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:
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. 
 
First Battle of Kernstown
159th Anniversary Tour

March 27, 2021, 9am–4pm

FREE — DONATIONS WELCOME

          On March 27th, a battlefield walking tour will be conducted by Gary Ecelbarger, author of "We Are In For It! The First Battle of Kernstown". Mr. Ecelbarger has been conducting annual anniversary tours since 2002 and has never failed to keep his audience spellbound. 
          In the morning, be prepared to walk across the south field of the Pritchard farm over which Jackson's troops marched as they faced 16 blazing Union cannon atop Pritchard's Hill. Stand atop that hill for a view from the Union's artillery perspective of the swarm of Confederates marching towards them.
          In the afternoon, after a lunch break, Ecelarger meets you at Rose Hill Park (about a mile away) where you'll follow the paths of both armies as the battle progressed to its conclusion at the famous stone wall.
          The tour begins at 9am in the Visitor Center of the Kernstown Battlefield. Dress warmly and wear sensible walking shoes. An umbrella could even be necessary! 
Hope to see you there.


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