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Brandy Station Foundation Presents
Living History Events at the Graffiti House

Lest We Forget:
Come and experience a program at the Graffiti House.  Experience the history of the Civil War in this area!

Living History Events

For more information call 540-727-7718

Free.  Donations to the Brandy Station Foundation are welcomed and will be used for the operation and restoration of the Graffiti House,

July 19-20

The 49th Virginia Infantry - The 49th Virginia Infantry, a family oriented Civil War living history group, will be camped in Brandy Station. Visitors are invited to stop by the camp between 11AM and 4PM on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, visitors may tour the Civil War Graffiti House.  

The 49th Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA, was the pride and joy of the ex-governor of Virginia, William Smith. “Extra Billy Smith’s Boy’s” as the 49th came to be known, participated in all major actions of the Eastern Theater, beginning with an initial group who participated in the 1st Battle of Bull  Run or Manassas. By the time of Appomattox in April of 1865, there were only 54 men and two officers left to be paroled.

William “Extra Billy” Smith opened a law practice in Culpeper Virginia in 1818. In 1827, he began a mail-coach service from Washington, D.C. to Milledgeville, Georgia. Smith expanded the route and claimed many “extra” mail payments, instigating his nickname of “Extra Billy.” William Smith twice filled the Virginia Gubernatorial chair and served five terms in the halls of Congress.

Sept 13-14

The 2nd US Infantry reenacting group will set up camp at the Civil War Graffiti House in Brandy Station. This infantry regiment was part of the Army of the Potomac’s Fifth Corps and was known as Sykes’ Regulars.  The group will present a living history portrayal of Federal troops at Brandy Station in 1863 including historically accurate camp life, drill and musket firing demonstrations.


Members of the Sykes’ Regulars are required to have all items that were issued to the Civil War Regular, from the bootlaces to the .58 caliber Springfield rifled musket. The uniforms and equipment are reproductions, but great care has been taken to be as authentically patterned to the originals as possible.


Because of their excellence in uniforms and drill, members of this living history group have appeared in numerous television specials and movies including “Gettysburg”, “Glory”, “God and Generals” and the “North and South” miniseries.

The soldiers will bivouac in shelter halves around the Graffiti House.


Visitors are encouraged to come by the campsite between the hours of 10am and 5pm on Saturday and from 9am to 3pm on Sunday. (The Civil War Graffiti House will be open for tours from 11am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.)

October 18

Members of the a Civil War reenacting group, 124th New York State Volunteers (also known at the “Orange Blossoms”) will be camped outside of the Civil War Graffiti House in Brandy Station. These living historians are a family oriented group, who authentically recreate and commemorate the life of a Civil War soldier at mid war.


As they did 145 years ago, these men come to Brandy Station from Orange County, New York. On June 9th, 1863, members of the Orange Blossoms were engaged in the Battle of Brandy Station. On that day, they lost 2 enlisted men and 12 soldiers were wounded. For more information regarding this group, please visit their website at


The re-enactors will be in camp and on hand to talk to the public from 11am to 4pm .


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