Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

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7718 1/2 Main Street, Middletown, VA, USA

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park Middletown Reviews

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A NPS Partnership Park in the Shenandoah Valley Jun 19, 2010
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park commemorates the Civil War Battle of Cedar Creek. The engagement on October 19, 1864, near Middletown, VA, ended as a decisive Union victory. The strategic Shenandoah Valley had been contended throught the Civil War. After having been driven south during the summer of 1864, Confederate forces attempted to surprise Union troops encamped near Middletown. Union reinforcements under Phil Sheridan (and George A. Custer) arrived from Winchester in time to counterattack. The Confederate defeat gave the Union control of the Shenandoah Valley until the end of the war and gave a boost to Lincoln's reelection campaign.

The National Historical Park commemorating the battlefield is a new one, established in 2002. It does not yet have a permant NPS visitor facility and most of the designated land is private property. It is operated in partnership with several local public and private organizations. A large part of the battlefield can be viewed from US Highway 11 just south of Middletown. Several historical markers and the Heater House (not open) can be viewed from a turnoff. Across the highway is the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation's visitor center. (It is mostly a booksotre with a display of engravings of the battle.) Further down the highway is the New York Monument, dating from 1907. (The 128th lost nearly half its troops at Cedar Creek.)

But the real jewel attraction here is Belle Grove. The excellently preserved 1797 house was Sheridan's headquarters and its fields were part of the battleground. NPS Ranger programs take place at Belle Grove. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, owner of the house, provides tours of the rooms. (See separate review of Belle Grove.)
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