WWII Weekend in Fort Valley, Virginia

Join us June 28-29, 2014 as we bring WWII to Fort Valley, Virginia. Fort Valley, Virginia. This scenic valley provides an ideal backdrop for an Italian Campaign setting.. Come out and see encampments of Allied and Axis troops, vehicle displays, and horse-mounted soldiers demonstrating 20th century cavalry drill. The event is being hosted at Secret Passage Ranch, a unique horse ranch which frequently hosts historical and educational events. There will also be a USO act performing on Saturday. Admission for the public is $5 per car, which benefits the non-profit "Victory for Veterans" Therapeutic Riding Program at Secret Passage Ranch, which aids combat-wounded veterans in their recovery through work with horses. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 to 4 on Sunday.

Contact the event coordinator below for details, or watch this page for updates.

Reenactors:
Participants can start arriving as of 1200 hours on Friday the 27th. Registration fee is $10 (which is waived for anyone bringing a horse or vehicle). Hay and water will be provided for horses. Weapons and ammo will be inspected upon arrival. Registration forms can be downloaded at right.

Provisions
There will be a food vendor on site for part of the event. Participants are encouraged to bring enough rations. Local food/grocery stores are 20 minutes driving distance in Strasburg, VA.

Directions to the site

FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Take I-66 West towards Front Royal. Exit I-66 at Exit #6 (Front Royal). Turn left off the ramp onto 340 south. Cross the river and turn right at the light onto Route 55 west (John Marshall Highway). Go 5.1 miles to Waterlick. Turn left onto VA-678 (Fort Valley Road). Drive 7 miles, going through the George Washington National Forest. Look for Secret Passage Ranch on your left. Go to the red barn!

FROM RICHMOND
Take I-95 north toward Washington, DC. Take Exit #133 (US-17 towards Warrenton). Turn left on to US-29 (BR-North), turn left onto Broadview Avenue. Stay straight to go onto US-17 (BR North) which turns into US-17 North. Turn left. Enter I-66 and go west towards Front Royal. Exit I-66 at Exit #6 (Front Royal). Turn left off the ramp onto US-340 South. Cross the river and turn right at the light onto Route 55 west (John Marshall Highway). Go 5.1 miles to Waterlick. Turn left onto VA-678 (Fort Valley Road). Drive 7 miles, going through the George Washington National Forest. Look for Secret Passage Ranch on your left. Go to the red barn!

FROM HAGERSTOWN & POINTS NORTH
Take I-81 South towards Winchester. Proceed past Winchester and get off I-81 at Exit #298 (Strasburg). Turn left off the exit on to US-11 south toward Strasburg. Once in town, turn left at the light onto VA-55 East (John Marshall Highway) and go about 5 miles. You will come to Waterlick. Turn right on to VA-678 (Fort Valley Road). Drive 7 miles, going through the George Washington National Forest. Look for Secret Passage Ranch on your left. Go to the red barn!

FROM STAUNTON & POINTS SOUTH
Take I-81 North towards Winchester. Get off I-81 at Exit #296 (Strasburg / VA 55). You are on VA-55 (John Marshall Highway). Turn right off the exit and proceed two miles to US-11 SouthTurn right. Once in town, turn left at the light, continuing on VA-55 East, and go about 5 miles. You will come to Waterlick. Turn right on to VA-678 (Fort Valley Road). Drive 7 miles, going through the George Washington National Forest. Look for Secret Passage Ranch on your left. Go to the red barn!


Clicks here for event registration forms.

Registration fee will be $10 to help offset costs; vehicle owners and horse owners are free of charge. Any proceeds above expenses will be donated to the ranch's non-profit program Victory4Veterans, a therapeutic riding program for Wounded Warriors.

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Secret Passage Ranch

Event schedule:

Saturday June 28
9:00 - Open to public

Firing demonstrations hourly featuring selected Axis and Allied weapons from WWII

11:00 - 20th Century Cavalry Drill: U.S. forces

1:00 - USO performance (TBD)

2:00 - 20th Century Cavalry Drill: German forces

4:00 - Training horses for war

6:00 Camps close to public

8:00 - USO Show & Dance

Sunday June 29
9:00 - Open to public

Firing demonstrations hourly featuring selected Axis and Allied weapons from WWII

11:00 - 20th Century Cavalry Drill: U.S. forces

1:00 - Training horses for war

2:00 - 20th Century Cavalry Drill: German forces

3:00 Camps close to public

 

Erek Dorann
2nd Gebirgsjäger,

703.626.7351
e-mail: ww2@secretpassageranch.net

 

 

Call the ranch at 540.933.6564 for information about bringing horses.

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