You Can Help
The fort sits on a 10-acre rural island of once-glorious
farmland in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The
bugles are silent, the heroes are buried, but the earthworks
are still there. So is a German-American family’s
proud old farmhouse. So is the view down the Martinsburg
Pike, where at dusk on September 19, 1864, the ground
shook as some 6,000 Union cavalrymen exploded onto the
Confederate defenders, hunkered down in the trenches.
Rebel General Jubal Early’s line bent and broke.
The Third Battle of Winchester was all but over, a major
arguable that this onslaught was the beginning of
the end of the Rebels’ tenuous hold on the Shenandoah
Valley. The Valley was the key to Virginia, and Virginia
was key to the War.
significant history was made that day in 1864. On
this very spot.
Fort Collier cries out to us from across the centuries.
It deserves our attention, our care, our funds. Before
time takes further toll on the land and the house,
Fort Collier needs to be preserved. The earthworks
need to be preserved. The house will be transformed
into the Fort Collier Civil War Center. A place to
visit, to walk among the earthworks and hear the land
speak of its history, a home for the William W. Layton
Collection and Museum of period books, documents,
and ephemera, a location for the Civil War Preservation
Trust’s Explorer Database, a home for the Robert
Price Collection of Civil War Toy Soldiers, a conference
center for small corporate meetings and social events,
and a venue for Shenandoah University’s McCormick
Civil War Institute Tuscarora Brass military music
ensemble – Fort Collier can be all this and
key word is “can.” Fort Collier has survived
for many years, but it may not survive much longer
without your help. Please join our preservation efforts!
Your tax-deductible donation will help to restore
and preserve the site for this and future generations.
arrange for a group tour or to make a donation to
the FCCWC, please contact:
Fort Collier Civil War Center, Inc.
922 Martinsburg Pike
Winchester, VA 22601
for booking events:
Carol Light, Event Coordinator