October Sesquicentennial Schedule is Busy!
During this 150th anniversary of the Civil War, many Sesquicentennial events will be taking place in our area: among them are:
Thu., Oct. 2nd - 7 p.m. - "Did the Valley Re-elect Abraham Lincoln?" - Dennis Frye, Chief of Interpretation, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will discuss this subject at the Old Courthouse Civil War Museum at 20 North Loudoun Street in Winchester. Free.
Historic County Courthouse Volunteer Opportunity
Now that rehabilitation of the Historic 1795 Shenandoah County Courthouse is complete, this historic landmark is now open to the public three days a week, Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the historic courtroom museum, there is also a Visitor Information Center with tourist brochures available from all over the County. Shenandoah County Historical Society volunteers staff the Visitor Center & Museum, which is managed jointly by the County Tourism office. An impressive inventory of local history books from the Historical Society is also available for purchase. Other parts of the Courthouse complex are managed by the County Parks & Recreation Dept.
Join the Volunteer Corp! Call 540-459-1795.
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Thu., Oct. 23rd - 7 p.m. - Rediscovering the James E. Taylor Sketchbook
he Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va., in partnership with Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park, will present this program on James E. Taylor, an artist hired by 'Leslie's Illustrated' magazine to cover the movements of Gen. Phillip Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley. Taylor created an invaluable resource of drawings and writings documenting that Campaign. The program will provide a visual and interpretative guide to some of the best stories from Taylor's original sketchbook, many of them about Gen. Phillip Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley.
A multitude of events, from day-to-day, mundane encounters with the people and places to dramaticc stories of combat, to the aftermath of battle, will be presented by Dennis Frye, chief of interpretation, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Dana MacBean, curator of exhibits, Parris Island Museum, USMC. Free to all; Tickets will be available at the Visitor Information Desk, at the Museum, beginning at 10 a.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Lecture begins at 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 25th - 7 p.m. - Spirits of New Market Evening Lantern Tours
Lantern Tours begin at 7 p.m. and run every 15 minutes until 8:45 p.m. Travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of the Union and Confederate soldiers and the Bushong family on the New Market Battlefield. Experience the tales of the Virginia Military Institute Cadets as the recount the day's events. Costumed interpreters will share spine tingling stories through historical interpretation as they portray. Tickets: $10 per person, $5 youth 6 years to 12 years; 5 years old and under, free. Tickets may be purchased at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market, NMBSHP, on the day of the event. For more information: 540-740-3101 or 1-866-515-1864.