, Stephens City
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 11am-4pm

“Establishing a New Normal: The Fighting is Over, Now What?” Jonathan Noyalas will present “The African-American Community in Stephens City and Beyond,” at 11am, Ann Denkler will present “African-American Women in the Shenandoah Valley,” at 1pm, and Kenneth Rowlette will speak on “Civil War Chaplains During and After the War,” at 3pm.

Book Signing
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 1:30-4pm

Author Jonathan Noyalas will sign his new book, Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah: Remembrance, Reunion, and Reconciliation. 1400 S.Pleasant Valley Road.

Stephens City: Guided Walking Tour
Stephens City
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 1pm

Join the Newtown History Center for a special walking tour focusing on the Town’s Civil War history. For more information, click here.

Belle Grove Civil War Tours
Saturday, Aug 22: 12:15pm & Sun, Aug 23: 3:15pm

Belle Grove in the Civil War Tours: These 45-minute tours will discuss the occupation of Belle Grove Plantation during the Civil War, especially in the Shenandoah Valley campaigns of 1862 and 1864. 335 Belle Grove Road, Middletown.

Battlefield Series: Civil War Entrenchment Tour
Cedar Creek Entrenchments, Middletown
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 2pm

A special 2-hour walking tour along some of the most well preserved entrenchments in the Shenandoah Valley. How were they constructed and what was their role during the battle. Meet at 7712 Main St., Middletown, Va.

Kernstown Battlefield Programs
Kernstown Pritchard Grim Program
August 22-23, 2015

Quilt Show, Tea Shop, Cannon Exhibit, Battlefield and Pritchard House Tours: The Kernstown Battlefield Association will exhibit a unique collection of Shenandoah Valley applique and pieced quilts created in the era 1840-1900. A “Bonnie Blue” quilt raffle will be held, and concessions will be available. Pritchard House Tours will be conducted hourly.

House Tours and Outdoor Movie
Glory Long Branch Plantation, Clarke County
August 22-23, 2015, 10am-4pm

View the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s exhibit, Emancipation and Its Legacies, July-August. The focus of this exhibit is the story of emancipation from 1850 to 1964. Enjoy a showing of the movie Glory Saturday evening (8pm) to kick start Long Branch’s Outdoor Movie Series.

History Days at Stonewall Jackson’s HQ
Stonewall Jackson HQ Museum, Winchester
August 22-23, 2015, 10am-4pm

Family Fun and History Days at Jackson’s Headquarters. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of a Confederate Infantry encampment, including real musket firing. National Park Service Rangers will present on Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign.