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History Calendar

History Calendar for the week of July 26, 2012

Please enter information at Select “History” category. You may also email (subject: History Calendar), or fax  540/373-8455. Deadline: noon Thursday preceding Tuesday publication. 540/374-5461.


“The Bone Collectors.”  7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3: National Park Service historians Don Pfanz, Noel Harrison will relate a new chapter in the story of local Civil War battlefield burials.  Free. Meet at Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, 1013 Lafayette Blvd. Part of  Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park’s “History at Sunset” series.

World Première Reception for “Marching Through Culpeper.”  5–7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3. Daniel Technology Center,  Culpeper, with celebrity guests including Dr. James Robertson, Dr. Frank Stringfellow  and J.E.B Stuart IV. Celebrate Virginia Morton’s book’s coming to life on stage, with music, wine, food. $95 includes reception, admission to play’s première with priority seating and  intermission dessert buffet. Business or period attire. Mail checks to Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield, Box 1853, Culpeper, Va. 22701 by Friday, July 27. Details?  540/825-5549 before 8 p.m.

Multimedia Première Performance of “Marching Through Culpeper.” 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3. Eastern View High School, 16332 Cyclone Way, Culpeper, Va. 22701. Advance tickets: adults, $18; under age 18, $9. At door: adults, $20; under 18,  $10. Tickets good any performance. No credit cards. Proceeds benefit battlefield preservation. Call 540/825-5549 before 8 p.m.  Buy tickets in advance at Stellar One, Main Street, Culpeper or in Lake of the Woods; and Museum of Culpeper History. Online at or

Walking tour,  downtown Culpeper.  9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Includes locations in the book and stage production “Marching Through Culpeper,” conducted by author Virginia Morton. Start at depot Visitor Center, 111 Commerce St. $10, adults; $5, under 18. Reservations  recommended. or 540/825-9147. Benefits Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield.

Civil War encampment at Salubria. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Company E of the Chesapeake Volunteer Guards will encamp at Salubria, a 1757 manor house five miles east of Culpeper. The living historians will portray life at this Georgian-style architectural gem after the Battle of Cedar Mountain on Aug. 9, 1862. Re-enactors’ camp visits, free. Tours of Salubria, $10.; 540/423-1700. Sponsored by The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia.

Luncheon with Dr. James Robertson at the Inn at Kelly’s Ford.  12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4. 16589 Edwards Shop Road, Remington. innatkellys After barbecue buffet, the esteemed scholar and  Virginia Tech history professor emeritus will speak on the conflict between Confederate Gens. A.P. Hill and “Stonewall” Jackson at Cedar Mountain. Dr. Robertson will sign his newest book, “The Untold Civil War,” published by National Geographic Society. Other activities include cavalry and artillery demonstrations, hay-ride tours of Kelly’s Ford, the war’s most heavily used ford. Silent auction to benefit Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. Tickets $40; casual attire. Mail checks FCMB, Box 1853, Culpeper, Va. 22701. or 540/825-5549 before 8 p.m.

“Marching Through Culpeper.” 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 5. Second and third multimedia performances of of this story of love across the battle lines, based on the popular historical novel. Eastern View High School, 16332 Cyclone Way, Culpeper. See above for ticket prices.

Battle of Cedar Mountain Symposium.  8:45 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. For the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, six nationally known speakers will explore 1862 battle in Culpeper County where Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson ended Union Maj. Gen. John Pope’s drive on Gordonsville, shifting  action from the Virginia Peninsula to Northern Virginia. Daniel Technology Center Auditorium, Germanna Community College, Culpeper.  $45 includes catered lunch. Sponsored by nonprofit Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield Inc. Mail checks to FCMB, Box 1853, Culpeper, Va. 22701. or call 540/825-5549 before 8 p.m.

Brass-band music, artillery firing, guided walking tour, lectures and more at Cedar Mountain battlefield, on the battle’s 150th anniversary. 6:30 p.m. to dusk, Thursday, Aug. 9. First Class Brass of Warrenton will perform music of the Civil War, including popular ballads. Living historians from Carpenter’s Battery, CSA; Thompson’s Independent Battery “C,” Pennsylvania Volunteer Light Artillery; and 23rd Virginia Infantry will talk with visitors, share exhibits, give artillery demonstrations. These units have appeared in films “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals” and on Gettysburg, Antietam battlefields.

“A Soldier’s Nightfall: A Campfire Program.” 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10. National Park Service historians Beth Parnicza, Peter Maugle will lead this first such get-together for History at Sunset. They will examine soldiers’ feelings  on the Fredericksburg battlefield. About 45 minutes. Lawn chairs recommended.  Free. 540/373-6122;

Sesquicentennial anniversary weekend, Cedar Mountain battlefield. Friday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 12. Living history programs with Carpenter’s Battery, CSA; Thompson’s Independent Battery “C,” Pennsylvania Volunteer Light Artillery; and the 23rd Virginia Infantry continue. Artillery demonstrations in mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Sponsored by Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield Inc.

Second Saturdays at the Museum. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Students 12 and up  meet at Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. They’ll tour and sketch city’s architectural past and present, brainstorm about its future. $10. (Bring lunch.) Register at Museum Store, 215 William St. or email Janelle Kennedy at (or call her at 540/371-3037, ext. 142) no later than Aug. 9. Younger children invited to come to the museum between 1 and 3 p.m. and create an architectural craft project; free; registration not necessary.  Second Saturdays eld each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Varying themes.

Summer hours at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.  Schedule through Labor Day: 9 a.m.–6 p.m., at Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center and Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center; 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the “Stonewall” Jackson Shrine; Ellwood: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at Ellwood Manor on Orange–Spotsylvania line, off State Route 3 (open weekends, holidays only after Aug. 12); 9 a.m.–5 p.m., at Wilderness Exhibit Shelter on State Route 20 in Orange County (historian on duty daily, 10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., 1:15–5:15 p.m.); Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter off Route 613 (historian daily, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.); Old Salem Church off State Route 3 in Spotsylvania, 3–6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays (ends Aug. 12).

“Thrill on the Hill.” Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center exhibit hosts look at Soap Box Derby history in Fredericksburg. Features retired race  cars and memorabilia from the derby’s mid-century “golden age” to present. Through August. 540/371-3037 or

“Bricks and Boards in the ’Burg.”  Join Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center and Hallowed Ground Tours on Saturdays for architectural walking tours. Hourlong tours depart Market Square  at 10 a.m., and highlight four centuries of history and architecture, Rappahannock River,  spires and steeples of Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg’s Town Hall, Market House and Market Square;  $4/adult, $1/child.  Discounted museum admission for  participants. Hallowed Ground Tours: 540/809-3918.


“Live After 5” evening performances, Colonial Williamsburg.  Through Aug. 25, except Sundays. Colonial Williamsburg guests get a complimentary taste of  tour and program options, with discounts on music, dance and theater. Reservations or  passes: Call 800-HISTORY or visit

Young Virginia House Naturalists Summer Camp.  Through Aug. 3. Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. Day camp lets children 9–11 explore natural history and uniqueness of  place. Emphasis on habitats, native plants, eco-friendly gardening, composting and recycling. Registration: $135 for VHS members’ children and grandchildren; $150 for nonmembers. Reservations required; 804/353-4251 or email

Friday Fireworks, Colonial Williamsburg. 9 p.m., Fridays through Aug. 24, on Governor’s Palace Green, “A Salute to the Nation” presents sights, songs, words that form the idea of America. Fireworks display concludes event. Free.