The Battle for Winchester; A Civil War Tour

Civil War Tour
Civil War Tour
1400 S. Pleasant Valley Dr.
Winchester, VA 22601
Region Shenandoah Valley
Locality Winchester City
Phone: (540) 542-1326
Phone2: (877) 871-1326

Begin your tour at the Civil War Orientation Center, in the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center.

Visit Old Town Winchester to tour Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters. On display at this 1854 Gothic Revival style cottage is the General's prayer book and camp table. The Old Court House Civil War Museum is just down the street and features over 3,000 relics from the war.

Enjoy lunch at one of the many  restaurants on the pedestrian mall. A guide will join you for a walking tour. By visiting sites on foot, you will learn more about the war's impact on the residents.

Before leaving downtown, make a stop at two significant Civil War cemeteries. Stonewall Cemetery is the burial site of Turner Ashby, Stonewall Jackson's Cavalry Leader. This cemetery is the final resting place for over 2,500 brave Confederate soldiers. Across the street from Stonewall Cemetery, Winchester National Cemetery is the burial grounds for Union soldiers who fought and died at the battles of Winchester, New Market, Front Royal, Snickers Gap, Harper's Ferry, Martinsburg, and Romney.

Head south to Kernstown, where Stonewall Jackson suffered his only defeat in 1862 on the Kernstown Battlefield. This well-preserved tract of land was the site of battles in 1862 and 1864.

Relax for dinner at a restaurant where a local historian will speak casually with your group about the lesser-known details of Winchester during the war.

Day Two

Begin your day at the Visitor Contact Station for Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park. Here, you will experience displays and exhibits that provide an introduction to the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek.

A Park Ranger will take you to the National Park, where your group will be presented with a tour or program on the Battle of Cedar Creek or Civil War history in the Shenandoah Valley.

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds of Belle Grove Plantation. Complete your afternoon with a tour of the restored 1797 Manor House, rich in history and Civil War significance. Make sure to take in the property's scenic views of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains before you leave!

This tour can be tailored to fit the specific interests of your group. Other options include the Newtown History Center in Stephens City, Star Fort, or a guided driving tour featuring Shawnee Springs Hospital, Stephenson's Depot, and the Third Winchester Battlefield.

Last Updated: 8/1/2013 2:37 PM