Tour 11: Monterey to Goshen Pass, via Hot Springs
Tour 1: Northern Gateway
Tour 3: Middletown to Winchester
Tour 7: Edinburg to Mt. Jackson, via Singers Glen, New Market Tour 6: Woodstock to Lost City
Tour 2: Charles Town - Shepherdstown via Harpers Ferry
Tour 8: Harrisonburg to Port Republic
Tour 10: Staunton to Steeles Tavern
Tour 12: Lexington and Natural Bridge Tour 4: White Post to Berryville via Millwood
Tour 13: Fincastle to Buchanan
Tour 9: Fort Valley to Page Valley and Luray Tour 5: Strasburg to Front Royal, via Fort Valley
Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley. Although definitions vary, the Shenandoah Valley today is generally considered to run from the West Virginia counties of Berkeley and Jefferson, where the Shenandoah River joins the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, to points south of Lexington, Virginia.

Located at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War
I-81 Exit 264 in New Market, Va.



 


Things to do...

Mar 30--Art exhibition at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Mar 30--Pilates Class at Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Mar 30--Youth Art Contest at Shenandoah National Park Hosts for Wildflower Weekend

Mar 30--Historical exhibit at James Madison University

Mar 30--Visiting Scholars Program Lecture at James Madison University

Mar 31--Art exhibition at James Madison University

Mar 31--Public art classes at Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Mar 31--Historical program at Virginia Military Institute

Apr 1--Acting classes at Schultz Theatre in New Market, Va.

Apr 1--New Image Gallery Exhibition at James Madison University

Apr 1--Furious Flower Poetry Center Reading Series at James Madision University

Apr 1--Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

Apr 2--Mountain Trout On-the-Stream Fly Fishing School at Murrays Fly Shop in Edinburg, Va.

Apr 2--Mountain Trout On-the-Stream Fly Fishing School at Murrays Fly Shop in Edinburg, Va.

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Tour 1

Northern Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley: Orchards, Civil War, and an Old Railroad Station


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Tour 2

John Brown’s body, Civil War destruction, a view “worth a voyage across the Atlantic,” and a very early steamboat

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Tour 3

Log, limestone, and brick--a microcosm of early Valley architecture

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Tour 4

Clarke County, “The most English county in the Valley”

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Tour 5

Over the river and through the woods...

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Tour 6

Up and over Great North Mountain (not for the faint of heart)

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Tour 7

Ancient roads, old mills, a musical village, and mountain vistas

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Tour 8

Heart of the Shenandoah Valley

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Tour 9

A hidden valley, scenic drives, a rolling river, a dramatic cavern

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Tour 10

Historic homes, Shakespeare, a folk life museum, and an inventor’s farm

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Tour 11

Maple syrup, sheep, mineral spring baths, and no stop lights

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Tour 12

Jefferson’s stone bridge, an old canal, and two historic colleges

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Tour 12

Southern Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley: A preserved 1800s village, an abandoned canal, and two C&O railroad towns

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Valley `Vics` - Victorian Architecture in the Shenandoah Valley

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I never really appreciated Victorian architecture until I moved to the Valley of Virginia. I grew up in a circa 1980s house in a circa 1980s neighborhood.

I had an appreciation for older homes, but never realized the history of our area and its influence on its progression of architecture. Driving through the towns of the valley is like going on a historic house tour. There are samples of all types of architecture from colonial to Georgian to modern. What surprised me in researching this article is the plethora of Victorian architectural styles decorating the scenery.

What exactly does Victorian mean? In reality it refers to the era of the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. The architectural stylings popular in England during her reign slowly made their way across the Atlantic and became popular in America from roughly 1850 to 1910. It is logical, then, that so many examples of Victorian architecture exists in the Valley because the timing coincides with the industrial and population booms of the area.

When thinking of Victorian architecture, one often thinks solely of the Queen Anne style with its gingerbread, bay windows and turrets. There are, however, several different styles that fall within the genre.

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