History and Battlefield Tours
In & Around Culpeper
Audio Guided Walking Tours
Our popular In & Around Culpeper Walking Tour brochure is now available as audio MP3 files. Detailed walking directions will help guide you on your way. Click on the links below to listen to our audio files to accompany you on the Walking Tour
Mary Jo Browning - Historic Downtown Tours
Mary Jo Browning has been actively volunteering with historical organizations in Culpeper for decades, most recently as Historian, Tour Guide, and Board Member with the Society for the Preservation of Culpeper History, the Museum of Culpeper History, and the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. Her quick wit and sense of humor are popular with tour groups and travel writers alike.
Ms. Browning's tour of Downtown Culpeper will take you to such historic places as St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and cemetery, A. P. Hill's Boyhood Home, and historic East Street, where she weaves anecdotes and local lore with historic fact, for a fascinating history lesson of Culpeper!
There is no charge for tours, however a donation to the Museum of Culpeper History is always welcomed (but not necessary). For
reservations, contact Mary Jo Browning at (540) 825-0653.
Clark B. Hall - Culpeper Battlefields
and Civil War Sites
Clark B. Hall is a co-founder and past board member of the Chantilly Battlefield Association; Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, Inc; and the Brandy Station Foundation. He has written, researched and spoke extensively on cavalry operations in the American Civil War, the "Winter Encampment of the Army of the Potomac in Culpeper County, Virginia, 1863-1864", and has conducted tours related to winter encampment sites in Culpeper County. Mr. Hall has been presented numerous battlefield preservation commendations, including the distinguished, “Ralph A. Happel Battlefield Preservation Award,” presented by the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (2011), and the prestigious “Lifetime Preservation Achievement Award” (2012) conveyed recently by the Civil War Trust.
Mr. Hall is available by appointment, to conduct tours of Culpeper Civil War sites, including the Brandy Station, Cedar Mountain and Kelly's Ford battlefields. He also conducts tours involving lesser-known fights in Culpeper, including the battles of Freeman's Ford and Morton's Ford.
There is no charge for tours, however a donation to the Museum of Culpeper History is always welcomed (but not necessary).
For reservations, contact Mr. Hall at (413)446-7882.
Lon Lacey - Cedar Mountain Battlefield Tours
Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield Board Member and local historian Lon Lacey, Jr. gives tours of Cedar Mountain Battlefield by appointment only. His tours are captivating with emphasis on military strategy and tactics. Proceeds are donated to Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield.
Tours are by appointment only. For reservations, please email Lon Lacey at email@example.com.
Joe McKinney - Brandy Station Battlefield Tours
Joseph McKinney, author of Brandy Station, June 9, 1863: The Largest Cavalry Battle of the Civil War, and now a second, with a working title of Trevilian Station, June 11-12, 1864: Wade Hampton’s Greatest Victory, leads informative tours of the Graffiti House in Brandy Station and the Brandy Station battlefield.
After graduating from West Point in 1970, Joe served for twenty-four years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army in a variety of command and staff assignments in the United States, Vietnam, and Germany. After retiring from the army in 1994, Joe served for six years as a senior investigator for the Department of Defense Inspector General.
For eight years, Joe has been a volunteer with the Brandy Station Foundation, serving as a guide at the Graffiti House, conducting battlefield tours, and lecturing on various Civil War topics. In April, 2011, Joe was elected president of the Brandy Station Foundation. Contact Joe for a tour at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Morton Historic Downtown Walking Tours
Virginia Morton, author of the novel Marching through Culpeper, offers 2-hour Civil War Walking Tours of historic downtown Culpeper. On the tour, you'll learn about "Extra Billy" Smith, two-time governor of Virginia, and the oldest general in either army; General J.E.B. Stuart, the gallant Major John Pelham and their friend Judge Henry Schackleford. Also on the tour route is a stop at the Culpeper County Court House, the boyhood home of General Ambrose Powell (A.P.) Hill, and many other exciting and historic points of interest.
Tours are by appointment only, and profits are donated to the Friends of Cedar Mt. Battlefield. For reservation information, fees on small or large groups, or to join an existing tour, contact Virginia Morton at (540)825-9147 or visit her website at www.marchingthroughculpeper.com.
Zann Nelson - History Quest Tours
Zann Nelson is an experienced tour guide and an award-winning freelance writer specializing in historical investigations. She is the former CEO/Director of the Museum of Culpeper History and has recently co-founded the African American Heritage Alliance, Inc.
Heritage Quest, Inc. offers customized tours and “Step-On” services by appointment to historical tour-bus providers. Sample topics include: Downtown Culpeper, Villages of Culpeper County, Villages and Churches along the Rapidan, and African American Heritage sites.
For rates and reservations, please contact Zann Nelson, President of History Quest Tours at M16439@aol.com or (540)547-2395.
Civil War Culpeper: A Self Guided Driving Tour
Explore Culpeper's Civil War history with this brochure highlighting the area's three major Civil War battles: Brandy Station, Cedar Mountain, and Kelly's Ford. This brochure is a must for Civil War history enthusiasts. Download a PDF version here.
Tours for Two Wheels, or Four
Download a copy of Piedmont Pathways: Day Rides and Sunday Drives from Culpeper, Virginia or pick up a free copy at the Visitor Center when you get to town. This guide features four riding loops, from 60 to 120 miles, that begin and end in Culpeper. They offer just a taste of what you’ll find in the central Piedmont region.
All of the loops are perfect for seeing Culpeper County on two or four wheels, but are ideal for motorcycle touring with perfect road conditions and surfaces. So visit us often, since every season creates a new version of Culpeper's natural beauty.
Culpeper makes the perfect base for exploring the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Only a short drive from downtown, it makes the perfect side trip to your Culpeper visit!