History

Major land sale adds to battlefield

April 20th, 2016

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has won a major victory over the forces of historical amnesia with the purchase of 34 acres constituting a key part of the Third Winchester Battlefield.

Area battlefields seeking cleanup volunteers

March 4th, 2016

A trio of local Civil War battlefields are among 125 historic sites included in a nationwide volunteer cleanup and restoration campaign scheduled for next month.

Homeschool Day scheduled at battlefield

February 19th, 2016

The Virginia Museum of the Civil War will host its ninth annual Homeschool Day on March 19 at the New Market Battlefield Historical Park in New Market.

Locals recall landmarks of integration

The Rev. James Kilby points out his father, James W. Kilby, in a photograph that depicts students and parents involved in the 1958 Betty Ann Kilby v. Warren County Board of Education court case in front of the Warren County Courthouse.  Rachel Mahoney/Daily

February 17th, 2016

Today marks the 57th anniversary of integration at Warren County schools – a time of trial that the Rev. James Kilby remembers well.

Civil War Era Dancers combine fun with history

Tom Mack directs different moves during the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers' February practice session at Samuels Library in Front Royal. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

February 12th, 2016

Those who attend Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers’ practices are in for a lesson in what founder Tom Mack calls “a little bit of history and a lot of fun.”

New site manager leads 2016 Cedar Creek plans

December 21st, 2015

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park’s newly hired Site Manager Karen Beck-Herzog made her introductions at the Dec. 17 Park Advisory Commission meeting.

Preserving war-torn grounds

Stan Hirschberg, president of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, stands outside the Hupp's Hill Cedar Creek Museum in Strasburg, where the story of the 1864 Valley campaign is told. Hirschberg, one of the original board members who organized the first Battle of Cedar Creek Reeanctment in 1990, is helping to plan the 151st Anniversary Battle of Cedar Creek  this weekend in Middletown. Rich Cooley/Daily

October 12th, 2015

STRASBURG – Reenactments of the Battle of Cedar Creek have brought marching troops and the crack of gunfire to Middletown for many years, but the fields would be a dead end in Civil War history without the efforts of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation.

Foundation to open battlefield park, visitor center

Landscape supervisor Matt Stine, left, and carpenter  J.R. Shull, right, construct this fence row outside the parking lot of the Third Winchester Battlefield Visitor Center  in Winchester on Wednesday. They are employees of Winchester firm Advantage Property Management Inc, which donated its employees for the project. Rich Cooley/Daily

September 17th, 2015

After more than eight years of work, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will cut the ribbon on a new park and visitor’s center for the Third Winchester Battlefield on Saturday.

Confederate flag flap

A Confederate flag flies outside Cedar Creek Mercantile in Middletown as a car passes along Valley Pike on June 23.    Rich Cooley/Daily

July 5th, 2015

On June 25, the National Park Service issued a statement calling for the removal of items at park bookstores containing confederate Flags.

Alamo to host Belle Grove fundraiser

July 2nd, 2015

On July 8, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester will host a special screening on the 2003 film “Cold Mountain” for Belle Grove Plantation.

Cedar Creek announces new summer programs

June 5th, 2015

This summer, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown will be giving visitors a more in-depth look into one of the valley’s more critical Civil War battles.

County receives sesquicentennial recognition

May 31st, 2015

With the focus of Civil War interpretation shifting to the Reconstruction Era, the Shenandoah County Sesquicentennial Committee was recognized for its efforts by the state recently.

Veterans reflect on World War II’s ending

Left to right, Marshall Golliday, John Neggia, Louis Lepore and Doug Butler are among World War II veterans marking the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Germany and Japan this year.    Joe Beck/Daily

May 22nd, 2015

Four veterans gathered around a table in Stephens City recently to talk about what they saw and heard as the guns of World War II fell silent 70 years ago.