Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum The Frederick County Courthouse served as a hospital, prison, and a barracks during the Civil War. Soldiers left their names and other graffiti on the walls including a curse to Jeff Davis. The museum also features a collection of over 3,000 artifacts.
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06/12/2020

WE ARE BACK!!!

Hoist the colors and strike up the band, the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum has officially reopened!

Our museum docent Jay Richardson, a graduate of history from George Mason University and fellowship student at Shenandoah University's McCormick Civil War Institute, will be displaying and talking about some of our artifacts here in the courtroom.

We ask that you please wear a mask and respect social distancing. Thank you and welcome back!

Here is a 360° look around the 1840 Courtroom here at the museum.Places like this are also very signifcant relics of the...
06/10/2020

Here is a 360° look around the 1840 Courtroom here at the museum.

Places like this are also very signifcant relics of the past. This courtroom, with its classical and traditional design, connects us with the antebellum era. During this time, Richard Parker, the judge in John Brown's trial in Charles Town, WV presided over this courtroom.

The Frederick County Courthouse, where the museum is located today, was used a hospital, a prison, and a barracks by both sides during the Civil War. The town of Winchester changed hands between Union and Condederate forces as many as 72 times. The courtroom and graffiti walls here offer a very unique insight into life in the war-torn Virginia town.

Buckle Up!This is a standard U.S. Army-issue belt buckle that was recovered from the Third Winchester Battlefield. It is...
06/06/2020

Buckle Up!
This is a standard U.S. Army-issue belt buckle that was recovered from the Third Winchester Battlefield. It is made from a brass plate with a lead backing and brass fasteners. Although most were worn by Union soldiers, Confederates often repurposed them while showing disdain for the Union by wearing them upside down. A Confederate soldier doing so might melt the lead around the brass fasteners in order to reverse their placement.

This artifact is one of several from the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum's collection which will be featured on display at the James R. Wilkins Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center.

(Courtesy of Taylor Simpson)

Artifact Time! This is an 1862 U.S. Bullseye Canteen. It was the first canteen style to use this circular ridge design, ...
05/30/2020

Artifact Time!
This is an 1862 U.S. Bullseye Canteen. It was the first canteen style to use this circular ridge design, known as corrugation, which made the metal much stiffer. The cloth cover is made from recycled items such as blankets and blue jeans. It was manufactured at the Shuykill Arsenal in Philadelphia (later known as the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot) by the Hadden, Porter, and Booth company. In July of 1862, the company was contracted to produce 10,000 of these for 17 cents apiece.

This artifact is one of several from the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum's collection which will be featured on display at the James R. Wilkins Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center.

03/20/2020

The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum will be closed until further notice due to the on going situation with the Coronavirus. This will ensure the safety of the general public and the communities along with our staff.

McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University
02/06/2020

McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University

Our director, Prof. Noyalas, always utilizes the vast amount of Civil War era sites in the Valley to teach his students about the Civil War era’s complexities. This afternoon Noyalas took students from his Interpreting Civil War Sites class to the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (formerly the Old Courthouse). Thanks to our friends at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation for hosting us.

10/04/2019

The museum will be closed today (10/4/19) from 12:00pm - 3:30pm for a private event.

Reminder, the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum is operating by it's winter hours. The museum is closed Monday - Thursd...
01/25/2019

Reminder, the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum is operating by it's winter hours. The museum is closed Monday - Thursday but is open for it's usual hours Friday - Sunday. The museum is open today and tomorrow from 10-5 and Sunday from 1-5.

01/13/2019

The museum will be closed today 1/13/19 due to inclement weather.

01/12/2019

The museum will be closed today 1/12/19 due to inclement weather.

11/15/2018

The museum will be closed today 11/15/18 due to inclement weather.

Stop by the museum and check out our used book sale! We have a variety of Civil War and World War II books for $5 and be...
11/15/2018

Stop by the museum and check out our used book sale! We have a variety of Civil War and World War II books for $5 and below! The museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10AM to 5PM, and Sunday from 1PM to 5PM.

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum's cover photo
11/02/2018

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum's cover photo

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum
11/02/2018

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum

Saturday, November 10, 2018, Bell Grove Plantation will honor its African American history with demonstrations, interpre...
10/26/2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018, Bell Grove Plantation will honor its African American history with demonstrations, interpretive programs, and talks. Admission to the event is free, 10am-6pm.

Join Belle Grove Plantation, The Slave Dwelling Project, Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, and others on November 10, 2018 as Belle Grove commemorates the African American history of Belle Grove and the Shenandoah Valley. Programming takes place from 10 am to 6 pm and admission is free of charge.

We will be giving out candy this Saturday during this year's Spooktacular. Come visit us!
10/23/2018

We will be giving out candy this Saturday during this year's Spooktacular. Come visit us!

Come to Old Town to join in the Halloween fun! The annual Spooktacular returns to the Loudoun Street Mall on Saturday, October 27 with loads of fun for the whole family. Businesses along the mall participate in this popular free community event by handing out candy or small trinkets.

The festivities begin with a pet costume parade at 11 a.m. organized by Posh Pets Boutique. The trick-or-treating begins at 2 p.m. and wraps up at 4 p.m.

The event is free and all are welcome!

Son's of Confederate Veterans, Turner Ashby Camp #1567, will meet in the historic courtroom from 7-8pm tonight. Guest sp...
10/09/2018

Son's of Confederate Veterans, Turner Ashby Camp #1567, will meet in the historic courtroom from 7-8pm tonight.

Guest speaker Alexander Rossino will discuss the famous image of Confederate soldiers passing through Frederick Maryland and the--of late--debate as to what year this image was taken. Rossino is the author of 'Six Days in September: A novel of Lee's Army in Maryland, 1862.'

Meeting is free and open to the public.

turnerashbycamp.org/Meetings_and_Activities/temp_meeting/temp_meeting.html

Wonderful mention of our recent magazine by Civil War Trails, Inc. this morning. Ask our museum staff where you can find...
10/07/2018

Wonderful mention of our recent magazine by Civil War Trails, Inc. this morning. Ask our museum staff where you can find a copy!

While most scholars mark the end of the Gettysburg Campaign with Robert E. Lee's crossing of the Potomac River on July 14th, we aren't most scholars. Nor is our friend Matt Wendling who penned this great article in the Fall issue of 'Shenandoah at War.' Fought on July 23rd, 1863 outside of the Town of Front Royal, Virginia the Battle of Wapping Heights "deserves to be much better remembered" said Wendling. The tenacious Confederate defense by Georgians under Ambrose Wright and Alabamians under Col. O'Neal held off repeated Union attacks for several hours. As night fell Lee's Army continued their retreat up the Valley and another opportunity had eluded the Union Army.

Want to check it out? Just outside of town on Dismal Hollow Road you'll find a Civil War Trails sign. However, since it's Sunday we are curious to know what you are reading today.

LFCC students will have opportunity to participate in overnight Slave Dwelling Project | Lord Fairfax Community College
10/05/2018
LFCC students will have opportunity to participate in overnight Slave Dwelling Project | Lord Fairfax Community College

LFCC students will have opportunity to participate in overnight Slave Dwelling Project | Lord Fairfax Community College

LFCC students are being offered the opportunity to participate in a unique experience – sleeping on the lower-level floor of Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown as part of the Slave Dwelling Project on Nov. 10. Founded by Joe McGill, the Slave Dwelling Project's mission is to identify dwellings o...

Our bimonthly roundtable will meet this evening from 7-8pm. Guest speaker Logan Metesh will discuss the life and work of...
10/04/2018

Our bimonthly roundtable will meet this evening from 7-8pm. Guest speaker Logan Metesh will discuss the life and work of "the Most Influential Man in the (Gun) World" James Henry Burton. facebook.com/events/2187147511533455/

Well that's a wrap folks. Thank you to everyone who came out today! We are looking forward to the final product.
09/30/2018

Well that's a wrap folks. Thank you to everyone who came out today! We are looking forward to the final product.

Museum will be closed today for the filming of the John Brown trial.
09/30/2018

Museum will be closed today for the filming of the John Brown trial.

Original portrait of judge Richard Parker, who presided over the trial of abolitionist leader John Brown, on display at ...
09/30/2018

Original portrait of judge Richard Parker, who presided over the trial of abolitionist leader John Brown, on display at the museum.

We are preparing for the John Brown Virtual Reality Project with Shenandoah University this Sunday. Come see the courtho...
09/28/2018

We are preparing for the John Brown Virtual Reality Project with Shenandoah University this Sunday. Come see the courthouse as it would have been in 1859!

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District
09/19/2018
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District

154 Years Ago Today... The Third Battle of Winchester

The Third Battle of Winchester was the largest and costliest battle ever fought in the Shenandoah Valley. More than 54,000 men fought and over 8,600 became casualties in a ferocious see-saw struggle that saw the Confederates gradually forced back until a final decisive attack by Federal infantry and cavalry struck the Confederate left flank, breeching the defenders’ lines and sending the Confederates “whirling through Winchester.”

Though he’s little-known today, James Henry Burton’s impact on the arms industry in the 19th century rivals that of his ...
09/13/2018

Though he’s little-known today, James Henry Burton’s impact on the arms industry in the 19th century rivals that of his well-known contemporaries. He helped design the Minie ball used during the Civil War, worked for both the Springfield and Harpers Ferry Armories. Join us October 4th to learn more about the "The Most Influential Man in the (Gun) World: James Henry Burton." facebook.com/events/2187147511533455/

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) and Shenandoah University's Center for Immersive Learning (SCIL) are ho...
09/04/2018
Casting Call – John Brown Project – Shenandoah at War

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) and Shenandoah University's Center for Immersive Learning (SCIL) are holding a casting call Saturday, September 15, 2018, for a Virtual Reality Film Project on John Brown’s historic trial. shenandoahatwar.org/casting-call-john-brown-project/

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) and Shenandoah University’s Shenandoah Center for Immersive Learning (SCIL) are holding a casting call on Saturday, September 15, 2018, for a Virtual Reality Film Project on John Brown’s historic trial. The casting call is for 25 primary roles...

McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University
08/23/2018

McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University

The final guided tour of Cool Spring for the season with director Jonathan Noyalas will take place this Saturday, August 25. The tour, FREE and open to the public, will begin on the front porch of The Lodge at 10:30 a.m. The tour will last approximately 75 minutes.

History Things with Pat
08/23/2018

History Things with Pat

Civil War Photo Sleuth rediscovers the lost identities of thousands of Civil War soldiers using facial recognition techn...
08/21/2018
Civil War Photo Sleuth

Civil War Photo Sleuth rediscovers the lost identities of thousands of Civil War soldiers using facial recognition technology and clues hidden within their portraits. Unlike other online research platforms, it's completely free to use. civilwarphotosleuth.com

08/14/2018
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum

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Opened in 1840 the Old Court House acted as the center of civic life in Frederick Co. for over a hundred years. Now the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum.

Brandy Station & Cedar Mountain State Park Alliance
08/02/2018
Brandy Station & Cedar Mountain State Park Alliance

Brandy Station & Cedar Mountain State Park Alliance

Please join the Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain State Park Alliance on Saturday, August 11, for a special summertime social hosted by the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield as part of Cedar Mountain’s 156th Anniversary Living History Weekend.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the dedicated men and women behind Culpeper’s battlefield friends groups — and to find out more about the ongoing effort to transform the storied Civil War battlefields at Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain into Virginia’s next state park.

Click below for more details — and to RSVP today!

Author John Fox will be our featured speaker for this months SVBF Civil War Roundtable​.John’s topic will be “Stuart's F...
08/02/2018
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Author John Fox will be our featured speaker for this months SVBF Civil War Roundtable​.John’s topic will be “Stuart's Finest Hour: The Ride Around McClellan.” John will speak about Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s famous around ride the Federal troops besieging Richmond in the summer of 1862. For more on Fox's work visit his website: johnfoxbooks.com/

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"Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation" Competing Memories of the Civil War with Author Ca...
07/31/2018
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District

"Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation" Competing Memories of the Civil War with Author Caroline Janney. c-span.org/video/?448679-6/competing-memories-civil-war #CivilWarMemory

Saturday's presentation by the Shenandoah Valley's own Caroline Janney on "The Competing Memories of the Civil War".

Address

20 N Loudoun St
Winchester, VA
22601

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(540) 542-1145

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The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum is located in the historic Frederick County Courthouse; a Greek Revival courthouse built in 1840. During the Civil War, it was used by Union and Confederate forces as a hospital, a prison, and a barracks. Soldiers from both sides wrote their names and other graffiti on the walls including a curse to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The first floor is free to the public and features the preserved 1840 courtroom as well as a souvenir shop and book store. The second floor is by admission and features the graffiti walls along with a nationally recognized collection of over 3,000 Civil War artifacts that illustrate the common life of a soldier.

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Thank you to Terry Heder, Jay Richardson, & the presenters for giving such an awesome live tour & discussion through Google Meet to our Admiral Byrd Middle School students. They loved seeing & hearing about the uniforms, weapons, artifacts, & bell tower. Such a treasure to have this here in Winchester!
Missing the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum today! Love that place! Missing the beautiful historic Bell House and the historic city of Winchester!
Fun at the SVCW Museum!
Folks today having fun at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum in the Old Courthouse! They portrayed the judge and lawyers! Took photos and had a good time! Toured the Civil War Museum and had fun learning Winchester history!
The museum is open today Monday, December 24th until 3pm. We will be closed on Chrismas Day and the day after. We will be open Thursday, December 27th - Saturday,December 29th 10am-5pm. We will be closed on December 30th - Jan. 1 We will reopen on Jan. 2, 2019 10am-5pm. Hours are subject to change during the off season. Please call ahead 540-542-1145 to confirm hours. Happy Holidays!
Someone stole Civil War revolvers, cartridge box and other artifacts, leaving a Virginia battlefield group mad as hell about it.
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