Cedar Creek Battlefield Headquarters
Our Visitor Center and Gift Shop overlooks the Cedar Creek Battlefield and the Belle Grove Plantation, providing picturesque scenery and unprecedented photo opportunities. Passes and maps for the self-guided tour of the XIX Corps earthworks can be obtained here as well as information and resourced that tell more about the battle and the lands upon which it was fought.
This location serves and the administrative offices for the foundation in season. The National Park Service conducts a variety of tours at and from this location.
US XIX Corp Trenches
About 12 Years ago the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation had the vision and took the leadership to preserve land on which the US XIX Corp had built extensive earthworks on the Cedar Creek Battlefield. Until now the Foundation has hosted a limited number of organized tours of the site.
However, our partnership with the National Park Service has enabled us to offer regularly scheduled tours of these well preserved earthworks that are tucked away on 123 acres of Foundation property.
What makes these trenches unique is the US forces had to use both sides of them to defend themselves. Take the tour to learn about “reversing the trenches” and why this was done. The NPS offers regularly scheduled guided tours conducted by rangers knowledgeable in the construction and use of earthworks and how they were used here on the Cedar Creek Battlefield.
The historical man-made environment combined with the natural environment make this tour a favorite among many. Tours are conducted each Saturday morning during summer months and during special events in the fall. See the NPS web site for schedule information at http://www.nps.gov/cebe/ranger-programs.htm