Town of Culpeper collaborates with Civil War Trails & Old Trade Brewery to celebrate Woman’s History Month in Culpeper, VA

March 1, 2024 Food & Drink

Town of Culpeper collaborates with Civil War Trails & Old Trade Brewery to celebrate Woman’s History Month in Culpeper, VA Image

The Town of Culpeper began working with Civil War Trails® in 2023 to develop the story of Cornelia Hancock, a celebrated volunteer nurse who dedicated her life to serving others not only as a nurse during the Civil War, but also as a teacher, author and co-founder of the Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania and the Society for Organizing Charity. She was stationed at the Brandy Station, Virginia field hospital and is one of the rare women who lived and worked near the front lines during the war. A commemorative historic marker is scheduled to be installed at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Brandy Station so Cornelia’s story can be included in the Civil War Trails route through Virginia. 

Research uncovered Hancock’s experiments with hops and yeast for medicinal purposes. As a nod to this historic detail Sara Thayer, General Manager and owner; Amanda Hook, Event Coordinator and Manger; and Jessica Sheets, Assistant General Manager, from Old Trade Brewery and Cidery in Brandy Station, Virginia recently collaborated to brew Hancock’s Blueberry Hefeweizen to coincide with International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day (March 8th) and Women’s History month (March). As a woman-owned, and predominantly woman-run business, they aim to honor Cornelia and other women this month. Hancock’s Hefeweizen will be released on March 1st in celebration of International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day and International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8.  A portion of proceeds from the Hancock Hefeweizen will be donated to the Services for Abused Families, Inc. (SAFE).

About the Culpeper Department of Tourism & Economic Development

The Culpeper Department of Tourism and Economic Development is responsible for promoting the Culpeper community as an attractive travel destination, enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to live, work and vacation. Their office also strives to enhance the quality of life and raise the standard of living for all Culpeper residents, through aggressive business recruitment, expansion assistance, and trade development, thereby expanding the tax base and creating higher income employment opportunities.

About Civil War Trails:

Civil War Trails® has been working with communities since 1994 to share their stories and connect visitors with small towns and big stories across a network that now spans six states. Travelers look to Trails to put them in the footsteps of the generals, soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved who found themselves in the midst of this Civil War. Today the program guides visitors to more than 1,200 sites, over 700 of which we are proud to interpret to the public for the first time.

For more information on the Town of Culpeper and Visit Culpeper, VA, visit: https://www.culpeperva.gov/ | https://visitculpeperva.com/

Photo Credit: Old Trade Brewery