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The Kernstown Battlefield 

is open on weekends 

from May through October

Saturdays 10am ~ 4pm

Sundays 11am ~ 4pm 

 


~ Free Admission ~ 

Donations Appreciated

 

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Guided Battlefield Tours 

Every Saturdays May 6 through October

11:00am and 1:00pm

 

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Guided Pritchard House Tours 

Most weekends

May through October

The 1854 Pritchard House
 


 





























































 




























 




















 











 




























































 




































































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2018

Schedule of Upcoming Events

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April 7, 2018

 

          Our Civil War Trust sponsored Park Day is CANCELLED due to the forecast weather.  The alternate rain day will be Saturday, April 21st. Be one of the first people to tour Sandy Ridge as we prepare the site for interpretation. Please bring your own work gloves and proper shoes. Food, drink and a Civil War Trust t-shirt will be provided. Meet at the Visitors’ Center at 10 am.


  

May 5 & 6, 2018

 

          Opening weekend at the Kernstown Battlefield. There will be tours of the Battlefield, the 1854 Pritchard House, the Museum and the Artillery Annex. Several periods groups are planning to attend & camp out on the Battlefield, as well as historical actors including General Jackson, Doctor McGuire, and members of the Civil War Historical Impressions group. The Gift Shop also will be open. Other activities to be announced.

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Every first Saturday, May through October

 

          Our own Mike Cannane will give battlefield tours every first Saturday of the month at 11 am and 1 pm (5/5, 6/2, 7/7, 8/4, 9/1, 10/6). Please meet at the Visitors’ Center. Comfortable clothes and refreshments are advised.

 

Every second and fourth Saturday, May through October

 

          Our own Larry Turner will give battlefield tours every second and fourth Saturday of the month at 11 am and 1 pm (5/12 & 26, 6/9 & 23, 7/14 & 28, 8/11 & 25, 9/8 & 22, 10/13 & 27). Please meet at the Visitors’ Center. Comfortable clothes and refreshments are advised.

 

Every third Saturday, May through October

 

          Our own Robert McCurry will give battlefield tours every third Saturday of the month (5/19, 6/16, 7/14, 8/18, 9/15 and 10/20) at 11 am and 1 pm. Please meet at the Visitors’ Center. Comfortable clothes and refreshments are advised.

 

National Park Service – 1842 in a Box presentation

 

          A ranger from the Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Park Service will present the NPS’ 1864 in a Box presentation every second Sunday at 1 pm (5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10 and 10/8.)

 

 


May 12, 2018

 

The Kernstown Battlefield Association will host a Living History Civil War artillery event with members of McClanahan’s Battery demonstrating their 10-pound Parrott Rifle.  The Battery’s members will explain the history of the unit, describe the development of their Parrott Rifled cannon, and conduct live firing demonstrations from 10 am to 3:30 pm.  McClanahan’s Battery participated in the Battle of Second Kernstown on July 24, 1864, supporting cavalry screening operations for Lieutenant General Jubal Early’s forces along the eastern side of the Valley Pike.  The battery was part of Brigadier General John D. Imboden’s Cavalry Brigade of Brigadier General John C. Vaughn’s cavalry division.   


 

May 13, 2018

 

          Mrs. Pritchard and guests will be hosting a Mothers’ Day tea. Enjoy the graciousness of the period while celebrating your Mother. There will be seatings at 11 am and 2 pm. The cost is $10 per ticket, with children under the age of five free. For more information or to purchase tickets, email smgolden@aol.com.



June 13, 2018


           The KBA will commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Second Battle of Winchester, which began with a skirmish at Kernstown. Special tours featuring the Second Battle of Winchester will be given all day, as well as tours of the Battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex. The Gift Shop will be open. We will be open 10 am to 4 pm.

July 7, 2018

 

          The KBA and Clan Adrenalin will host a Highland Games competition on our south field. Scottish Highland warriors competed against each other between battles. They used ordinary objects in their competitions: weights, stones, hammers and tree trunks (“cabers”).

 

          This year our July games will be expanding to include other fun activities for the whole family. Come and see these amazing athletes compete and see what other fun things we have in store for you! Shaffer’s BBQ will have food for sale. Armstrong Irish Dance Academy will be performing at lunchtime. Please bring your own chairs.


 

 

July 21 & 22, 2018

 

          The KBA will commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Second Battle of Kernstown with a weekend full of special events. In addition to Battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex tours, the KBA will present special events. The Gift Shop will be open. Stay tuned.


 

July 24, 2018

 

The Kerstown Battlefield will be open from 10 am to 4 pm for those who want to commemorate the date of the Second Battle of Kernstown on the battlefield.


 

August 18 & 19, 2018

 

          The KBA will participate in the Civil War Weekend in the Shenandoah Valley with a range of diverse programs. There will be a Civil War era living history in front of the Pritchard House on Saturday.  We also will be giving Battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex tours all weekend. The Gift Shop also will be open all weekend.



September 29, 2018

 

          The KBA will host its third annual Civil War Ball from 7 pm until 10 pm. Music will be provided by the Second Virginia Calvary String Band. Dance masters from the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers will be on hand to call our dances. Refreshments are provided. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Visitors’ Center or by contacting smgolden@aol.com.

 


November 3, 2018

 

          The KBA will open for a special day honoring our Veterans, Active Duty Military and First Responders. Special tours will be given to our honored guests and their families. Refreshments will be provided. We will be open 10 am to 4 pm.


November 17, 2018

 

          The KBA and Clan Adrenalin will host its second “backyard” Highland Games of the season. This low-key event is a perfect family outing. The games benefit prostate cancer research. The games start at 9 am. Refreshments will be for sale by Shaffer’s BBQ. Please bring your own chairs.

 

General Information

 

          The Kernstown Battlefield Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit preservation organization. Most of its almost 400 acres are located at 610 Battle Park Dr., Winchester, VA 22602. The Battlefield is open from the beginning of May until the end of October on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm, unless otherwise noted. The Battlefield also is open on Federal holidays and on the actual dates of the First and Second Battles of Kernstown and the Second Battle of Winchester. Tours can be arranged throughout the year by contacting the KBA.

 

          KBA docents give tours of the Battlefield, the 1854 Pritchard House, the Museum and the Artillery Annex collections. The Visitors’ Center has a Gift Shop with diverse items for purchase. The KBA does take checks and credit cards. For those in need, the KBA has a golf cart to drive visitors around the Battlefield. All of the KBA’s programs are by donation, unless otherwise noted. For more information, go to www.kernstownbattle.org or to the KBA Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/Kernstown Battlefield Association. To contact the battlefield, call (757) 593-8227 or (202) 302-9129.