September 11-13, 2009 - Battle of Third Winchester Reenactment and Living History Encampment - Luray, VA

The Battle of Third Winchester, where over 50,000 soliders fought and thousands perished, was reenacted on the grounds of the Luray Valley Museum and Gardens on September 11-13.   In the shadow of the Massanutten Mountains, rolling hills and meadows became hallowed ground as over 300 re-enactors from across the country portrayed what has been considered the most important conflict in the Shenandoah Valley.  An estimated 1,000 spectators experienced the echoes of cannon fire, gunfire rallies, galloping horses and riders in sword to sword combat; while watching Lt. General Jubal A. Early's Confederates and Maj. General Philip H. Sheridan's Union soldiers battle.  A living history encampment and featured Civil War era restored buildings including two barns untouched by Sheridan's burnings and a meeting house/church with original Civil War soldier's signatures and Virignia Governor William Smith (1864-1865) brought Civil War history to life in Page County.  Note:  See the Civil War Reenactors Ball in the Luray Caverns on YouTube:

September 11, 2009 - Civil War Living History Middle Schools Field Trip - Luray, VA 

The Page County Department of Recreation, the Luray Valley Museum and Gardens and the Page County Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee coordinated with Page County Public Schools to attend a livng history field trip to the Third Winchester Reenactment and Encampment on September 11.   436 Middle school children were treated to guided tours of 9 living history sites including: 1) Page County Civil War history stories, 2) Civil War era basket-weavers, 3) The restored Elk Run Meeting House with original Civil War soldier's signatures on the walls and set up as a living history field battle hospital, 4) Restored Civil War era Page County barns not destroyed during Sheridan's burnings - with restored freight wagon, 5) Sumter's camp, 6)  Star Fort Earthworks, 7)  Camp life, 8)  Artillery drill, and 9) Calvary drill.   The event was a major achievement for the local sesquicentennial committee, setting a precedent for local Civil War education! 

April 17, 2011 - 150th Anniversary of Viriginia's Secession - Civil War Days and Bus Excursion - Page County, VA

The Page County Sesquicentennial Committee is planning a special commemorative event which will include county-wide Civil War Day activities and a bus excursion to our 24 historical Civil War sites, as outlined in our driving brochure. with living history and interpretive locations and concluding with a BBQ at Luray Caverns.   We are looking for interpretive re-enactors who may be interested in participating in our living history locations.  Please contact Sharon Sampsell at 540-743-1180 or Rod Graves at 540-244-6021 if you are interested in participating.

Specific details will be posted at a later date; however, pre-registration and ticket purchase will be required.

September 10th - 12th,  2010 - Battle of Front Royal and Battle of Fisher's Hill Re-Enactments at Luray Valley Museum & Gardens

This event  will once again be held on the grounds of the Luray Valley Museum and Gardens and will include a living history encampment, 2-day reenactment and Civil War Ball in the Luray Caverns!  Updated information will  be posted at, under Events, and at this site as they become available.

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