Regular Ranger Conducted Programs
The National Park Service offers ranger conducted programs throughout the park. These programs are free and tell the park's many stories related to:
- The rich cultural history of the Shenandoah Valley
- The settlement history of the Shenandoah Valley
- The Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War on both the local communities and the nation as a whole.
- Programs offered during the regular visitor season (April-October) include:
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove "in a Box"
A Park Overview Program 30 minute orientation program on the history and settlement of the Shenandoah Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War on the local community. This interactive program uses the surrounding landscape features and various props (taken from a box) to "create" the park and tell its many stories by literally placing visitors "in the middle of the park." Great for kids and adults alike! Meet near the picnic area on Belle Grove'sfront lawn.
"From Back Country to Breadbasket" The Peopling of the Shenandoah Valley
A 30 minute program on the early history of the Shenandoah Valley through the eve of the Civil War. Meet near the picnic area on Belle Grove'sfront lawn.
"To Battlefield and Beyond" War Comes to the Shenandoah Valley
This 40 minute program examines the physical, economic and emotional impacts of many military campaigns and battles that occurred in the Valley. This presentation makes clear that it was more than just the soldiers on the battlefield who suffered. Meet at the Hupp's Hill Civil War Park.
Battle of Cedar Creek Tour
A two-hour guided tour, using a car-caravan system (visitors follow the ranger's vehicle), which covers the Battle of Cedar Creek in a chronological fashion. This 13 mile tour follows the major events of the fighting and includes approximately 5 or 6 stops at key battlefield landmarks. Meet at the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Headquarters.
The 8th Vermont Monument
Visit one of the few monuments located on the battlefield and learn the story of the New England regiment it memorializes. Meet at 8739 Valley Pike, Middletown VA 22645 (A Park Service banner marks the site). A short walk over moderate terrain is requierd. Good walking shoes or boots are recommended.
Middletown Civil War Walking Tours
Learn of the citizens of Middletown who lived through those difficult times and how the war impacted their lives. Meet the ranger for a 90 minute walking tour at the corner of First and Main Street, Middletown. The only stoplight in town! (Normally offered once a month)
Civil War Entrenchments Tour
Some of the most pristine Civil War entrenchments that survive in the Shenandoah Valley are located on the bluffs above Cedar Creek and are preserved by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, Join a Park Ranger or Foundation staff for a special walking tour and learn not only how these works were constructed but also what role they played in the battle. Meet at the parking lot of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, 8437 Valley Pike, Middletown. (Normally offered once a week during the summer)
History at Sunset
On Friday evenings during the summer Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP will present a series of specialized tours in and around the park that will cover a wide variety of subjects related to the park and its rich cultural history. These programs will give visitors an opportunity to see sites not normally open to the general public. Explore and learn about some of the many "hidden gems" of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove. Each tour begins at 7 PM and is designed to last 60-90 minutes. (Program schedule and starting locations will be announced at a later date)
Program schedules will be announced on the park website or call for a current schedule. Visitors should contact the park at (540) 869-3051 for a current schedule and weather-related program changes.