The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kelly’s Ford is just a few days away. And just in time for that date, a new interpretive site has gone up on ground preserved at the end of last year. The site will be part of the Virginia Civil War Trails system. The spot is just off Newby’s Shop Road, overlooking ground now covered by a preservation easement.
The event is scheduled for Sunday March 17 at 2:30-3:15 pm, roughly 150 years to the hour when the fighting occurred at the site.
While the focus of this event is to recall and consider the events that took place 150 years ago, it will also mark the formal opening of this new interpretive site. The site came together with contributions from the land owner and several local businesses. The additional interpretation will aid those visiting the site, going a long way to aid understanding the 1863 battle.
At the event, the folks who organized and promoted the new interpretive site will recognize those donors who helped bring this to a reality. A representative from the Civil War Trust will also speak. In addition, I will be speaking about the closing stages of the battle and on the importance of Kelly’s Ford.
If you plan to attend, please contact me (comment or email is fine). The event organizer needs a headcount, and I’ll make sure you are counted.
Oh… and bring some coffee with you! We shall have our toast!