Civil War Music Brought to Life

Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the South County Library, Roanoke, VA

Roanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism presents ‘Civil War Music Brought to Life’.  Music and food have long served to bring history to life. Take a commemorative tour of the reminiscent sounds of the period and enjoy the authentic cuisine of the Civil War by attending our event at the South County Library (6303 Merriman Rd, Roanoke, VA) on Sunday, February 24, 2013, from 3PM-8PM.

Music played critical roles throughout the Civil War, providing both marching orders and a relief from the tensions of war life. Come hear the military music, music from the Underground Railroad, parlor music with its Irish, Scottish and German roots, and the classical sounds of the aristocracy and hymns of the Civil War. Workshops will offer the history and the opportunity for everyone to experience these unique types of music and song, as well as the chance to see the role they have played in developing music as we know it today.

In addition to the beautiful melodies you won’t want to miss the “Twelve Oaks Tavern”, which captures culinary history and is hosted by the American Culinary Federation Southwestern Virginia Chapter.  Join Chef Zeisler, the Virginia Western Culinary Institute and experience the foods that were an integral part of the front lines as well as celebratory foods enjoyed at special gatherings and holiday occasions. Proceeds will benefit the American Culinary Federation Southwestern Virginia Chapter.

Music-Only Tickets or a combination Music & Food Sample Tickets will be available. Civil War Music Brought to Life is an event of Roanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism and part of the Southwest Virginia Sesquicentennial. Additional support compliments of the American Culinary Federation Southwestern Virginia Chapter. For more information please call (540) 387.6078 or go to:

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Day Trip to Sailor’s Creek and High Bridge

The Roanoke Civil War Round Table Fall Day Trip to Sailor’s Creek and High Bridge State Parks will take place this Saturday, November 3rd rain or shine.

The tour is open to anyone, members and non-members, at no cost.
Just be at the new Sailor’s Creek Visitor Center a little before 10:00AM. We will begin our guided tour at ten and have lunch around noon back at the visitor center. Bring your own lunch and drinks.

After lunch and seeing the High Bridge display there, we will drive to the High Bridge parking area, meet our guide and continue the tour. It is an easy one mile walk on the path to the bridge.

Those who choose not to walk to High Bridge may want to visit other sites on their way home- Farmville (Green Front Furniture, Longwood University), Hampden-Sydney College, Appomattox Court House, The new Museum of the Confederacy at Appomattox, The National Civil War Chaplains Museum at Liberty University (located next to Doc’s Diner just off US 460 E.), etc.

DIRECTIONS to Sailor’s Creek Historical State Park from Roanoke/Lynchburg:
U.S. 460 East past Farmville to Rice, Va.
Left on Rte. 307 toward U.S. 360/Richmond.
Go 3 miles, look for Brown Signs to the battlefield, turn left on Saylers Creek Rd./Rte.617.
Go 2 miles (ignore detour signs) to the visitor center.

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Music Program in Harrisonburg Va

Col. D.H. Lee Martz Camp 10 – Sons of Confederate Veterans is hosting a program
by the

Shenandoah Valley Minstrels on “The History of Civil War and Pre-Civil War
Music” on Monday, October 22 at 7 PM

The program will take place in the Board of Directors Room of the Rockingham County Administration Building located near the intersections of N. Main St. and W. Gay St. in Harrisonburg, VA. The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels 

after giving a brief history of selected period songs, will then perform a stanza or two of each one. The program is scheduled to last about 45 – 50 minutes.

For additional information contact Casey Billhimer at (540) 578-3046 or

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Upcoming Speaker at History Museum of Western Virginia

Please be our guest at our monthly lecture series. Lectures held at Christ Lutheran Church, 2011 Brandon Ave., SW, Roanoke, VA 24015 a 6pm. Lectures are FREE for members of the History Museum of Western Virginia and students, and $5 for
non-members. For more information call 540.342.5770 or e-mail

Join us Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

as we host Patrick Schroeder, Historian at Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park, on the significance of Appomattox.

Tickets may be purchased in advanced via the History Museum of Western Virginia’s website.

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Bus Trip to Appomattox and Museum of the Confederacy

Join the History Museum of Western Virginia for a guided bus tour of Appomattox Courthouse and the new Museum of the Confederacy

A bus will leave St. Mark’s Lutheran Church upper parking lot at Highland Avenue and Franklin Road in Roanoke, at 8:30 a.m. on October 25, returning by 6 p.m. Lunch will be at Granny Bee’s restaurant in Appomattox.Tickets for this tour are $55 for members of the History Museum and $65 for non-members and include the Museum of the Confederacy, Appomattox Court House, and lunch.

To reserve a space call 540.342.5770 or email

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“Crossing the Rappahannock: A Pilgrimage to Freedom” SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22—- 9 AM to NOON

“Crossing the Rappahannock: A Pilgrimage to Freedom”
SPONSOR: The African American Heritage Alliance, Inc.,
CO-SPONSORS: The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The National Park Service, The Virginia Department of Historic Resources, The Civil War Trust, The Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County, The Culpeper Branch of the NAACP, Unit 7058, The Woodward Family, The Currier Family, The Remington Community Partnership,
Coming To The Table: Mid-Atlantic Region Chapter.
 WHAT: The 150TH Anniversary of the 1862 “Crossing the Rappahannock: A Pilgrimage to Freedom:” an act of self- emancipation by slave refugees at Cow’s Ford near Tin Pot Run on the Rappahannock River AND the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s signing of the preliminary EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION.
·        Speakers will address the Civil War history of the area & the national significance of events
·        Hymns by the “River Bank Choir”: if you would like to be part of this choir, contact Dr. Ellsworth Weaver, Th.D. at or 540-270-5969
·        Recreation of the crossing (weather permitting) see below
·        Reading of the names of slaves from Culpeper County
·        Historic organizations will be available with material about African- American genealogy.
Weather permitting a limited # of Pre–Registered volunteers will retrace the “freedom” route across the Rappahannock River. Interested participants will be provided details and a waiver to be signed and returned prior to Sept. 22. Contact Zann Nelson see below
LOCATION:  Cow’s Ford near Tin Pot Run, Remington, VA in Fauquier County. The event site is set on private property on Summerduck Rd 1/2 mile SE of the Town of Remington. Directional signs will be posted.
PARKING:Parking on site and accommodations for overflow -possibly off site – will be available.  If needed, a shuttle bus will serve the offsite parking area.  Directional signs for the event and parking sites will be posted in Remington. Watch for updates and plan to arrive early.
WHAT to BRING: Friends, walking shoes, bug spray, sun block, water, a lawn chair or blanket, and a great attitude.

FREE TO ALL: Donations are always welcome and will benefit the Afro-American Historical Assoc. of Fauquier County and the African American Heritage Alliance, Inc. RESERVATIONS for GENERAL ATTENDANCE: Not required BUT recommended
RESERVATIONS AND INFO: Contact Zann Nelson at 540-547-2395/ or Karen White at AAHA at (540) 253-7488 or (703) 966-6898. Visit




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Wythe County Civil War Sesquicentennial Event at the Major Graham Mansion

Wythe County Civil War Sesquicentennial Living History and Encampment

At The Major Graham Mansion August 25th, 2012


11:00 a.m.:  Gates open; Mansion open for tours; Tickets & General Store open

11:30 a.m.:  Stuart’s Horse Artillery demonstration

11:45 a.m.:  24th Virginia Infantry display

12 noon:  14th Virginia Cavalry demonstration

12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.:  Zephyr Lightning Bolts play Old Time Music, Bluegrass,
and period music under the Music Tent

12:30 p.m.:  Stuart’s Horse Artillery demonstration

12:45 p.m.: Blue Gray Historical Group display

1:00 p.m.: 14th Virginia Cavalry demonstration

1:30 p.m.:  Stuart’s Horse Artillery demonstration

1:45 p.m.:  24th Virginia Infantry display

2:00 p.m.:  14th Virginia Cavalry demonstration

2:30 p.m.: Stuart’s Horse Artillery demonstration

2:45 p.m.:  Blue Gray Historical Group display

3:00 p.m.: 14th Virginia Cavalry demonstration; Ticket booth closes.

3:30 p.m.:  Stuart’s Horse Artillery demonstration

3:45 p.m.:  Mansion tours/all events ending

4:00 p.m.:  General Store and Gates close

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