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 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
all future 
generations.


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.


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.
Above:  Map of First Battle of Kernstown as drawn by 
Jedediah Hotchkiss, Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson's cartographer.

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NEWS IN BRIEF
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Sunset at the Kernstown Battlefield

“A Mixed (North and South) Marriage in Turbulent Times”

Friday, September 16, 2022  6:30pm - 8:00pm
Event Address: 610 Battle Park Drive, 

Winchester, VA 22601

 

     Come join our team of highly motivated docents for the presentation titled “A Mixed (North and South) Marriage in Turbulent Times”, the story of the marriage of Samuel Reese (SR) Pritchard and Helen Johnson. 


     This special evening tour will start off in our Conference Center where you will be introduced to SR, a fourth generation Kernstown farmer and businessman, and his wife Helen, born and raised in New Jersey.  It will include a very short walking tour around the Visitor Center area, a visit to their 1854 house and then up to Pritchard’s Hill to watch the sunset over Little North Mountain.  The tour concludes with a short visit to the family cemetery on the way back to the Conference Center where light refreshments will be served.  


     This tourwill be entirely focused on SR and Helen’s relatively short (1857-1875) time together in the midst of the most turbulent time in the Lower Valley, where the war literally came to their doorstep.  The tour involves some walking along with one set of stairs.  Golf cart assistance will be available for participants with mobility issues for the Pritchard Hill – cemetery portion of the tour.


     This event is free (donations gladly accepted) and open to the public.  Pre-registration is requested, but not required.  Meet at the Kernstown Battlefield Conference Center by 6:15pm on the day of the event.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.


REGISTER HERE


Carriages From the Past

     The Kernstown Battlefield Association has recently been gifted the two authentic horse-drawn carriages pictured below. The gift is in memory of Fred Rowan by his wife Bernice and daughters Sarah and Jessica. These beautiful carriages are currently on display in the Artillery Building. Drop by and take a look.