Newest Shenandoah Valley Civil War Battlefield Visitor Center opens
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.
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!
Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
10 S. Market St. The Winter`s Tale. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.
Thanksgiving Themed Historical Scavenger Hunt in Winchester, Va.
Old town walking mall. Hosted by Northern Virginia Tours. Self-guided, family-friendly tour available every day in Nov. Tour map purchase required at Old Town General Store 106 S. Loudoun St. Visit the Old Town locations to receive one treat per location, per tour map. Prize for completed maps. Drawing for free ghost tour tickets. Admission: $9.99 per person.