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Walking Tours

The museum leads a number of tours of historic areas in the town and county of Culpeper. Program information is available on this website and on our Facebook page. Members receive advance notice of all upcoming programs. 

Group walking tours are available on request subject to the museum’s schedule and  the availability of its staff and volunteers. Minimum group size is 10 people; maximum group size is 14. A minimum of two weeks advance notice is required.  Click here to view the museum’s walking tour policies.

Attendees should bring water, wear comfortable footwear and dress appropriately for weather conditions. To register, follow the registration button for each program. Attendance for each tour is strictly limited. All tours start at the Museum of Culpeper History unless otherwise noted in the tour description.

Battle of Kelly’s Ford Guided Tour
Saturday, March 16
9:30 AM
Admission $15
Although overshadowed by the much larger Battle of Brandy Station several months later, the Battle of Kelly’s Ford on March 17, 1863 was a significant marker in the growing capacity of the United States cavalry to meet and defeat its Confederate counterparts during the American Civil War. The battle resulted in the death of Alabama native Major John Pelham, whose celebrity status during and after the war still impacts Culpeper County’s landscape. Join John Christiansen, Executive Director of the Museum of Culpeper History, for a guided combination driving/ walking tour of sites on the Kelly’s Ford battlefield on Saturday, March 16. The tour will start at 9:30 AM at the C.F. Phelps WMA boat ramp parking lot at 6430 Kellys Ford Road in Remington. The tour is expected to last three hours and will include three stops around the battlefield with short walks of up to 3/4 mile at each location. 

PLEASE NOTE:
The driving tour will be via carpool.

Walking areas contain uneven, at times steep, potentially difficult and rugged terrain. Trails are unpaved wood trails and are potentially muddy and slippery. Attendees should bring water, wear comfortable footwear and dress appropriately for weather conditions.

There are NO restroom facilities on the tour. The closest public facilities are located at the Southern States service station at the intersection of US 29 and Beverly Ford Rd. Please plan accordingly.

Due to limited capacity, advance registration is highly recommended.

Past Tours

Culpeper Walks: North Main Street
This North Main Street Culpeper tour covers the development of North Main Street from 1749, when a young George Washington identified the location as a “high and pleasant situation.” See Culpeper grow through the colonial era to the Civil War, and beyond into the twentieth century. Learn about the major buildings and businesses, along with some of the important individuals who had businesses and residences in the North Main Street corridor from Davis to Edmondson Street.

Culpeper Walks: Washington & Lafayette
Two of the most important figures in the Revolutionary War were General George Washington and General Marquis de Lafayette and both of these great men have important connections to Culpeper. Washington and Lafayette’s ties to Culpeper are examined in this downtown Culpeper tour led by local historian and author Jmaes Bish which highlights the pathways and important associations that each of these men had with Culpeper, especially along Main (Coleman) Street.

Culpeper Walks: The Battle of Culpeper Court House
Few people know the details of the Battle of Culpeper Court House, fought in and around the town of Culpeper on September 13, 1863. Learn how violent conflict came to Culpeper’s very doorstep during the Civil War and what it meant for the community on this 160th anniversary tour.

Culpeper Walks – Mystery & Mayhem in Culpeper
Peer into the the strange, curious, and disturbing elements of Culpeper’s past in this walking tour of downtown. Hear stories of duels, tragic accidents, mysterious organizations, and more.

Contact Us

Museum of Culpeper History
113 S. Commerce Street
Culpeper, VA 22701

Phone: (540) 829-1749

Hours

Monday-Sunday:
10am – 4pm
CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day

 

 

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