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

Lexington Wednesday Farmers Market in Lexington, Va.

McClure Parking Lot behind Southern Inn. Every Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Locally-produced seasonal produce, plants, eggs, meats baked goods, coffee and handcrafted goods using natural materials from local farms. For more information, call 540-463-9234.

Art exhibition at Darrin-McHone Gallery in Harrisonburg, Va.

Arts Council of the Valley, Smith House. 311 S. Main St. Debra Sheffer: Landscapes of the Shenandoah Valley. Runs through November. For more information, visit

Art exhibition at OASIS Gallery in Harrisonburg, Va.

103 S. Main St. Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society water media artists exhibition during November.  For more information, call 540-828-4640 or visit

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

901 Amherst St. Meet at the top of the gallery stairs. Weekly schedule continues on Wednesdays. Free weekly program being offered each Wednesday through March 30.  For more information, call 540-662-1473 or visit

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.

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Hugh Morrison Jr. Archives Photo: Pond near Mt. Jackson, Virginia

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