Donate/Join the KBA
 
2021 SEASON
 OPENING DAY: 
APRIL 10






 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: One of the detailed maps created by Confederate
  cartographer Jedediah Hotchkiss for Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson 
detailing the First Battle of Kernstown.

IN THE NEWS:
First Battle of Kernstown Tour
Saturday, April 17, 2021
10am – 3pm
FREE - DONATIONS WELCOME

On April 17, 2021 the Kernstown Battlefield Association (KBA) will host a walking and driving tour of the First Battle of Kernstown. KBA docents Larry Turner and Mike Cannane (pictured at right) will lead this tour starting at 10am. Attendees should meet at the Visitor Center and dress appropriately for walking across fields, pastures and woods.

The morning will consist of a walking tour of the Kernstown Battlefield property with descriptions of cavalry and artillery actions from the perspective of Union forces on Pritchard’s Hill and Confederate forces from Apple Valley Road.

The afternoon driving portion begins at 1pm near Old Town Winchester with a detailed description of Confederate cavalry reconnaissance and the wounding of Union Maj. Gen. James Shields. This will be followed by visits to the Confederate artillery park south of the Opequon Church and discussions at our “Jackson’s Lookout” viewing platform about the Confederate maneuvers and Jackson’s decision to attack. We will then travel on to Rose Hill Park and Sandy Ridge for continued discussions on the battle during the afternoon of March 23, 1862. 

KBA will arrange a lunch for purchase to be delivered at noon. It is suggested that you bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Masks will be required and social distancing observed.  


To comply with Covid-19 restrictions we ask that you pre-register. 

                CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


2021 Season Opening: April 10th
 M
Coincides with 2021 Civil War Park Day

       On April 10th the Kernstown Battlefield officially opens for the 2021 season. Tours of the battlefield, the Pritchard House and the field hospital will be ongoing throughout the day. This marks the first year the park will open in April instead of in May. 
       It happens that this year Civil War Park Day also falls on April 10th. Since 1996, the American Battlefield Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. So if you come to visit us on April 10th you'll most likely see a number of volunteers taking on projects around the grounds and in the buildings.
      Perhaps you'd like to volunteer to help on Park Day? For more information send us an email to kba@kernstownbattle.org. 
 
For the complete 2021 Calendar of Events


New in 2020: CW Field Hospital Exhibit

seEver wonder about medical care on the battlefields during the Civil War? Visitors touring the Pritchard House now get a first-hand glimpse into the 
workings of a Civil War Field Hospital.
The exhibit was donated to the KBA by Susi Weston and Bru Randall who, for many years, had used the exhibit as an educational tool at Civil War 
reenactment events.
The exhibit is filled with many artifacts as well as reproduction instruments. Docents are there to explain their uses and offer a hands-on 
approach to learning.
If you can't drop by to experience this exhibit before November 1st (our last open day for this season), then plan a trip for 2021. The Battlefield reopens the first weekend in May.

Susi Weston demonstrates uses for some of the instruments on the blood smeared operating table. 
Bru Randall holds a replica severed arm used as a teaching tool