Capital Region Civil War Events

Fairfax County Civil War

Capital Region Civil War Events

 

One-Day Events

Saving Mount Vernon Tour

Apr 5 - Oct 26, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Admission: $5 in addition to Estate admission: $17 adults; $8 children (6-11); free for children 5 & under.

 

During this one-hour tour, visit the rarely seen Mansion basement and wander the historic area to learn of the heroics of the estate’s caretakers during the Civil War, and the robust efforts of many over the century and a half that followed.

 


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"The Little Women of Virginia: The Adventures of a Navy Widow & her Daughters during the Civil War"

Oct 25, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
In the vein of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," Jennie Forrest Richardson wrote a loving tribute about the ordeal of her penniless and widowed mother, Anna Henderson Forrest, and her five sisters during the Civil War. Adele Air will relate how the family survived while living in several states and Washington, DC.

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THE FINAL RENDEZVOUS: Visit Mosby Rangers’ Graves in Mt. Zion Church, Sharon & Ivy Hill Cemeteries

Nov 1, Mt. Zion Church

Address: 40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie, VA
Times: 9:00 AM to NOON
Phone: (703) 851-9088
Admission: $10 per person
Join Eric Buckland, Don Hakenson and Dave Goetz on a tour of the final resting places of 49 of Mosby's Rangers; Mt. Zion Church, Sharon, and Ivy Hill Cemeteries. The tour will visit some of these graves where anecdotes about the men's lives, both during the war and after, will be told. Participants will travel from site to site in their own vehicles. Meet at Mt Zion Church in Aldie, VA - The tour will begin from there and end at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Upperville, VA

Brother Against Sister: Rape in the Civil War

Nov 22, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
While nearly 30 soldiers were executed for the crime of rape during the Civil War, hundreds of women came forward with horror stories of rape and attempted rape. In many cases, the judicial system worked against them. Based on her book, "I Had Rather Die: Rape in the Civil War," award-winning author Kim Murphy will contradict many historians' claims that the American Civil War was a "low-rape" war to show the atrocities against women, both white and black. Book purchase and signing to follow.

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"Christmas in Camp" - Civil War Living History

Dec 7, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 12pm - 4pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
Discuss Civil War-era holiday customs, make Victorian ornaments, and participate in camp drills with Company D, 17th VA Infantry, "Fairfax Rifles" C.S.A. Guided tours of Historic Blenheim House.

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