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Strasburg 250

Strasburg celebrates its 250th anniversary

250cover.jpgStrasburg celebrates its 250th anniversary with a number of events throughout 2011.

This special section takes a look at Strasburg's early years, events that took place during the Civil War, the town's colorful and accomplished characters, and offers a glimpse of its future.

The print edition of this special section was published on April 15, 2011.


The Great Train Raid
Reenactment Weekend

Saturday, May 28
Cedar Creek Battlefield, Middletown
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Day-Long Activities
  • Recruiting Stations: Drilling by soldiers
  • Living history
  • Photos with replica 1860s engine No. 208
  • Presentations: "The Confederates Gather Steam," "Medical Services in the Civil War," "Horses in the Civil War."

Cedar Creek Kids Camp
  • Reenactors teach children ages 7-14 about camp and military life during the Civil War. Reservations needed by May 15. More information and to register: www.ccbf.us
Strasburg
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Self-guided historical walking tours
  • Music in the town lot
  • B & O Railroad Museum & Miniature Train Display
Belle Grove Plantation
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tour the 1797 Manor House owned by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite.
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Programs:
  • "The Shenandoah Valley in 1861 - On the Eve of War"
  • "Cedar Creek and Belle Grove in a Box"

Sunday, May 29
Strasburg
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • The Great Train Raid Reenactment along Old Valley Pike, from Middletown to Strasburg, 11 a.m.
  • Photos with replica 1860s engine No. 208 at Strasburg Museum
  • Artist Mort Kunstler on site
  • Presentations, 3 - 6 p.m.: "The Confederates Gather Steam," "Horses in the Civil War," and others
  • Food & merchandise vendors
  • Music in the town lot
  • B & O Railroad Museum & Miniature Train Display
  • Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation & Sesquicentennial Information
  • Shuttle Service from Middletown to Strasburg available on Sunday only

Websites


Special thanks

A special thanks to the Strasburg Museum, especially Gloria Stickley, for lending photos, books and other information essential to putting together this special section. Thanks also to Councilwoman Sarah Mauck for sharing research.

Sources that have been used for information in this publication include:
  • The Bicentennial Edition of The Northern Virginia Daily, Sept. 20, 1961, reprinted as a brochure including "The Story of Strasburg," by Virginia Hinkins Cadden.
  • "Strasburg Community Memories: A Pictorial Display in the Strasburg Museum," by C. Douglas Cooley.
  • "Strasburg, Virginia and the Keister Family," by E.E. Keister.
  • Booklet on the Bicentennial of Shenandoah County, published in 1972 by the Shenandoah County Bicentennial Committee, Woodstock.
  • "A History of Shenandoah County Virginia," by John W. Wayland.
  • "The Shenandoah County in the Civil War: The Turbulent Years," by Richard B. Kleese.
  • Northern Virginia Daily archives.
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