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

Christmas parade in Buena Vista, Va.

Magnolia Ave. Over 100 entries, special guest from the North Pole.

Fall and Winter Childrens Art Workshop at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Nov. 30, Dec. 2 and Dec. 4 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Learn botanical drawing and printmaking from artist and educator, Jewel Hertzler. Draw winter trees, branches, pine cones and evergreens, create a personal stamp and a block for block printing, create a series of cards. Online registration required. Admission: $35. For more information, visit

Convocation program at Bridgewater College

Cole Hall. Jonathan Atkins, a 1996 graduate of Bridgewater College: The Force That Took Over Hollywood. How George Lucas and the Star Wars films have influence Hollywood film mythology. Free admission, open to the public.

Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. The Twelve Dates of Christmas. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit

Gallery Walkabout program at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

901 Amherst St. Wednesdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The latest featured in the galleries during this free weekly program each Wednesday through March 30. Free admission. Meet at the top of the gallery stairs. For more information, call 540-662-1473 or visit

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

901 Amherst St.  Create a holiday centerpiece with Master Gardener Lynn Hoffman. Design techniques and how to keep your centerpiece looking fresh throughout the holidays. All materials provided. Registration required by Nov. 25. Museum members: $35. General admission: $40.  For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit

History and Architecture Tours at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.

First Wednesday 6:30 p.m. and third Saturday 1 p.m. of each month. See unique architecture. Reservations recommended, free admission. For more information, call 540 662-9041, extension 11.

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Sea of Fog, Shenandoah National Park

An ocean of fog swirls up against the Blue Ridge Mountain ridgetop in Shenandoah National Park.

About Shenandoah National Park

Located 75 miles from Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park offers waterfalls, vistas, hiking, camping and picnic areas. Home to the Skyline Drive a scenic route following the ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 200,000 acres of protected wilderness. by Shenandoah National Park