Kernstown Battlefield Association

The Kernstown Battlefield will be opening for the 2016 season on May 7th. We open Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm and Sundays from 11 am until 4 pm. Our 2016 season will extend into the beginning of November.

We open other times by request. Please call (540) 931-4033 or (202) 302-9129 for more information.

Tours of the 1854 Pritchard House are given whenever a docent is available. We also have a museum, gift shop and an artillary collection that are open to the public

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The site of the Kernstown Battlefield was founded by the Hogue family in the early 1700s. It has been a working farm ever since. The Pritchard family owned the farm during the Civil War. The 1st Battle of Kernstown, the 2nd Battle of Winchester and the 2nd Battle of Kernstown all took place on the property. The Pritchard family lost the farm after the Civl War and the property was sold to James Burton, the former head of munitions for the Confederacy. Mr. Burton sold the farm to the Grim family about the turn of the last century. The property remained in the Grim family until the Kernsown Battlefield Association bought the property in 1996.

There are several pre-Civil War buildings on the property: The Samuel and Helen Pritchard house, the Soloman Pritchard house and Samuel Pritchard’s wheelwright shop. At this time, the Samuel and Helen Pritchard house is availabe for tours whenever a docent is available.

The KBA has a walking tour map available for those wanting to walk the grounds, especially Pritchard’s Hill. Pritchard’s Hill was a flag station and a point of reconnaissance during the Civil War. The grounds have signage to better help visitors understand troop movements during the different battles. We also have an artillary collection; oft-times our cannons are brought out to start cross-country races or other events.

The museum houses a growing collection of artifacts from various time periods, including the Civil War. There is a “dress-up” corner with Civil War period uniforms and dresses, coloring and a scavenger hunt (with a prize) for the kids.The gift shop contains a variety of items from books, polo shirts, hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts, dog bandannas, magnets, etc. We do take credit cards and checks.

For those needing some assistance, the KBA owns a golf cart and our volunteers always are happy to give guided tours.

We host many events throughout the year, so be sure to check for upcoming events.


Sue Golden


610 Battle Park Dr
Winchester, VA 22602

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