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 12, 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 17, 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 5, 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 2, 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 5, 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 31, 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.

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.