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!
Haunted History And Legends Tours. Walk through old town and visit a former hospital, a theater, graveyard, an old hotel and the former childhood home of Confederate spy Belle Boyd. Tours run every Saturday night from April through November, starting at 9 p.m. in June, July, and August. 7 p.m. in September, October and November. Adult entertainment for ages of 13 and older. Reservations required: $12 per person. For more information, call 304-261-7470.
11012 Edmonds Lane, historic area. Historic houses in various period decoration styles. Live music with Madeline MacNeil. Hearth-cooked holiday treats. Costumed interpreterss. For more information, call 540-592-3556.
412 W. King St.Nutty Nutcracker, Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. Disco Party with Santa and Friends Dec. 19 - Dec. 20, reservation suggested. For more information, call 304-258-4074 or visit www.wondermentpuppets.com
10 S. Market St. Shakespeare`s Joan of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1). Closing performance. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.
10 S. Market St. The Winter`s Tale. Closing performance. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.
3300 Martinsburg Pike. Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Runs now 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 frederickcountyva.gov/departments/o-z/parks-recreation.
305 Friends Way. Cold Turkey Hike. Celebrates the beginning of the Solstice season. For more information, visit www.friendswilderness.org.
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 www.brightboxwinchester.com.
War Memorial Building, Jim Barnett Park, 1001 E Cork St. Sat, Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Shenandoah Potters Guild. andmade pottery by local artisans from the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.
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 www.townofbuchanan.com.
Buchanan Town Hall, 19753 Main St. Tree Lighting Ceremony includes medley of holiday carols culminating with a countdown to the official lighting. Complimentary light refreshments follow the ceremony, provided by Main Street merchants For more information, call 540-254-1212 or visit www.townofbuchanan.com.
The Edinburg Mill survived the Burning of the Shenandoah Valley in 1864, now a museum and visitor center in Edinburg, Virginia