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!
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.
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 ShenandoahPerforms.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 S. Market St. A Midsummer Night`s Dream. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.
10 S. Market St. Antony and Cleopatra. Closing performance. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.
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 frederickcountyva.gov/departments/o-z/parks-recreation.
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.
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.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. The town began as an important crossroads and was also a strategic transportation hub during the Civil War.