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

African American exhibition at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, W.Va.

The U.S.CT and the Spirit of Freedom highlights dedication and commitment of African American soldiers and their fight for freedom. For more information, call 304-535-6298 or 304-535-6029 or visit

Institute for Visual Studies art Exhibition at James Madison University

Room 208, Roop Hall. Collaborating Across the Disciplines. Runs through Dec. 11, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Artworks, products and applications created by multidisciplinary teams of IVS students and faculty. Free admission. For more information, call 540-568-5656..

Old Town Holiday Parade, tree-lighting in Winchester, Va.

Followa Piccadilly St. to Braddock St. to Cork St. Special guest at conclusion of the parade. Lighting of Old Town Tree on Loudoun St. Walking Mall in front of the Old Court House Civil War Museum.

Art exhibition at James Madison University

Duke Hall Gallery, Duke Hall. John Foster Vernacular Photography, Collection of 2D and 3D Artwork. Runs Nov. 2 through Dec. 4, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

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

Historical art exhibition at James Madison University

Lisanby Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Room 1108, Festival Conference and Student Center: Woman, Behold Your Son: Images from the Life and Death of Jesus Christ. This exhibit explores Christian iconography of the 16 through the 19 centuries as it seeks to express the complex nature of Jesus Christ. Free admission.

Art exhibition opening reception at Mary Baldwin College

Hunt Gallery, Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall, 218 Hunt Drive. in plus from: A Painting Project by Duncan Martin. Runs through Dec. 4. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-887-7196 or visit

Art exhibition at Bridgewater College

Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery. New Work - Paintings by Nan Covert, associate professor of art at Bridgewater College. Covert will have a temporary studio set up in the gallery where she will work and interact with visitors to the show. Runs Nov. 2 through Dec. 11, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Free admission, open to the public.

Holiday light show at Clearbrook Park in Clear Brooke, Va.

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

Art exhibition at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

901 Amherst St. Roberto Carlos Rosas. Runs Oct. 20 through Jan. 17, 2016. Paintings and illustrations ranging in style from pop art to graffiti, inspired by contemporary themes and ancient South American civilizations. For more information, call 540-662-1473 or visit

Holiday festival in Winchester, Va.

Old Town Winchester. Old Town Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa.

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Country Road near Conicville, Virginia

Conicville is a rural village whose elevation provides panoramic views of the Valley. It is located in Shenandoah County. Originally named Cabin Hill in the mid 19th century, the area was settled as early as 1749. In 1892, the village was renamed to Conicville.

About Charles Oliver

Charles Oliver has been involved with fine art professionally since 1969 when he returned home from Vietnam and the Marine Corps. During the early 70s he worked as an art consultant to fine artists and exhibited his works in many shows in the Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York areas. In 1976, he started his commercial art career and continued to do fine art in his spare time. In 2007 he returned to full-time pursuit of fine arts after moving to a mountaintop home in Mt. Jackson, Virginia. by Charles Oliver