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 The Kernsown Battlefield Association 
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.

The Kernstown Battlefield 
 will reopen for the 2024 
season April 12.
Our new hours will be
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
10am – 4pm
See how the Blue & Gray Education Society 
is supporting the Kernstown Battlefield.

Volunteers needed! 
American Battlefield Trust Park Day
April 6th, 9am – 3pm
 
   Calling all locals!  Come out to help maintain your hometown battlefield by volunteering on the 2024 ABT Park Day at the Kernstown Battlefield. Projects could include painting, weed whacking, clean-up or clear-up. Sign up to have a day of work and fun, meet new people and be involved in maintaining your history. 
   The battlefield is privately owned by the Kernstown Battlefield Association, an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and interpret this battlefield into future. Be a part of that mission. We need your help.

Join us for the

162nd Anniversary Tour of 


First Battle of Kernstown


Sunday, March 24th

9am – 4pm


    On Sunday, March 24th, 2024, the Kernstown Battlefield Association (KBA) will host a walking and driving tour of the First Battle of Kernstown.  This tour will be led by Gary Ecelbarger, renowned author of “We Are In For It! The First Battle of Kernstown, March 23, 1862”.  

    The morning portion of this event will consist of a walking tour of the Kernstown Battlefield “main campus” property for the morning action of the battle as viewed from the Union artillery positions on Pritchard Hill and from the view of the Confederate infantry maneuvering across our southern fields.

    After a break for lunch (on your own), the afternoon portion of the tour will begin at the KBA Visitor Center.  The tour group will then travel by car caravan to Rose Hill Park for continued detailed discussions of the later stages of this small, but intense, battle. The afternoon portion of this tour will also include a visit to the KBA’s recently acquired Sandy Ridge property where the final and decisive Union infantry assaults took place. 

    Attendees should initially meet at the KBA Artillery Building no later than
8:45am. The tour should end by 4:00pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and walking across field pastures and rustic walking trails.



A journalist visited Kernstown 
Battlefield 24-hours after 
the battle. Here's what he saw!