Group, museum commemorate First Battle of Kernstown

The Kernstown Battlefield Association in partnership with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will commemorate the First Battle of Kernstown this weekend with tours, local authors, food and fun.

Sue Golden, a member of the battlefield’s board of directors,  said this weekend’s event marks the 156th anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown, a significant turning point in American history.

Today,  Civil War enthusiasts will have an opportunity to commemorate the battle. Tour guides will be available, and all facilities will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Saturday, two battlefield docents,  Mike Cannane and Larry Turner, will lead an all-day walking and driving tour.

“This is a new tour we’re offering,” Golden said. “They [Mike and Larry] planned and organized it all themselves. And it’s expanded from what they normally do.”

Tours begin at 10 a.m. Dress accordingly.

On Sunday, local author and historian Jerry Holsworth will give a presentation on Frank Jones and the 2nd Virginia Infantry.

Shaffer’s BBQ will offer a lunch menu. Orders will be taken in the morning and box lunches will arrive in time for the lunch break. The Kernstown Battlefield site, which Golden said has many items on display, will be available for guests.

“We’re really looking forward to this weekend’s event. It’s a great excuse for us history nerds to celebrate,” she added.

The Kernstown Battlefield Association is an all-volunteer, nonprofit preservation organization.

“We’re always looking for new volunteers,” Golden said.

To learn more about the Kernstown Battlefield Association or to become a volunteer, contact Golden 202-302-9129 or http://www.kernstownbattle.org