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Follow the Kernstown Battlefield walking trails for insights
 into the events of the First and Second Battles of Kernstown ... browse the battlefield Visitor Center to learn details of the history ... see the 1854 Pritchard House where the family of Samuel and Helen Pritchard 
huddled in the cellar waiting for quiet to return to their farm.  
This and more await visitors to this pristine
388-acre Civil War battlefield park.

The Kernstown Battlefield Association owns and operates the Kernstown Battlefield on the Pritchard-Grim Farm located in Winchester, Virginia.

The KBA is a non-profit 501(c)3 all volunteer corporation whose mission is to protect and interpret this Civil War battlefield for the benefit of future generations.


Above: First Battle of Kernstown 

Sunday, 23 March 1862

From the battlefield map by Jedediah Hotchkiss,

Topographical Engineer for Gen. Stonewall Jackson


          March 23, 1862, Stonewall Jackson's 3,000-strong Confederate army marched into the artillery fire of Nathan Kimball's 8,000-strong Union force. When darkness ended the battle, casualties totaled over 1300. Kernstown was the first battle fought in the Valley, and it launched the great campaign still studied today, Gen. Jackson's famous Valley Campaign of 1862  LEARN MORE...



         July 24, 1864, 28,000 combatants once again swarmed over the fields and hills of the Pritchard farm in an agonizing battle ending in a decisive Confederate victory which was to be their last in the Valley. Gen. Jubal Early's Confederates inflicted 1185 casualties on Gen. George Crook's Union Army. Nine months after Early's victory at Kernstown the war ended at Appomatox.   LEARN MORE...



The Annual Meeting of the Kernstown Battlefield Association will be held Saturday, October 13th at the Artillery Annex of the KBA Grim Farm heritage site.

Luncheon will be served to members and guests at 12 Noon followed by a fascinating historical presentation by Mike Cannane.  After lunch the Association will hold its annual business meeting with election of Officers and Directors. 

       2018 Nominees ready to serve KBA Board
Three distinguished KBA members stand ready to serve the Board if elected at our annual meeting:  all are Winchester natives with commendable records of service to KBA.

Michael Cannane has a BA in history, won the Vistor's Center Volunteer of the Year award in 2016 with 5 years of service, and gives regular tours of the battlefield. Mike will be our speaker at the annual meeting.

Gary Sheppard is a retired FBI Special Agent with a Master's in Education Management.  Gary has served with numerous local nonprofits and has committed much time & talent to KBA's grounds team.

Rebecca Greeb is a long-serving KBA member, neighbor, and docent with a generous hand for drinks & treats!   Rebecca is a retired educator with a strong desire to interface with our neighbors to protect the Grim farm, its wildlife, and history.

Kernstown Battlefield

610 Battle Park Drive

Winchester, Virginia 22602

(Battle Park Drive is off Valley Avenue 

next to Creekside Station in Kernstown.)

GPS Coordinates:
39º 8´ 38.14˝ North, 78º 1´ 33.20˝ West



Below:  The 1854 Pritchard House on the Kernstown Battlefield where Samuel and Helen Pritchard and their children huddled in their cellar during both battles fought on their farm.

The Kernstown Battlefield Association is totally rebuilding the front porch to the 1854 Pritchard House. Please come and watch as the rebuilding progresses! We also have incorporated new exhibits into our Museum, especially in the Artillery Annex. Stop by for a look!

Army Veteran and Artillery expert Larry Turner gives a quick tour of the KBA Artillery Annex linked HERE:

See Mike Cannane's lecture on General Nathan Kimball linked HERE:

Here's an interesting historical synopsis of the Lincoln Assassination sent to us by Miss Mia Thorpe: