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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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The Kernstown Battlefield is closed for the winter. 
We will reopen in April 2023.  Please revisit this sight often
for news and updates and a spring preview of our 
2023 calendar of special events.

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NEWS IN BRIEF
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A Runners Paradise

    Nov. 6, 2022 – The Kernstown Battlefield continues to be a favorite venue for runners in the Old Dominion.
      Two major events occurred within the past week – On Saturday, October 29th, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) cross-country races were hosted by Shenandoah University; and then on Saturday, November 5th, the annual Battlefield Half Marathon occurred which is sponsored by Frederick County Parks & Recreation.
     The unique and popular thing about races at Kernstown Battlefield is that each individual race is started with a blast from the KBA's mountain howitzer seen in the photos below.
     
Old Dominion Athletic Conference:
October 29th, 2022.  This was the second time Shenandoah University & Kernstown Battlefield has hosted these championships, the last being in 2018.  There are 13 colleges and universities who are members of the ODAC, an all Virginia private college conference.  In the women's 6,000-meter race, there were 98 competitors, while the men's 8,000-meter race had 119 athletes compete in the championship.
     University of Lynchburg won both the men's and women's races, in historic fashion, with both of their team's winning with a perfect 15-point score, finishing 1st-2-3-4-5th places overall.  Washington & Lee University took second place in both the men's and women's.  Home host Shenandoah University finished 3rd overall in the women's race, with sophomore Madeline Lotts (Warren County HS graduate 2021) leading SU's women in her career best time 23:41 for 6,000-meters for 16th place overall.

Battlefield Half Marathon:
November 5, 2022.  This annual event, sponsored by Frederick County Parks & Recreation attracts several hundred runners from around the region each year with both individual and team entries. The race begins and ends on the battlefield with the course running through country roads and neighborhoods. Here again, the race is started with a blast from KBA's mountain howitzer.
Pictured above is the starting line for the ODAC races held at Kernstown Battlefield on Saturdheay, October 29th. The mountain howitzer sits above the ODAC logo ready to fire off the start of each race.
Photos taken by Capt. David LaMay
At the Battlefield Half Marathon the cannon was again used to start the race.
The cannon crew consisted of KBA President Gary Sheppard and his granddaughter.