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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.

~ 2024  ~
The Kernstown Battlefield is open 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
 April 12 through October 27

10am – 4pm
UPCOMING EVENTS

Second Battle of Kernstown 

Author Escorted Tour

Saturday, July 20th

 

    Scott Patchan, author of "Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign", will lead a walking and driving tour of the Second Battle of Kernstown on Saturday, July 20th. The tour begins at 9:30 am and will finish no later than 3:00 pm. Sign-in starts at 9:00 am.

    The tour will include a strategic overview followed by a battlefield walking and driving tour. The battlefield tour will start and finish on the Kernstown Battlefield “main campus”, but will also include a visit to our newly acquired Sandy Ridge property along with a stop in the vicinity of the Confederate flanking attack to the southeast of the Kernstown Battlefield property.

    There will be an hour break for lunch on your own.

    This tour can accommodate people with mobility issues.  Please let the Kernstown Battlefield Association personnel know if you need mobility assistance during tour sign-in.

    The tour is free, but donations are graciously accepted. 

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On Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28 

the Kernstown Battlefield Association 

will host a Living History Weekend 

presented by 

Civil War Historical Impressions 

to commemorate the 160th Anniversary 

of the Second Battle of Kernstown


    This event will feature both Union and Confederate camps that will be open to the public. There will be interpretive programs and displays of camp life throughout each day. Approximately 150 reenactors will present multiple infantry marching and firing demonstrations. Both days will be highlighted by a skirmish reenacting a pivotal point of the battle on the very spot where it happened. A field hospital demonstration with a Confederate surgeon will be held on Saturday. Period civilian interpretations continue into the evening. An 1864 church service will be held on Sunday.


    There is no fee for this all-day event and parking is free in our East Field as you enter the front gate.  Hours are 9am to 9pm on Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. A food truck will be onsite from 12 to 4 on Saturday.  The event will be held rain or shine.  


Schedule of events:


Saturday July 27th

9:00am: Camps Open to Public

11:00am: Confederate Drill & Firing 

12:45pm: Union Drill & Firing 

2:30pm: Skirmish followed by Field Hospital 

3:00pm: Interpretations/Displays of Uniforms & Equipment in Camps

4:30pm: Civil War Food and Rations in Camps

5:30pm: “Sunset at the Battlefield” Civilian Interpretation 

7:30pm: Evening Camp Tours

9:00pm: Camps and Battlefield Closed


Sunday July 28th

9:00am: Camps Open to Public

10:00am: 1864 Church Service

11:30am: Interpretations of Equipment and Rations in Camps

12:30pm: Skirmish followed by Memorial Formation

2:00pm: Camps Closed

4:00pm: Battlefield Closes


    Come, bring the family, enjoy the pageantry and understand your history as you watch the military maneuvers reenacted on the very ground on which it all happened.

Author Edward McCaul Book Sale and Signing Event
Saturday, July 27th

    During the Civil War Historical Impressions living history/reenactment event, author Edward McCaul will be on site from 10am – 2pm to offer for sale and autograph his two books "The Key to the Shenandoah Valley: Geography and the Civil War Struggle for Winchester" and "The Mechanical Fuze and the Advance of Artillery in the Civil War".  
"A Scottish Evening at the Battlefield"
A battlefield preservation fundraising event to benefit 
the Kernstown Battlefield Association (KBA)
September 14, 2024, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

      Join us on the lawn at the battlefield to celebrate the Scottish heritage of the original settlers of this hallowed ground we now call The Kernstown Battlefield. 

     The Winchester Pipes & Drums will march and perform on the blacktop apron in front of the Artillery Building while guests relax in their own lawn chairs on the grass. The performers will break in mid-program to mingle with guests and answer their questions.
     A complimentary glass of wine or beer will be provided by our neighbor from the Kernstown Commons, The Crush Wine Bar. Additional beverages may be purchased.
     Come early to tour the antebellum Pritchard House, browse our museum or walk the trails on the battlefield.
     The KBA is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Your contribution is tax deductible and 100% will go toward preservation, maintenance and interpretation of this hallowed ground. 

Cost per person: $48

~PLEASE BRING A LAWN CHAIR~


Read the KBA Gazette for all the latest news –

Winter 2023 Edition                            Spring 2024 Edition
A journalist visited Kernstown 
Battlefield 24-hours after 
the battle. Here's what he saw!

See how the Blue & Gray Education Society 
is supporting the Kernstown Battlefield.