Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Announces
Change in Hours of Operation
Middletown, VA----- At the beginning of November, National Park Service facilities and programs at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will transition to a winter schedule. Ranger conducted programs will end beginning November 1. Starting November 2 the Visitor Contact Station will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Winter hours for the Contact Station will be from10:00 am until 4:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, starting November 4. The Visitor Contact Station will also be closed Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
Park partner sites will also begin transitioning to winter operations in November. The Cedar Creek Battlefields Foundation Headquarters will be open from10:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and11:00am to 4:00pmon Sunday. It will be closed on Wednesdays. The Hupp's Hill Civil War Park and Visitor Center will continue to operate through the winter months with their regularly scheduled hours, Daily,9:00 am –5:00 pm. Please see their website,www.ccbf.usfor more information.
Belle Grove Plantation will host its Antique Appraisal and Traditional Crafts Fair on November 7 and 8 from10:00 am to 4:00 pm. In the Manor House there will be a special exhibit featuring quilts from the Belle Grove collection and the Virginia Quilt Museum (admission $12 adult, $11 senior, $6 students
The park's rich landscape in the Shenandoah Valley offers many unique opportunities for visitors to experience during the winter months. "As the leaves change and the Valley transitions into winter, this is a perfect time to enjoy the picturesque scenery of the park while learning about the area's past," explains Acting Site Manager Karen Beck-Herzog. "Experiencing the park through a scenic driving tour or seeing Belle Grove decked out in the season's finest trimmings make for wonderful excursions this winter."
It is anticipated that daily hours of the Visitor Contact Station will change back to the summer schedule next April. Ranger programs and other events and activities will resume around that time as well. Information on the park can be found on the park website(www.nps.gov/cebe) or by calling: (540) 869-3051.
About Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park:
Created on December 19, 2002, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park encompasses approximately 3,700 acres across three counties and includes the key partner sites of Belle Grove Plantation (owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and managed by Belle Grove, Inc.), Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, and a developing Shenandoah County Park. The partner sites continue to be owned and operated independently.
The park commemorates a nationally significant Civil War landscape and antebellum plantation by sharing the story of Shenandoah Valley history from early settlement through the Civil War and beyond. The park is also a focal point of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, a National Heritage Area.