Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park P. O. Box 700 7718 ½ Main Street Middletown, Virginia 22645



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P.O. Box 700

7718 ½ Main Street

Middletown, Virginia 22645

(540) 869-3051 (www.nps.gov/cebe)
From Backcountry to Breadbasket to Battlefield and Beyond”
Ranger Program Schedule
October 2012


Date

Cedar Creek &

Belle Grove

in a Box

Battle of

Cedar Creek Tour

War Comes to the Valley




Special Events/Programs

Mon Oct 1

11:30

Belle Grove












Oct 2-3

(NO

PROGRAMS

SCHEDULED)




Thu Oct 4

11:30

Belle Grove













Fri Oct 5

11:30

Belle Grove







3:00

Hupp’s Hill



8th Vermont Monument 1:00-2:00

(See “Ranger Programs” for details)



Sat Oct 6

11:30

Belle Grove




2:00

Cedar Creek BF









Sun Oct 7







1:00

Hupp’s Hill






Oct 8-10

(NO

PROGRAMS

SCHEDULED)




Thu Oct 11

11:30

Belle Grove













Fri Oct 12

11:30

Belle Grove







3:00

Hupp’s Hill



8th Vermont Monument 1:00-2:00

(See “Ranger Programs” for details)



Sat Oct 13

11:30

Belle Grove




2:00

Cedar Creek BF









Sun Oct 14

3:30

Belle Grove







1:00

Hupp’s Hill






Mon Oct 15

11:30

Belle Grove












Oct 16-17

(NO

PROGRAMS

SCHEDULED)




Thu Oct 18

11:30

Belle Grove













Fri Oct 19

11:30

Belle Grove







3:00

Hupp’s Hill



History at Sunset – 4:00 pm

148th Anniversary Battle of Cedar Creek Tour (see “Special Events” for details)


Sat Oct 20

1:00

4:00


Belle Grove








8th Vermont Monument –11:00 -12:00

(see “Special Events” for details)



148th Anniversary Cedar Creek Battlefield Reenactment Sponsored by Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation (see “Special Events” for details)

Belle Grove: Civil War Commemoration Weekend (see “Special Events” for details)

Middletown Civil War Walking Tour –5:00-7:00 Meet at First Street & Main Street, Middletown


Sun Oct 21

12:00

4:00


Belle Grove








148th Anniversary Cedar Creek Battlefield Reenactment Sponsored by Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation (see “Special Events” for details)

Belle Grove: Civil War Commemoration Weekend (see “Special Events” for details)

Special Civil War Entrenchment Tour –11:00 -12:30 (see “Special Events” for details)

Mon Oct 22

11:30

Belle Grove












Oct 23-24

(NO

PROGRAMS

SCHEDULED)




Thu Oct 25

11:30

Belle Grove













Fri Oct 26

11:30

Belle Grove







3:00

Hupp’s Hill



8th Vermont Monument 1:00-2:00

(See “Ranger Programs” for details)



Sat Oct 27

11:30

Belle Grove




2:00

Cedar Creek BF









Sun Oct 28

3:30

Belle Grove







1:00

Hupp’s Hill






Mon Oct 29

11:30

Belle Grove












Oct 30-31

(NO

PROGRAMS

SCHEDULED)





Due to severe staffing limitations, this schedule is subject to change. Check the website (www.nps.gov/cebe) or call (540) 869-3051 for a current schedule before your visit.



RANGER PROGRAMS

These FREE programs examine the history and settlement of the Shenandoah Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek, its aftermath and impact. Programs include:


* Cedar Creek and Belle Grove in a Box – A Park Overview Program A 30 minute orientation program on the history of the Shenandoah Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War. This interactive program uses the surrounding landscape and various props (taken from a box) to “create” the park and tell its many stories by literally placing visitors “in the middle of the park.” Meet on Belle Grove’s front lawn.
* Battle of Cedar Creek Tour This two-hour guided tour, using a car-caravan system (visitors follow the ranger’s vehicle), covers the Battle of Cedar Creek in a chronological fashion. This 13 mile tour includes stops at the key battlefield landmarks. Meet at the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Headquarters.

* “To Battlefield and Beyond” War Comes to the Shenandoah Valley The Civil War had drastic physical, economical and emotional impacts upon the Valley. This 45 minute program examines the many military campaigns that occurred here and their effect upon the local communities. Meet at the Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park.
* Middletown Civil War Walking Tour Learn about the citizens of Middletown who lived through those difficult times and how the war impacted their lives. Meet the ranger for a 90 minute walking tour at the intersection of Main Street and First Street, Middletown.
* The 8th Vermont Monument at Cedar Creek Visit one of the few monuments located on the battlefield. Meet at 8739 Valley Pike, Middletown, VA 22645 (a Park Service banner marks the site). A short walk over moderate terrain is required. Good walking shoes or boots are recommended.
ATTRACTIONS

* Belle Grove Plantation Manor House (Hours: Mon-Sat 10 - 4, Sun 1 - 5) This antebellum plantation, built by Isaac Hite Jr. (brother-in-law of President James Madison) is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is managed by Belle Grove Inc. Visitors can tour the restored 1797 Manor House on a guided tour (fee) and explore the plantation grounds. (free). (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA) For more information call: (540) 869-2028 or visit their website at: www.bellegrove.org – Fee
* Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Headquarters (Hours: Fri/Sat/Mon, 10 – 4, Sun, 1 – 4 , Call before visit) This orientation center and bookstore is operated by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, which also preserves over 300 acres of core battlefield land (free). (8437 Valley Pike, Middletown, VA) For more information call: (540) 869-2064 or visit their website at: www.cedarcreekbattlefield.org
* Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park (Hours: Mon/Tues/Fri/Sat/Sun 9 – 5, Closed Wed/Thur.) This museum, operated by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and the Town of Strasburg, offers interpretive exhibits, artifacts and films on the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Location: 33229 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg, VA. Contact: (540) 465-5884, www.cedarcreekbattlefield.org Fees: $5.00 (under 10 are free).
SPECIAL EVENTS
Battle of Cedar Creek Anniversary Programs and Events

* 148th Anniversary Cedar Creek Battlefield Reenactment (October 20-21) Sponsored by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. Reenactment of the 148th anniversary of the battle.  Witness daily cavalry, artillery, and infantry demonstrations, battle reenactments, band concerts, special lectures and more.  Proceeds benefit the preservation of the Cedar Creek Battlefield. For further information call (540) 869-2064 or visit the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation website at: www.cedarcreekbattlefield.org.
* Belle Grove Remembers: Civil War Commemoration Weekend (October 20-21, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Belle Grove commemorates the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek.  Living history by costumed interpreters in the house, along with an encampment of Confederate soldiers on the grounds. There will also be several collections of museum-quality artifacts on display. Remembrance ceremony (October 21, 1:00 p.m.). For more information call (540) 869-2028 or visit Belle Grove’s website at: www.bellegrove.org.
National Park Service Anniversary Programs

* History at Sunset—148th Anniversary Battle of Cedar Creek Tour (October 19, 4:00-7:00 p.m.) Join a park ranger for a special 3 hour in-depth program on the anniversary of the battle. This car-caravan tour (visitors follow the ranger’s vehicle), will cover the Battle of Cedar Creek in a chronological fashion, and includes many stops and locations not normally open to the public. Meet at the Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park (33229 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg, VA)
* The 8th Vermont Monument at Cedar Creek (October 20, 11 - 12) Located on recently preserved property, the 8th Vermont Monument is one of the few memorials located on the battlefield. Learn the story of the New England regiment at Cedar Creek and the creation of the monument that memorializes it deeds. Meet at 8739 Valley Pike, Middletown, VA 22645 (a Park Service banner marks the site). A short walk over moderate terrain is required. Good walking shoes or boots are recommended.
* Middletown Civil War Walking Tour (October 20, 5 – 7 p.m.) Learn about the citizens of Middletown who lived through those difficult times and how the war impacted their lives. Meet the ranger for a 90 minute walking tour at the intersection of Main Street and First Street, Middletown.
* Civil War Entrenchment Tour (October 21, 11 - 1) Join a Park Ranger for a special walking tour of some of the most pristine Civil War entrenchments in the Shenandoah Valley. Preserved by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, this tour will begin will a special presentation in the “Activities Tent” at the Foundation’s reenactment grounds, and then shuttle visitors to the trenches. A mile long walk over moderate terrain is required. Good walking shoes and water are recommended.
* The Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box – An Overview Program (October 20, 1 & 4 p.m. and October 21, 12 & 4 p.m.) A 30 minute orientation program on the Battle of Cedar Creek and its impact. This interactive program uses various props and the surrounding landscape features to “create” and explain the battle by literally placing visitors “in the middle of the battlefield.” Meet on Belle Grove’s front lawn.
This Schedule is subject to change. Please call or visit our website prior to your visit.


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