Kernstown Battlefield announces 2017 events

The Kernstown Battlefield Association has announced upcoming 2017 events, many of which are free to attend.

Board association member Sue Golden said they have been hosting many of the events for years and they are all extremely popular, with an average 60 people at the site each day.

“We love having people and it’s wonderful,” she added about getting people to learn a little about the history of the area.

Schedule of events

March 23: This marks the anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown. The Civil War Trust will turn over 37.4 acres on Sandy Ridge to the Kernstown Battlefield Association. This site is where the Confederate and Union forces fought heavily during the first battle. The Civil War Trust will hold a presentation ceremony and reception at 10:30 a.m. in the Artillery Annex. The event is free. The battlefield will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for anyone wishing to commemorate the first battle. Tours available.

March 25 and 26: The Kernstown Battlefield Association will commemorate the 155th anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown. On March 25, Gary L. Ecelbarger, author of “We Are In For It!” will give a guided tour at 9 a.m. Other activities will continue throughout the weekend.

On Sunday, the battlefield association will join Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Park Service for a program, “1862 in a Box.” The program will be held at noon and 2 p.m. at the visitor’s center. The Gettysburg unit of Civil War Historical Impressions will be on site throughout the weekend.

April 1: The Civil War Trust-sponsored Park Day will be held at 10 a.m. with food, drinks and a T-shirt provided with tours of the new Sandy Ridge site. Bring your own work gloves and proper shoes.

April 8: The battlefield association and Clan Adrenalin will host a backyard Highland games. The competition will benefit Warrior 360, a veteran-sponsored nonprofit that supports veterans, with a contingent of wounded warrior competing at the games.

May 6 and 7: Opening weekend at the Kernstown Battlefield with tours and other activities to be announced.

Every first Saturday, May through October: Mike Cannane will give tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Every second and fourth Saturday, May through October: Steve Riddle will give tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Every third Saturday, May through October: Roger Henderberg will give tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Every second Sunday, May through October: A ranger from Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Park Service will present “1862 in a Box” at 1 p.m.

May 14: A Mother’s Day tea will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Gettysburg unit of the Civil War Historical Impressions will join for the tea. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Visitor’s Center or by contacting SMGolden@aol.com.

June 13: The 154th anniversary of the Second Battle of Winchester will be commemorated with special tours given all day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 8: The Kernstown Battlefield Association and Clan Adrenaline will host a Highland games competition on the south field.

July 22 and 23: The 153rd anniversary of the Second Battle of Kernstown will be commemorated with a weekend of special events.

Aug. 19 and 20: The battlefield association will participate in the Shenandoah Valley’s Civil War weekend with a picnic on Aug. 19 in front of the Pritchard House and tours all weekend. Jackson’s Headquarters will present a seminar on Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson with guest speakers Steve French and Jerry Holsworth, booth authors and historians. They will hold a book signing during lunch. Lunch is $20 and will be catered by Firefly Café and Bakery.

Sept. 23: The second annual Civil War Ball will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with music provided by the Second Virginia Calvary String Band and dance masters from the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Visitor’s Center or by contacting SMGolden@aol.com.

Nov. 5: The battlefield will be open for a special day honoring veterans, active duty military and first responders with special tours.

Nov. 11: The battlefield association and Clan Adrenaline will host its second backyard Highland games.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com

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