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Thunder in the Valley

Lexington - The Historic Rockbridge Area

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Civil War History to Come to Life at Virginia Horse Center

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Virginia Horse Center Foundation
Release Date: 2014-09-03

Lexington, Va. – September 3, 2014 – The rich history of Rockbridge County will be brought to life next week, as the Virginia Horse Center welcomes Thunder in The Valley: McCausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid. 

From September 10–14, 2014, visitors to the sesquicentennial event will be transported back to the 1860s and the Civil War as they relive Union General David Hunter’s raid through the Shenandoah Valley and Confederate General John McCausland’s resistance.

The historical weekend begins with a two-day, 27-mile campaign ride from outside Staunton, Va. to the Virginia Horse Center, culminating in two additional days of living history and reenactments of Hunter’s Raid and the Battle of Lexington – battles which were actually fought right in Lexington, Va. and even on the Virginia Horse Center land.  

Admission to the Virginia Horse Center for the event is $10 and includes seminars, vendors, music, dance and entrance into the Virginia Sesquicentennial History Mobile, all in addition to the reenactments. 

On Saturday evening, the public is invited to a banquet dinner and a lecture by Greg Starbuck, Director of Historic Sandusky. The evening will then be transformed into a Grand Ball, including music from the 2nd VA Cavalry String Band and entertainment from the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers. Tickets to the banquet dinner, lecture and Grand Ball are $35 a piece. Tickets to the dinner banquet and lecture only may also be purchased for $25 a piece.  All ticket information is available online here or by calling the Virginia Horse Center at (540)464-2950.

For a complete schedule of the weekend click here.  

Click here to find out more about Thunder in the Valley!



Media contact:

 Debbie Work

Director of Special Events, Virginia Horse Center

Office Phone: (540)464-2950



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