Eleven attractions poised to bring Winchester-Frederick County’s Civil War story to life in unforgettable ways during a two-day event.
Echoes from “1863 in the valley” return to Winchester-Frederick County on August 17-18, 2013. 150 years ago, the Civil War had a devastating impact on Winchester and Frederick County, bringing battles to the landscape, heartbreak to the homefront, and overwhelming numbers of wounded. During Civil War Weekend, 11 area attractions will look back at those days with living history programs, walking tours, lectures, book signings and youth programs that will bring the area’s Civil War story to life in unforgettable ways.
An extra bonus this year is the addition of an Event Passport, available at each of the 11 attractions. Collect at least 4 stamps and return the passport to the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center for a special bounty!
Don’t miss the weekend’s events that take place in Old Town Winchester! The Old Court House Civil War Museum will host Dr. Yusuf Saleeby, who will present two Saturday lectures: Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire, Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s Surgeon at 10:00 AM and Advances in Surgery and Medicine During the War Between the States at 2:00 PM. A sample of Dr. Saleeby’s medical antiques will be on display after the lectures.
Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters will be open for regular tours from 10-4 on Saturday and Sunday. Displays include Jackson’s prayer book, camp table, and family artifacts.
New to this year’s programs are tours of the site of Sheridan’s Field Hospital. Dr. Jonathan O’Neal will lead tours of the hospital site, which is located at the Shawnee Springs Preserve on Opequon Avenue. The hospital, which was established to care for the ill and injured soldiers after the Third Battle of Winchester, was the largest field hospital built during the entire war.
Also new are two unique evening programs at Historic Long Branch and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley:
An outdoor screening of “Gone with the Wind” will be shown at Long Branch. Historian Nicholas Redding will provide an introduction and a “Historian’s Toolbox Playbill” to provide moviegoers with the facts to be critical historians for the night. Bring blankets or chairs and snacks. Concessions will also be available.
At the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, visitors will have the rare opportunity to tour the back meadow where Camp Johnson was originally located, and visit with re-enactors around a bonfire to learn about the 4,000 soldiers who camped on the Glen Burnie property during the war. Enjoy children’s activities and sing civil war era songs led by re-enactor musicians. Bring your own blankets or chairs for this very special 6-9:00 PM event.
Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation will sponsor a cavalry encampment at 8437 Valley Pike from 10:00- 4:00 with cavalry demonstrations at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 on Saturday. Demonstrations will highlight tactics, weapons, uniforms, equipment, and the care and use of horses.
Also on Saturday at 11:00 AM, David Booz, Professor of Gettysburg College, will present a lecture, “The Gettysburg Campaign,” at the Newtown History Center in Stephens City. Jonathan Noyalas, Assistant Professor of History at LFCC, will present “Emancipation and Stephens City” at 2:00, after which he will sign copies of his newest book, The Battle of Fisher’s Hill.
Eloise Strader, Editor of the Civil War Journal of Mary Greenhow Lee, will sign copies of the book at the Hollingsworth Mill from 2:00-4:00 on Saturday. A free exhibition featuring Mary Greenhow Lee’s Friends and Foes is also on display daily at the Hollingsworth Mill from 10:00-4:00.
On Saturday, at Kernstown Battlefield – Pritchard-Grim Farm, visitors will be encouraged to take a walking tour to Pritchard’s Hill, a key position in both the First and Second Battles of Kernstown. Tours are offered at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will offer a variety of free ranger-led programs throughout the weekend to include: Avenue of Invasion: The Shenandoah Valley in 1863 at 11:30 on Saturday at Belle Grove; Battle of Cedar Creek Driving Tour, beginning at 2:00 on Saturday at Cedar Creek Battlefield Headquarters, 8437 Valley Pike; Middletown Civil War Walking Tour, Intersection of Main & First Street, Middletown at 5:00 on Saturday; 8th Vermont Monument at Cedar Creek Tour, on Sunday at 1:00, meet at 8739 Valley Pike.
Throughout the weekend, at 15 minutes past each hour, Belle Grove Plantation will offer Civil War themed tours of the historic 1797 manor house. The tours include special emphasis on the plantation’s role during the Civil War and especially as the epicenter of the Battle of Belle Grove, also known as the Battle of Cedar Creek.
To learn more about the event, and specifics regarding the attractions, please visit the home page of www.visitwinchesterva.com and scroll down to “Civil War Weekend’ to download detailed information. Flyers describing the entire weekend experience and Event Passports are also available at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road.