Eager for action

Zane Smith, 34, of Baltimore, a member of the 18th Virginia Calvary, checks his Civil War Enfield rifle outside his tent at New Market Battlefield Park on Friday afternoon. The New Market Battle Reenactment is this weekend. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 15, 2015

The roar of cannons and the crack of rifle fire call out over the years to Civil War re-enactors like those gathered at the New Market Battlefield State Historic Park this weekend.

A heavy toll, recalled

Shannon Moeck,  a park ranger at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park, helps ring a bell being supported by park volunteer Guy Young, of Gore, outside Belle Grove on Thursday. The ringing of the bells was  to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 9, 2015

Local residents and National Park Services officials gathered at Belle Grove Historic Plantation for the “Bells Across the Land” on Thursday.

Tourney to raise battlefield funds

April 2, 2015

A new golf tournament fundraiser organized by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation is set to tee off this Saturday.

Cedar Creek, Belle Grove to open 2015 programs

March 19, 2015

After a long, frigid and snow-filled winter, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park and its partners are preparing for the warmer weather and crowds for the 2015 season.

Cedar Creek seeking volunteers for Park Day

March 16, 2015

Since first becoming publicly operational in 2010, the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown has been an ongoing project for the National Park Service.

Digging up the past

October 28, 2014

STRASBURG — Archaeologists and volunteers on Tuesday began digging into Strasburg’s pottery past.

Preserving the past

October 8, 2014

STRASBURG — The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation has made an “unprecedented victory in historic preservation,” according to CEO Keven Walker.

In Front Royal, a grim reminder

September 22, 2014

The deaths of six men by shooting and hanging without trials amid a group of terrified civilians might sound like the latest news bulletin from the Middle East, but the violence is an all too real part of Front Royal’s Civil War history from 150 years ago.

Foundation plans for 150th anniversary celebrations

August 13, 2014

WINCHESTER — For the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation and CEO Kevin Walker, the 150th anniversary of the Third Battle of Winchester is more about the future than it is the past.

Meem’s Bottom Bridge damaged again, repairs underway

July 15, 2014

The Meem’s Bottom Bridge has received its share of punishing blows during its long history, so it was no surprise to state road officials when it took another hit Sunday, this one from a tractor trailer that failed to squeeze in under the bridge roof.

Historical event benefits veterans

June 20, 2014

While local historical reenactors demonstrate strategies used during a war that took place 70 years ago, their work will be benefiting those who served more recently.

Civil War-era Bible inscription adds greater mystery to Hupp family history

June 20, 2014

STRASBURG — Sally Hupp of Strasburg did not expect to find anything special in a Bible her great-grandfather Luther Hurn passed down through her father’s family. Looking through some family documents on Memorial Day weekend, she found the travel-sized Bible she had seen many times before but never thought to open.