$1.3 million in funding allocated to Virginia’s battlefields

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced on Friday that more than $1.3 million in grant funding will be allocated to protect over 200 acres of historic battlefield land throughout the Commonwealth.

Eight projects will receive funding this year through the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund.

The battlefields were selected based on rankings from Congress’s Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields and with consideration to their proximity to already protected lands, the threat of development, and potential for education, research, recreation or tourism.

Some of the projects include the installation of new signage, development of educational tours, and increasing accessibility.

Preservation of battlefields also protects agricultural properties, water quality, wildlife habitats, and provides recreational spaces in urban areas.

You can visit one of our local battlefields this weekend during the 159th reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek in Middletown.

For more information on the grants distributed by the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund, click here.

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Cedar Creek and Belle Grove host trench tours

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Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park announced they will offer ranger-guided tours of Civil War trenches on Sunday mornings beginning May 21st.

The walks will start at 10 AM and last about an hour.

Walks will follow a half mile of the trenches which were dug days before the Battle of Cedar Creek to fortify the United States position south of Middletown and stretched about a mile north of Valley Pike.

Rangers recommend bringing water, suitable walking shoes, and insect repellant.

Participants should meet at the entrance to the 19th Corps Trails on Route 11 2.4 miles south of the NPS Visitor Center in Middletown.

Additional dates for the walks include June 4th, September 17th, and October 4th.

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158th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek reenactment

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This weekend is the 158th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek in Middletown.

This two day event recreates the final major battle held in the Shenandoah Valley.

Visitors will be taken back in time with music, medical and civilian demonstrations and cavalry, artillery, and infantry soldiers in action.

Some of the featured events include the story of Retreat and Redemption by the 19th Corps during the battle and candlelight evening tours of the camp.

Gates open at 9 am Saturday and Sunday.

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157th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek

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The 157th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek is here!

Gates will open at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday with the activities wrapping up at 5 pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday.

There will be presentations from speakers on topics like the life of an infantryman, military medicine, secrets and spying during the war and more.

There will also be live demonstrations of artillery, cavalry, and of course, the battle reenactments.

For a full list of events and ticket information, head to ccbf.us.

Make sure to check out the luminaries in honor of the fallen soldiers around Middletown as well.

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CCBF New Museum Grand Opening

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Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation is hosting a grand opening for their new museum today off Valley Pike in Middletown.

The grand opening will take place at 11 am with a ceremony at 10:30. 

The event will feature living historians of famous civil war figures such as General’s Philip Sheridan and Jubal Early.

The new museum will feature artifacts from the battle of Cedar Creek and across the Shenandoah Valley.

Upgrades have also been made to the center’s gift shop, Sutler Space and Heater House vision wall, all of which will be open to visitors.

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