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History Calendar

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.


Brandy Station Battlefield: Fleetwood Hill car-caravan tour. 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25. Graffiti House, Brandy Station, Culpeper. $10. brandy

Fleetwood Hill battlefield tour, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Car-caravan tour covers most intense combat of Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863, as 12 regiments fought—mostly from the saddle—to control strategic hilltop. Meet at Graffiti House, 19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station. $10, under 12 free.

Campaign of Second Manassas lecture by historian Tim Nosal, 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26, Graffiti House in Culpeper. Speaker will examine Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s finest campaign, including battles of Second Manassas, Cedar Mountain in Culpeper and Chantilly in Fairfax. Free, donations welcome. Refreshments. Brandy Station Foundation hosts.

The Campaign of Second Manassas” lecture,  2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, Graffiti House, Brandy Station, Culpeper.  Free; donations welcome;

“Picturing the Civil War.” Opens Monday, Aug. 27. Sesquicentennial exhibition at Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center explores visual-arts depictions of the Civil War in Fredericksburg. Through December 31. Funded by grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services.; 540/371-3037.

“History of Our Homes” walking tour, 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1. Fredericksburg Area Museum and Hallowed Ground Tours announce “This Ol’ Town: the History of Our Homes,” 75-minute tour will explore Lower Caroline Street. Guides will discuss architecture, people who shaped community. Departs  lot at Caroline, Frederick streets. $4/adults, $1/child, free to museum members. Participants get discounted museum entry. Museum: 540/371-3037; Hallowed Ground Tours: 540/809-3918.

Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party. Friday–Sunday, Sept. 7–9. Fairfield View Dairy Farm, Somerset, Orange County. 540/672-2495;

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;

“The Forgotten Battle” walking tour. 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Stroll Spotysylvania’s Smith Run Nature Trail with local Civil War historian Eric Nelson, as he narrates Mary 4, 1863, between Gen. John Sedgwick’s retreating Union troops and Confederates of Gens. Richard Anderson and Jubal Early, who were trying to prevent Federal forces from escaping across Rappahannock during Chancellorsville Campaign. Sponsored by Fredericksburg Pathway Partners. Trailhead is at end of Hugh Mercer Elementary maintenance road, off Cowan Boulevard. Park in school lot. Email Dennis Braiden, Rain date: Sept. 22.

Lafayette reception, Spotsylvania County Museum. 11 a.m., Saturday,  Sept. 15. Mine Run Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosts gathering to celebrate unveiling of a Virginia historical marker to Marquis de Lafayette, Revolutionary War patriot, at Corbin’s Bridge in Spotsylvania. Reception will feature remarks by Lafayette biographer Marc Leepson; exhibit new Lafayette artifacts; and honor Spotsylvania resident Conway Richardson. Spotsylvania Courthouse Village. 9019 Old Battlefield Blvd.; 540/507-7278; seum.

Constitution Day celebration. Saturday, Sept. 22,  James Madison’s Montpelier;, 540/672-2728.

Taming the Wilderness, Ellwood Manor, Orange. Sunday, Sept. 30. Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, celebrates history of Ellwood Manor, a late-18th-century plantation seat. Period music, children’s games, more. Learn about a frontiersman’s life, tavern etiquette, domestic skills and buildings trades. New exhibitors wanted;

“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;

“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.  $4/adult, $1/child.  Discounted museum admission for  participants. Hallowed Ground Tours: 540/809-3918.


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: 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. manassasmuse

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, tours of Liberia Plantation. Friday, Saturday bonfires. Blue and Gray Ball, Saturday night;

Civil War programs, Candy Factory, Old Town Manassas. Saturday, Aug. 25. “U.S. Grant vs. Robert E. Lee” lectures, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 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;

“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,  music Saturday, Aug. 25. Free;

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 Thoroughfare Gap battlefield, 17504 Beverly Mill Road. Free; chapmans, 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;

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;

“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

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;