Last-Minute Availability for the Emerging Civil War Symposium

Due to a last-minute cancellation, Stevenson Ridge has a vacancy available on site during the upcoming Emerging Civil War Symposium (Aug. 4-6). The Tobacco Barn is available for a two-night stay (Friday and Saturday) at a special Symposium rate of $350 + tax.

Tobacco Barn- outdoor 2A high-peaked ceiling and exposed-log crossbeams reveal the Tobacco Barn’s past life as a place for hanging tobacco leaves to dry. Now converted to a one-room guest house, it features a cozy fireplace, soapstone floors, a homey …


Stevenson Ridge on C-SPAN

Chris C-SPAN 2015For those who’ve been following C-SPAN’s coverage of the Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, the latest two installments are up:

Phill Greenwalt talked about the formation of the Lost Cause interpretation of the war.

Emmanuel Dabney discussed the mixed legacy of the Freedmen’s Bureau.

Previous installments from last August’s events are also available:

Chris Kolakowski discussed the fall of Richmond and the surrender at Appomattox—and the ongoing legacy of both.

Keynote speaker Dana Shoaf …


Stevenson Ridge on C-SPAN

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In case you missed this year’s Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, you can catch up on some of the speakers courtesy of C-SPAN. The public-access cable network taped many of the programs and has been airing them during its Saturday evening Civil War time slot.

Stevenson Ridge’s own historian-in-residence, Chris Mackowski, served as the emcee. He appears in each segment to offer introductions of the speakers.

So far, C-SPAN has aired three programs.

Keynote speaker Dana


A Recipe for Applesauce Cookies

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from Bettina

Having just wrapped up our very successful Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium, it got me thinking about what kind of food and nourishment the officers and soldiers had during the Civil War. Though most of the soldiers’ living and eating conditions were terribly rough and basic, many of the baked goods they commonly ate are surprisingly scrumptious.

Here is a recipe for a sweet treat that has been adapted for modern kitchens. Give …