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Tracey W. Gardner
Madison County
Chamber of Commerce
110 N Main Street
Madison, VA 22727
(540) 948-4455 

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Civil War Trails, Please see packages below info from the Inns of Montpelier, Observing the 150th Anniversary(Sesquicentennial)!!



Coming 2013...Jack's Shop Tour September 21, 2013! (150th is on Sunday, September 22nd) Please see below.  There will be a weeklong lecture series, the History Mobile and many demonstrations at the Madison County High School Saturday, September 21st and a limited number of seats will be available for a Jack's Shop TOUR!!!




In the three weeks prior to Madison County’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of jack’s Shop, a series of four lectures about the county during the 1860’s will be held.


The first lecture will be given at Madison High School on Wednesday evening at seven o’clock , September 4, 2013. The speaker will be Frank Walker, a noted local historian and member of an old Madison family. The specific topic of Mr. Walker’s lecture will be “Virginia and Madison County During the Civil War.” This will explain and define the Jack’s Shop battle in the context of the overall war.


The second lecture will be delivered by the highly regarded history professor at the University of Virginia, Ervin L. Jordan, Jr.. Professor Jordan will speak at Madison High School at seven o’clock on Monday, September 9, 2013. The topic of his address will be “Freedom at the gates: African –Americans in Civil War Virginia.” Professor Jordan’s talk is particularly important given the fact that the county was more than half African-American before the war, The war wrought many changes on the African-American population that are surprising. Professor Jordan is the author of many articles and books on related topics.


The third talk in the lecture series will be delivered by Jim Lillard, a highly respected local historian and speaker. As a former official of Virginia’s Department of Transportation, his topic is particularly apt. His lecture, “Crossings,” will deal in detail with how the population depended upon and built the river and other crossings of the time. Mr. Lillard has delivered this lecture to many historical societies to overwhelmingly delighted audiences. This lecture will be given at the Madison High School on Wednesday evening at seven o’clock, September 11, 2013.


The last lecture in this interesting series will be delivered by Madison County’s historian laureate, Harold Woodward, Jr.. Mr. Woodward is the author of several books about Madison County history as well as a prolific and entertaining lecturer. Mr. Woodward’s topic will be “The Battle of Jack’s Shop.” He will detail the troop movements leading up to the battle, the battle itself and the aftermath. The battle was fought on September 22, 1863 and pitted the Confederate cavalry under General J.E.B. Stuart against the combined forces of Federal Generals Buford and Kilpatrick. Thousands of troopers and horses were engaged. This lecture will be given at the Madison High School on Wednesday evening at seven o’clock, September 18, 2013.


There will be no charge to the public for attending any of these lectures. There is plenty of room to park at the Madison High School. It is requested that you try to arrive around 6:45 pm so that the lecture can begin on time. Madison High School is located at 68 Mountaineer Lane, Madison, Virginia, just south of the town of Madison on Route 29.



PRESS CONTACT : Douglas Graves



The Battle of Jack's Shop

September 21, 2013-Madison County High School

68 Mountaineer Lane--Madison, Virginia

8:45AM-5:00pm---Free Admission to all events--events and times subject to change-please,

no pets

Explore "The Civil War 150

HistoryMobile" provided by The


The HistoryMobile is an interactive museum on wheels that draws together stories from all over Virginia and

uses state-of-the-art technology with exhibit spaces presenting individual stories of the Civil War from the

perspectives of those who experienced it - young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians.

Franklin Tour Bus, Inc…one (1) Tour Bus for narrated tours of Jack's Shop along Blue Ridge Turnpike-

1 Tour bus accepts passengers

(limited seating) at: 08:45am--11:15am--1:45pm and 4:15pm

Announce the recipiant of the $2,000.00 scholarship (provided by the Virginia National Bank-Orange) awarded

to a MCHS senior that wrote the winning essay regarding the topic--

"What role did Madison County play in the Civil War?"

Maps of troop movement within the Jack's Shop area

Living History Camp of 7th VA Co. "A" Confederate Infantry (originally, the

Richardson Guards-Madison County)

Pallas Athena Ladies Aid Society (provided supplies and cared for the wounded and sick Civil War soldiers)

Women of American Civil War Era -Living History

2nd Maryland Co. "E" CSA--Drum and Fife Corp

Kemper-Fry-Strother Camp #19, Sons of Confederate Veterans-Madison, Virginia-Exhibit

Civil War artificats found locally-Exhibit

Reenactor-Gen Robert E. Lee

Reenactor-Gen James L. Kemper

Reenactor--Gen Thomas J. Jackson

Reenactor--Gen. A.P. Hill

Reenactors from- 2nd Maryland Infantry Co. "A"

Reenactor--Gen Francis Barlow

Reenactor--Gen George A. Custer

Reenactor--Gen George H. Thomas

Reenactor--Gen John Buford

Civil War Era Music

Demonstration on Quilting

Spinning and Weaving thread

Soap Making production

Candle Making production

Demonstration on Basket Weaving

Demonstration producing Wood Shingles

Madison County Schools-display

Representatives for author Harold Woodward, Jr., displaying his various books

Piedmont Environmental Council display

Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority display

Madison County Historical Society with Madison Chamber of Commerce and Tourism display

Madison County Rescue Squad display

Concessions provided by Madison County High School Band Boosters





The Battle of Jack's Shop

September 21, 2013

Cavalry and Artillery Demonstrations from the 7th, 10th, and 12th Virginia Cavalry

(7th and 12th were engaged within original Jack's Shop Battle-September 22, 1863)

Event at Hoover Ridge Park-1110 Fairgrounds Rd (Fairgrounds Rd at Primary School Dr) Madison, VA

A map of Hoover Ridge Park can be found at:

9:00AM-5:00pm---Free Admission to all events--events and times subject to change-please,

no pets

Cavalry Camp opens 9:00am at Camp Crockett (within Hoover Ridge Park at the Nature Trail)

Demonstrations of Cavalry Formations, Drills, and Skirmishes (within the Amphitheater field)

at 10:30 am and at 1:30pm

Intermittent firing of the Civil War era Cannon/Artillery throughout the day



Madison County was the site of two Civil War battles that have been chosen for inclusion in the Virginia Civil War Trails program. These are the James City Battlefield on Rt. 29, just south of the Culpeper-Madison County boundary line, and the Jack's Shop Battlefield located on Scenic Byway Rt. 231 at Rochelle. In addition, the old Blue Ridge Turnpike (most of the Scenic Byway follows this road) runs through Madison County and was the route General Jackson and his forces often took to travel to and from the Shenandoah Valley. Some of the towns along this route still preserve the areas that were used as campsites by Jackson's men.

James City
Confederate Major General J.E.B. Stuart left his encampment in Madison on October 10, 1863, traveled north to James City where he engaged Union Generals Kilpatrick and French at the historic crossroads town.

Jack's Shop
On September 22, 1863, J.E.B. Stuart left his headquarters at the Brampton estate in Orange County. As he moved toward Madison, he encountered two Union divisions under the commands of General John Burford and General Judson Kilpatrick that nearly surrounded him. This battle saw Stuart's Horse Artillery used effectively and a strategic plan by Stuart to withdraw southwards towards Liberty Mills, a ford on the Rapidan guarded by more Confederate forces. For more information, check or call 1-888-CIVIL WAR.


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Civil War Tour Package – Madison County

 Madison County was a focal point for several critical events during our Civil War including the Battle of Jack’s Shop, September 22, 1863, a very significant Cavalry Engagement, and the Battle of James City on October 10, 5407 Ridge View B&B offers you the opportunity to both learn about the extensive roll Madison County played in the Civil War and to enjoy this experience while staying at one of the finest Bed and Breakfasts in Virginia. 

When you arrive at Ridge View B&B you will enjoy some cheese, fruit, crackers, some fine Virginia Wine and then partake in a delightful 3 course casual dinner for two.  Don’t forget to ask your hosts about any Civil War History associated with Ridge View.

On Wednesday morning your adventure begins with a fulfilling breakfast.  Then journey to the Ridge View B&B in Madison County to link up with your tour guide.   Harold Woodward, renowned Madison County Historian and Author, who will then take you on a 5-6 hour guided tour that will cover the events and landmarks leading up to, during and following the Battle of Jack’s Shop. 

While on your tour you will enjoy a box lunch specially prepared for you and then return to another social event that evening at Mayhurst.  Follow this with Dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in the area. 

On Thursday morning, after another excellent breakfast, you will again meet your tour guide for another full day of visiting locations such as the Confederate Hospitals associated with the Battle of Cedar Mountain, General Stuart’s HQ at Brampton Plantation and explore and learn about the Battle of James City in October, 1863.  As on your first day, a box lunch will be provided. 

This evening you will, after another social hour, enjoy a Gourmet 5 Course Wine Pairing dinner at the famed Inn at Meander Plantation.  As part of this evening’s “entertainment” there will be a presentation on additional Civil War topics by an expert on the era. 

After a final bounteous breakfast the next morning you will receive a Self-Guided Driving Tour Packet with information about other nearby Civil War sites including the Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum in Gordonsville, VA and other nearby Civil War sites.  Additional Tours are also available – just ask your Innkeeper.

This Package Includes:

  • ·         3 nights (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) B&B accommodations for two
  • ·         3 full breakfasts
  • ·         Wine, Cheese, Fruit and Snacks each evening
  • ·         Casual 3 Course Dinner the night you arrive
  • ·         Guided Civil War Tour ( two days) of major conflicts and sites specific to Madison and Green Counties by Harold Woodward (Renowned Historian and Author)
  • ·         Gourmet Wine Pairing Dinner at the famous Inn at Meander Plantation on Thursday evening with presentation of additional Civil War information
  • ·         4 box lunches (2 each Wednesday and Thursday)
  • ·         Historical write-ups from each Inns at Montpelier Member B&B
  • ·         Signed copy of Harold Woodward’s book on the Battle of Jack’s Shop
  • ·         Commemorative envelope with special Civil War Post Mark
  • ·         All Applicable Taxes
  • ·         Maps and Handouts

Minimum 15 day advanced booking required.  Room selection subject to availability.

Price is all inclusive and includes all taxes.  Price does NOT include gratuities.



 Please contact any of the Inns of Montpelier to book this package, Ridge View B&B can be contacted at 540-672-7024, or 866-852-4266. 

Civil War Tour – Orange and Culpeper Counties
2011 is the 150th Anniversary of our Civil War. We offer you an opportunity to gain insights into those turbulent times with a 3 day, 3 night unique Civil War experience that includes guided Tours, luxurious accommodations, superior dining and lots of personal attention and pampering.

Your experience begins on Sunday evening at when you will learn about the Civil War history of Mayhurst while you enjoy cheese, fruit, crackers and some fine Virginia Wine. Then partake in a casual dinner.

On Monday take a Civil War Walking Tour of Historic Culpeper, VA guided by Virginia Morton, Historian and author of the Civil War Novel, “Walking through Culpeper”.

On Tuesday you are off on a day long Civil War tour with another professional guide. Then enjoy a Civil War Period Dinner at the famed Inn at Meander Plantation.

On Wednesday you will receive a Self-Guided Driving Tour Packet with information about other nearby Civil War sites or you can schedule additional day long tours & accommodations.

Package Includes:

  • ·         Three nights (Sunday - Tuesday) in a beautiful guestroom
  • ·         Evening Receptions
  • ·         Full breakfasts each morning
  • ·         Casual Dinner for two Sunday evening
  • ·         Culpeper Civil War Historical Walking Tour with Virginia Morton on Monday
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  • ·         Lunch Basket for 2 on Tuesday
  • ·         Civil War Period Dinner at the Inn at Meander Plantation on Tuesday Evening
  • ·         Self-Guided Driving Tour Packet with information about other nearby Civil War sites, including Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg and The Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum in Gordonsville
  • ·         Signed copies of Historian and Author Frank Walker’s  “Remembering Orange County” and Virginia Morton’s acclaimed novel “Walking Through Culpeper
  • ·         All applicable Taxes.
  • ·         Historical write-up about each Inns at Montpelier Member B&B.

Minimum 15 day advanced booking required.  Room selection subject to availability.