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Follow the Kernstown Battlefield walking trails for insights
 into the events of the First and Second Battles of Kernstown ... browse the battlefield Visitor Center to learn details of the history ... see the 1854 Pritchard House where the family of Samuel and Helen Pritchard 
huddled in the cellar waiting for quiet to return to their farm.  
This and more await visitors to this pristine
350-acre Civil War battlefield park.

The Kernstown Battlefield Association owns and operates the Kernstown Battlefield on the Pritchard-Grim Farm located in Winchester, Virginia.

The KBA is a non-profit 501(c)3 all volunteer corporation whose mission is to protect and interpret this Civil War battlefield for the benefit of future generations.


First Battle of Kernstown 

Sunday, 23 March 1862

From the battlefield map by Jedediah Hotchkiss,

Topographical Engineer for Gen. Stonewall Jackson


          March 23, 1862, Stonewall Jackson's 3,000-strong Confederate army marched into the artillery fire of Nathan Kimball's 8,000-strong Union force. When darkness ended the battle, casualties totaled over 1300. Kernstown was the first battle fought in the Valley, and it launched the great campaign still studied today, Gen. Jackson's famous Valley Campaign of 1862  LEARN MORE...



         July 24, 1864, 28,000 combatants once again swarmed over the fields and hills of the Pritchard farm in an agonizing battle ending in a decisive Confederate victory which was to be their last in the Valley. Gen. Jubal Early's Confederates inflicted 1185 casualties on Gen. George Crook's Union Army. Nine months after Early's victory at Kernstown the war ended at Appomatox.   LEARN MORE...


Two new exhibits in the Visitor Center are adding to our knowledge of daily life for both soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. A locket filled with braided human hair is part of a display on mourning jewelry. A leather wallet carried money and notes for a gentleman. Benjamin Haines received the small, personal bible from his father as a gift.

A code cipher for decoding secret messages rests next to a rare half-cent coin that was worn as a good luck charm. A diminutive face powder locket, still filled with powder, was carried in a lady's reticule. These items are just part of a collection of loaned items for visitors to the Kersntown Battlefield to enjoy.

A second exhibit presents us with a meticulously researched bullet collection of Civil War specimens. Using the McKee and Mason Taxonomy (M & M) and Trans-Mississippi Taxonomy (T & M), each bullet is translated for the viewer. An unusual spear-shaped flag finial is evidence of Confederate use. Union forces would have had an eagle for a finial.

A Mississippi forked-tongue belt buckle is on display from Ft. Collier. And, Revolutionary trousers that our original 18th century settlers, the Hoge family, would have recognized complete our newest displays.

The Kernstown Battlefield Association Research Library is now fully functioning and open for your inquiries. Please come and see our new cases and collections.


Kernstown Battlefield

610 Battle Park Drive

Winchester, Virginia 22602

(Battle Park Drive is off Valley Avenue 

next to Creekside Station in Kernstown.)

GPS Coordinates:
39º 8´ 38.14˝ North, 78º 1´ 33.20˝ West

Opening Day - May 7th

The Liberty Rifles living history group

will present a special program about

organizing Winchester civilians into state

service following Virginia's secession

 from the Union.


Sat & Sun, May 14 & 15

4th Virginia Infantry

will present a living history program 

demonstrating military tactics, firing drills, 

and discussions about the history of the unit 

and its role in Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign. 

Sat & Sun, July 23 & 24

Second Battle of Kernstown Commemoration

Join us for a special battlefield tours and 

events commemorating this anniversary.

Sat, Aug 20

Civil War Weekend events:

10am - 4pm

Period Lawn Party and Picnic

(Reenactors click here for registration form))


Period Ball with live musians and 

dance instructor

Click here for more information about these 

events and to view our full schedule.

Above:  The 1854 Pritchard House on the Kernstown Battlefield where Samuel and Helen Pritchard and their children huddled in their cellar during both battles fought on their farm.