Things to do...
Sep 21--Peace festival in Staunton, Va.
Sep 21--Monacan Indian Nation Powwow at Natural Bridge, Va.
Sep 21--Basket-making workshop at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.
Sep 21--Corn maze in Berryville, Va.
Sep 21--Apple Harvest Arts and Crafts Festival in Winchester, Va.
Sep 21--Civil War historical documentary at Edinburg Mill Museum in Edinburg, Va.
Sep 21--Beekeeping event at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, Va.
Sep 21--Tea at Historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Va.
Sep 21--Music Under the Arbor at Wisteria Farm and Vineyard in Stanley, Va.
Sep 21--Vocal soloist concert at James Madision University
Sep 21--Belle Grove in a Box at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Sep 21--Mosby Heritage Area Association historical lecture series in Aldie, Va.
Sep 21--Play performance at the Schultz Theatre in New Market, Va.
Sep 21--Piano and cello concert at Shenandoah University
Northern Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley: Orchards, Civil War, and an Old Railroad Station
John Brown’s body, Civil War destruction, a view “worth a voyage across the Atlantic,” and a very early steamboat
Log, limestone, and brick--a microcosm of early Valley architecture
Clarke County, “The most English county in the Valley”
Over the river and through the woods...
Up and over Great North Mountain (not for the faint of heart)
Ancient roads, old mills, a musical village, and mountain vistas
Heart of the Shenandoah Valley
A hidden valley, scenic drives, a rolling river, a dramatic cavern
Historic homes, Shakespeare, a folk life museum, and an inventor’s farm
Maple syrup, sheep, mineral spring baths, and no stop lights
Jefferson’s stone bridge, an old canal, and two historic colleges
Southern Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley: A preserved 1800s village, an abandoned canal, and two C&O railroad towns
From the Mountain Courier: 150th Anniversary of Second Kernstown This Month
By linda wheeler
In 1864, Shenandoah and Frederick Counties were rocked by Civil War battles for the second time. First was the Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson campaign in 1862, which brought the war to the Shenandoah Valley. Although he succeeded in his mission to lessen the pressure on Richmond by forcing the Union to move troops from there to confront him in the Valley, he also brought the war to this place: to Kernstown and other small communities connected by the Old Valley Pike.
Two years later, Gen. Jubal Early was ordered to accomplish the same mission. He was to draw troops away from Petersburg and again, there was a battle at Kernstown, a small farming community south of Winchester. It took place on July 24 on the same sprawling farm owned by the Pritchard family. There wasn’t a vendetta for that particular family but rather it was their rolling farm land that was attractive militarily. It offered high points for cannons, and farm buildings and a long stone wall along the driveway were useful for concealment.
For the Pritchard family, it was hell on earth two times around. The parents and children would emerge from the safety of their cellar to a world of trampled fields and a harvest of dead and dying soldiers strewn across the farm. Each time, they filled the house with the wounded, caring for men from both sides as best they could.
It was also the last major Confederate victory in the Valley. For a short time, Winchester and other places in the area were freed of occupying Union forces.