Talks & Presentations
Overview of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP
Get a 30-minute orientation to the geography and history of the Shenandoah Valley. Rangers use the scenic landscape around Belle Grove and props to make a map of the park and tell its many stories. Great for children and adults alike!
1862 or 1864 Valley Campaign
These 30 minute programs describe either the 1862 or 1864 Civil War campaigns in the strategic Shenandoah Valley. Rangers use the scenic landscape around Belle Grove and props to make a map of the park and tell its many stories.
Kneading in Silence
This 30 minute presentation discusses the life of Judah, the enslaved cook of Belle Grove. Purchased by the Hites with her two young boys, Judah remained their cook until her death in 1836. This program meets in the winter kitchen of the Belle Grove Manor House.
The Peopling of the Shenandoah Valley
A 30 minute program introduces visitors to the early history of the Shenandoah Valley through the eve of the Civil War.
War Comes to the Shenandoah Valley
The Civil War caused suffering to more than those who fought on the battlefield. This 40 minute program examines the physical, economic and emotional impacts of the many campaigns and battles in the Shenadoah Valley.
Battle of Cedar Creek
A two-hour guided auto tour by car caravan covers the Battle of Cedar Creek from beginning to end. This 13-mile tour follows the major events of the fighting and includes about 5 or 6 stops at key sites. Meet at the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP Visitor Contact Station.
8th Vermont Monument
Visit one of the few monuments on the battlefield with a guide. Learn the story of the New England regiment it memorializes. The walk to the monument is by a short, moderately strenuous trail.
Civil War Middletown
Learn of the citizens of Middletown who lived through those difficult times and how the war affected 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!
History at Sunset
Explore and learn about some of the many hidden gems of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP. On summer and fall evenings, rangers lead tours in and around the park on varying topics. Visitors may see sites not normally open. Tours last one to two hours.
Last updated: August 11, 2021