Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year's Day
Children under 5 get in free.
If you are interested in the Civil War, this is a great place to go when the do re-enactments. You can see battles, as well as living history and talk to the re-enactors. There is alot that you can learn about the Civil War, as well as the way people lived.
School-age children interested in the Civil War connect with this park because it commemorates the corps of 257 Virginia Military Institute students, some as young as 15 (although the average age was 18), who were called to active duty. Although the cadets were supposed to be kept in reserve until needed to fill a gap in the advancing line of badly outnumbered Confederate troops, these schoolboys were accidentally put on the front lines to face the Union soldiers. The cadets managed to hold the line for thirty minutes, forcing the Union troops to retreat. Ten VMI students were killed, and their troop’s heroism is honored here.
The Hall of Valor Civil War Museum shows a film about the battle and another about Stonewall Jackson’s Shenandoah campaign. Models and dioramas also describe the Civil War. A self-guided, 1-mile-long battle- field tour brings alive the story of the cadets’ bravery. (Guided tours are offered in the summer.) A reenactment of the battle takes place here every May, the weekend following Mother’s Day. Inside the museum, look for Camp Discovery, an interactive learning area, and ask about the scavenger hunts for children throughout the museum. For kids 7 to 12, Civil War Day Camps are held on Wednesday in July and August, where kids can learn what war was like for the average soldier. (Reservations are needed for this; call 540-740-3101.)