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Public invited to tour grounds of Moss Neck Manor in Caroline

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Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson reviews his troops at Moss Neck in Caroline County, VA. Its grounds will be open for a first-ever National Park Service tour this Friday. (MORT KUNSTLER)

Please post your event at events.fredericksburg.com. Select “History” category. Or email tandc@freelancestar.com (subject: History Calendar), or fax  540/373-8455. Deadline: noon Thursday preceding Tuesday publication. 540/374-5461.

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Volunteer Interest Night and Open House, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Behind-the-scenes tours of Catherine W. Jones McKann Center and historic Town Hall/Market House collection, led by Education and Volunteer Coordinator  Janelle Kennedy. Volunteers will share insights, experiences. Free; no pre-registration required. Questions? Contact Kennedy at 540/371-3037, ext. 142, or jkennedy@famcc.org. Volunteers serve as Museum Store staff, front-line and gallery assistants, tour leaders, special event staff, education assistants and researchers, and in graphic design, photography, administrative duties, more. Museum documents volunteer hours to fulfill service project requirements. famcc.org.

Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s winter encampment at Moss Neck plantation.   7 p.m., Friday, July 27. National Park Service historian Frank O’Reilly  will lead this first-time public tour of Caroline County estate where Jackson spent his last winter. Part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park’s “History at Sunset” series.  Free. See bit.ly/histsun12 or 540/373-6122. Park along Burma Road (State Route 766), off U.S. 17, six miles east of New Post. Tour of grounds only. Flashlights recommended. Street address: Moss Neck Manor, 18253 Moss Neck Manor Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.

The impressive facade of Moss Neck. Only the estate’s grounds, however, will be open to visitors Friday, on a tour led by NPS historian Frank O’Reilly. (ALAN ZIRKLE)

Brandy Station Foundation battlefield tour.  10 a.m.–12 p.m., Saturday, July 28. Focus on Beverly Ford and St. James Church areas on June 9, 1863. Car-caravan tour; meet at Graffiti House, 19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station.  $10 adult, under 12 free.  brandystationfoundation.com. First tour in series covers morning fighting between commands of Union Gen. John Buford and West Point classmate, Confederate Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones.

Beach-glass jewelry trunk show at the Museum Store. Saturday, July 28, noon to 4 p.m. Beach glass artist Courtney Gillen will feature one-of-a-kind necklaces, pendants, earrings, bracelets. She uses beach glass from Hawaii, freshwater pearls, and recycled sterling silver using traditional metalsmithing techniques. 215 William St. Contact store manager Ellen Smith Fortunato, 540/371-3037, ext. 126, or efortunato@famcc.org.

“Antietam: The Landscapes and Farmsteads.” 2 p.m., Sunday, July 29. (Rescheduled from April). Brandy Station Foundation lecture at Graffiti House, 19484 Brandy Road, Culpeper, by Kevin Walker, historian and cultural resource specialist at Antietam National Battlefield. How did people experience battle, aftermath? Free. Donations welcome. Refreshments. brandystationfoundation.com.

“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.

Battle of Cedar Mountain 150th Anniversary Weekends. Aug. 3–5, Aug. 9–12. See first weekend’s schedule, below.

World Première Reception for “Marching Through Culpeper.”  5–7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3. Daniel Technology Center,  Culpeper, with guests including Dr. James Robertson, Dr. Frank Stringfellow  and J.E.B Stuart IV. Celebrate book’s transition to 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 at 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 18, $9. At door: adults, $20; under 18,  $10. Tickets good at any performance. No credit cards. Proceeds benefit battlefield preservation. Details, 540/825-5549 before 8 p.m.  Buy  in advance at Stellar One, Main Street, Culpeper or in Lake of the Woods; and Museum of Culpeper History. Online, friendsofcedarmountain.org or   marchingthroughculpeperonstage.com.

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. vamorton@comcast.net or 540/825-9147. Benefits Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. friendsofcedarmountain.org.

Civil War encampment at Salubria. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Rare Georgian manor house was built in 1757. Re-enactors’ camp, free. Tours of Salubria, $10. germanna.org;  540/423-1700

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 ford.com. After barbecue buffet, the scholar and retired Virginia Tech history professor Robertson  will talk about conflict between Confederate Gens. A.P. Hill and “Stonewall” Jackson at Cedar Mountain. He will sign his book, “The Untold Civil War,” published by National Geographic. Other activities include cavalry and artillery demonstrations and hay ride tours of Kelly’s Ford, the most heavily used ford of the Civil War. Silent auction will benefit Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. Tickets $40; casual attire. Mail checks to FCMB, Box 1853, Culpeper, Va. 22701. friendsofcedarmountain.org or call 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, third multimedia performances of of story of love across the battle lines, based on popular historical novel. Eastern View High School, 16332 Cyclone Way, Culpeper. See above for ticket prices.

“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 as nightfall descended on the Fredericksburg battlefield. About 45 minutes. Lawn chairs recommended.  Free. 540/373-6122; nps.gov/frsp.

Summer hours at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.  Here’s the 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 and 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 on duty daily, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.); Old Salem Church off State Route 3 in Spotsylvania, 3–6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (ends Aug. 12).

“Worthy Commander: Col. William S. H. Baylor of the Stonewall Brigade.” Monday, Aug. 13. National Park Service historian Ray Brown speaks to Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table. Promoted to command of the 5th Virginia Infantry in April 1862, Col. Baylor rose to brigade command following the death of Brig. Gen. Charles Winder at Cedar Mountain on Aug. 9, 1862.  Before his promotion to brigadier general could be confirmed, however, he was killed in action at Second Manassas while leading his brigade forward to bolster the Confederate lines at the Deep Cut on Aug. 30, 1862.  Brig. Gen. William B. Taliaferro, whose division included the Stonewall Brigade, extolled Baylor’s leadership, writing, “no more exalted recognition of his worth and services can be uttered and no higher tribute can be paid him than to declare that he was worthy of the command of the Stonewall Brigade.” Brown is chief historian at Manassas National Battlefield Park. Round Table meets at Brock’s Riverside Grill, 503 Sophia St. Social time 6:30 p.m.,  dinner, 6:45, meeting, 7:30. Or come after dinner and attend free. Dinner reservations: Email Bob Jones at 3dognight@bigplanet.com or call 540/399-1702; rvcwrt.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 the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center and Hallowed Ground Tours on Saturdays for architectural walking tours of historic downtown. Hourlong tours depart Market Square  at 10 a.m., and highlight four centuries of history and architecture, the 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.

ELSEWHERE

The Queen and the USA: Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee in America.” Noon, Thursday, July 26. Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. A Banner Lecture.  Using illustrations from his new book, “The Queen and the USA,” H. Edward “Chip” Mann will describe Elizabeth’s special relationship with Virginia and all of the Americas on the anniversary of her 60 years as queen of England.

“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.

Young Virginia House Naturalists Summer Camp.  July 30–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 tbryan@vahistorical.org.

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

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