The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
Newest Shenandoah Valley Civil War Battlefield Visitor Center opens

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Battlefields

There are 20 Civil War battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley. And each of them can be explored within a region officially designated as the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District. Right now, that adds up to about 4,500 acres.

The district's battlefield lands are managed by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Other important SVBF concerns: Protect more and more tracts of historic battlefield land from development, as well as interpret their history and provide tourism information for Shenandoah Valley visitors.

For years the SVBF has maintained a visitor information center at its headquarters in New Market, Va., the site of another significant Civil War battle that was partially fought by teen-aged military cadets, and recently popularized in the film, Field of Lost Shoes.

This past September a second SVBF battlefield visitor center was opened just outside of Winchester, Va. at the more recently-established Third Winchester Battlefield Park.

The Battle of Third Winchester was the largest battle ever fought in the Shenandoah Valley, says Dan Reinhart, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Director of Resource Management.


Holiday Time in the Shenandoah Valley!
Holiday Time in the Shenandoah Valley

The Valley is a four-season destination. Even as the days get shorter and colder, there's always plenty to see and do here. More and more outdoor decorations pop up all over the region. Holiday celebrations, community festivals, concerts, theater, museum programs, gift-giving. The good life is warm and bright in the Shenandoah Valley!

  Happening today

Art exhibition in Staunton, Va.

Beverley St. Studio School Gallery, 22 West Beverley St. Stephen Doherty: Perceptions of Virginia. Runs Nov. 13 through Jan. 3. Dinner from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. followed by opening reception from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Comedy show at Bright Box Theatre in Winchester, Va.

Bright Box Theater, 15 N Loudoun St. Bright Box Comedy: Tom Simmons and John Floyd stand-up comedians. Nov 27 at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Artist exhibition in Woodstock, Va.

Shenandoah County Government Building, 600 N. Main St. VECCA Small Works Show and Sale. Runs through Jan. 15. Featuring watercolors, oils, pastels and acrylics. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 540-984-9299 or visit

Music and Dancing in Raphine, Va.

Clarks Ole Time Music Center, located at Clarks Lumber Co., 1288 Ridge Road. longtime Friday-night tradition of old-time music and dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission: $8 per person, $15 per couple. For more information, call 540-377-2490.

Guided walking tours in downtown Lexington, Va.

Meet at the Lexington Visitor Center. Every Friday at 3 p.m., from April through November. Rain or shine. No reservations required. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, call 540-463-3777.

Candlelight Processional and Community Christmas Tree Lighting in Lexington, Va.

Processional forms at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, parades down Main Street and ends at Hopkins Green for the Christmas Tree Lighting. Lineup at 5:15 p.m. Processional at 6 p.m. For more information, call 540-463-5375.

New Image Gallery Exhibition at James Madison University

Duke Hall Gallery and New Image Gallery, Duke Hall. John Foster: Vernacular Photography, Collection of 2D and 3D Artwork. Runs through Dec. 4. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. A Midsummer Night`s Dream. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit

Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. Antony and Cleopatra. Closing performance. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit

Holiday light show at Clearbrook Park in Clear Brookr, Va.

3300 Martinsburg Pike. Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Runs from Nov. 27 through Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. Lights out at 10 p.m. Admission: Ages 12 and over: $5. Ages 2-11: $3. Agest one and under: Free admisison. For more information, visit

Comedy show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.

15 N. Loudoun St. Tom Simmons and John Floyd. Nov. 27 and Nov. 28. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $20 VIP. For more information, visit

Buchanan Christmas Open House in Buchanan, Va.

19753 Main St. Small-town shopping atmosphere. Downtown scavenger huntfor free passes to the Buchanan Theatre. Farmers Market. Carolers. Holiday decorations on historic Main Street storefronts. Fee refreshments provided by downtown merchants. For more information, call 540-254-1212 or visit

Click here to see more things to do...
Hugh Morrison Jr. Archives Photo: Shenandoah Valley Family

Hugh Morrison Jr. photographed the people and places of Shenandoah County, Virginia, during the first half of the 1900s, until 1950. He compiled an immense body of work, now archived by the Shenandoah County Historical Society. The collection includes more than 25,000 digital images.

About Hugh Morrison Jr. Archives Collection

The Shenandoah County Historical Society supports historic building and site preservation as well as collects and preserves information about the history of Shenandoah County, Virginia. In parnership with Shenandoah County, SCHS operates a visitor's center and museum in the 1795 Historic Shenandoah County Courthouse in Woodstock, Virginia. by Hugh Morrison Jr. Archives Collection