Columns and stories of life from the Fredericksburg area.
Please enter information at events.fredericksburg.com. Select “History” category. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: History Calendar), or fax 540/373-8455. Deadline: noon Thursday preceding Tuesday publication. 540/374-5461.
Civil War Weekend at Montpelier. Friday–Sunday, Aug. 17–19. Living history, camps, demonstrations, skirmishes, tours of Confederate winter campsite on grounds of President James Madison’s estate near Orange. Free with admission. montpelier.org; 540/672-2728.
Battle of Orange Courthouse, 150th anniversary. 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18. Re-enactors re-create Aug. 2, 1862, cavalry fight on Main Street in front of courthouse. Parade commemorating engagement, Civil War-period music, drills, living-history exhibits, Southern recipes; orangecountyva.gov.
Brandy Station Battlefield: Fleetwood Hill car-caravan tour. 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25. Graffiti House, Brandy Station, Culpeper. $10. brandystation foundation.org.
“The Campaign of Second Manassas” lecture, 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, Graffiti House, Brandy Station, Culpeper. Free; donations welcome; brandystationfoundation.org.
Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party. Friday–Sunday, Sept. 7–9. Fairfield View Dairy Farm, Somerset, Orange County. 540/672-2495; somerset steamandgas.org.
Annual Book Sale, James Madison Museum, Orange. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8; 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9. 540/672-1776; thejamesmadisonmuseum.org.
Constitution Day celebration. Saturday, Sept. 22, James Madison’s Montpelier; montpelier.org, 540/672-2728.
Taming the Wilderness, Ellwood Manor, Orange. Sunday, Sept. 30. Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, celebrates the early history of Ellwood Manor, a late 18th-century plantation seat. Period music, children’s games, talk on architectural techniques and dating old structures. Learn about a frontiersman’s life, tavern etiquette, domestic skills and buildings trades. New exhibitors wanted; fowb.org.
“We Can Never Go Back.” Signature show of Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center for statewide celebration of Civil War sesquicentennial. At Fredericksburg’s Old Town Hall/Market House, the museum partnered with National Park Service to create vignettes that help tell stories of Fredericksburg’s residents during four years of war; famcc.org.
“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 famcc.org.
“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.
”The Long Hot Summer of 1862,” Noon, Friday, Aug. 17. Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond. Free. moc.org.
“Stonewall Jackson’s Bold Sweep: Second Manassas” bus tour. 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18. Landscapes of troops’ march to Second Manassas battlefield include Marshall, Thoroughfare Gap, Bristoe Station. $85. Reservations: 703/367-7872.
Potomac River Blockade boat tour. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Includes riverfront batteries that enforced Confederate blockade of September 1861–March 1862. $30 includes lunch. Reservations 703/792-4754.
“War so Terrible: Richmond 1862″ walking tour, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Starts at Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond. $9. Tickets: moc.org.
Civil War Day at the Winery at Bull Run, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18. Living history, period music, book signings. 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, just east of Manassas National Battlefield Park; wineryatbullrun .com
Battle of Orange Courthouse re-enactment. 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18. Luray Valley Museum at Luray Caverns. From 1862 to 1864, Union efforts to break the Confederates’ Rapidan-Rappahannock line make corridor between Orange Court House and Fredericksburg the most fought-over ground in America. Adults $10; children $5; lurayreenactment.com, bit.ly/RFjmGo.
Battle of Cedar Mountain re-enactment. 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19. Luray Valley Museum at Luray Caverns. This battle in Culpeper County shifted fighting from the Peninsula to Northern Virginia, giving Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee the strategic initiative that launched his Second Manassas Campaign. Adults $10; Children $5.
Sesquicentennial of Second Battle of Manassas commemorative programs, Saturday, Aug. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 2. Manassas National Battlefield Park. Special tours, lectures, weapons demonstrations, evening talks. Schedule: nps.gov/mana/news.htm and facebook.com/manassasbattlefield.
Living-history, tours, more, 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24–25; 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26. Liberia Plantation, Union headquarters. 8601 Portner Ave., Manassas. manassas museum.org.
Authors’ tent, The Manassas Museum. Friday–Sunday, Aug. 24-26. Free admission.
Battle of Second Manassas commemoration, Friday–Sunday, Aug. 24–26. Old Town Manassas. Living history, tours of Confederate Cemetery, lectures and tours of Liberia Plantation. Friday, Saturday bonfires. Blue and Gray Ball, Saturday night; manassas bullrun.com.
Civil War programs, The Candy Factory, Old Town Manassas. Saturday, Aug. 25. “U.S. Grant vs. Robert E. Lee” lectures, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. First-person Elizabeth Keckley portrayal, 11 a.m. Historian John Hennessy on “Bacchanalia, Battle and Escape: Jackson at Second Manassas,” 2 p.m. 9419 Battle St. Free; manassasbull run.com.
“In the Steps of Stonewall Jackson: Prelude to Second Manassas” bus tour. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. $50 with lunch. Offered by Manassas National Battlefield. Reservations: 703/361-6549, ext. 2.
“Clara Barton at St. Mary of Sorrows and Fairfax Station.” Here, Barton tended wounded of Second Manassas. Service, luminarias Friday night, Aug, 24. Living history, forums and music Saturday, Aug. 25. Free; fairfax-station.org.
Living history, tours, talks, music, Chapman/Beverley Mill Historic Site, Broad Run. 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. On the Thoroughfare Gap battlefield, 17504 Beverly Mill Road. Free; chapmansmill.org, 540/253-5888.
Living history, special tours for Battle of Kettle Run’s 150th anniversary. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; 11 a.m.–3 p.m Sunday, Aug. 26. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, Bristow. Free. 703/367-7872.
“Telegrams—Not Texts” living history, tours, 1–4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Dabbs House Museum, Henrico. Learn about Civil War’s technological innovations. Free. 3812 Nine Mile Road, Henrico; bit.ly/dabbstele.
Battle of Kettle Run anniversary luminarias, walking tour. 8–10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, off Iron Brigade Unit Avenue, Bristow (near Manassas). $10. 703-366-3049.
“War on the Home Front” tours, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26. Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, near Leesburg. Fee for mansion tour; oatlands.org.
“Manassas Junction and Its Railroads: From Union Lifeline to Confederate Prize” lecture, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. The Manassas Museum. Free.
“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 colonialwilliamsburg.com/content/summer/fun-headquarters.html.
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; history.org.