The McGuire Home, Winchester, Virginia

This Civil War living history group was started in 2014 by Sarah Kay Bierle and her mother, Susan C. Bierle. They started their mother-daughter living history “training” in 2012 with Georgia Relief Association and eventually decided to streamline Sarah’s research and presentations to her Virginia research.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you do living history events?

Throughout Southern California. Check Gazette665’s Event Page to see if The McGuires will be at upcoming living history events.

Are you looking for new members for your group?

No, not at this time. It’s sort of a family project – mother and daughter, and sometimes a brother.

Were the McGuires real people? Are you related to them?

Yes, the McGuires were a real family. No, the Bierles are not related to them. They have communicated with direct descendants of Dr. Hunter McGuire, though, and say studying the family’s life has been inspirational in many ways.


Please use the links below to explore more about the McGuire Family’s history and the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.

The McGuire Family and War Story

War’s End: Remembering a Cavalry Captain (Captain H. McGuire)

An Elusive Doctor At Gettysburg (Dr. Hunter McGuire)

Thomas J. Jackson’s Values

1861: “Like A Stonewall” (General Jackson at First Manasass/Bull Run)

“Stonewall” Jackson’s Photograph

Jackson’s Little Sorrel

1861: “Directions About Home”

The Shenandoah Valley (1864 emphasis)

The Valley Campaign of 1864

The Burning of the Valley (1864)

Ethics & The Burning of the Valley (1864)

Valley of the Shadow (Civilian Experience 1864)

Living History Articles

Up-Coming Events

Why Virginia?

Interpreting History (Inspirational)

“Christmas in Winchester, Virginia” (2015 Fundraiser)

“Tea & Mystery in Winchester, Virginia” (2014 Fundraiser)

“The McGuire Home, Winchester, Virginia” at Moorpark 2014


  1. Hi. You realize there are McGuire descendants still living in Richmond and around the world, right? I’m one of them.

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