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Battle of Droop Mountain Re-Enactment

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is located in the Greenbrier River Valley north of Lewisburg and is the site of West Virginia's last significant Civil War battle. On November 6, 1863, the federal army of Brigadier General William W. Averell, in his second attempt to disrupt the Virginia-Tennessee Railroad at Salem, Virginia, faced again the Confederate troops of Brigadier General John Echols. Throughout the morning, Echols' smaller confederate army held the high ground and blocked the highway with artillery, but in the afternoon was overwhelmed by the crushing advance of federal infantry on his left flank. Following the collapse of his lines, General Echols retreated south into Virginia with the remnants of his command. Federal Troops occupied Lewisburg on November 7, 1863, but being burdened with prisoners and captured livestock, General Averell elected to return to his headquarters in Beverly, West Virginia, waiting until early December to lead a third and ultimately successful attack on the vital railroad. Operations in the Shenandoah Valley in the spring of 1864 drew remaining confederate troops out of West Virginia, thus leaving the new state securely under the control of the federal government for the remainder of the war.

Captain Flagg’s US Quartermaster City, 1864: Prospects of Peace

Experience this yuletide event from the war that determined the union of the states and the eventual freedom of four million enslaved people.

Jackson Mill Jubilee

A celebration of Appalachian Heritage, Educational Demonstrations, featuring Indigenous and Bluegrass music concerts, Native American Style Dancing, Chainsaw Carvings, Gristmill demos, Homestead Activities, Photography, Needle Arts and Quilt Show, Antique Tractors and Engines, Carriage Rides, Civil War Encampment, Top quality Artisans, a Zip Line for the active ones, and Kid’s Land for the younger festival participants. Foods – BBQ (Chicken, Beef, & Pork), Homemade Donuts and Ice Cream, Deep Fried Pickles, and more. Fun for the entire family. Hours: Fri. Noon-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Shepherdstown Mystery Walks

Ghosts, murder, mystery, lost loves, and....elephants? Come take a walk with us and explore 300 years of history and legends of the oldest town in West Virginia. Join us for a fascinating and intriguing journey into the past with beautiful scenery and interesting, strange and unusual history, Civil War events and mysterious tales of ghosts and hauntings and perhaps have your own paranormal experience! Bring your walking shoes and flashlight and iIndulge your senses as you walk through this quaint, historic, scenic town. Tours are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Off-night tours for groups of 4 or more. Call for details. Tours in all weather, except very extreme (torrential rain, thunderstorms). Our tours are not recommended for children under 12. We discuss some adult subject matter and visit some very spooky locations! Call for reservations: 301-639-0351 Space is limited! $15 per person

Shepherdstown Mystery Walks

Ghosts, murder, mystery, lost loves, and....elephants? Come take a walk with us and explore 300 years of history and legends of the oldest town in West Virginia. Join us for a fascinating and intriguing journey into the past with beautiful scenery and interesting, strange and unusual history, Civil War events and mysterious tales of ghosts and hauntings and perhaps have your own paranormal experience! Bring your walking shoes and flashlight and iIndulge your senses as you walk through this quaint, historic, scenic town. Tours are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Off-night tours for groups of 4 or more. Call for details. Tours in all weather, except very extreme (torrential rain, thunderstorms). Our tours are not recommended for children under 12. We discuss some adult subject matter and visit some very spooky locations! Call for reservations: 301-639-0351 Space is limited! $15 per person

Annual Blue & Gray Reunion

Weekend events commemorating the First Land Battle of the Civil War fought in Philippi, VA June 3, 1861...reenactments, skirmishes, Confederate and Union camps, crafters and food vendors, Grand Parade, horse and buggy parade, Kids' Day/Walking History, tours of historic Barbour County Courthouse, 5K race, kayak and SUP races, live entertainment, Community Choir Concert, Civil War Ball, Chili CookOff, quilt show, and ladies' tea.

Beverly Heritage Days / Battle of Rich Mountain Reenactment

Living history from Pioneer Days, Civil War and World War II; Craft demonstrations, Music, Food, and more. Historic periods dance. All-weekend event culminates in the Battle of Rich Mountain reenactment on Sunday. Experience centuries of history in historic Beverly. Small town. . .big history!

Civil War Symposium: Yankees, Rebels & Rabble-Rousers

A Civil War symposium featuring commanders who inspired, astonished, and bewildered! Presented by the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation. Speakers include Rick Wolfe, Hunter Lesser, Scott Patchan, and Dr. Billy Joe Peyton. Cost--$30 Student Price--$15. Optional dinner to follow (additional cost).

History Alive’s Stonewall Jackson

General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson will be the special guest on Father's Day and just prior to West Virginia Day at the historic Alpine Theatre in Ripley. The presentation is through the WV Humanities Council and the Jackson County Historical Society.

Heritage Days

Heritage Days is a two day event celebrating the rich central West Virginia culture and history. The event features a Civil War Reenactment in the City of Spencer, encampments at Spencer Civil War Park, square dancing, old-time music, seminars on old time traditional cooking, quilting, presentations by General Stonewall Jackson, museums, and much more.