The Battle of Brandy Station, June 9, 1863



The Battle of Brandy Station was one of history's greatest cavalry engagements with over 20,000 troops, including 17,000 cavalry, engaged in battle. Although the Union advance was repelled, the overwhelming dominance of the Confederate cavalry was broken.

The Graffiti House (below) served as a field hospital for the South during this and other local battles during the war.  It also served as a headquarters facility for the Federal forces during the winter encampment of 1863-64.  Soldiers from both sides made drawings and signed their names and units on the walls.  Rediscovered in 1993, much has been preserved.



BSF's Graffiti House

The Brandy Station Foundation is asking for volunteers to help clear a path to the Kelly’s Ford Crossing on July 22nd from 1-5 PM. Needs include trash pickup and clearing obstacles to pedestrians on a path to the Rappahannock River. Please dress appropriately: Gloves, hard shoes or boots, long pants, & hats & bring tools to help: Rakes, large trimmer shears, small branch snippers. The property is on the Culpeper side of the Route 620 Bridge at Kelly’s Ford. Park at the left side of the corner of State Route 620 (Kelly’s Ford Road) and State Route 674 (Edwards Shop Road). There is alternate parking at 6451 Sumerduck Road right across the bridge in Fauquier County. Signs will be up to identify the project site and the parking site. You have the option of dropping people at either place and we will supply Shuttle Service to and from the Project Area. Eugene Hankinson is the point of contact: 540-439-0874.


July 29 Seminar details added to the Seminar Series page 


The June issue of the Grand Review is on the web.


Battlefield Tours page has been updated


Please volunteer as a guide or greeter at the Graffiti House




The Graffiti House
19484 Brandy Road
Brandy Station, Virginia 22714

(540) 727-7718


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places


Visitor Information


Lots of Civil War Graffiti


Graffiti House Schedule

The Graffiti House is open to visitors from 11:00 to 4:00 every Saturday and Sunday all year long.

It is closed on Christmas Eve and Day and New Years Eve and Day. In 2018, the Graffiti will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 1st



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The Graffiti House will be closed whenever the outside temperature is 95 degrees or above. This is to protect the health and safety of our visitors and volunteers as the house has no central air conditioning.


Last Updated on 07/14/2018



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