Northern Virginia is a region that played an integral role during pivotal moments of America’s history, namely the Civil War. During your stay with us at the Inn at Vaucluse Spring, you’ll have the opportunity to visit several incredible historic sites and museums that bring those stories to life. One nearby spot you definitely won’t want to skip is Kernstown Battlefield, the site of the first and second battles of Kernstown. Here is everything you need to know about this historic attraction and some of the most fun things to do while you’re there.
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History of the Kernstown Battlefield
During the Civil War, two significant battles were fought on the fields of Kernstown, VA. The First Battle of Kernstown raged on March 23rd, 1862 and was started when Union forces organized a surprise attack on Stonewall Jackson’s army. The Confederate forces were severely outnumbered and quickly began to run out of ammunition. As the battle ended, they were forced to retreat, leaving the field of Kernstown in Union hands.
The Second Battle of Kernstown was fought just a few months later on July 24th, 1864. During this time, the main focus of the war in Virginia had been shifted from the Shenandoah Valley to Richmond, where the Union currently had control and hoped to quickly end the war. The Confederate army was also mourning the loss of Stonewall Jackson after he passed from friendly fire earlier in the year. Having learned of diminished Union presence in Kernstown, the Confederate’s new general, Jubal A. Early, organized an army of over 17,000 soldiers and headed to Northern Virginia. A bloody battle quickly ensued as Union forces met the attackers with gunfire. Although the Confederate army won this battle, it was the last victory they would have in the Shenandoah Valley before the end of the Civil War.
Not only is Kernstown Battlefield the site of two major battles, but it’s also the land upon which four families of farmers thrived. During your visit, you’ll be able to tour the home and estate in which one the families lived and took shelter during the battles on their field.
Visiting the Kernstown Battlefield
The Kernstown Battlefield is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from the first Saturday in May to the last Sunday in October. Admission is always free, but donations are highly recommended to help keep this historic site open to the public. Hours are as follows:
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There are walking trails that will lead you to important points of interest on the property, including the battlefield and the 1854 Pritchard House. Private tours and special events are also available all throughout the season, so be sure to check their calendar to find what’s in store during your visit!
Immerse in the Rich History of the Region During Your Stay With Us
Located right beside a beautiful limestone spring, the Inn at Vaucluse Spring is the perfect romantic escape in historic Winchester, VA. Come experience our gorgeous gardens and cozy rooms and cabins. Each accommodation is different so you can choose the one best for you. Imagine waking up every morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee coming from the dining room as you gaze out over our oasis. If you wake up early enough, you may see the mist begin to disappear to reveal the gorgeous view. Indulge in a freshly prepared breakfast, then embark on the day’s adventures!
Book your next romantic escape with us today! We look forward to welcoming you to the Shenandoah Valley soon.