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Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

New Market, VA

Amount Requested: $2,600 for Phase II of The Southern Valley at War: The Central Blue Ridge’s Civil War Story

Mission: To preserve, conserve, interpret, and promote the Valley’s Civil War legacy including the places, the events and the people (soldiers and civilians) before, during and after the War, and its related sites and natural and cultural resources found in the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District.  (One of the Nation’s congressionally designated National Heritage Areas.) Our vision is to be recognized as the most extensively protected, well preserved and accurately interpreted collection of Civil War sites in the United States, centered in the Shenandoah Valley, as a place of unmatched scenic beauty where generations can gather to understand, commemorate and draw meaning from our nation’s heritage.

Constituents Served: The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s interpretive, educational, and orientation/visitor initiatives serve Shenandoah Valley residents, visitors from across the country, and international travelers. Our main audience is Valley residents and heritage travelers. As a National Historic District, our visitation numbers include all of the visitors to Civil War related sites in the Valley (or National Historic District). Last year that number was 324,983.  Of those visitors, 30,898 visited Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park sites (including on-site partners); 226,549 visited museums; 65,307 visited orientation and visitor centers, and 2,229 attended miscellaneous events.

Program Overview:  This project is developing interpretive, education, and visitor/orientation information for the Civil War history and Civil War sites of the Central Blue Ridge area, including Augusta County, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Highland County.  During the Civil War, Staunton was a critical industrial, transportation, supply, and hospital center, a hub of Confederate operations.  Piedmont, in Augusta County, was the site of a pivotal 1864 Union victory that opened the Valley to Hunter’s Raid.  Waynesboro witnessed the last battle ever fought in the Valley.  And McDowell was the scene of Stonewall Jackson’s first victory in his Valley campaign.  This region also played a key role in the events leading up to the outbreak of war, and in the efforts to rebuild after the war ended.

Phase II of this project includes developing a Civil War Walking Tour of Staunton, for which we will produce a full-color, 9 x 16″ (folded to 9 x 4″) printed walking tour of Civil War sites in and around downtown Staunton that will include descriptions, photographs, a historical narrative, timeline, bio notes, links and references, an easy-to-read map, and more.  We will also develop a Civil War Driving Tour of the Burning, including a one-color, 11 x 17″ (folded to 8 ½ x 11″) printed driving tour that will feature sites related to “The Burning,” the systematic destruction carried out by Union troops during the 1864 Shenandoah Campaign.  The tour will include site descriptions, detailed directions, maps, a timeline, and contact information for related sites.  We will produce a Promotional Rack Card to promote the other sites in this project, as well as existing sites – Highland County as well as Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.

We will work with numerous partners on this project, including Greater Augusta Regional Tourism, Staunton Convention and Visitors Bureau, Frontier Culture Museum, R.R. Smith Center for History & Art, Augusta County Historical Society, City of Waynesboro, Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, Highland County Historical Society, Highland County Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Civil War Trails, and consulting historians.

Current Operating Budget: $2,949,200

Program Budget: $5,200

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