The Valley Turnpike

The ancient trail stretching from Philadelphia to Georgia, known by the English colonists as the Great Wagon Road, was utilized by Native Americans for generations, serving as a vital route from Canada to Georgia long before it acquired its English name.

The graves of Stonewall Jackson

Did you know that Stonewall Jackson has at least two graves in Virginia?

Hear the story of the well-known Civil War general and his strange tales of life and death.

Resources:
https://www.npr.org/2012/06/28/155804965/the-curious-fate-of-stonewall-jacksons-arm

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/grave-of-stonewall-jackson-s-arm

https://www.fowb.org/news/publications/the-legend-of-stonewall-jacksons-arm/

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.

For more information on the reenactment, click here.

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Mosby’s Rangers historian visits CCBF

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The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation is hosting Mosby’s Rangers historian Eric Buckland today starting at 3 pm.

His presentation will focus on the Rangers’ operations in the Valley during the Fall of 1864 like the Berryville Wagon Train Raid and the execution of six Rangers in Front Royal.

Buckland has written several books on the lives of Mosby’s Rangers and given over 100 presentations.

He also has appearances on CSPAN and publications in America’s Civil War magazine.

He currently is the President of The Stuart- Mosby Historical Society.

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Civil War events begin in the Valley

The Valley’s Civil War events are kicking off today with a tour presented by the Kernstown Battlefield Foundation.

The tour will be led by renowned author Gary Ecelbarger from 9 am to 4 pm and focus on the First Battle of Kernstown.

The tour will go to a few locations including Pritchard Farm, Rose Hill Park, and a rarely seen part of the battlefield on Sandy Ridge.

This is just the first of many events hosted by the Shenandoah Battlefields Foundation.

For a full list of this year’s Civil War events, head to shenandoahatwar.org.

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Civil War Walking Tours

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Civil War walking tours of Historic Stephens City will be conducted on October 23rd starting at 10:30.

Led by staff of the Newtown History Center. The tour focuses on the impact of the civil war and the town.

Admission is 5 dollars and reservations are required.

Please call the Newtown History Center 540-869-1700

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