Generations event for families at Cedar Mountain on March 31

Families, don’t miss the American Battlefield Trust’s Generations living history event at Cedar Mountain!

Outmaneuver your opponent, eat some hardtack, smell the black powder and learn about the battle at Cedar Mountain on August 9, 1862.

Free to all who come with a member of another generation to share this experience!

Please pre-register for this event at

Culpeper State Park Plan Hinges on Budget Negotiations

Article published by the Culpeper Star Exponent on February 14, 2019
Written by Clint Schemmer

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If pro-tourism and pro-history people pick up the phone now and call Richmond, it sure couldn’t hurt.

That’s one takeaway from interviews with backers of the Culpeper County battlefields state park, whose fate rests with lawmakers meeting in the capital.

State Sens. Emmett Hanger and Sen. Bryce Reeves, Republicans representing Culpeper, have secured the Virginia Senate’s support for budget language directing the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to study creating a park at the Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain Battlefields and report back this fall.

Now the question is how that idea will fare when powerful House and Senate conferees go behind closed doors, soon, to hammer out the state budget. The Virginia General Assembly’s winter session is set to adjourn by the end of next week.

Please read the full article

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News article: Thousands of black troops entered war zone via Culpeper

Excerpt from January 9, 2019 Culpeper Star Exponent article about the Graffiti House Museum exhibit “Culpeper’s Forgotten Heroes: Black Union Soldiers of Culpeper County, Virginia” :

As winter approaches spring in the Culpeper area, historically minded people’s thoughts may turn to the events of 155 years ago. When the mud dried and the roads grew passable, the Union and Confederate armies prepared to march through Central Virginia. Continue reading “News article: Thousands of black troops entered war zone via Culpeper”

Anniversary of Battle of Cedar Mountain to be commemorated

Article published August 2, 2018 in The Culpeper Times

Written by Ashleigh Christopher

The article may be read below or at

Aug. 9 marks the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Mountain, the bloodiest battle to date in Culpeper County. To commemorate it, the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield is hosting the annual Living History Weekend event on August 11 and 12. Continue reading “Anniversary of Battle of Cedar Mountain to be commemorated”