National Park Service Announces Summer Ranger Conducted and New "Battlefield Series" Programs
Middletown, VA ----- Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park is once again offering a full-slate of ranger-conducted programs throughout this summer and fall. Programs will be offered on a daily basis from Saturday, June 13 through August 16, and then into the fall, as staffing permits.
These free programs tell the park's many stories related to the rich cultural history of the Shenandoah Valley, its settlement, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War on both the local communities and the nation as a whole.
New this year will be the "Battlefield Series" Programs. This series of two hour ranger programs will highlight umerous park sites and resources associated with the battle. Programs in June include "The Valiant Stand of Thomas' Bridge," "A Generation Lost: The Tragic Deaths of Stephen Ramseur and Charles Lowell," and "Gen. Custer at Cedar Creek." Future programs will cover the subjects such as, the causes of the Union collapse on the morning of the battle, the Union defense of the Valley Pike, archeology at Cedar Creek, the afternoon Confederate defense, and many others.
"This new series of programs will offer an opportunity for visitors to explore these topics in a more in-depth fashion," explains Chief Ranger Eric Campbell."Most of these presentations will also cover topics rarely discussed efore and also will allow visitors access to sites and resources normally closed to the public." The "Battlefield Series" will be offered each Saturday in the summer, at 2:00 pm.
Additionally, the park will also offer its regular slate of ranger-led programs which include:
Presented daily will be Cedar Creek and Belle Grove "in a Box"
Battle of Cedar Creek Tour
"From Back Country to Breadbasket" The Peopling of the Shenandoah Valley
"To Battlefield and Beyond" War Comes to the Shenandoah Valley This 45 minute program examines the many military campaigns and battles that occurred in the Valley and their effect upon the local communities.Presented at Hupp's Hill Civil War Park.
The 1862 or 1864 Valley Campaign "in a Box"
Middletown Civil War Walking Tours
History at Sunset
For more information or for the latest schedule call (540) 869-3051 or see: www.nps.gov/cebe