• Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP

    Cedar Creek & Belle Grove

    National Historical Park Virginia

For Kids

Kids! Collect stories about the Civil War and civil rights! The National Park Service is offering more than 500 trading cards to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Visit a park in person to earn a card. Ask a ranger or stop by the visitor center at a participating park. You can view all the cards online and discover stories from nearly 90 national parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia. You'll be surprised at what you will learn.

 
Ramseur Trading Card

General Stephen D. Ramseur

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Death of General Ramseur

Heartbreak on the Homegrown

Ramseur represents the thousands who died during the war and the impact this had on those at home. Shortly before the battle, Confederate Gen. Stephen D. Ramseur learned his wife had given birth to their first child. Mortally wounded, he died the next day; his wife now a widow and Mary, his daughter, fatherless.

 
Slaves Cemetery Trading Card

Slave Cemetery at Belle Grove

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Slave Cemetery

Marking Lives of Service at Belle Grove

Enslaved people at Belle Grove performed many tasks including; farming, tending livestock, operating mills, carpentry, and blacksmithing. Others worked as servants in the main house. Upon death, some were buried behind the house in a slave cemetery with a simple rock, placed by their loved ones, marking the grave. How many slaves are buried here is unknown.

 
The Burning Trading Card

The Burning

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The Burning

"Do all the damage...you can... we want the Shenandoah Valley to remain a barren waste." Gen. Grant to Gen. Sheridan

"Total War" came to the Shenandoah Valley in September 1864 as Union troops systematically destroyed its agricultural resources, including thousands of livestock, killed or stolen, and burning all the crops in a 75 mile area.

 
The Heater House Trading Card

The Heater House

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The Heater House

A House Divided

"We shall have a graveyard at every door" predicted Caroline Heater, a native Pennsylvanian who opposed secession. She and her husband Solomon disagreed. Despite their mother's wishes, two of the Heater's sons eventually joined the Confederate Army. The Heater family represented the divided loyalties in the Shenandoah Valley.

 
jr ranger

Tremendously popular throughout the 401 units of the National Park System, Junior Ranger programs are a great way to get kids, and their families, interested and involved in their national parks.

Our new Junior Ranger program is designed for children, ages 5-13, who can earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate by completing activities contained within the Junior Ranger booklet. 16 activities take young visitors through exhibits and self-guided walks and tours throughout the park. Once kids complete the appropriate activities for their age group, rangers and park volunteers will issue their badge and certificate.

Come by to get your Junior Ranger badge today!

Did You Know?

thumbnail picture of Lord Dunmore

Did you know that Shenandoah County, Virginia, was originally named Dunmore County after Virginia's last royal governor? Once Dunmore departed Williamsburg with British forces, the county was renamed Shenandoah.