Community Commemorates 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cool Springs

SHENANDOAH VALLEY People across the Valley are commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cool Springs.

It is an anniversary bringing people together not only from across the Valley, but all over the country.

Known for its rich history, historians said this anniversary gives the Valley a chance to show off its stories and battle wounds.

Michael Taylor traveled from Connecticut to see some of the battlefields.

"History matters to people, they want to go someplace new and they want to learn something too. They want to see something you do not see next to your house," said Taylor.

Terry Heder with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation said, when tourists stop at one site, they typically continue traveling throughout the Valley.

"Tourists do not care about county boarders or lines. We all benefit from showing [tourists] the best time possible," said Heder.

In fact, leaders at New Market Battlefield said, the anniversary has brought about one third more people out to the site.

And the battlefields aren't the only place in the Valley with an extensive history.

The Quilt Museum in Downtown Harrisonburg is one building with its own story to tell.

The building was built for the colonel of the 10th infantry. During the Civil War, the building was used as a hospital.

Meegan Carr, the Executive Director of the Quilt Museum, said working in a place with so much history is a dream come true.

"The place has such an incredible atmosphere to it. People just love to come in here. I wonder if the walls could talk, what they would tell us," said Carr.

Now, as Taylor continues his travels throughout the Valley, he said this is history you can't find in any book.


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