Saturday, July 30, 2011

Aug. 6th Re-enactment: Stonewall Jackson's March

Here's a very special event!... please mark your calendars. It should be a great time....Bring your family, neighbors, and all your friends.....

The special event is a tribute to the courageous march by General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson and his 25,000 thousand strong "foot cavalry" in late November of 1862. He and his foot troops, marched from Marksville/Stanley, Virginia (Page County)--located within the beautiful Shenandoah Valley--and traveled east over the Blue Ridge Mountains by way of the Blue Ridge Turnpike (Gordonsville-New Market Turnpike).

They crossed present day Skyline Drive at Fishers Gap, between Skyland Resort and Big Meadows. They then traveled down the mountain, on the east side, again on the Turnpike through present day Syria, Virginia (Madison County) where they camped for the evening. This would be the last time the gallant leader, Stonewall Jackson, would ever see his beloved Shenandoah Valley for he was mortally wounded in May of 1863 at Chancellorsville, Virginia.

In recognition of their march which brought them very close to DuCard Vineyard, our good friend and owner of DuCard Vineyards (Scott Elliff), is commemorating this special event by offering the below special events at his vineyard. The event is free, and is very family friendly.

The vineyard is located at 40 Gibson Hollow Lane Etlan (Madison County), VA. Gibson Hollow Lane is just off Etlan Road (Rt. 643) which runs between Etlan and Syria, Va.

Come to the mountains. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn a portion of the rich history which can be found within Madison County. Hope to see you there----

Doug Graves

Civil War event at DuCard Vineyards

Stonewall Jackson “March on DuCard Vineyards”

August 6, 2011

1-6 PM

Join us for a great Civil War 150th anniversary commemorative event. Stonewall Jackson and his troops will be visiting the tasting room and we'll be releasing our new 2nd Corps wine for his, and your, enjoyment. This limited edition wine commemorates his march over the mountains down the road from DuCard, with 25,000 troops on the way to the battle of Fredericksburg.

The re-enactors will also make camp that night at the winery and will be available to demonstrate life of soldiers on the move, including demonstrations of cooking, weaponry, fife and drum music and more. It all should be quite a spectacle !

Event is free. Family and dog friendly. (Actual march time scheduled for 2 PM)