Walking tours set

Posted: May 23, 2013

Star staff report

Winchester — Guided Civil War walking tours are offered through October in Winchester and in the Frederick County communities of Kernstown, Stephens City and Middletown.

The tours, a project of the Winchester-Frederick County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, are coordinated by the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

New this year is the addition of two Old Town Winchester holiday tours — Memorial Day and Labor Day. The holiday tours begin at 10 a.m. and cost $5 per person. For more information, or to make reservations, call 540-542-1326.

“The guided Civil War walking tours focus on struggles endured by community residents,” said Sally Coates, executive director of the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Stories from letters, diary entries and drawings are included in the tours. With every step, visitors and residents alike will gain a better understanding of what it was like to live in Winchester and Frederick County during this very tumultuous time.”

Most of the tours are designed to last about one hour. Some of the tours are free, and some are $5 per person with the fee payable to the guide.

The guides are knowledgeable, experienced in leading tours, and each of them has a passion for preservation, she said.

Cedar Creek Battlefield

A free guided driving tour of Cedar Creek Battlefield, two hours in length, is conducted at 2 p.m. the first Saturdays by a National Park Service ranger. Call 540-868-9176 to schedule the tour, or to learn about other tours. Participants meet at the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Building, 8437 Valley Pike, Middletown.

Kernstown Battlefield

Two free guided walking tours of Kernstown Battlefield are offered the third Saturdays, June through October, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Call 540-869-2896 to schedule a tour, and meet at the battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive.

Middletown

Free guided walking tours of Historic Middletown are conducted at 5 p.m. the third Saturday. For reservations, call the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park at 540-868-9176. Meet the park ranger at the intersection of Main and First Streets.

Stephens City

Guided walking tours of Historic Stephens City are conducted at 10:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday. For reservations, call the Newtown History Center at 540-869-1700, and then meet your guide in front of the Newtown History Center, 5408 Main St. The cost is $5 per person.

Winchester

Walking tours of Winchester are conducted at 6 p.m. the first and third Fridays, in partnership with the Old Town Development Board.

The tours begin and end in front of the Kurtz Building, 2 N. Cameron St. Cost is $5 per person. Reservations are required. Call the Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center at 540-542-1326.

Information

Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, including walking shoes, is recommended.

All tours are canceled in the event of rain or inclement weather.

For more information, or to schedule a special group tour, call the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center at 540-542-1326.