7712 Main St, Middletown VA 22645 (visitor contact station)
The Battle of Cedar Creek, Oct 19, 1864, pretty much ended Confederate hopes in the Shenandoah Valley. Union troops under Gen. Philip Sheridan, camped near Cedar Creek and the Belle Grove mansion, were initially routed but later regrouped to win a decisive victory over Confederates under Gen. Jubal Early. A group of preservation organizations, including the national park, owns land on the sprawling battlefield south of Middletown. The NPS offers a variety of ranger programs on the battlefield, and the park contact station features an electronic map and other information.
Contact station open daily 8:30 am–4:30 pm seasonally. Shortened hours during the winter. See website for details. Free.