• Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP

    Cedar Creek & Belle Grove

    National Historical Park Virginia

Visitor Contact Station Change of Hours

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Date: October 22, 2013
Contact: Eric Campbell

National Park Service News Release

For Immediate Release October 22, 2013

Contacts Name: ERIC CAMPBELL (540) 868-0937

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.The last ranger programs of the season will be offered on Saturday, November 2. Starting Monday, November 4, the winter hours for the Visitor Contact Station will be from 10:00am until 4:00pm, Wednesday through Sunday. The Contact Station will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.The Visitor Contact Station will also be closed 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 close for the season on November 1. The Hupps Hill Civil War Park and Visitor Center will continue to operate through the winter months with their regular scheduled opening of 9:00am – 5:00pm, Friday –Tuesday. Please see their website, www.cedarcreekbattlefield.org for more information.

Belle Grove Plantation will host its Antique Appraisal and Traditional Crafts WeekendNovember 2 and 3 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. FromNovember 4 – November 30, Belle Grove's Museum Shop will be open weekdays from10:00am to 4:00pm,b ut the site will only offer guided tours on Saturdays from 10:00am until 4:00pm and on Sundays from 1:00pm until 5:00pm, and Friday, November 29 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Beginning Friday December 6, Belle Grove will be seasonally decorated and open for its annual Christmas tours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00am – 8:00pm, with candlelight tours from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, and Sundays1:00pm - 6:00pm.The site will be closed Saturday, December 21 for a private event and December 24 and 25 for Christmas. Belle Grove is closed for daily tours from January through March 21 and will open for the 2014 season on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Group tours are available by reservation in advance throughout the year. Please see www.bellegrove.org, for more information on tours and special events.

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 Site Manager Amy Bracewell."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. Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek,fought on October 19, 1864.The National Park Service, along with all of its Key Partners, have already begun planning for a series of special events, programs and activities through 2014 to commemorate this significant event in Shenandoah Valley history. Information on these events, along with other information on the park, can be found on the park website (www.nps.gov/cebe) or by calling: (540) 869-3051.

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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.

Did You Know?

thumbnail image of a Civil War cannon crew

In 1860, Shenandoah Valley counties voted for John Bell, a moderate Democrat dedicated to maintaining the Union. Valley counties at a state convention urged staying in the Union, but after the firing on Fort Sumter they stayed with Virginia rather than joining the new state of West Virginia.