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Boyce, Virginia

The town of Boyce was established in 1881. It was a Shenandoah Valley Railroad town at first, then incorporated in 1910. Itwas named after Colonel Upton L. Boyce. He's the one that convinced the railroad to build a line through Clarke County.

Today, the Boyce Railroad Station is a historic landmark, and now it's the Norfolk & Western Railway that passes through the center of town. According to local lore, the citizens of Boyce wanted a larger, more ornate building and also wanted it to be located on the east side of the tracks. So they raised the funds to build the larger station where they wanted it to be.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill is one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country. It's located in nearby Millwood. South of Boyce, along US Route 50, the State Arboretum of Virginia featuring a very large collection of native trees and shrubs.

Sep 22 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

Blandy Experimental Farm dining room. Deana B. Marion: Macro photography exhibit. Runs through September. Open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit www.blandy.virginia.edu


Sep 22 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, VA

Pavilion, 780 University Blvd. Martha Crider Henderson: En Plein Aire Sessions, continuing on Sept. 22, and Oct. 6 and 20, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Bring an easel, canvas, pencils, paints, and brushes. All skill levels. Automatic rain date: the Saturday following current session date and time. Limited availability. Reservations required. Admission: $12. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Sep 22 2017 - Music Heritage - Outdoor festival in Berryville, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Watermelon Park, 3322 Lockes Mill. 14th annual Watermelon Park Fest. Del McCoury Band, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Keller Williams, The Seldom Scene, The Deep South, the Quebe Sisters, The Bumper Jacksons, Furnace Mountain, the Woodshedders and many more. Music workshops. Youth activities. Three contests: Eastman Mandolin Pickin Contest, Fairbuilt Guitar Pickin Contest, $1000 Band Contest. Tickets: 4 day passes, includes camping: $120, Day Tickets: $70. For more information, call 540-955-1621 or visit watermelonparkfest.com


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Sep 22 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Nature program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Frances Plecker Education Center, 780 University Blvd. Fall Plant and Bulb Sale. Sept. 22-30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. No Sundays. Shop natives and other plants, shrubs and trees, naturally suited to regional climate and soils. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


Jefferson County, West Virginia

Located in the Eastern Panhandle, Jefferson County is the easternmost county of West Virginia.  Its municipalities include Charles Town, which is also the county seat; Harpers Ferry; Bolivar; Ranson and Shepherdstown.  
 
Jefferson County was established from a portion of Berkeley County by the Virginia General Assembly on October 26, 1801.  It was named for Thomas Jefferson. Two major events that shaped the future of Jefferson County were the establishment of the federal armory at Harpers Ferry in 1799 and the arrival of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1834.
 
Visitors to Jefferson County will find plenty to do including a wide range of outdoor activities, historic sites throughout the county, displays of the work of artisans and crafters in each town and numerous farmer’s markets and orchards. The Mountain Heritage and Crafts Festival is held each year in the fall featuring fine arts, crafts, music, wine and demonstrations featuring the tools and trades of early America.

Sep 22 2017 - Music Heritage - Heritage festival in Jefferson County, W.Va.
…about Jefferson County, West Virginia

1330 Job Corps Rd.The Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival. Sept. 22-24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music. Circa Blue, Dan Paisley and The Southern Grass, The Hillbilly Gypsies, Mill Run Bluegrass Band, Patent Pending. Artwork available. Crafts will be sold. Live music. Food available. Wine-tastings. No pets. No outside alcohol. No firearms or weapons. Hosted by Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Admission: Adults: $7, ages 6-17, $4, ages under 6 admitted free. For more information, visit www.mhacfestival.org


Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Sep 22 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

336 Belle Grove Rd. Belle Grove Plantation front yard. Belle Grove in a Box. 30 minute interactive orientation for all ages about the history and settlement of the Shenandoah Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War on the Valley. Sept.22-23, and 25 at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Various props from a box to visually interpret surrounding landscape features. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 22 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Outdoor music concert in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Sunspots Pavilion, Byers St, in the Wharf district. April through October, music and other types of live performances on outdoor stage. Schedule available online. For more information, call 540-885-0678 or visit www.facebook.com/sunspotspavilion


Buena Vista, Virginia

The city of Buena Vista is nestled against the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a few miles north of where the Maury River meets the James River.
 
Benjamin Moomaw founded this little town in the late 1800s. He named it Green Forest.  As the town grew, he began to envision a city with a more fitting name.  In 1890, the name was changed to Buena Vista, in commemoration of a Mexican-American War battle, and in 1892, Virginia granted a city charter.
 
A busy schedule of concerts and camping events occur each year at Glen Maury Park.  The park is located on the site of a historic farm known locally as “the old Paxton Place.” The Paxton House is designated as af Virginia Historic Landmark.  The farm had also provided a recreational facility for the community and it was later renamed Glen Maury, a Scotch name for "Valley of the Maury River."
 
Glen Maury Park now includes a 52-site campground and there are many opportunities for exploration and recreation nearby.  Surrounding Buena Vista are portions of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and both the James and Maury Rivers provide canoeing and fishing opportunities.
 

Sep 22 2017 - Music Heritage - Outdoor music festival in Buena Vista, Va.
…about Buena Vista, Virginia

Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Drive. Nothin Fancy Bluegrass Festival. Sept. 21-23 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Advance tickets: $30 Thursday and Friday, $35 on Saturday. $35 Thursday and Friday, $40 on Saturday at the door. For more information, call 540-529-0568 or visit www.glenmaurypark.com


Luray, Virginia

Luray is located within 15 minutes of I-81 and 30 minutes from 1-66, and just 90 minutes from Washington D.C.  The town was established in 1812 and is the county seat of Page County, Virginia.  It was named for a local blacksmith, Lewis "Lu" Ramey.  The town of Luray grew up around Lu's original blacksmith shop, which was located near Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns is a big draw for over a half-million visitors visiting to explore the caverns each year.  The Caverns attraction, which now includes a museum, was declared a National Natural Monument in the 1970s.

The Grand Old Mimslyn Inn is a classic Southern mansion style hotel built in the 1930s, is another visitor attraction.

The nearby South Fork of the Shenandoah River, offers many types of outdoor recreational activities.  

Sep 22 2017 - Fishing - Fishing event in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Lake Arrowhead. Lake Arrowhead Night Catfishing. Every 2nd and 4th Friday through October. Open until midnight For more information, visit townofluray.com


Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Sep 22 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, front lawn. 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaigns in a Box. 30 minute program provides an overview of either the the 1862 or 1864 Shenandoah Valley Civil War campaigns. Sept. 22, and 23 at 2:30 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Lexington, Virginia

Located at the intersection of historic US Route 11, Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 in the "upper" Shenandoah Valley area, Lexington is home of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. It's also the county seat of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Lexington was settled in 1777 and named in 1778.  It was the first of many towns and cities in the country to be named after Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first shot was fired during the American Revolution.  

There is plenty of Civil War history here: Virginia Military Institute was the site of a Union raid, and Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's only home that he ever owned was in Lexington.  It's now a museum.  Both Jackson and Robert E. Lee are buried in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in downtown Lexington.

Lexington's military heritage is also event at the Lee Chapel, the George C. Marshall Museum, Virginia Military Institute Museum, and the Museum of Military Memorabilia.  

The retro-themed Hull's Drive In Theater is the first community-owned, non-profit drive-in in the U.S.  

Sep 22 2017 - Outdoor Activities - VMI Cadets parade in formation at Virginia Military Institute
…about Lexington, Virginia

Parade Ground. Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets march in full formation. Free admission, open to the public. 4:35 p.m. on Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6 and 20, Nov. 3, Feb. 9, March 2 and 16, April 13, 20 and 24, and May 14 2:30 p.m. Graduation Parade. 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 11, April 21 and May 15 at 2 p.m. at New Market Parade and Ceremony. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit vmi.edu


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Sep 22 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Stoner-Keller Mill, Fishers Hill, 2900 Battlefield Road. Fishers Hill: The Story of a Battlefield, with Clarence Geier and Joe Whitehorne. Free admission. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit ShenandoahAtWar.org


Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge, in Rockbridge County, Virginia is the site of a geological formation which occured when the local Cedar Creek carved its way through the mountainous limestone. What resulted was a natural structure that now stands over 200 feet tall and 90 feet wide in the shape of an arc, giving it the appearance of a bridge.  The Natural Bridge is designated both a Virginia and National Historic Landmark.  Historic US Route 11 crosses the bridge, but the tourist attraction's landscaping now blocks any view from the roadway.  

The bridge is thought to have once been a sacred site of Native American Indians. George Washington reportedly surveyed the site of the bridge for Lord Fairfax.  As evidence to support this claim, the initials "G.W.", along with a surveyor's mark are carved into both into the bridge and a nearby rock.

Thomas Jefferson bought the land area that included the bridge in 1774. After he became a U.S. president, he built a cabin there, where he used to visit, and hosted a number of people who wouldb become historical figures.  The  Commonwealth of Virginia took ownership in 2014.

Visitors can find nearby attractions, including a cave, picnic areas and a zoo.

 

Sep 22 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

168 N. Dry Well Rd. Fast and Furious Friday Nite. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.com


Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Sep 22 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Outdoor program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Area, mile 51, inside the Rapidan Camp Gate. Night Skies. Astronomy program. Bring a blanket, chair, and flashlight. Hosted by Delaware North. Weather permitting. Free admission. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Sep 22 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

14F Court Square. Hunting Film 2017 Corporate Tour. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. For more information, visit ValleyArts.org


Sep 22 2017 - Music Heritage - Music and Dancing in Raphine, Va.
…about Lexington, VA

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.


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Sep 22 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. The Petty Hearts. Tom Petty tribute band. Tickets: $35. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 22 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Love`s Labour`s Lost. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Apollo Civic Theater

Used for local theater productions since the 1970s, the Apollo Civic Theater produces six main-stage shows each year, plus a summer youth production. Community events include the Coronation of Queen Pomona during the Apple Harvest Festival in October and the Miss Berkeley County Pageant in February.

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Martinsburg is the largest city in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and is the county seat of Berkeley County. The first United States post office was established at Martinsburg in 1792.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad reached Martinsburg in 1842 and the city became a center for the railroad industry and its workers. In June 1861, Civil War Confederate General Stonewall Jackson destroyed railroad cars at the Martinsburg B&O Railroad complex and commandeered the stean locomotives, dragging them overland through Winchester and Strasburg, Virginia, and onward to the south. The B&O Roundhouse, with its cast iron frame structure, remains a major architectural attraction in the city.

Fairs, festivals, art galleries, historic sites and recreational activities are scheduled there year round. Aspen Hall, a Georgian mansion built in 1745, is the oldest house in the city and reflects the city’s cultural heritage. Many of the wealthy residents of Aspen Hall  played key roles in the agricultural, religious, transportation, and political history of the region.

Sep 22 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at the Apollo Theater in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg, West Virginia

128 East Martin St. Chicago. Musical. PG-13. Sept. 22 - Oct. 1. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 304-263-6766 or visit apollocivictheatre.org


Sep 22 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Winchester Little Theatre in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

315 W Boscawen St. Breath of Spring. comedy. Last show today. Tickets $15.50-$19.75. For more information, call 540-662-3331 or visit www.wltonline.org.


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 22 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Playing Our Respects: A Tribute To Shenandoah Valley Musicians Who Have Left The Stage. Mod and the Rockers. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 23 2017 - Farmers Markets - Old Town Farmers Market in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Taylor Pavilion. Old Town Farmers Market. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. every Saturday, May 13 through September 30. Locally grown and produced items. For more information, visit oldtownwinchester.org


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Sep 23 2017 - Civil War History - Historic battlefield tour in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Fishers Hill Bus Tour with historian Scott Patchan. Box lunch and refreshments included. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Limited availability. Reservations required. Admission: $60, $50 for SVBF members. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit shenandoahatwar.org


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Sep 23 2017 - Farmers Markets - Waynesboro Farmers Market in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Parking Lot alongside Arch Ave., 215 W. Main St. Every Saturday through Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.waynesborofarmersmarket.org


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Sep 23 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Strasburg and Fishers Hill. Fishers Hill Bus Tour, with Scott Patchan. Box lunch and refreshments included. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation. Admission: $60. $50 for SVBF members. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit ShenandoahAtWar.org


Luray, Virginia

Luray is located within 15 minutes of I-81 and 30 minutes from 1-66, and just 90 minutes from Washington D.C.  The town was established in 1812 and is the county seat of Page County, Virginia.  It was named for a local blacksmith, Lewis "Lu" Ramey.  The town of Luray grew up around Lu's original blacksmith shop, which was located near Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns is a big draw for over a half-million visitors visiting to explore the caverns each year.  The Caverns attraction, which now includes a museum, was declared a National Natural Monument in the 1970s.

The Grand Old Mimslyn Inn is a classic Southern mansion style hotel built in the 1930s, is another visitor attraction.

The nearby South Fork of the Shenandoah River, offers many types of outdoor recreational activities.  

Sep 23 2017 - Farmers Markets - Farmers Market in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Mechanic St. June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, visit townofluray.com


Shenandoah, Virginia

Shenandoah, Virginia is located in southern Page County, between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten mountains, just a few miles from Shenandoah National Park.  

The town was settled in 1837 by two brothers who had discovered that the area was very rich in natural resources, such as iron ore deposits, hardwood and limestone.  The close proximity to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River was beneficial for the trasportation of goods.  

Shenandoah played a strategic role during the Civil War. Several iron ore furnaces around Shenandoah were built to smelt raw iron into pig iron. The local Shenandoah Iron Works used the iron to manufacture supplies used in the war. Cannonballs were also manufactured at local furnaces and shipped to the Confederate Army, along with gunpowder from a local gunpowder plant.

In 2006 and 2007, large fires destroyed parts of downtown Shenandoah.  Since then grants from the Commonwealth of Virginia have helped the town rebuild the downtown area.

In addition to it's close proximity to the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, Shenandoah is just a few miles northeast from Massanutten Resort in Rockingham County.  

Sep 23 2017 - Valley Heritage - Heritage program in Shenandoah, Va.
…about Shenandoah, Virginia

Shenandoah Computer Center, 411 Second St. Internet Genealogy Workshop. Workshop, followed by group discussion. For more information, call 540-652-8773


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Sep 23 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War battle reenactment in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Gordons Hill, Fishers Hill Battlefield. Cannon Demonstrations: Fire on the Mountaintop. Artillery demonstrations from the Confederate defensive positions high atop Gordons Hill. The demonstrations will be held three times - at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit ShenandoahAtWar.org


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Sep 23 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Gordons Hill, Fishers Hill Battlefield. Living History: The Soldiers of `64. Free admission. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit ShenandoahAtWar.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 23 2017 - Valley Heritage - Outdoor program in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Emily Smith House porch at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library 24 North Coalter St. Guided Walking Tours. Saturdays from May to October at 10 a.m. Tour six historic districts. Approximately two hours. No reservations required. Wear comfortable shoes Hosted by Historic Staunton Foundation. Rain or shine. Free admission. For more information, call 540-885-7676 or visit www.historicstaunton.org


Martinsburg, West Virginia

Martinsburg is the largest city in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and is the county seat of Berkeley County. The first United States post office was established at Martinsburg in 1792.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad reached Martinsburg in 1842 and the city became a center for the railroad industry and its workers. In June 1861, Civil War Confederate General Stonewall Jackson destroyed railroad cars at the Martinsburg B&O Railroad complex and commandeered the stean locomotives, dragging them overland through Winchester and Strasburg, Virginia, and onward to the south. The B&O Roundhouse, with its cast iron frame structure, remains a major architectural attraction in the city.

Fairs, festivals, art galleries, historic sites and recreational activities are scheduled there year round. Aspen Hall, a Georgian mansion built in 1745, is the oldest house in the city and reflects the city’s cultural heritage. Many of the wealthy residents of Aspen Hall  played key roles in the agricultural, religious, transportation, and political history of the region.

Sep 23 2017 - Farm to Table - Outdoor festival in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Orrs Farm Market, 682 Orr Drive. Fall Farm Fun Days 2017. Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Live music. Youth activities. Crafts will be sold. Food available. Hayrides, pumpkin patch. No pets. Free admission. For more information, call 304-263-1168 or visit www.orrsfarmmarket.com.


Skyland, Skyline Drive

At an elevation of 3680 feet, Skyland Resort is located at the highest point along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

The resort offers lodging and cabin rentals with scenic views, an on-site dining facility and large souvenir shop.  Close by, visitors will find hiking and walking trails, picnic areas, scenic overlooks, and horseback riding.  

Sep 23 2017 - Resort Activities - Apple Butter festival at Shenandoah National Park
…about Skyland, Skyline Drive

Skyland, mile 41.7, 42.5 on Skyline Drive. 18th Annual Apple Butter Celebration. Apple-boiling. Take part in apple-butter production. Wine and hard cider tasting, pony rides, youth-oriented crafts, and live entertainment. Food available. Wine-tastings. For more information, visit goshenandoah.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 23 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Guided downtown tours in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Staunton Visitor Center, 35 South New St. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Guide on call every day from 10 a.m, to 4 p.m. For more information, call 540-885-2430 or visit www.stauntonguidedtours.com


Lexington, Virginia

Located at the intersection of historic US Route 11, Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 in the "upper" Shenandoah Valley area, Lexington is home of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. It's also the county seat of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Lexington was settled in 1777 and named in 1778.  It was the first of many towns and cities in the country to be named after Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first shot was fired during the American Revolution.  

There is plenty of Civil War history here: Virginia Military Institute was the site of a Union raid, and Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's only home that he ever owned was in Lexington.  It's now a museum.  Both Jackson and Robert E. Lee are buried in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in downtown Lexington.

Lexington's military heritage is also event at the Lee Chapel, the George C. Marshall Museum, Virginia Military Institute Museum, and the Museum of Military Memorabilia.  

The retro-themed Hull's Drive In Theater is the first community-owned, non-profit drive-in in the U.S.  

Sep 23 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Renegade Art Glass, 142 Old Buena Vista Road. Every Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Create your now fused-glass artwork. Reservations required. Admission: $8-$80 per project. For more information, call 540-521-6128 or visit www.renegadeartglass.net


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Sep 23 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Gordons Hill, Fishers Hill Battlefield. Interpretive Program: The Fall of Fishers Hill. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit ShenandoahAtWar.org


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 23 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War battlefield tours at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

610 Battle Park Dr. Meet at Visitor Center at 11 a.m. Every Saturday through October. Guided tours. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your own refreshments. For more information, call 202-302-9129 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 23 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Walking tours in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia
Staunton Visitor Center, 35 South New St. Staunton Guided Tours. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Guide available on-call daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 540-885-2430 or visit www.stauntonguidedtours.com


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Sep 23 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Lumos Plaza. Chili, Blues N Brews. Chili tasting, live blues music, artisans and exhibitors and micro and mega brews. Chili competition for cash prizes. For more information, visit www.virginiachili.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 23 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Old Town Winchester. Historical Cemetery Tours every Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit oldtownwinchester.org


Virginia Horse Center

The Virginia Horse Center is a 600-acre facility includes a 4,000-seat indoor arena, eight barns that can accommodate 1,200 horses, 19 show rings, two additional indoor arenas, cross-country and combined driving courses, restaurants, campgrounds and shops. It operates as a non-profit organization for equestrian competition, education and recreation.

Lexington, Virginia

Located at the intersection of historic US Route 11, Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 in the "upper" Shenandoah Valley area, Lexington is home of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. It's also the county seat of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Lexington was settled in 1777 and named in 1778.  It was the first of many towns and cities in the country to be named after Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first shot was fired during the American Revolution.  

There is plenty of Civil War history here: Virginia Military Institute was the site of a Union raid, and Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's only home that he ever owned was in Lexington.  It's now a museum.  Both Jackson and Robert E. Lee are buried in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in downtown Lexington.

Lexington's military heritage is also event at the Lee Chapel, the George C. Marshall Museum, Virginia Military Institute Museum, and the Museum of Military Memorabilia.  

The retro-themed Hull's Drive In Theater is the first community-owned, non-profit drive-in in the U.S.  

Sep 23 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia

Glenmore Hunt Pony Club Horse Show. SWVHJA recognized show offers classes for Hunter, Jumper and Pleasure riders and for all ages, levels and interests. For more information, visit www.horsecenter.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 23 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Downtown festival in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Ghosts of Staunton Ghost Tours. Weekend Ghost Tours around Downtown Staunton.  Runs through October. For more information, call 540-448-2743 or visit www.ghostsofstaunton.com


Martinsburg, West Virginia

Martinsburg is the largest city in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and is the county seat of Berkeley County. The first United States post office was established at Martinsburg in 1792.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad reached Martinsburg in 1842 and the city became a center for the railroad industry and its workers. In June 1861, Civil War Confederate General Stonewall Jackson destroyed railroad cars at the Martinsburg B&O Railroad complex and commandeered the stean locomotives, dragging them overland through Winchester and Strasburg, Virginia, and onward to the south. The B&O Roundhouse, with its cast iron frame structure, remains a major architectural attraction in the city.

Fairs, festivals, art galleries, historic sites and recreational activities are scheduled there year round. Aspen Hall, a Georgian mansion built in 1745, is the oldest house in the city and reflects the city’s cultural heritage. Many of the wealthy residents of Aspen Hall  played key roles in the agricultural, religious, transportation, and political history of the region.

Sep 23 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Puppet theater show in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 West King St. The Hokie Pokie Magic Show. Sept. 9 - Oct. 29. Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:40 p.m. Harvest Party Oct. 14-15. For more information, call 304-258-4074 or visit www.wondermentpuppets.com


New Market, Virginia

New Market is the site of the oldest continuously-held Civil War battle reenactment in the U.S. East year, cadets from the Virginia Military Institute commemorate an 85-mile march from Lexington to New Market, reenacting the original battle that occurred in 1864. The Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park feature artifacts, dioramas and an Emmy-winning film "Field of Lost Shoes." It is shown daily at the museum, which also houses an official Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center.

New Market s historical buildings reflect the architectural craftsmanship of early German settlers. Many of these buildings are now part of Town walking tour, each identified by a brass plaque.

Art galleries and shops featuring freshly-ground coffee, pottery and a wide variety of hand-crafted items such as quilts, blown glass, glass beads and candles can be found in shops on the streets of New Market.

Golfers come to New Market to enjoy PGA-level golfing at The Shenvalee Golf Course. The golf course also offers scenic Massanutten mountain views.

Sep 23 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Heritage festival activities in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

Rouss Center for the Arts, 9357 N. Congress St. New Market Heritage Days. Special train exhibit. Michael Meyers displays toy American Flyer train setup. Stories Under the Family Tree: Share life stories.  For all ages. Free admission. For more information, visit www.rousscenter.org


Page County, Virginia

Page County, Virginia was split off from sections of Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties in 1831, named after an early 19th century Virginia Governor, John Page. The town of Luray is the county seat. The town of Stanley and nearly two dozen unincorporated communities make up form the county, which is located in the eastern part of the Shenandoah Valley, tucked between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountain ranges.  

Both Confederate and Union soldiers used Page County as a route to and from Gettysburg during the Civil War. Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson frequently used the county as a thoroughfare for his 40,000 troops. 

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River runs through Page County, offering many outdoor recreational activities. A number of festivals and other activities happen throughout the county each year. Luray Caverns in Luray is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Shenandoah Valley.  This National Natural Monument brings in over half a million visitors annually.  

 

Sep 23 2017 - Concerts & Music - Music concert series in Page County, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Cooters, 4768 US Highway 211 W. Cooters Garage Band Concerts. Cooters Garage Band on Saturdays and and Best in Bluegrass on Sundays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Free admission. For more information, call 540-843-2515 or visit www.facebook.com/CootersLuray


Martinsburg, West Virginia

Martinsburg is the largest city in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and is the county seat of Berkeley County. The first United States post office was established at Martinsburg in 1792.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad reached Martinsburg in 1842 and the city became a center for the railroad industry and its workers. In June 1861, Civil War Confederate General Stonewall Jackson destroyed railroad cars at the Martinsburg B&O Railroad complex and commandeered the stean locomotives, dragging them overland through Winchester and Strasburg, Virginia, and onward to the south. The B&O Roundhouse, with its cast iron frame structure, remains a major architectural attraction in the city.

Fairs, festivals, art galleries, historic sites and recreational activities are scheduled there year round. Aspen Hall, a Georgian mansion built in 1745, is the oldest house in the city and reflects the city’s cultural heritage. Many of the wealthy residents of Aspen Hall  played key roles in the agricultural, religious, transportation, and political history of the region.

Sep 23 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen St. Color theory, rules in using and mixing colors, color wheels, triads, tetrads, color in design, color schemes, and much more. Fridays Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, and 14, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Hosted by Berkeley Arts Council. For more information, call 304-620-7277 or visit www.berkeleyartsWV.org


Sep 23 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Weekly dining festival in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, VA

Visitor Center at Hardesty Higgins House, 212 S. Main St. Rocktown Bites Food Regular Tour. Saturdays at 2 p.m., 2.5 hours. Sample food, drink including craft beer and Virginia wines, at five independent restaurants, food shops, and local businesses. For more information, visit www.visitharrisonburgva.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 23 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Peter and the Starcatcher. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Sep 23 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War battlefield tour at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main St.Two-hour, guided car-caravan tour led by ranger vehicle: Chronological interpretation of the Battle of Cedar Creek. Stops at key landmarks. Presented by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. Sept. 2, 4, 16, 23, 27, 29 and 30 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit nps.gov/cebe


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Sep 23 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Gordons Hill, Fishers Hill Battlefield. Youth Program: Life as a Soldier and Civilian. Living history reenactors, Tom and Lesley Mack of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers. Free admission. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit ShenandoahAtWar.org


Luray, Virginia

Luray is located within 15 minutes of I-81 and 30 minutes from 1-66, and just 90 minutes from Washington D.C.  The town was established in 1812 and is the county seat of Page County, Virginia.  It was named for a local blacksmith, Lewis "Lu" Ramey.  The town of Luray grew up around Lu's original blacksmith shop, which was located near Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns is a big draw for over a half-million visitors visiting to explore the caverns each year.  The Caverns attraction, which now includes a museum, was declared a National Natural Monument in the 1970s.

The Grand Old Mimslyn Inn is a classic Southern mansion style hotel built in the 1930s, is another visitor attraction.

The nearby South Fork of the Shenandoah River, offers many types of outdoor recreational activities.  

Sep 23 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor music concert in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Luray Singing Tower, Northcott Drive. Fall Recital Season concert. Carillon tower performances every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. through the end of October. For more information, visit facebook.com/LuraySingingTower


Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge, in Rockbridge County, Virginia is the site of a geological formation which occured when the local Cedar Creek carved its way through the mountainous limestone. What resulted was a natural structure that now stands over 200 feet tall and 90 feet wide in the shape of an arc, giving it the appearance of a bridge.  The Natural Bridge is designated both a Virginia and National Historic Landmark.  Historic US Route 11 crosses the bridge, but the tourist attraction's landscaping now blocks any view from the roadway.  

The bridge is thought to have once been a sacred site of Native American Indians. George Washington reportedly surveyed the site of the bridge for Lord Fairfax.  As evidence to support this claim, the initials "G.W.", along with a surveyor's mark are carved into both into the bridge and a nearby rock.

Thomas Jefferson bought the land area that included the bridge in 1774. After he became a U.S. president, he built a cabin there, where he used to visit, and hosted a number of people who wouldb become historical figures.  The  Commonwealth of Virginia took ownership in 2014.

Visitors can find nearby attractions, including a cave, picnic areas and a zoo.

 

Sep 23 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

168 N. Dry Well Rd. DOHC import vs domestic Street Race. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.com


Boyce, Virginia

The town of Boyce was established in 1881. It was a Shenandoah Valley Railroad town at first, then incorporated in 1910. Itwas named after Colonel Upton L. Boyce. He's the one that convinced the railroad to build a line through Clarke County.

Today, the Boyce Railroad Station is a historic landmark, and now it's the Norfolk & Western Railway that passes through the center of town. According to local lore, the citizens of Boyce wanted a larger, more ornate building and also wanted it to be located on the east side of the tracks. So they raised the funds to build the larger station where they wanted it to be.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill is one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country. It's located in nearby Millwood. South of Boyce, along US Route 50, the State Arboretum of Virginia featuring a very large collection of native trees and shrubs.

Sep 23 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Public program at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

Library and Grounds. Exploring the Night Sky by Telescope. Brief introduction about night sky, then outdoors to  view with telescopes. Dress for the weather. Hosted by Shenandoah Astronomical Society. Admission: Foundation members and UVa. Alumni $10, non-members $12- Member/Alumni families $20, non-member families $25. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu


Sep 23 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

610 Battle Park Dr. 2nd annual Civil War Ball. Period music by the Second Virginia Calvary String Band. Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers and callers. Refreshments provided. Tickets: $25, available at visitor center and online. For more information, call 202-302-9129 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 23 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

610 Battle Park Dr. Kernstown Battlefield. Second Annual Civil War Ball. Music by the Second Virginia Calvary String Band. Dance masters from the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers will call dances. For more information, call 540-869-2896 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org


Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Shepherdstown still exudes a historical flavor that that pre-dates the Revolutionary War.  Town cultural life includes a regular variety of concert events and art galleries.  Visitors can also hike or bike the C&O Canal National Historical Park tow path or go rafting, tubing or kayaking on the Potomac River.

A few miles north of the river is Shepherdstown, Maryland, the site of the bloodiest single-day battle in the American Civil War history.  After the Battle of Antietam, Shepherdstown became a large hospital community that cared for the tens of thousands of soldiers who were wounded in the battle.

Shepherdstown was chartered in 1762. For a brief period, from 1865-1871, Shepherdstown had served as the county seat of Jefferson County because of war damage at the nearby Charles Town courthouse. Shepherdstown is also home to Shepherd University.

Sep 23 2017 - Concerts & Music - Classical music concert in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Trinity Episcopal Church, German St. Two Rivers String Quartet, with Featured Clarinet. Works by Mozart, Gerald Finzi. Hosted by Friends of Music. Tickets: $20, $18 before Sept. 10. Friends of Music members admitted free. For more information, visit www.friendsWV.org


Sep 23 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Comedy show at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, VA

41-F Court Square. Oct. Nickels and Wiener Improv Comedy Duo. Adult content. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets: $7. $9 at the door. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit www.valleyarts.org.


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 23 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Caressing Steel: Rush cover band, with 8up. High-energy hard rock and metal cover music. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 23 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown bi-weekly festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Haunted Pub Crawl. Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tour downtown taverns and restaurants. Hosted by Ghost Tours Old Town Winchester, Virginia. Reservations requested. Admission: $29.99. For more information, call 540-827-9948


Luray, Virginia

Luray is located within 15 minutes of I-81 and 30 minutes from 1-66, and just 90 minutes from Washington D.C.  The town was established in 1812 and is the county seat of Page County, Virginia.  It was named for a local blacksmith, Lewis "Lu" Ramey.  The town of Luray grew up around Lu's original blacksmith shop, which was located near Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns is a big draw for over a half-million visitors visiting to explore the caverns each year.  The Caverns attraction, which now includes a museum, was declared a National Natural Monument in the 1970s.

The Grand Old Mimslyn Inn is a classic Southern mansion style hotel built in the 1930s, is another visitor attraction.

The nearby South Fork of the Shenandoah River, offers many types of outdoor recreational activities.  

Sep 24 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Mount Carmel Christian Academy. 9th Annual Car and Truck Show. Registration: $15 per vehicle. Trophy for winners of various classes. For more information, call 540-743-9558 or visit mccacarshow.wordpress.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 24 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Art and the Animal. Changing Exhibitions Gallery. Runs through Sept. 30. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.org


Byrd Visitor Center, Skyline Drive

The Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center is located within the Big Meadow Recreation Area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

Visitors to the Skyline Drive can stop by the center for access to restrooms, an information desk, exhibits, ranger programs, videos, a bookstore, maps and other publications about the area.

Activities available around the visitor center include hiking, camping, picnicing and scenic overlooks.  

 

 

Sep 24 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Nature program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Byrd Visitor Center, Skyline Drive

Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51 on Skyline Drive. Monarch Butterflies. $25-per-car park entrance fee. Ranger-led programs: talks, interactive youth activities, butterfly tagging demonstrations, and butterfly release. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit nps.gov/shen


Luray, Virginia

Luray is located within 15 minutes of I-81 and 30 minutes from 1-66, and just 90 minutes from Washington D.C.  The town was established in 1812 and is the county seat of Page County, Virginia.  It was named for a local blacksmith, Lewis "Lu" Ramey.  The town of Luray grew up around Lu's original blacksmith shop, which was located near Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns is a big draw for over a half-million visitors visiting to explore the caverns each year.  The Caverns attraction, which now includes a museum, was declared a National Natural Monument in the 1970s.

The Grand Old Mimslyn Inn is a classic Southern mansion style hotel built in the 1930s, is another visitor attraction.

The nearby South Fork of the Shenandoah River, offers many types of outdoor recreational activities.  

Sep 24 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth nature program in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Luray Zoo, 1087 US Highway 211 West, Educational shows are every Saturday and Sunday: Close Encounters at 11 a.m., Alligator Feedings at 1 p.m., and Venomous Snake shows at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-743-4113 or visit lurayzoo.com


Luray, Virginia

Luray is located within 15 minutes of I-81 and 30 minutes from 1-66, and just 90 minutes from Washington D.C.  The town was established in 1812 and is the county seat of Page County, Virginia.  It was named for a local blacksmith, Lewis "Lu" Ramey.  The town of Luray grew up around Lu's original blacksmith shop, which was located near Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns is a big draw for over a half-million visitors visiting to explore the caverns each year.  The Caverns attraction, which now includes a museum, was declared a National Natural Monument in the 1970s.

The Grand Old Mimslyn Inn is a classic Southern mansion style hotel built in the 1930s, is another visitor attraction.

The nearby South Fork of the Shenandoah River, offers many types of outdoor recreational activities.  

Sep 24 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Luray Caverns, 101 Cave Hill Road. Tour of Overall Milford Battlefield. Parking in Luray Caverns parking lot. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Free admission. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit shenandoahatwar.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 24 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Strasburg, Virginia

The town of Strasburg is the largest of the six Shenandoah County communities.  It lies on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River at the foot of the northern end of Massanutten Mountain. Strasburg was chartered in 1761 and incorporated in 1922.

The town is located between Cedar Creek Battlefield, to the north, and Fishers Hill Battlefield, to the south.

Strasburg offers pottery, antiques, Civil War history, and a variety of gift shops and art galleries. Pottery was so important to the town of Strasburg that it was once known as Pot Town in the post-Civil War era. Examples of Strasburg pottery are exhibited not only at the Strasburg Museum but also at places like the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

Strasburg holds two festivals each year,  Mayfest and Ocktoberfest. Both are family-friendly events.

Sep 24 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Strasburg, Va.
…about Strasburg, Virginia

St. Paul Lutheran Church 193 W. Washington St. Historian Michael Smith presents On the Homefront: Women`s Leadership Role in the Civil War. Refreshements available. Hosted by Strasburg Heritage Association. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit www.strasburgvaheritage.org

 


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 24 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Life on the Ropes: Tales of Professional Wrestling, with World Champion Tony Mr. USA Atlas. Two shows: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Page County, Virginia

Page County, Virginia was split off from sections of Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties in 1831, named after an early 19th century Virginia Governor, John Page. The town of Luray is the county seat. The town of Stanley and nearly two dozen unincorporated communities make up form the county, which is located in the eastern part of the Shenandoah Valley, tucked between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountain ranges.  

Both Confederate and Union soldiers used Page County as a route to and from Gettysburg during the Civil War. Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson frequently used the county as a thoroughfare for his 40,000 troops. 

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River runs through Page County, offering many outdoor recreational activities. A number of festivals and other activities happen throughout the county each year. Luray Caverns in Luray is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Shenandoah Valley.  This National Natural Monument brings in over half a million visitors annually.  

 

Sep 24 2017 - Valley Heritage - Heritage festival in Page County, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Beahms Chapel Cemetery. Annual Memorial Service. For more information, call 540-743-6407


Page County, Virginia

Page County, Virginia was split off from sections of Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties in 1831, named after an early 19th century Virginia Governor, John Page. The town of Luray is the county seat. The town of Stanley and nearly two dozen unincorporated communities make up form the county, which is located in the eastern part of the Shenandoah Valley, tucked between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountain ranges.  

Both Confederate and Union soldiers used Page County as a route to and from Gettysburg during the Civil War. Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson frequently used the county as a thoroughfare for his 40,000 troops. 

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River runs through Page County, offering many outdoor recreational activities. A number of festivals and other activities happen throughout the county each year. Luray Caverns in Luray is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Shenandoah Valley.  This National Natural Monument brings in over half a million visitors annually.  

 

Sep 24 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Wisteria Winery, 1126 Marksville Rd. Wine and Whiskers at Wisteria. Benefits Page Paws. Wine, appetizers, and silent auction. Tickets: $20. For more information, call 540-742-1489 or visit www.wisteriavineyard.com


Page County, Virginia

Page County, Virginia was split off from sections of Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties in 1831, named after an early 19th century Virginia Governor, John Page. The town of Luray is the county seat. The town of Stanley and nearly two dozen unincorporated communities make up form the county, which is located in the eastern part of the Shenandoah Valley, tucked between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountain ranges.  

Both Confederate and Union soldiers used Page County as a route to and from Gettysburg during the Civil War. Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson frequently used the county as a thoroughfare for his 40,000 troops. 

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River runs through Page County, offering many outdoor recreational activities. A number of festivals and other activities happen throughout the county each year. Luray Caverns in Luray is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Shenandoah Valley.  This National Natural Monument brings in over half a million visitors annually.  

 

Sep 24 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Wisteria Winery, 1126 Marksville Rd. Music Under the Arbor. Live music. For more information, call 540-742-1489 or visit wisteriavineyard.com


Skyland, Skyline Drive

At an elevation of 3680 feet, Skyland Resort is located at the highest point along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

The resort offers lodging and cabin rentals with scenic views, an on-site dining facility and large souvenir shop.  Close by, visitors will find hiking and walking trails, picnic areas, scenic overlooks, and horseback riding.  

Sep 24 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Retro music concert at Shenandoah National Park
…about Skyland, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge, New Market Taproom. 1930s to 60s Sunday Afternoon Music. Hosted by Delaware North. Free admission. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 24 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Winchester Little Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

315 W. Boscawen St. Readers Theatre: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. For more information, visit wltonline.org


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Sep 25 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Water St. Window Gallery: Glasswork by Barbara Camph. Runs through Sept.30 For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Sep 25 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Visitors Center. Save the Monarch Exhibit. Celebrates the National Save the Monarch initiative. Runs through Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 25 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Public program at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Bowman Library Meeting Room. Maker Monday Workshop series: Electronics Crash Course. Hosted by Valley Makers Association. Limited availability. Reservations requested. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-869-9000, extension 203 or visit www.youseemore.com/handley


Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater, Virginia was established in the 1740s.  It is the home of Bridgewater College, a private liberal arts institution. The town has nearly 6000 residents.

Bridgewater is located on the southern border of Rockingham County, and is about 5 miles southwest of the county seat of Harrisonburg.  The scenic and historic Rte. 42 goes through the heart of the town.  It is located less than two miles from Historic US Rte. 11 and Interstate 81.  It is also a mid-point between the metro areas of Washington D.C. and Richmond; both within a 2.5 hour drive.

The origin of the town's name was derived from it's close proximity to the North River, and the bridge that was built over the river after the town was settled.  It's location, convenient to several major transportation routes, established Bridgewater as a trading town in the 1800s.

Bridgewater is home to several golf courses, wineries and a number of parks which serve as venues for the town's annual Concerts in the Park series.  The town in known for it's wide streets, which are convenient for bike riding and walking tours through the downtown area.

 

Sep 25 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Convocation program at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cole Hall. Constitution Day Convocation. Barry T. Meek, associate general counsel at the University of Virginia and Douglas L. Guynn, counsel at BotkinRose PLC: Freedom of Expression: What are the Limits? Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Sep 25 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Monday at the Movies series. Doors open every Monday at 6 p.m., all films roll at 7 p.m. Also offering a 2 p.m. Monday matinee. Discussion follows 7 p.m. film. Hosted by Classic Cinema Club. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.org


Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater, Virginia was established in the 1740s.  It is the home of Bridgewater College, a private liberal arts institution. The town has nearly 6000 residents.

Bridgewater is located on the southern border of Rockingham County, and is about 5 miles southwest of the county seat of Harrisonburg.  The scenic and historic Rte. 42 goes through the heart of the town.  It is located less than two miles from Historic US Rte. 11 and Interstate 81.  It is also a mid-point between the metro areas of Washington D.C. and Richmond; both within a 2.5 hour drive.

The origin of the town's name was derived from it's close proximity to the North River, and the bridge that was built over the river after the town was settled.  It's location, convenient to several major transportation routes, established Bridgewater as a trading town in the 1800s.

Bridgewater is home to several golf courses, wineries and a number of parks which serve as venues for the town's annual Concerts in the Park series.  The town in known for it's wide streets, which are convenient for bike riding and walking tours through the downtown area.

 

Sep 26 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery. u n Natural hiStories, paintings by Lexington artists Jennifer Cox, Barbara Crawford and Laure Stevens-Lubin. Runs through Sept. 27. Hours: 8 a.m. to midnight Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Artists Talk and Reception on Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-828-5486 or visit bridgewater.edu


Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Sep 26 2017 - Valley Heritage - Sheepdog competition at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

336 Belle Grove Road. National Sheep Dog Trials. 2017 U.S. Border Collie Handlers Association National Sheepdog Finals. Sept. 26 - Sept. 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Semi-finals Sept. 30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 finals 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food available, merchandise vendors. Hosted by National Sheep Dog Trails. For more information, call 540-869-2028  or visit bellegrove.org


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 26 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Tones of a New Day: Works of Radford Wine. Glen Burnie House Drawing Room. Runs through Dec. 31. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.org

 


Boyce, Virginia

The town of Boyce was established in 1881. It was a Shenandoah Valley Railroad town at first, then incorporated in 1910. Itwas named after Colonel Upton L. Boyce. He's the one that convinced the railroad to build a line through Clarke County.

Today, the Boyce Railroad Station is a historic landmark, and now it's the Norfolk & Western Railway that passes through the center of town. According to local lore, the citizens of Boyce wanted a larger, more ornate building and also wanted it to be located on the east side of the tracks. So they raised the funds to build the larger station where they wanted it to be.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill is one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country. It's located in nearby Millwood. South of Boyce, along US Route 50, the State Arboretum of Virginia featuring a very large collection of native trees and shrubs.

Sep 26 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Nature program at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

400 Blandy Farm Lane. Lunchtime TreeTorials. Tuesdays at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Illustrated introduction to identification, ecology, and points of interest. Walking tour, weather permitting. Sept. 26: Maples, Oct. 3: Hickories and Oct. 10: Oaks. Limited availability. Reservations requested. Free admission. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu


Shenandoah, Virginia

Shenandoah, Virginia is located in southern Page County, between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten mountains, just a few miles from Shenandoah National Park.  

The town was settled in 1837 by two brothers who had discovered that the area was very rich in natural resources, such as iron ore deposits, hardwood and limestone.  The close proximity to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River was beneficial for the trasportation of goods.  

Shenandoah played a strategic role during the Civil War. Several iron ore furnaces around Shenandoah were built to smelt raw iron into pig iron. The local Shenandoah Iron Works used the iron to manufacture supplies used in the war. Cannonballs were also manufactured at local furnaces and shipped to the Confederate Army, along with gunpowder from a local gunpowder plant.

In 2006 and 2007, large fires destroyed parts of downtown Shenandoah.  Since then grants from the Commonwealth of Virginia have helped the town rebuild the downtown area.

In addition to it's close proximity to the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, Shenandoah is just a few miles northeast from Massanutten Resort in Rockingham County.  

Sep 26 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Weekly Tuesday evening bingo in Shenandoah, Va.
…about Shenandoah, Virginia

Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Company, Shenandoah Community Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games start at 6:30 p.m.


Shenandoah, Virginia

Shenandoah, Virginia is located in southern Page County, between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten mountains, just a few miles from Shenandoah National Park.  

The town was settled in 1837 by two brothers who had discovered that the area was very rich in natural resources, such as iron ore deposits, hardwood and limestone.  The close proximity to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River was beneficial for the trasportation of goods.  

Shenandoah played a strategic role during the Civil War. Several iron ore furnaces around Shenandoah were built to smelt raw iron into pig iron. The local Shenandoah Iron Works used the iron to manufacture supplies used in the war. Cannonballs were also manufactured at local furnaces and shipped to the Confederate Army, along with gunpowder from a local gunpowder plant.

In 2006 and 2007, large fires destroyed parts of downtown Shenandoah.  Since then grants from the Commonwealth of Virginia have helped the town rebuild the downtown area.

In addition to it's close proximity to the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, Shenandoah is just a few miles northeast from Massanutten Resort in Rockingham County.  

Sep 26 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Youth program in Shenandoah, Va.
…about Shenandoah, Virginia

Half hour tennis lessons from 5:30-6 p.m. every Tuesday. Adult pickup play begins at 6 p.m. immediately after the youth lessons.


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 26 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Food and Wine Tours at Old Town Winchester in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Old Town Winchester. A Savory Taste of Winchester: Culinary Food and Wine Tours. Weekly event: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until Dec. 30. For more information, visit oldtownwinchester.org


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Sep 26 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Signature Speaker Series: Swanannoa, with Airisun Wonderli. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 27 2017 - Farmers Markets - Farmers market in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Wharf Lot. Staunton Augusta Farmers Market. Saturdays: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesdays: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., through November. Pproducer-only market, farm-fresh foods, baked goods, plants and other items. For more information, visit www.safarmersmarket.com


Lexington, Virginia

Located at the intersection of historic US Route 11, Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 in the "upper" Shenandoah Valley area, Lexington is home of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. It's also the county seat of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Lexington was settled in 1777 and named in 1778.  It was the first of many towns and cities in the country to be named after Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first shot was fired during the American Revolution.  

There is plenty of Civil War history here: Virginia Military Institute was the site of a Union raid, and Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's only home that he ever owned was in Lexington.  It's now a museum.  Both Jackson and Robert E. Lee are buried in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in downtown Lexington.

Lexington's military heritage is also event at the Lee Chapel, the George C. Marshall Museum, Virginia Military Institute Museum, and the Museum of Military Memorabilia.  

The retro-themed Hull's Drive In Theater is the first community-owned, non-profit drive-in in the U.S.  

Sep 27 2017 - Farmers Markets - Farmers Market in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Lexington Farmers Market. Runs weekly through Thanksgiving, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday at McCrum Parking lot, behind Southern Inn. Mid-December through mid-April, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at Lexington Presbyterian Church, Randolph St. Seasonal produce, plants, eggs, meats baked goods, coffee and handcrafted goods. For more information, call 540-463-9234 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Lexington-Virginia-Farmers-Market/302763089563


Lexington, Virginia

Located at the intersection of historic US Route 11, Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 in the "upper" Shenandoah Valley area, Lexington is home of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. It's also the county seat of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Lexington was settled in 1777 and named in 1778.  It was the first of many towns and cities in the country to be named after Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first shot was fired during the American Revolution.  

There is plenty of Civil War history here: Virginia Military Institute was the site of a Union raid, and Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's only home that he ever owned was in Lexington.  It's now a museum.  Both Jackson and Robert E. Lee are buried in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in downtown Lexington.

Lexington's military heritage is also event at the Lee Chapel, the George C. Marshall Museum, Virginia Military Institute Museum, and the Museum of Military Memorabilia.  

The retro-themed Hull's Drive In Theater is the first community-owned, non-profit drive-in in the U.S.  

Sep 27 2017 - Concerts & Music - Bluegrass music jam sessions in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Blue Sky Bakery, 16 Lee Ave. Live bluegrass music every Wednesday morning. Bring a musical instrument to jam with, or just listen.


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 27 2017 - Visual Arts - Youth program at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

901 Amherst St. Homeschool Art Studio. 5-8 graders develop and build upon art-making skills. Ten-week program. Every Wednesday through Nov. 8. Rain or shine. Reservations required. Register online. Admission: Museum members, $160. General admission: $180 - get a Student Membership for $15.. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit themsv.org


New Market, Virginia

New Market is the site of the oldest continuously-held Civil War battle reenactment in the U.S. East year, cadets from the Virginia Military Institute commemorate an 85-mile march from Lexington to New Market, reenacting the original battle that occurred in 1864. The Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park feature artifacts, dioramas and an Emmy-winning film "Field of Lost Shoes." It is shown daily at the museum, which also houses an official Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center.

New Market s historical buildings reflect the architectural craftsmanship of early German settlers. Many of these buildings are now part of Town walking tour, each identified by a brass plaque.

Art galleries and shops featuring freshly-ground coffee, pottery and a wide variety of hand-crafted items such as quilts, blown glass, glass beads and candles can be found in shops on the streets of New Market.

Golfers come to New Market to enjoy PGA-level golfing at The Shenvalee Golf Course. The golf course also offers scenic Massanutten mountain views.

Sep 27 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Theater workshop in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

Rouss Center for the Arts, 9357 N. Congress St. Acting Class for Youth. Ages 7 to 15. Wednesdays, through Nov. 1, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Use improv, theater games, movement and vocal execution, music, and text to help build on-stage confidence. For more information, call 540-984-3134 or visit www.rousscenter.org


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 27 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Public program at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Pre-show lecture: Dr. Ralph. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Shepherdstown still exudes a historical flavor that that pre-dates the Revolutionary War.  Town cultural life includes a regular variety of concert events and art galleries.  Visitors can also hike or bike the C&O Canal National Historical Park tow path or go rafting, tubing or kayaking on the Potomac River.

A few miles north of the river is Shepherdstown, Maryland, the site of the bloodiest single-day battle in the American Civil War history.  After the Battle of Antietam, Shepherdstown became a large hospital community that cared for the tens of thousands of soldiers who were wounded in the battle.

Shepherdstown was chartered in 1762. For a brief period, from 1865-1871, Shepherdstown had served as the county seat of Jefferson County because of war damage at the nearby Charles Town courthouse. Shepherdstown is also home to Shepherd University.

Sep 27 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Opera House theater, 131 West German St. Pipeline Fighters. Documentary. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit operahouselive.com


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Sep 27 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

41 Court Square. Hispanic Film Festival series. Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.: La Granja, produced in Puerto Rico. 9:30 p.m.: Carpinteros, produced in Dominican Republic. Theater members get 20 percent off and Free Popcorn. Tickets: Adults, $9.50. Students, $5. Seniors, $8.50. Matinee: $8. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit www.valleyarts.org/cst


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 27 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Public program at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

John Kerr Elementary School. Author, Trained chef and food journalist, Patrick Evans-Hylton. Door prize: Original artwork. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-662-9041 or visit www.youseemore.com/handley


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 27 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3). Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Sep 28 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Joy of Clay and Leaves by stoneware artist, Kathy Kavanagh. Runs through Sept. 29. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Sep 28 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Smith House Galleries in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

311 S. Main St. Looking for Rocktown: Contemporary Depictions of Harrisonburg. Artwork collection by local artists. Runs through Sept. 29. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets: $7. $9 at the door. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-801-8779 or visit ValleyArts.org


Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive

Although Shenandoah National Park is famous for its scenic Skyline Drive, almost 40% park is a protected wilderness area. The park is open year-round, although portions of Skyline Drive may be closed during bad weather . Shenandoah National Park is an easy drive from the Washington D.C. Area.

Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Sep 28 2017 - Valley Heritage - Heritage festival at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive in Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge. Local basket artisan teaches his craft. Beginners to intermediate: Make one basket. Hosted by Delaware North. Admission: $50. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Sep 28 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main S. Where the Mountains Meet the Sky.  Runs Sept. 7-Nov. 26. Featuring works by Montana artists. Montana landscapes, Native Americans paintings and sculptures. Opening Reception on Sept. 7, from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.org


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Sep 28 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Summer Movie Series. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Refreshements available. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 28 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Student Matinee. Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Sep 28 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. Community Craft Circle. Social networking. Every 4th Thursday from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. For all ages. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.com


Boyce, Virginia

The town of Boyce was established in 1881. It was a Shenandoah Valley Railroad town at first, then incorporated in 1910. Itwas named after Colonel Upton L. Boyce. He's the one that convinced the railroad to build a line through Clarke County.

Today, the Boyce Railroad Station is a historic landmark, and now it's the Norfolk & Western Railway that passes through the center of town. According to local lore, the citizens of Boyce wanted a larger, more ornate building and also wanted it to be located on the east side of the tracks. So they raised the funds to build the larger station where they wanted it to be.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill is one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country. It's located in nearby Millwood. South of Boyce, along US Route 50, the State Arboretum of Virginia featuring a very large collection of native trees and shrubs.

Sep 28 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Monthly Book Club meeting at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

Blandy Library. Fourth Thursday of the month, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Participants should read book before then meeting. Free admission. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu.


Martinsburg, West Virginia

Martinsburg is the largest city in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and is the county seat of Berkeley County. The first United States post office was established at Martinsburg in 1792.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad reached Martinsburg in 1842 and the city became a center for the railroad industry and its workers. In June 1861, Civil War Confederate General Stonewall Jackson destroyed railroad cars at the Martinsburg B&O Railroad complex and commandeered the stean locomotives, dragging them overland through Winchester and Strasburg, Virginia, and onward to the south. The B&O Roundhouse, with its cast iron frame structure, remains a major architectural attraction in the city.

Fairs, festivals, art galleries, historic sites and recreational activities are scheduled there year round. Aspen Hall, a Georgian mansion built in 1745, is the oldest house in the city and reflects the city’s cultural heritage. Many of the wealthy residents of Aspen Hall  played key roles in the agricultural, religious, transportation, and political history of the region.

Sep 28 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen St. Spritzilism: using botanicals as templates. Every Thursday in September, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Hosted by Berkeley Arts Council. For more information, call 304-620-7277 or visit www.berkeleyartsWV.org


New Market, Virginia

New Market is the site of the oldest continuously-held Civil War battle reenactment in the U.S. East year, cadets from the Virginia Military Institute commemorate an 85-mile march from Lexington to New Market, reenacting the original battle that occurred in 1864. The Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park feature artifacts, dioramas and an Emmy-winning film "Field of Lost Shoes." It is shown daily at the museum, which also houses an official Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center.

New Market s historical buildings reflect the architectural craftsmanship of early German settlers. Many of these buildings are now part of Town walking tour, each identified by a brass plaque.

Art galleries and shops featuring freshly-ground coffee, pottery and a wide variety of hand-crafted items such as quilts, blown glass, glass beads and candles can be found in shops on the streets of New Market.

Golfers come to New Market to enjoy PGA-level golfing at The Shenvalee Golf Course. The golf course also offers scenic Massanutten mountain views.

Sep 28 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater workshop in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

Rouss Center for the Arts, 9357 N. Congress St. Scene Study. Thursdays, through Nov. 2, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Understand of character work and text analysis, and address the elements of voice and movements. For more information, call 540-984-3134 or visit www.rousscenter.org


New Market, Virginia

New Market is the site of the oldest continuously-held Civil War battle reenactment in the U.S. East year, cadets from the Virginia Military Institute commemorate an 85-mile march from Lexington to New Market, reenacting the original battle that occurred in 1864. The Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park feature artifacts, dioramas and an Emmy-winning film "Field of Lost Shoes." It is shown daily at the museum, which also houses an official Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center.

New Market s historical buildings reflect the architectural craftsmanship of early German settlers. Many of these buildings are now part of Town walking tour, each identified by a brass plaque.

Art galleries and shops featuring freshly-ground coffee, pottery and a wide variety of hand-crafted items such as quilts, blown glass, glass beads and candles can be found in shops on the streets of New Market.

Golfers come to New Market to enjoy PGA-level golfing at The Shenvalee Golf Course. The golf course also offers scenic Massanutten mountain views.

Sep 28 2017 - Valley Heritage - Historical program in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

New Market Town Council Chambers. Professional Genealogist Katie Quick Derby presents Pitfalls and Brick Walls: Tips the Genealogy Professionals Use. Tips and techniques for better genealogy research. Hosted by The New Market Historical Society. For more information, visit newmarkethistoricalsociety.org


Berryville, Virginia

The tract of land that is now Berryville was first granted by the British Crown to Captain Isaac Pennington in 1734. Pennington then sold it to Colonel John Hite in 1754.  It was chartered as the town of Berryville on January 15, 1798.

Annual events include a big Summer Steam and Gas Show and The Clarke County Fair.  Berryville also has a farmer’s market, and there are nearby wineries and apple orchards. There are outdoor and river adventures at area campgrounds. A variety of music concerts are held in a community park during summer months. A local monastery, Holy Cross Abbey, is located a few miles east of Berryville.

Sep 28 2017 - Music Heritage - Weekly old-time music jam at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Play old-time music, or just listen. Family friendly event. Barns bar open untill 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.


Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Sep 28 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event at Shenandoah National Park
…about Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge. Shenandoah Seasonings Vintner Dinner. Four course dinner paired with wine. Ages 21 and older. Hosted by Delaware North. Reservations required. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Sep 28 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, VA

41 Court Square. Hispanic Film Festival series. Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.: Santa Y Andres produced in Cuba. 9:30 p.m.: La Granja, produced in Puerto Rico. Theater members get 20 percent off and Free Popcorn. Tickets: Adults, $9.50. Students, $5. Seniors, $8.50. Matinee: $8. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit www.valleyarts.org/cst


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 28 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Chuck Mosley of Faith No More, Bad Brains, Cement, VUA. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater, Virginia was established in the 1740s.  It is the home of Bridgewater College, a private liberal arts institution. The town has nearly 6000 residents.

Bridgewater is located on the southern border of Rockingham County, and is about 5 miles southwest of the county seat of Harrisonburg.  The scenic and historic Rte. 42 goes through the heart of the town.  It is located less than two miles from Historic US Rte. 11 and Interstate 81.  It is also a mid-point between the metro areas of Washington D.C. and Richmond; both within a 2.5 hour drive.

The origin of the town's name was derived from it's close proximity to the North River, and the bridge that was built over the river after the town was settled.  It's location, convenient to several major transportation routes, established Bridgewater as a trading town in the 1800s.

Bridgewater is home to several golf courses, wineries and a number of parks which serve as venues for the town's annual Concerts in the Park series.  The town in known for it's wide streets, which are convenient for bike riding and walking tours through the downtown area.

 

Sep 28 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Convocation program at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cole Hall. Running with Whiskey: Words and Music from Appalachia - champion fiddler and poet, Doug Van Gundy, and Poet Laureate of West Virginia, Marc Harshman. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-828-5486 or visit bridgewater.edu


Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater, Virginia was established in the 1740s.  It is the home of Bridgewater College, a private liberal arts institution. The town has nearly 6000 residents.

Bridgewater is located on the southern border of Rockingham County, and is about 5 miles southwest of the county seat of Harrisonburg.  The scenic and historic Rte. 42 goes through the heart of the town.  It is located less than two miles from Historic US Rte. 11 and Interstate 81.  It is also a mid-point between the metro areas of Washington D.C. and Richmond; both within a 2.5 hour drive.

The origin of the town's name was derived from it's close proximity to the North River, and the bridge that was built over the river after the town was settled.  It's location, convenient to several major transportation routes, established Bridgewater as a trading town in the 1800s.

Bridgewater is home to several golf courses, wineries and a number of parks which serve as venues for the town's annual Concerts in the Park series.  The town in known for it's wide streets, which are convenient for bike riding and walking tours through the downtown area.

 

Sep 28 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Convocation program at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cole Hall. Champion fiddler and poet, Doug Van Gundy, and Poet Laureate of West Virginia, Marc Harshman: Running with Whiskey: Words and Music from Appalachia. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 28 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Peter and the Starcatcher. Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Lexington, Virginia

Located at the intersection of historic US Route 11, Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 in the "upper" Shenandoah Valley area, Lexington is home of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. It's also the county seat of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Lexington was settled in 1777 and named in 1778.  It was the first of many towns and cities in the country to be named after Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first shot was fired during the American Revolution.  

There is plenty of Civil War history here: Virginia Military Institute was the site of a Union raid, and Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's only home that he ever owned was in Lexington.  It's now a museum.  Both Jackson and Robert E. Lee are buried in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in downtown Lexington.

Lexington's military heritage is also event at the Lee Chapel, the George C. Marshall Museum, Virginia Military Institute Museum, and the Museum of Military Memorabilia.  

The retro-themed Hull's Drive In Theater is the first community-owned, non-profit drive-in in the U.S.  

Sep 29 2017 - Golf - Golf tournament benefit in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Lexington Golf and Country Club, 141 Country Club Road. Warrior Golf Tournament. Benefits Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program and local veterans initiatives. Prizes awarded. Registration fee includes cart, beverages, and buffet dinner. Hosted by Military Officers Association. Reservations required. Admission: $85 per person. For more information, call 540-463-5290


Lexington, Virginia

Located at the intersection of historic US Route 11, Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 in the "upper" Shenandoah Valley area, Lexington is home of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. It's also the county seat of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Lexington was settled in 1777 and named in 1778.  It was the first of many towns and cities in the country to be named after Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first shot was fired during the American Revolution.  

There is plenty of Civil War history here: Virginia Military Institute was the site of a Union raid, and Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's only home that he ever owned was in Lexington.  It's now a museum.  Both Jackson and Robert E. Lee are buried in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in downtown Lexington.

Lexington's military heritage is also event at the Lee Chapel, the George C. Marshall Museum, Virginia Military Institute Museum, and the Museum of Military Memorabilia.  

The retro-themed Hull's Drive In Theater is the first community-owned, non-profit drive-in in the U.S.  

Sep 29 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Washington St. Arts of Lexington Block Party. Live music, painting demonstrations, dance performances, and a variety of art and fine craft displays. Youth activities. Artwork available. Free admission. For more information, visit www.lexingtonbrick.com/block-party.html


Fincastle, Virginia

Fincastle is the county seat of Botetourt County.   The town was founded in 1772 and served as a last outpost and supply station for settlers heading out West. In fact, the western territory of Botetourt County had stretched all the way to the Mississippi River until after the Revolutionary War.

Fincastle’s courthouse was designed by Thomas Jefferson and is now part of The Historic District Guided Tours that includes many pre-Civil War buildings and sites. Water sports are available on the James River. The area also offers  hiking trails and area wineries.

An annual event that has attracted visitors for over 150 years is the ringing of the Historic Bells of Fincastle on New Year’s Eve. The courthouse bell in Botetourt County rings first, followed by the bells of four town churches.

Sep 29 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Fincastle, Va.
…about Fincastle, Virginia

Virginia Mountain Winery. Wine, Moon and Stars: Star gazing, wine tasting and live music, under a tent. Chili and bagels. For more information, visit www.vmvines.com


Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge, in Rockbridge County, Virginia is the site of a geological formation which occured when the local Cedar Creek carved its way through the mountainous limestone. What resulted was a natural structure that now stands over 200 feet tall and 90 feet wide in the shape of an arc, giving it the appearance of a bridge.  The Natural Bridge is designated both a Virginia and National Historic Landmark.  Historic US Route 11 crosses the bridge, but the tourist attraction's landscaping now blocks any view from the roadway.  

The bridge is thought to have once been a sacred site of Native American Indians. George Washington reportedly surveyed the site of the bridge for Lord Fairfax.  As evidence to support this claim, the initials "G.W.", along with a surveyor's mark are carved into both into the bridge and a nearby rock.

Thomas Jefferson bought the land area that included the bridge in 1774. After he became a U.S. president, he built a cabin there, where he used to visit, and hosted a number of people who wouldb become historical figures.  The  Commonwealth of Virginia took ownership in 2014.

Visitors can find nearby attractions, including a cave, picnic areas and a zoo.

 

Sep 29 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

168 N. Dry Well Rd. Fast and Furious Friday Nite, Bonfire Nite. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.com


Broadway, Virginia

The town of Broadway is in Rockingham County, about 12 miles northeast of the county seat of Harrisonburg. It is  located just minutes from Insterstate 81 and Historic US Rte. 11.

Although the town wasn't formally established until the 1880s, it was settled by the turn of the 19th century, and became particularly useful around 1850 when the railroad extended there.  The town was almost entirely burned to the ground during a Civil War raid and was slow to rebuild. The real growth of this town didn't start until after WWII, primarily attributed to the boom in the poultry industry that created new jobs in the region.

Broadway has a town park where they host a Summer in the Park series, featuring music, food vendors and family activities.  Community craft shows are also featured.  The downtown area is sprinkled with several artisan shops and a seasonal farmer's market offering locally grown produce and goods.

 

 

Sep 29 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Shultz Theater and Performing Arts Center in New Market, Va.
…about Broadway, Virginia

J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, 226 Hawks Hill Dr. Little Shop of Horrors. Retro sci-fi horror musical. Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, and Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. For more information, call 540-896-9600 or visit www.schultztheatre.com


Berryville, Virginia

The tract of land that is now Berryville was first granted by the British Crown to Captain Isaac Pennington in 1734. Pennington then sold it to Colonel John Hite in 1754.  It was chartered as the town of Berryville on January 15, 1798.

Annual events include a big Summer Steam and Gas Show and The Clarke County Fair.  Berryville also has a farmer’s market, and there are nearby wineries and apple orchards. There are outdoor and river adventures at area campgrounds. A variety of music concerts are held in a community park during summer months. A local monastery, Holy Cross Abbey, is located a few miles east of Berryville.

Sep 29 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Harry and Snowman. Documentary about famous racing horse. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 29 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Sep 29 2017 - Concerts & Music - Upstairs - Out Of The Box show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Strong Water and Dogwood Tales. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Shenandoah National Park

Encompassing parts of 8 counties and sections of the Blue RIdge Mountains, is the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.  The park has been attracting visitors to the Shenandoah Valley since it was established in 1935.  It is over 100 miles long, stretching from Front Royal to Waynesboro.  Perhaps the most prominent feature of the park is the Skyline Drive, a scenic 105-mile drive, which runs the the entire length of the park along the mountain ridges.  

Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway, attracts visitors year round, but especially during the fall season change.  Visitors may also experience some of the plentiful wildlife that lives along the drive.   The main entrances to the drive are in Front Royal, Luray and Harrisonburg.  There is also an entrance to the Appaachian Trail along the Skyline Drive.  

Shenandoah National Park offers a little bit of everything to the outdoor enthusiast.  There are countless trails for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and exploring; scenic overlooks along the Skyline Drive; and canoeing, rafting, swimming, and fishing in the Shenandoah River.  If you're not interested in staying in a hotel, there are many campgrounds and cabins, as well as two lodges: Skyland Resort and Big Meadow Lodge.  

 

Sep 30 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Fee-free day at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Sept. 30: National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend. Free admission. For more information, visit nps.gov/she


Byrd Visitor Center, Skyline Drive

The Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center is located within the Big Meadow Recreation Area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

Visitors to the Skyline Drive can stop by the center for access to restrooms, an information desk, exhibits, ranger programs, videos, a bookstore, maps and other publications about the area.

Activities available around the visitor center include hiking, camping, picnicing and scenic overlooks.  

 

 

Sep 30 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Outdoor festival at Shenandoah National Park
…about Byrd Visitor Center, Skyline Drive

Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51 on Skyline Drive. 24th National Public Lands Day volunteer-oriented event. Water Quality program focus. Learn how to test streams for water quality, watch educational films. Ranger-led talks. Behind-the-scenes tours. Youth activities. For more information, visit nps.gov/shen


Luray, Virginia

Luray is located within 15 minutes of I-81 and 30 minutes from 1-66, and just 90 minutes from Washington D.C.  The town was established in 1812 and is the county seat of Page County, Virginia.  It was named for a local blacksmith, Lewis "Lu" Ramey.  The town of Luray grew up around Lu's original blacksmith shop, which was located near Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns is a big draw for over a half-million visitors visiting to explore the caverns each year.  The Caverns attraction, which now includes a museum, was declared a National Natural Monument in the 1970s.

The Grand Old Mimslyn Inn is a classic Southern mansion style hotel built in the 1930s, is another visitor attraction.

The nearby South Fork of the Shenandoah River, offers many types of outdoor recreational activities.  

Sep 30 2017 - Running & Walk Events - Running event in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Ralph H. Dean Rec. Park. Blue Ridge Mountain Mudurance 5K Mud Race. For more information, visit townofluray.com


Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Shepherdstown still exudes a historical flavor that that pre-dates the Revolutionary War.  Town cultural life includes a regular variety of concert events and art galleries.  Visitors can also hike or bike the C&O Canal National Historical Park tow path or go rafting, tubing or kayaking on the Potomac River.

A few miles north of the river is Shepherdstown, Maryland, the site of the bloodiest single-day battle in the American Civil War history.  After the Battle of Antietam, Shepherdstown became a large hospital community that cared for the tens of thousands of soldiers who were wounded in the battle.

Shepherdstown was chartered in 1762. For a brief period, from 1865-1871, Shepherdstown had served as the county seat of Jefferson County because of war damage at the nearby Charles Town courthouse. Shepherdstown is also home to Shepherd University.

Sep 30 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Community program in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Opera House theater, 131 West German St. Music Marathon. Benefits Opera Preservation Fund. Day-long event. Admission: $15. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit operahouselive.com

 


Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Sep 30 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. Civil War Encampment. Living history reenactors. Civil War encampment. Living history demonstrations. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Sep 30 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Community program in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Coyner Springs Park. Coyner Springs Kite Fly. Over 300 kites available. Kiting club activities. Kite-flying demonstrations. Other outdoor activities. Bring a blanket or chair for your own seating. For more information, visit www.waynesboro.va.us


Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Sep 30 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor festival at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. Fall Farm Days: Life on the Farm. Oct. 7-8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historical, farm skill heritage demonstrations. Youth activities, pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Sep 30 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Visitors Center. National Public Lands Day. Outdoor volunteer activities. Wear proper shoes, sunscreen and bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Family friendly. Admission: Free admission for this event. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Sep 30 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Hillandale Park. Harrisonburg International Festival. International foods, music, and dance, activities for all ages, a multi-language area, and a World Bazaar featuring traditional folk art. Bike, walk, or use the free shuttle service provided from parking lots.  Handicapped accessible. Family friendly. Rain or shine. Free admission. For more information, visit harrisonburg-international-festival.org


Lexington, Virginia

Located at the intersection of historic US Route 11, Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 in the "upper" Shenandoah Valley area, Lexington is home of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. It's also the county seat of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Lexington was settled in 1777 and named in 1778.  It was the first of many towns and cities in the country to be named after Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first shot was fired during the American Revolution.  

There is plenty of Civil War history here: Virginia Military Institute was the site of a Union raid, and Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's only home that he ever owned was in Lexington.  It's now a museum.  Both Jackson and Robert E. Lee are buried in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in downtown Lexington.

Lexington's military heritage is also event at the Lee Chapel, the George C. Marshall Museum, Virginia Military Institute Museum, and the Museum of Military Memorabilia.  

The retro-themed Hull's Drive In Theater is the first community-owned, non-profit drive-in in the U.S.  

Sep 30 2017 - Vineyards - Downtown festival in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Lime Kiln Theater 607 Borden Rd. Rockbridge Beer and Wine Festival. 24th year. Craft beer. Wine-tastings. Live music. Food available. For more information, visit www.lexrockchamber.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 30 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3). Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Page County, Virginia

Page County, Virginia was split off from sections of Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties in 1831, named after an early 19th century Virginia Governor, John Page. The town of Luray is the county seat. The town of Stanley and nearly two dozen unincorporated communities make up form the county, which is located in the eastern part of the Shenandoah Valley, tucked between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountain ranges.  

Both Confederate and Union soldiers used Page County as a route to and from Gettysburg during the Civil War. Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson frequently used the county as a thoroughfare for his 40,000 troops. 

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River runs through Page County, offering many outdoor recreational activities. A number of festivals and other activities happen throughout the county each year. Luray Caverns in Luray is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Shenandoah Valley.  This National Natural Monument brings in over half a million visitors annually.  

 

Sep 30 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Wisteria Winery, 1126 Marksville Rd. Music Under the Arbor. Live music. For more information, call 540-742-1489 or visit wisteriavineyard.com


Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge, in Rockbridge County, Virginia is the site of a geological formation which occured when the local Cedar Creek carved its way through the mountainous limestone. What resulted was a natural structure that now stands over 200 feet tall and 90 feet wide in the shape of an arc, giving it the appearance of a bridge.  The Natural Bridge is designated both a Virginia and National Historic Landmark.  Historic US Route 11 crosses the bridge, but the tourist attraction's landscaping now blocks any view from the roadway.  

The bridge is thought to have once been a sacred site of Native American Indians. George Washington reportedly surveyed the site of the bridge for Lord Fairfax.  As evidence to support this claim, the initials "G.W.", along with a surveyor's mark are carved into both into the bridge and a nearby rock.

Thomas Jefferson bought the land area that included the bridge in 1774. After he became a U.S. president, he built a cabin there, where he used to visit, and hosted a number of people who wouldb become historical figures.  The  Commonwealth of Virginia took ownership in 2014.

Visitors can find nearby attractions, including a cave, picnic areas and a zoo.

 

Sep 30 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

168 N. Dry Well Rd. Points Race. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Sep 30 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Love`s Labour`s Lost. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater, Virginia was established in the 1740s.  It is the home of Bridgewater College, a private liberal arts institution. The town has nearly 6000 residents.

Bridgewater is located on the southern border of Rockingham County, and is about 5 miles southwest of the county seat of Harrisonburg.  The scenic and historic Rte. 42 goes through the heart of the town.  It is located less than two miles from Historic US Rte. 11 and Interstate 81.  It is also a mid-point between the metro areas of Washington D.C. and Richmond; both within a 2.5 hour drive.

The origin of the town's name was derived from it's close proximity to the North River, and the bridge that was built over the river after the town was settled.  It's location, convenient to several major transportation routes, established Bridgewater as a trading town in the 1800s.

Bridgewater is home to several golf courses, wineries and a number of parks which serve as venues for the town's annual Concerts in the Park series.  The town in known for it's wide streets, which are convenient for bike riding and walking tours through the downtown area.

 

Sep 30 2017 - Concerts & Music - Lyceum program at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cole Hall. Richmond Symphony performs. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-828-5486 or visit bridgewater.edu


Rockingham County, Virginia

Rockingham County, Virginia is located in the central Shenandoah Valley.  The city of Harrisonburg is the county seat.  The county is includesf the towns of Bridgewater, Broadway, Dayton, Elkton, Grottoes, Mount Crawford and Timberville, as well as a few dozen unincorporated communities.  In terms of land area, Rockingham County is the third largest county in the state, and has a population of less than 100,000 people.

Two Civil War battles took place in Rockingham County: the Battle at Cross Keys and the Battle at Port Republic.  At The Heritage Center Museum, operated by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in Dayton, Va., featues a 20-foot multimedia wall map, which includes a narration about the battles that occurred in Rockingham County during the Civil War.

Rockingham County is known for it's deep agricultural heritage. It leads Virginia in poultry production with two major poultry farms and processing plants.  The annual Rockingham County Fair is one of the best attended in the nation, and features many agricultural exhibits.  There is also a large Mennonite population in the area, which operates the many farmer's markets throughout the county.

Rockingham County contains large sections of the George Washington National Forest, the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, with an entrance point to Skyline Drive at Swift Run Gap. Camping, hiking and walking trails, scenic overlooks along the Skyline Drive, and other outdoor activities are available. A number of caves are found in Rockingham county, including Grand Caverns in Grottoes. Massanutten Resort has two golf courses and an indoor water park, as well as seasonal skiing, mountain biking and river rafting.  Numerous annual festivals are held throughout the county.

Oct 1 2017 - Biking - Biking event in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Rockingham County, Virginia

Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. Weekend of special events, challenging rides, charity fundraising and festivities. At 103, 78, 62, and 36 mile routes each provide scenic bike tours. Hosted by Professional cyclist Jeremiah Bishop. For more information, visit www.AlpineLoopGranFondo.com


Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Oct 1 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. Civil War Encampment. Living history reenactors. Civil War encampment. Living history demonstrations. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Berryville, Virginia

The tract of land that is now Berryville was first granted by the British Crown to Captain Isaac Pennington in 1734. Pennington then sold it to Colonel John Hite in 1754.  It was chartered as the town of Berryville on January 15, 1798.

Annual events include a big Summer Steam and Gas Show and The Clarke County Fair.  Berryville also has a farmer’s market, and there are nearby wineries and apple orchards. There are outdoor and river adventures at area campgrounds. A variety of music concerts are held in a community park during summer months. A local monastery, Holy Cross Abbey, is located a few miles east of Berryville.

Oct 1 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition opening reception at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. National Park Quilt Exhbit. 177 original art quilts depicting the widely-varying landscapes, flora, and fauna of national parks. Live music, other programs. Exhibit runs from Aug. 25 - Sept. 23. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 1 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Peter and the Starcatcher. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University offers more than 300 artistic performances a year on a campus located in Winchester, Va. The campus is located close to restaurants and shops that can be found at the historic Old Town Mall.

Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 1 2017 - Concerts & Music - Classical music concert in Winchester, Va.
…about Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia

Armstrong Concert Hall, 702 University Drive. World of the Piano concert series. Vadym Kholodenko. Works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Tickets: $25. For more information, call 540-665-4500 or visit www.su.edu/conservatory


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Oct 1 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

41 Court Square. Hispanic Film Festival series. Oct. 1 at 4 p.m.: Esteban, produced in Cuba. 7 p.m.: Carpinteros, produced in Dominican Republic. Theater members get 20 percent off and Free Popcorn. Tickets: Adults, $9.50. Students, $5. Seniors, $8.50. Matinee: $8. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit www.valleyarts.org/cst


Skyland, Skyline Drive

At an elevation of 3680 feet, Skyland Resort is located at the highest point along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

The resort offers lodging and cabin rentals with scenic views, an on-site dining facility and large souvenir shop.  Close by, visitors will find hiking and walking trails, picnic areas, scenic overlooks, and horseback riding.  

Oct 1 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Retro music concert at Shenandoah National Park
…about Skyland, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge, New Market Taproom. 1930s to 60s Sunday Afternoon Music. Hosted by Delaware North. Free admission. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Berryville, Virginia

The tract of land that is now Berryville was first granted by the British Crown to Captain Isaac Pennington in 1734. Pennington then sold it to Colonel John Hite in 1754.  It was chartered as the town of Berryville on January 15, 1798.

Annual events include a big Summer Steam and Gas Show and The Clarke County Fair.  Berryville also has a farmer’s market, and there are nearby wineries and apple orchards. There are outdoor and river adventures at area campgrounds. A variety of music concerts are held in a community park during summer months. A local monastery, Holy Cross Abbey, is located a few miles east of Berryville.

Oct 1 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition opening reception at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Geraldine Kiefer: Icelandic and Archipelagic Encounters. Digital reproductions and hand-drawn artifacts that resemble, but do not in any way replicate, maps from ancient, Renaissance, Enlightenment and modern 19-century civilizations. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 1 2017 - Concerts & Music - Bluegrass music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Springfield Exit. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit brightboxwinchester.com

 


Berryville, Virginia

The tract of land that is now Berryville was first granted by the British Crown to Captain Isaac Pennington in 1734. Pennington then sold it to Colonel John Hite in 1754.  It was chartered as the town of Berryville on January 15, 1798.

Annual events include a big Summer Steam and Gas Show and The Clarke County Fair.  Berryville also has a farmer’s market, and there are nearby wineries and apple orchards. There are outdoor and river adventures at area campgrounds. A variety of music concerts are held in a community park during summer months. A local monastery, Holy Cross Abbey, is located a few miles east of Berryville.

Oct 1 2017 - Concerts & Music - Traditional music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Nordic Fiddlers. Fiddle trio from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater, Virginia was established in the 1740s.  It is the home of Bridgewater College, a private liberal arts institution. The town has nearly 6000 residents.

Bridgewater is located on the southern border of Rockingham County, and is about 5 miles southwest of the county seat of Harrisonburg.  The scenic and historic Rte. 42 goes through the heart of the town.  It is located less than two miles from Historic US Rte. 11 and Interstate 81.  It is also a mid-point between the metro areas of Washington D.C. and Richmond; both within a 2.5 hour drive.

The origin of the town's name was derived from it's close proximity to the North River, and the bridge that was built over the river after the town was settled.  It's location, convenient to several major transportation routes, established Bridgewater as a trading town in the 1800s.

Bridgewater is home to several golf courses, wineries and a number of parks which serve as venues for the town's annual Concerts in the Park series.  The town in known for it's wide streets, which are convenient for bike riding and walking tours through the downtown area.

 

Oct 2 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Art exhibition at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery. Art Doesnt have to be a Certain Way, paintings by Kaye Lipscomb, Beverley St. Studio School in Staunton, Va. Runs Oct 2. through Nov. 8. Open 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Artists Talk and Reception Oct. 2, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Oct 3 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Water St. Window Gallery. Women-oriented heath display for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Runs through October. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org

 


Boyce, Virginia

The town of Boyce was established in 1881. It was a Shenandoah Valley Railroad town at first, then incorporated in 1910. Itwas named after Colonel Upton L. Boyce. He's the one that convinced the railroad to build a line through Clarke County.

Today, the Boyce Railroad Station is a historic landmark, and now it's the Norfolk & Western Railway that passes through the center of town. According to local lore, the citizens of Boyce wanted a larger, more ornate building and also wanted it to be located on the east side of the tracks. So they raised the funds to build the larger station where they wanted it to be.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill is one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country. It's located in nearby Millwood. South of Boyce, along US Route 50, the State Arboretum of Virginia featuring a very large collection of native trees and shrubs.

Oct 3 2017 - Visual Arts - Blandy Photo Club meeting at Blandy Arboretum in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

Arboretum of Virginia, on Route 50 in Clarke County.  Held in the library every first Tuesday of the month. The club is open to anyone with an interest in photography, and photographers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Meetings are open to the public at no charge; membership costs $20 per year and members can participate in photo exhibits and other club activities. For more information on the Blandy Photo Club, call Tim Farmer at 540-837-1758 Ext. 226.


Dayton, Virginia

Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the town of Dayton is one of the oldest settled communities in Rockingham County. Dayton is surrounded by prime agricultural farmland, mainly owned and farmed by members of the Old Order Mennonite community.

Dayton is home to a national historic registered landmark, The Daniel Harrison House, also known as Fort Harrison, is the oldest house in Dayton and is listed as a national historic landmark.

The Dayton Farmers Market offers shopping at 20 specialty shops featuring a wide variety of merchandise, including locally-made items.  Nearby is the Silver Lake Mill, a landmark structure that now houses a store that offers mill-themed products, and collectibles.

Dayton’s oldest and most attended event is the Dayton Autumn Celebration, also known as “Dayton Days,” an arts and crafts festival held annually on the first Saturday in October.  The festival attracts an estimated 20,000 attendees annually and is known for handmade quilts and food. 

Oct 3 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Dayton, Va.
…about Dayton, Virginia

The Heritage Museum, 382 High St. Historian Dr. Irvin Hess: The Burning and the Death of Lt. John Rodgers Meigs. Hosted by Heritage Museum and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit shenandoahatwar.org


Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater, Virginia was established in the 1740s.  It is the home of Bridgewater College, a private liberal arts institution. The town has nearly 6000 residents.

Bridgewater is located on the southern border of Rockingham County, and is about 5 miles southwest of the county seat of Harrisonburg.  The scenic and historic Rte. 42 goes through the heart of the town.  It is located less than two miles from Historic US Rte. 11 and Interstate 81.  It is also a mid-point between the metro areas of Washington D.C. and Richmond; both within a 2.5 hour drive.

The origin of the town's name was derived from it's close proximity to the North River, and the bridge that was built over the river after the town was settled.  It's location, convenient to several major transportation routes, established Bridgewater as a trading town in the 1800s.

Bridgewater is home to several golf courses, wineries and a number of parks which serve as venues for the town's annual Concerts in the Park series.  The town in known for it's wide streets, which are convenient for bike riding and walking tours through the downtown area.

 

Oct 3 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Public program at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cole Hall. Endowed Lecture. Retired astronaut, engineer and U.S. Navy Captain, Mark Kelly: Endeavor to Succeed. Husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Oct 3 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Car caravan tour, Edinburg, Va. to New Market, Va. Fridays at the Front: Stonewall and the Black Knight - Stonewall Jackson, Turner Ashby, and Jedediah Hotchkiss on the Valley Turnpike Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Reservations requested. Free admission. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit shenandoahatwar.org


Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive

Although Shenandoah National Park is famous for its scenic Skyline Drive, almost 40% park is a protected wilderness area. The park is open year-round, although portions of Skyline Drive may be closed during bad weather . Shenandoah National Park is an easy drive from the Washington D.C. Area.

Skyland, Skyline Drive

At an elevation of 3680 feet, Skyland Resort is located at the highest point along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

The resort offers lodging and cabin rentals with scenic views, an on-site dining facility and large souvenir shop.  Close by, visitors will find hiking and walking trails, picnic areas, scenic overlooks, and horseback riding.  

Oct 3 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive in Skyland, Skyline Drive

Skyland, Mountain Room. Shenandoah Valley Cloggers. Free to all park visitors. Hosted by Delaware North. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


The Heritage Museum

The Heritage Center now boasts over 5000 square feet of exhibit space, with permanent exhibits featuring Invincible Spirit: History in the Heart of the Shenandoah and The Art of Tradition: Shenandoah Valley Folk Art. The museum is owned and operated by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society whose more than 1,000 members come from every part of the U.S. and is home to the Stonewall Jackson electric map that illustrates the Civil War Valley Campaign of 1862.

Dayton, Virginia

Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the town of Dayton is one of the oldest settled communities in Rockingham County. Dayton is surrounded by prime agricultural farmland, mainly owned and farmed by members of the Old Order Mennonite community.

Dayton is home to a national historic registered landmark, The Daniel Harrison House, also known as Fort Harrison, is the oldest house in Dayton and is listed as a national historic landmark.

The Dayton Farmers Market offers shopping at 20 specialty shops featuring a wide variety of merchandise, including locally-made items.  Nearby is the Silver Lake Mill, a landmark structure that now houses a store that offers mill-themed products, and collectibles.

Dayton’s oldest and most attended event is the Dayton Autumn Celebration, also known as “Dayton Days,” an arts and crafts festival held annually on the first Saturday in October.  The festival attracts an estimated 20,000 attendees annually and is known for handmade quilts and food. 

Oct 3 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Va.
…about The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Virginia

382 High St. Dr. Irvin Hess presents Valley Ablaze: Stories of The Burning in the Shenandoah Valley. Hosted by Heritage Museum and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. For more information, call 540-879-2616


Martinsburg, West Virginia

Martinsburg is the largest city in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and is the county seat of Berkeley County. The first United States post office was established at Martinsburg in 1792.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad reached Martinsburg in 1842 and the city became a center for the railroad industry and its workers. In June 1861, Civil War Confederate General Stonewall Jackson destroyed railroad cars at the Martinsburg B&O Railroad complex and commandeered the stean locomotives, dragging them overland through Winchester and Strasburg, Virginia, and onward to the south. The B&O Roundhouse, with its cast iron frame structure, remains a major architectural attraction in the city.

Fairs, festivals, art galleries, historic sites and recreational activities are scheduled there year round. Aspen Hall, a Georgian mansion built in 1745, is the oldest house in the city and reflects the city’s cultural heritage. Many of the wealthy residents of Aspen Hall  played key roles in the agricultural, religious, transportation, and political history of the region.

Oct 4 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen St. Fifth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit. Oct. 4 - Nov. 11. Hosted by Berkeley Arts Council. For more information, call 304-620-7277 or visit www.berkeleyartsWV.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 4 2017 - Valley Heritage - Glassblowing demonstrations in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Sunspots Studios, 202 S. Lewis St. Live demonstrations daily until 4 p.m. Open Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists transform hot glass into colorful vases, ornaments, paperweights and more. For more information, call 540-885-0678 or visit www.sunspots.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 4 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

100 W. Piccadilly St. Fall Youth Celebrations: Traditional Chinese Moon Festival at Bowman Library on Oct. 4. Annual Harvest Hoedown on Oct 24. Wear a costume. Stories, songs, and other activities. For more information, call 540-662-9041 or visit www.youseemore.com/handleyy


Sky Meadows State Park

Sky Meadows State Park is located in Clarke and Fauquier counties, on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains that border the Shenandoah Valley. The park offers rolling pastures and woodlands, beautiful vistas and access to the Appalachian Trail, hiking, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, primitive camping, and special programs.

Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Oct 4 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Blacksmith Forge, Historic Area. The Farmers Forge. Working blacksmiths turn iron into tools and kitchen items used on the farm. Hosted by Blacksmith Guild of the Potomac. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 4 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Public program at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Pre-show lecture: Dr. Ralph. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 4 2017 - Valley Heritage - Bimonthly historical tours at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

100 W. Piccadilly St. History and architecture tours of the library. First Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and third Saturdays at 1 p.m. of each month For more information, call 540-662-9041 or visit www2.youseemore.com/handley


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 4 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Love`s Labour`s Lost. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive

Although Shenandoah National Park is famous for its scenic Skyline Drive, almost 40% park is a protected wilderness area. The park is open year-round, although portions of Skyline Drive may be closed during bad weather . Shenandoah National Park is an easy drive from the Washington D.C. Area.

Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Oct 5 2017 - Valley Heritage - Heritage festival at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive in Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge. Local basket artisan teaches his craft. Beginners to intermediate: Make one basket. Hosted by Delaware North. Admission: $50. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 5 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Love`s Labour`s Lost. Student Matinee. Talkback session follows performance.  Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Oct 5 2017 - Breweries - Craft beer dinner event at Shenandoah National Park
…about Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge. Shenandoah Seasonings Craft Beer Dinner. Four course dinner paired with wine. Ages 21 and older. Hosted by Delaware North. Reservations required. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 5 2017 - Visual Arts - Public program at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Robinson Auditorium, 100 W. Piccadilly St. Art Historian Ben Glenn II presents Caravaggio: The Earthly and the Divine. Oct. 5 and 12 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-662-9041 or visit www.youseemore.com/handley


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 5 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 5 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Shane Douglas and Friends. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Oct 6 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition opening reception at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Fall Welcomes You, a mixed media show by OASIS artists. Runs through Oct. 31. Evening reception Oct. 6 with Live music. Refreshements available. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Oct 6 2017 - Civil War History - Historical tour in Berryville, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Car caravan tour. Edinburg, Va. to New Market, Va. Stonewall and the Black Knight - Stonewall Jackson, Turner Ashby, and Jedediah Hotchkiss on the Valley Turnpike. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Reservations required. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit shenandoahatwar.org


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Oct 6 2017 - Visual Arts - Art program in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Larkin Arts, Wine-Riner Galleries, 61 Court Square. 2017 National Juried Art Show. Oct. 6-28, Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Cash and prizes awarded compeition participants, open to artwork submissions, deadline Aug. 14. For more information, visit www.larkinarts.com


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Oct 6 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

780 University Blvd. Frances Plecker Education Center. The Dirt on Bacteria: Annual Childrens Workshop featuring JMU professor. Learn about microscopic world of bacteria. Parents invited to attend with children. Reservations required. Free admission. For more information, visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 6 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Dream: An American Story. Documentary. Meet filmmaker Aldo Bello and special guests. Doors open at 6 p.m. Reservations requested. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Boyce, Virginia

The town of Boyce was established in 1881. It was a Shenandoah Valley Railroad town at first, then incorporated in 1910. Itwas named after Colonel Upton L. Boyce. He's the one that convinced the railroad to build a line through Clarke County.

Today, the Boyce Railroad Station is a historic landmark, and now it's the Norfolk & Western Railway that passes through the center of town. According to local lore, the citizens of Boyce wanted a larger, more ornate building and also wanted it to be located on the east side of the tracks. So they raised the funds to build the larger station where they wanted it to be.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill is one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country. It's located in nearby Millwood. South of Boyce, along US Route 50, the State Arboretum of Virginia featuring a very large collection of native trees and shrubs.

Oct 6 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Public program at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

400 Blandy Farm Lane. Full Moon Walk. Explore the Arboretum under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight. 3/4 mile walk over rolling terrain. Reservations required. Admission: Foundation members, UVA Alumni: $10. Non-members: $12. Members, Alumni family: $20. Non-member family: $25. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Oct 6 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. John Denver tribute band, Back Home Again, with Tom Becker, former New Christy Minstrels band member. Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra accompanies. Benefits the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Tickets: $35. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 6 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3). Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Berryville, Virginia

The tract of land that is now Berryville was first granted by the British Crown to Captain Isaac Pennington in 1734. Pennington then sold it to Colonel John Hite in 1754.  It was chartered as the town of Berryville on January 15, 1798.

Annual events include a big Summer Steam and Gas Show and The Clarke County Fair.  Berryville also has a farmer’s market, and there are nearby wineries and apple orchards. There are outdoor and river adventures at area campgrounds. A variety of music concerts are held in a community park during summer months. A local monastery, Holy Cross Abbey, is located a few miles east of Berryville.

Oct 6 2017 - Concerts & Music - Blues music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Corey Harris. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Berryville, Virginia

The tract of land that is now Berryville was first granted by the British Crown to Captain Isaac Pennington in 1734. Pennington then sold it to Colonel John Hite in 1754.  It was chartered as the town of Berryville on January 15, 1798.

Annual events include a big Summer Steam and Gas Show and The Clarke County Fair.  Berryville also has a farmer’s market, and there are nearby wineries and apple orchards. There are outdoor and river adventures at area campgrounds. A variety of music concerts are held in a community park during summer months. A local monastery, Holy Cross Abbey, is located a few miles east of Berryville.

Oct 6 2017 - Concerts & Music - Blues music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Corey Harris. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Oct 7 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Nature program in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, VA

Boxerwood Nature Center, 963 Ross Road. Bird Walk. Locating, identifying, and bird song interpretation. All skill levels. Hosted by Rockbridge Bird Club. For all ages. For more information, call 540-463-2697 or visit www.boxerwood.org


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Oct 7 2017 - Civil War History - Historic battlefield tour in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Toms Brook Van Tour with Bill Miller. Drinks and snacks included. Lunch not included. 60-mile route. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Limited availability. Reservations required. Admission: $65. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit shenandoahatwar.org


Luray, Virginia

Luray is located within 15 minutes of I-81 and 30 minutes from 1-66, and just 90 minutes from Washington D.C.  The town was established in 1812 and is the county seat of Page County, Virginia.  It was named for a local blacksmith, Lewis "Lu" Ramey.  The town of Luray grew up around Lu's original blacksmith shop, which was located near Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns is a big draw for over a half-million visitors visiting to explore the caverns each year.  The Caverns attraction, which now includes a museum, was declared a National Natural Monument in the 1970s.

The Grand Old Mimslyn Inn is a classic Southern mansion style hotel built in the 1930s, is another visitor attraction.

The nearby South Fork of the Shenandoah River, offers many types of outdoor recreational activities.  

Oct 7 2017 - Valley Heritage - Heritage festival in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Page County Fairgrounds. Page County Heritage Festival. Oct 7-8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit townofluray.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 7 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Martinsburg, West Virginia

Martinsburg is the largest city in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and is the county seat of Berkeley County. The first United States post office was established at Martinsburg in 1792.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad reached Martinsburg in 1842 and the city became a center for the railroad industry and its workers. In June 1861, Civil War Confederate General Stonewall Jackson destroyed railroad cars at the Martinsburg B&O Railroad complex and commandeered the stean locomotives, dragging them overland through Winchester and Strasburg, Virginia, and onward to the south. The B&O Roundhouse, with its cast iron frame structure, remains a major architectural attraction in the city.

Fairs, festivals, art galleries, historic sites and recreational activities are scheduled there year round. Aspen Hall, a Georgian mansion built in 1745, is the oldest house in the city and reflects the city’s cultural heritage. Many of the wealthy residents of Aspen Hall  played key roles in the agricultural, religious, transportation, and political history of the region.

Oct 7 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Town Square corners of King and Queen Sts. Annual Chili Cookoff. Food available. Crafts will be sold. Admission: $5 per armband. For more information, visit mainstreet.martinsburg.com


Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Oct 7 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

Meet at NPS Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main St. The Death of a Regiment: The 34th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1864. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit nps.gov/cebe


Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Oct 7 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

National Park Service Visitor Contact Station 7712 Main St. The Death of a Regiment: the 34th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1864. Ranger-led program. Visit two battle sites: Hupps Hill and Cedar Creek. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Oct 7 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge Great Room. Hiking expert and author Jeff Alt: A Walk for Sunshine. Youth-oriented program. Hosted by Delaware North. Free admission. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


New Market, Virginia

New Market is the site of the oldest continuously-held Civil War battle reenactment in the U.S. East year, cadets from the Virginia Military Institute commemorate an 85-mile march from Lexington to New Market, reenacting the original battle that occurred in 1864. The Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park feature artifacts, dioramas and an Emmy-winning film "Field of Lost Shoes." It is shown daily at the museum, which also houses an official Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center.

New Market s historical buildings reflect the architectural craftsmanship of early German settlers. Many of these buildings are now part of Town walking tour, each identified by a brass plaque.

Art galleries and shops featuring freshly-ground coffee, pottery and a wide variety of hand-crafted items such as quilts, blown glass, glass beads and candles can be found in shops on the streets of New Market.

Golfers come to New Market to enjoy PGA-level golfing at The Shenvalee Golf Course. The golf course also offers scenic Massanutten mountain views.

Oct 7 2017 - Valley Heritage - Heritage festival in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

Homecoming Reunion on Oct. 7 and 8, 40 years after the first biennial reunion. All former school members invited to attend. buffet dinner on Oct. 7 starting at 6:30 at the New Market Community Center, formerly the New Market School. Hosted by New Market School Association. Reservations required. For more information, call 540-896-8038 or visit www.facebook.com/newmarketschoolassociation


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Oct 7 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Community program at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

The Columns at Six Penny Farm winery. Arts Council of the Valley 6th Annual Progressive Party. Tickets: $100 early bird, $125 after Sept. 22. For more information, visit ValleyArts.org


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 7 2017 - Concerts & Music - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Ladies Night Out, starring the Men in Motion Dancers. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 7 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Peter and the Starcatcher. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Oct 7 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Heart tribute band, Heart by Heart. Tickets: $35. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 8 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Love`s Labour`s Lost. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Berryville, Virginia

The tract of land that is now Berryville was first granted by the British Crown to Captain Isaac Pennington in 1734. Pennington then sold it to Colonel John Hite in 1754.  It was chartered as the town of Berryville on January 15, 1798.

Annual events include a big Summer Steam and Gas Show and The Clarke County Fair.  Berryville also has a farmer’s market, and there are nearby wineries and apple orchards. There are outdoor and river adventures at area campgrounds. A variety of music concerts are held in a community park during summer months. A local monastery, Holy Cross Abbey, is located a few miles east of Berryville.

Oct 8 2017 - Concerts & Music - Classical music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Classical guitarist Anna Leone. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Oct 8 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Retro music concert at Shenandoah National Park
…about Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge, New Market Taproom. 1930s to 60s Sunday Afternoon Music. Hosted by Delaware North. Free admission. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 8 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 S. Loudoun St. Halloween Whodunit: Murder Mystery Comedy Show. Dinner show performances at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Hosted by Die Laughing Productions and Bright Box. For more information, visit brightboxtheater.com


Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive

Although Shenandoah National Park is famous for its scenic Skyline Drive, almost 40% park is a protected wilderness area. The park is open year-round, although portions of Skyline Drive may be closed during bad weather . Shenandoah National Park is an easy drive from the Washington D.C. Area.

Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Oct 10 2017 - Valley Heritage - Heritage festival at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive in Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge. Local basket artisan teaches his craft. Beginners to intermediate: Make one basket. Hosted by Delaware North. Admission: $50. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


The Heritage Museum

The Heritage Center now boasts over 5000 square feet of exhibit space, with permanent exhibits featuring Invincible Spirit: History in the Heart of the Shenandoah and The Art of Tradition: Shenandoah Valley Folk Art. The museum is owned and operated by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society whose more than 1,000 members come from every part of the U.S. and is home to the Stonewall Jackson electric map that illustrates the Civil War Valley Campaign of 1862.

Dayton, Virginia

Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the town of Dayton is one of the oldest settled communities in Rockingham County. Dayton is surrounded by prime agricultural farmland, mainly owned and farmed by members of the Old Order Mennonite community.

Dayton is home to a national historic registered landmark, The Daniel Harrison House, also known as Fort Harrison, is the oldest house in Dayton and is listed as a national historic landmark.

The Dayton Farmers Market offers shopping at 20 specialty shops featuring a wide variety of merchandise, including locally-made items.  Nearby is the Silver Lake Mill, a landmark structure that now houses a store that offers mill-themed products, and collectibles.

Dayton’s oldest and most attended event is the Dayton Autumn Celebration, also known as “Dayton Days,” an arts and crafts festival held annually on the first Saturday in October.  The festival attracts an estimated 20,000 attendees annually and is known for handmade quilts and food. 

Oct 10 2017 - Valley Heritage - Public program at The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Va.
…about The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Virginia

382 High St. WWII Video Lecture Series. Carlo DEste - Warlord: Winston Churchill at War. raig Symonds - James Doolittle Daring Raid on Japan. Hosted by Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society. Free admission. For more information, call 540-879-2681 or visit theheritagecenter.org


Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive

Although Shenandoah National Park is famous for its scenic Skyline Drive, almost 40% park is a protected wilderness area. The park is open year-round, although portions of Skyline Drive may be closed during bad weather . Shenandoah National Park is an easy drive from the Washington D.C. Area.

Skyland, Skyline Drive

At an elevation of 3680 feet, Skyland Resort is located at the highest point along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

The resort offers lodging and cabin rentals with scenic views, an on-site dining facility and large souvenir shop.  Close by, visitors will find hiking and walking trails, picnic areas, scenic overlooks, and horseback riding.  

Oct 10 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive in Skyland, Skyline Drive

Skyland, Mountain Room. Shenandoah Valley Cloggers. Free to all park visitors. Hosted by Delaware North. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 11 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Student Matinee. Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 11 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive

Although Shenandoah National Park is famous for its scenic Skyline Drive, almost 40% park is a protected wilderness area. The park is open year-round, although portions of Skyline Drive may be closed during bad weather . Shenandoah National Park is an easy drive from the Washington D.C. Area.

Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Oct 12 2017 - Valley Heritage - Heritage festival at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive in Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge. Local basket artisan teaches his craft. Beginners to intermediate: Make one basket. Hosted by Delaware North. Admission: $50. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 12 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Student Matinee. Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 12 2017 - Farm to Table - Gardening program series at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Garden Talks Learning Series. Oct. 12: Happy Soil, Happy Plants, at 2 p.m. Hosted by Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association. For more information, call 540-869-9000, extension 212 or visit www.youseemore.com/handley


Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Oct 12 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Public program in Berryville, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Barns of Rose Hill. 65 Chalmers Ct. Handley Regional Library Garden Talk series: Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association. Happy Soil, Happy Plants. For more information, call 540-955-5190. or visit handleyregional.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 12 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Pre-show lecture: Inside Plays.  Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 12 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Herrmann, Herrman, McLaughlin, and Wilborn. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 12 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3). Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Skyland, Skyline Drive

At an elevation of 3680 feet, Skyland Resort is located at the highest point along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

The resort offers lodging and cabin rentals with scenic views, an on-site dining facility and large souvenir shop.  Close by, visitors will find hiking and walking trails, picnic areas, scenic overlooks, and horseback riding.  

Oct 12 2017 - Music Heritage - Heritage festival at Shenandoah National Park
…about Skyland, Skyline Drive

Skyland, Mountain Room. Rhythmic Alliance Cloggers perform the second Thursday of each month through November. For more information, visit goshenandoah.com


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Oct 12 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

14-F Court Square. Agnes of God. Valley Playhouse production. Drama. Shows on Oct. 12-14 and Oct 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Theater members save 20 percent and receive free popcorn Tickets: Adults, $9.50. Seniors, $8.50. Matinees before 5 p.m., $8. Advance tickets: $12 adult, $10 for seniors. $14 adult, 12 for seniors at the door. For more information, visit ValleyArts.org


Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge, in Rockbridge County, Virginia is the site of a geological formation which occured when the local Cedar Creek carved its way through the mountainous limestone. What resulted was a natural structure that now stands over 200 feet tall and 90 feet wide in the shape of an arc, giving it the appearance of a bridge.  The Natural Bridge is designated both a Virginia and National Historic Landmark.  Historic US Route 11 crosses the bridge, but the tourist attraction's landscaping now blocks any view from the roadway.  

The bridge is thought to have once been a sacred site of Native American Indians. George Washington reportedly surveyed the site of the bridge for Lord Fairfax.  As evidence to support this claim, the initials "G.W.", along with a surveyor's mark are carved into both into the bridge and a nearby rock.

Thomas Jefferson bought the land area that included the bridge in 1774. After he became a U.S. president, he built a cabin there, where he used to visit, and hosted a number of people who wouldb become historical figures.  The  Commonwealth of Virginia took ownership in 2014.

Visitors can find nearby attractions, including a cave, picnic areas and a zoo.

 

Oct 13 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

168 N. Dry Well Rd. Fast and Furious Friday Nite, Bonfire Nite. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.com


Fishersville, Virginia

Fishersville is a growing town in Augusta County whose population has nearly doubled during the last decades. 

The town of Fishersville was established in the mid-1800s. It was built around an area known as Tinkling Springs, which is home to the Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church. The church was founded in the early 1740s, and is the second-oldest Presbyterian congregation in the Shenandoah Valley. This historic building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail also runs through Fishersville.

 

 

Oct 13 2017 - Antiques - Antiques festival in Fishersville, Va.
…about Fishersville, Virginia

Augusta Expo, 277 Expo Road. The Fishersville-Shenandoah Antiques Expo. Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 60th Anniversary year. Over 300 East Coast dealers.  18th and 19th century English and American antiques, country Americana pieces, jewelry, glassware and more. Parking included in admission price. Hosted by Heritage Promotions. Admission: Oct. 13: $10. Oct 14 and 15: $5.. For more information, call 540-337-2552 or visit www.heritagepromotions.net


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 13 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Oktoberfest. Oct. 13 and 14. Wine- and beer-tastings. Live music. Street performers. Youth activities and more. Hosted by Old Town Winchester. Family friendly.


Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Oct 13 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

St. Thomas Chapel 7854 Church St., Middletown, Va. History at Sunset series. When the conflict is ended mercy again asserts itself. Treating the wounded at Cedar Creek. Living history demonstrations by park staff. 90 minutes to two hours. Free admission. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Oct 13 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

St. Thomas Chapel. History at Sunset program series: When the Conflict is Ended Mercy Again Asserts Itself, Treating the Wounded at Cedar Creek. Free admission. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit nps.gov/cebe


Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Shepherdstown still exudes a historical flavor that that pre-dates the Revolutionary War.  Town cultural life includes a regular variety of concert events and art galleries.  Visitors can also hike or bike the C&O Canal National Historical Park tow path or go rafting, tubing or kayaking on the Potomac River.

A few miles north of the river is Shepherdstown, Maryland, the site of the bloodiest single-day battle in the American Civil War history.  After the Battle of Antietam, Shepherdstown became a large hospital community that cared for the tens of thousands of soldiers who were wounded in the battle.

Shepherdstown was chartered in 1762. For a brief period, from 1865-1871, Shepherdstown had served as the county seat of Jefferson County because of war damage at the nearby Charles Town courthouse. Shepherdstown is also home to Shepherd University.

Oct 13 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Opera House theater, 131 West German St. The Woodshedders, with Silent Old Mountains. Indie Roots Rock band. Advance tickets: $10. $12 at the door. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit operahouselive.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 13 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Peter and the Starcatcher. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 13 2017 - Concerts & Music - Bluegrass music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va..
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Buds Collective,with Justin Trawick and the Common Good. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Boyce, Virginia

The town of Boyce was established in 1881. It was a Shenandoah Valley Railroad town at first, then incorporated in 1910. Itwas named after Colonel Upton L. Boyce. He's the one that convinced the railroad to build a line through Clarke County.

Today, the Boyce Railroad Station is a historic landmark, and now it's the Norfolk & Western Railway that passes through the center of town. According to local lore, the citizens of Boyce wanted a larger, more ornate building and also wanted it to be located on the east side of the tracks. So they raised the funds to build the larger station where they wanted it to be.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill is one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country. It's located in nearby Millwood. South of Boyce, along US Route 50, the State Arboretum of Virginia featuring a very large collection of native trees and shrubs.

Oct 14 2017 - Running & Walk Events - Outdoor run at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

400 Blandy Farm Ln. 2nd Annual 5K Walk for Blandy. No dogs without leash. Registration-packet pickup 7:30-8:15 a.m. ages 12 and under admitted free, accompanied by adult. Register online. Advance tickets: $20. $25 at the door. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu


Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Oct 14 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War battle reenactment at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

154th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek. Oct. 14-15. Tickets: Adults, $12 per day. Senior Citizens, ages 7-17 and law enforcement personnel: $6.Ages 6 and under: Free. Retired and active military with ID: $6. Free admission. For more information, call 540-869-2064 or visit nps.gov/cebe


Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Oct 14 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor festival at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. Fall Farm Days: The Nature of Sky Meadows. Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special programs, demonstrations, and activities. Youth activities, live music, pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Oct 14 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Youth-oriented art activities, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ages 5 and older. Painting, paper crafts and other projects. First come, first served. Reservations required. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Woodstock, Virginia

Woodstock was established in 1761 and much of its heritage can still be experienced today. It's the seat of Shenandoah County and home of the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds,

The town is located along I-81, with the historic U.S. Route 11, Valley Pike forming its main street.

The Old Courthouse is the oldest courthouse still in use west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the 18th century pastor/Revolutionary soldier, Peter Muhlenberg once famously proclaimed, “...there's a time to pray and a time to fight and now is the time to fight.”  The Old Courthouse is now open as a museum and visitor center.

The town is a destination for visitors of all ages, including family weekenders and couples. Woodstock is blessed with number of nearby wineries, walking trails and scenic byways. Seasonal activities include town concerts, festivals and parades. Access to the North Branch of the Shenandoah River is located nearby and a mountain road accesses the Woodstock Tower. From there, hikers can view the town, the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River, and the Allegheny moutain front.

Oct 14 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Woodstock, Va.
…about Woodstock, Virginia

300 Fairgrounds Rd. AutumnFest. Championship BBQ Competition sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society with over 45 BBQ teams. Backyard BBQ Competition. Craft Beers, local wineries, artisans, harness racing, log splitting competition, and more. Live music. Food available. . Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Tasting Ticket $20 online, $25 at the gate, includes souvenir tasting glass, complimentary beer and samples, tasting glass. Rain or shine. Advance tickets: $7. $10. Ages 15 and under, free admission at the door.


Oct 14 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

610 Battle Park Dr. 1862 in a Box, presented by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Park Service ranger. For more information, call 202-302-9129 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 14 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Love`s Labour`s Lost. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge, in Rockbridge County, Virginia is the site of a geological formation which occured when the local Cedar Creek carved its way through the mountainous limestone. What resulted was a natural structure that now stands over 200 feet tall and 90 feet wide in the shape of an arc, giving it the appearance of a bridge.  The Natural Bridge is designated both a Virginia and National Historic Landmark.  Historic US Route 11 crosses the bridge, but the tourist attraction's landscaping now blocks any view from the roadway.  

The bridge is thought to have once been a sacred site of Native American Indians. George Washington reportedly surveyed the site of the bridge for Lord Fairfax.  As evidence to support this claim, the initials "G.W.", along with a surveyor's mark are carved into both into the bridge and a nearby rock.

Thomas Jefferson bought the land area that included the bridge in 1774. After he became a U.S. president, he built a cabin there, where he used to visit, and hosted a number of people who wouldb become historical figures.  The  Commonwealth of Virginia took ownership in 2014.

Visitors can find nearby attractions, including a cave, picnic areas and a zoo.

 

Oct 14 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

168 N. Dry Well Rd. King of the Bridge - Rain date. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 14 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3). Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 14 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Souled Out 20th Anniversary Party. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 15 2017 - Concerts & Music - Piano music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Dueling Pianos. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 15 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Oct 15 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Retro music concert at Shenandoah National Park
…about Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge, New Market Taproom. 1930s to 60s Sunday Afternoon Music. Hosted by Delaware North. Free admission. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Berryville, Virginia

The tract of land that is now Berryville was first granted by the British Crown to Captain Isaac Pennington in 1734. Pennington then sold it to Colonel John Hite in 1754.  It was chartered as the town of Berryville on January 15, 1798.

Annual events include a big Summer Steam and Gas Show and The Clarke County Fair.  Berryville also has a farmer’s market, and there are nearby wineries and apple orchards. There are outdoor and river adventures at area campgrounds. A variety of music concerts are held in a community park during summer months. A local monastery, Holy Cross Abbey, is located a few miles east of Berryville.

Oct 17 2017 - Valley Heritage - History workshops at Josephine School Community Museum in Berrville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

Josephine School Community Museum. The Middle Potomac History Researchers meets every third Tuesday, focusing on African American history and genealogy research within the North Central Potomac River watershed. For more information, call 540-955-5512.


Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive

Although Shenandoah National Park is famous for its scenic Skyline Drive, almost 40% park is a protected wilderness area. The park is open year-round, although portions of Skyline Drive may be closed during bad weather . Shenandoah National Park is an easy drive from the Washington D.C. Area.

Skyland, Skyline Drive

At an elevation of 3680 feet, Skyland Resort is located at the highest point along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

The resort offers lodging and cabin rentals with scenic views, an on-site dining facility and large souvenir shop.  Close by, visitors will find hiking and walking trails, picnic areas, scenic overlooks, and horseback riding.  

Oct 17 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive in Skyland, Skyline Drive

Skyland, Mountain Room. Shenandoah Valley Cloggers. Free to all park visitors. Hosted by Delaware North. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 18 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Student Matinee. Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 18 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Peter and the Starcatcher. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to James Madison University, a public college, and Eastern Mennonite University, a small, private liberal arts college. The city also is the county seat of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg was named for Thomas Harrison, the son of English settlers who came to the area in 1737.  In 1779, Harrison deeded 50 acres of his land to the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

Harrisonburg's downtown area was recently named a Great American Main Street.  Some of the features of the Harrisonburg city and downtown area that attract visitors include: cultural and sports events at the local universities; Larkin Arts, a community art center; the Super Great Film Festival, which shows nearly 50 locally-produced films annually; OASIS Fine Art and Craft, a collective gallery featuring the wares of many local artisans; and The Virginia Quilt Museum, where visitors can browse a collection of quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the United States.

Harrisonburg also includes several buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Thomas Harrison House, the Rockingham County Courthouse, Joshua Wilton House and the Lucy F. Simms School, now a community center.

Oct 18 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Convocation program at Bridgewater College
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Boitnott Room. Film, The Undocumented, followed by program: aximo Anguiano, executive director of the Adelante U.S. Education Leadership Fund. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 19 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Student Matinee. Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Martinsburg, West Virginia

Martinsburg is the largest city in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and is the county seat of Berkeley County. The first United States post office was established at Martinsburg in 1792.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad reached Martinsburg in 1842 and the city became a center for the railroad industry and its workers. In June 1861, Civil War Confederate General Stonewall Jackson destroyed railroad cars at the Martinsburg B&O Railroad complex and commandeered the stean locomotives, dragging them overland through Winchester and Strasburg, Virginia, and onward to the south. The B&O Roundhouse, with its cast iron frame structure, remains a major architectural attraction in the city.

Fairs, festivals, art galleries, historic sites and recreational activities are scheduled there year round. Aspen Hall, a Georgian mansion built in 1745, is the oldest house in the city and reflects the city’s cultural heritage. Many of the wealthy residents of Aspen Hall  played key roles in the agricultural, religious, transportation, and political history of the region.

Oct 19 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival. Oct 19 at 5:30 p.m., Oct 22 at 4:30 p.m. 38th year celebrating agricultural heritage of Berkeley County. Gala dance, crafts, parade, apple pie-eating contest and more. Admission: $5 per armband. For more information, visit www.msahf.com


Boyce, Virginia

The town of Boyce was established in 1881. It was a Shenandoah Valley Railroad town at first, then incorporated in 1910. Itwas named after Colonel Upton L. Boyce. He's the one that convinced the railroad to build a line through Clarke County.

Today, the Boyce Railroad Station is a historic landmark, and now it's the Norfolk & Western Railway that passes through the center of town. According to local lore, the citizens of Boyce wanted a larger, more ornate building and also wanted it to be located on the east side of the tracks. So they raised the funds to build the larger station where they wanted it to be.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill is one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country. It's located in nearby Millwood. South of Boyce, along US Route 50, the State Arboretum of Virginia featuring a very large collection of native trees and shrubs.

Oct 19 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Public program at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

Stimpson Auditorium, Halpin-Harrison Hall, at Shenandoah University. Karen C. Rice, USGS: Stream Health and Restoration. Learn about the ecological importance of streams. Hosted by Shenandoah University Dept. of Environmental Studies and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Reservations required. Admission: Foundation and FONZ members: $10. Non-members: $12. SU students and staff, free admission. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu


Oct 19 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, VA

10 S. Market St. Pre-show lecture: Inside Plays.  Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 19 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Love`s Labour`s Lost. Talkback session follows performance.  Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 19 2017 - Concerts & Music - Ensemble music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Shenandoah Conservatory EDGE Ensemble. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Oct 20 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Meet at the Ramseurs Hill parking area, 1864 Battlefield Road. History at Sunset program series: Close Up. On your life. A Tour of the Battle of Fishers Hill. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.  

Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century.  Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.

The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.

Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek  and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines.  Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.

Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair.  And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike. 

 

Oct 20 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

Ramseurs Hill, 1864 Battlefield Road, Fisher`s Hill, Va. History at Sunset series. Close up. On your life. Tour of the Battle of Fishers Hill. Battlefield tour via car-caravan and walking outdoors. Ranger-led presentation. 90 minutes to two hours. Free admission. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit ww.nps.gov/cebe


Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Oct 20 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Outdoor program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Area, mile 51, inside the Rapidan Camp Gate. Night Skies. Astronomy program. Bring a blanket, chair, and flashlight. Hosted by Delaware North. Weather permitting. Free admission. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge, in Rockbridge County, Virginia is the site of a geological formation which occured when the local Cedar Creek carved its way through the mountainous limestone. What resulted was a natural structure that now stands over 200 feet tall and 90 feet wide in the shape of an arc, giving it the appearance of a bridge.  The Natural Bridge is designated both a Virginia and National Historic Landmark.  Historic US Route 11 crosses the bridge, but the tourist attraction's landscaping now blocks any view from the roadway.  

The bridge is thought to have once been a sacred site of Native American Indians. George Washington reportedly surveyed the site of the bridge for Lord Fairfax.  As evidence to support this claim, the initials "G.W.", along with a surveyor's mark are carved into both into the bridge and a nearby rock.

Thomas Jefferson bought the land area that included the bridge in 1774. After he became a U.S. president, he built a cabin there, where he used to visit, and hosted a number of people who wouldb become historical figures.  The  Commonwealth of Virginia took ownership in 2014.

Visitors can find nearby attractions, including a cave, picnic areas and a zoo.

 

Oct 20 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

168 N. Dry Well Rd. Fast and Furious Friday Nite, Bike Night-Dragon Style plus Bonfire Nite. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.com


Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Shepherdstown still exudes a historical flavor that that pre-dates the Revolutionary War.  Town cultural life includes a regular variety of concert events and art galleries.  Visitors can also hike or bike the C&O Canal National Historical Park tow path or go rafting, tubing or kayaking on the Potomac River.

A few miles north of the river is Shepherdstown, Maryland, the site of the bloodiest single-day battle in the American Civil War history.  After the Battle of Antietam, Shepherdstown became a large hospital community that cared for the tens of thousands of soldiers who were wounded in the battle.

Shepherdstown was chartered in 1762. For a brief period, from 1865-1871, Shepherdstown had served as the county seat of Jefferson County because of war damage at the nearby Charles Town courthouse. Shepherdstown is also home to Shepherd University.

Oct 20 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Opera House theater, 131 West German St. Litz performs funk, jam, go-go, soul, electronica and more. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit operahouselive.com


Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Shepherdstown still exudes a historical flavor that that pre-dates the Revolutionary War.  Town cultural life includes a regular variety of concert events and art galleries.  Visitors can also hike or bike the C&O Canal National Historical Park tow path or go rafting, tubing or kayaking on the Potomac River.

A few miles north of the river is Shepherdstown, Maryland, the site of the bloodiest single-day battle in the American Civil War history.  After the Battle of Antietam, Shepherdstown became a large hospital community that cared for the tens of thousands of soldiers who were wounded in the battle.

Shepherdstown was chartered in 1762. For a brief period, from 1865-1871, Shepherdstown had served as the county seat of Jefferson County because of war damage at the nearby Charles Town courthouse. Shepherdstown is also home to Shepherd University.

Oct 20 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Opera House theater, 131 West German St. Litz performs funk, jam, go-go, soul, electronica and more. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit operahouselive.com


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 20 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Oct 20 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Seth Glier, Matt Nakoa perform folk music. Tickets: $22. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 20 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Orange Sunshine presents A `67 Flashback. Music of the 60s and 70s. Celebrates 50th anniversary of Beatles St. Peppers album. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historic Park

The National Park Service works with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Belle Grove, Inc., Shenandoah County, Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation manage and preserve the 3,700-acre "Partnership Park" and its resources. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP is also a park still in development.

Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Oct 21 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Middletown, Va.
…about Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historic Park in Middletown, Virginia

Cedar Creek Battlefield. Cedar Creek Bus Tour with Scott Patchan. Box lunch and refreshments included. Limited availability. Reservations required. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit shenandoahatwar.org


Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry is located in the easternmost part of West Virginia, where its borders meet with Maryland and Virginia at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.  The town was named after Robert Harper, who had established a ferry across the Potomac River and starting point for settlers moving west.

Civil War-era slavery abbolutionist John Brown led a raid on the United States Armory and Arsenal in Harpers in 1859, is said to have helped trigger the Civil War.  Harpers Ferry changed hand eight times during the war.

In 1944, a portion of the town became part of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, with most of the remainder now included in the Harpers Ferry Historic District. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, Harpers Ferry had been a fashionable resort for vacationers traveling by train from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. It remains a popular destination for visitors interested in history, but also for outdoor recreation, including white water rafting, fishing, mountain biking, canoeing, zip line trails and rock climbing. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters is located in Harpers Ferry and the Appalachian Trail runs directly through the town.

Oct 21 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Outdoor program at Friends Wilderness Center in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.Va.
…about Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

305 Friends Way. Andy Goldsworthy tribute program. Two-part program. Create natural sculptures, see film about Goldsworthy. For more information, call 304-728-4820 or visit www.friendswilderness.org


Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historic Park

The National Park Service works with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Belle Grove, Inc., Shenandoah County, Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation manage and preserve the 3,700-acre "Partnership Park" and its resources. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP is also a park still in development.

Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 21 2017 - Civil War History - Historic battlefield tour in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historic Park in Winchester, Virginia

Cedar Creek Bus Tour with Scott Patchan. Box lunch and refreshments included. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Limited availability. Reservations required. Admission: $60, $50 for SVBF members. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit shenandoahatwar.org


Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Oct 21 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor festival at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. Fall Farm Days: Rest and Rejuvenation Weekend. Oct. 21-22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided and self-guided programs help reconnect with nature, unplug and unwind, and rejuvenate. Youth activities, live music, pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 21 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Peter and the Starcatcher. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Oct 21 2017 - Valley Heritage - Historical program in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, VA

The Barn at Clermont Farm, 801 East Main St. Survey Day and Historic Farming. Lecture followed by hayride. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Clarke County Historical Association. Admission: 10 for CCHA members, $15 for non-members. For more information, call 540-955-2600 or visit www.clarkehistory.org


Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge, in Rockbridge County, Virginia is the site of a geological formation which occured when the local Cedar Creek carved its way through the mountainous limestone. What resulted was a natural structure that now stands over 200 feet tall and 90 feet wide in the shape of an arc, giving it the appearance of a bridge.  The Natural Bridge is designated both a Virginia and National Historic Landmark.  Historic US Route 11 crosses the bridge, but the tourist attraction's landscaping now blocks any view from the roadway.  

The bridge is thought to have once been a sacred site of Native American Indians. George Washington reportedly surveyed the site of the bridge for Lord Fairfax.  As evidence to support this claim, the initials "G.W.", along with a surveyor's mark are carved into both into the bridge and a nearby rock.

Thomas Jefferson bought the land area that included the bridge in 1774. After he became a U.S. president, he built a cabin there, where he used to visit, and hosted a number of people who wouldb become historical figures.  The  Commonwealth of Virginia took ownership in 2014.

Visitors can find nearby attractions, including a cave, picnic areas and a zoo.

 

Oct 21 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

168 N. Dry Well Rd. Points Race. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.com


Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Shepherdstown still exudes a historical flavor that that pre-dates the Revolutionary War.  Town cultural life includes a regular variety of concert events and art galleries.  Visitors can also hike or bike the C&O Canal National Historical Park tow path or go rafting, tubing or kayaking on the Potomac River.

A few miles north of the river is Shepherdstown, Maryland, the site of the bloodiest single-day battle in the American Civil War history.  After the Battle of Antietam, Shepherdstown became a large hospital community that cared for the tens of thousands of soldiers who were wounded in the battle.

Shepherdstown was chartered in 1762. For a brief period, from 1865-1871, Shepherdstown had served as the county seat of Jefferson County because of war damage at the nearby Charles Town courthouse. Shepherdstown is also home to Shepherd University.

Oct 21 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Opera House theater, 131 West German St. The Last Rewind. DC-based Phish tribute band. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit operahouselive.com


Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Shepherdstown still exudes a historical flavor that that pre-dates the Revolutionary War.  Town cultural life includes a regular variety of concert events and art galleries.  Visitors can also hike or bike the C&O Canal National Historical Park tow path or go rafting, tubing or kayaking on the Potomac River.

A few miles north of the river is Shepherdstown, Maryland, the site of the bloodiest single-day battle in the American Civil War history.  After the Battle of Antietam, Shepherdstown became a large hospital community that cared for the tens of thousands of soldiers who were wounded in the battle.

Shepherdstown was chartered in 1762. For a brief period, from 1865-1871, Shepherdstown had served as the county seat of Jefferson County because of war damage at the nearby Charles Town courthouse. Shepherdstown is also home to Shepherd University.

Oct 21 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Opera House theater, 131 West German St. The Last Rewind. DC-based Phish tribute band. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit operahouselive.com


Waynesboro, Virginia

The City of Waynesboro is located only three miles from the junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The city's proximity to these national parks provides many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain and road biking, and even bouldering.

Historical artifacts are plentiful at The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, at the historic Plumb House and throughout the city. The Plumb House was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. It's got Civil War and Native American displays, as well as an authentic summer kitchen and historic garden.   

The annual reenactment of The Battle of Waynesboro commemorates the last major battle of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle for Confderate General Jubal A. Early.  After he lost this battle, Early relinquished the town and the Valley region to Union General Phillip Sheridan.

Waynesboro is the home town of P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Oct 21 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Dance concert in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. BalletX performs three dances: Beautiful Once, Grant Partita and The Last Glass. $100 VIP tickets available that include champagne, preferred seating, and performer meet and greet. Tickets: $25. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Oct 21 2017 - Music Heritage - Bluemont Contra Dances in Hillsboro, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Hillsboro Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike. Third Saturday of each month, through May.  New and experienced dancers: old-time square and contra dancing with live band. Instruction and figure calling. Beginners workshop at 7:30 p.m. Families, single dancers welcome. Admission: $12 per person, $8 for Bluemont Friends, students, and seniors, $5 for ages 12 and under, ages 3 and under admitted free. For more information, call 540-955-8186 or visit www.bluemont.org.


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 21 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Love`s Labour`s Lost. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Oct 21 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Outdoor program at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

Thoburn Redoubt property, located on Bowmans Mill Road in Warren County. Star Party. Lyrid Meteor Shower. Directional signage provides a guide to location. Bring your own telescopes, or use one provided by the Shenandoah Astronomical Society. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Winchester, Virginia

A number of historical landmarks, museums, centuries-old architecture, shops and wineries attract visitors to Winchester, Virginia.  It is the county seat of Frederick County.

Family-friendly destinations in and near include several farm markets and orchards with pick-your-own produce and and youth-oriented activities.

Many Civil War battles were fought in Winchester and a number of protected Civil War Battlefields are located within a short distance of the city. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets Valley heritage and includes a collection of fine art, as well as scenic gardens, a 19th century estate and a modern museum building.

The historic, old-town Loudoun Street Mall is home to restaurants, historical attractions, festivals and shops.

The world-famous Shenandoah Apple Blossom is held in Winchester each year, usually on the first weekend in May.  An estimated 250,000 people come to the festival each year.  It has been held since 1924 and includes a carnival, parades, several dances and parties.

Country music singer Patsy Cline lived here during the 1950s, and the house she lived in as a teen-ager has been restored and is now open for tours.

Oct 21 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. The Reflex: The Ultimate 80s Tribute Band. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Clarke County, Virginia

Clarke County is located at the northern tip or "top" of Virginia, and includes the towns of Boyce and the Berryville county seat, as well as some unincorporated communities.

Clarke County was named for revolutionary war hero, George Rogers Clark.  Historians claim that an "e" was mistakenly added to Clark's last name, and so it remains to this day. 

Clarke County was settled in the mid-1700s as part of the five million acres owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax.  The future President George Washington had originally surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and by the late 18th century, the county was mainly inhabited by wealthy plantation owners.  

During the Civil war, Clarke County was the site of (Confederate Col. John) Mosby's Raid. The Battle of Cool Spring was fought along the Shenandoah River. General Robert E. Lee, whose wife had been born in Clarke County, camped there on his way to fight at Gettysburg.  Although the Civil War devastated much of the orginial Clarke County, a number of the old plantation homes survived ...and still stand today. 

These historic sites and homes are now visitor attractions. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River and hikes on the Appalachian Trail are two of the area's outdoor activities.  Golf courses and wineries also can be found in Clarke County.

Oct 22 2017 - Running & Walk Events - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Parking at Turner Pond. Trick or Treat 5K and Family Fun Run. $30 fee. Trail race, followed by special programs. Awards. Family friendly. Reservations required. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Middletown, Virginia

Middletown is located at the southern end of Frederick County, Virginia, at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66. The town's neighbor is the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.   Each year on the third weekend in October, Middletown, thousands of Civil War reenactors and spectators converge for a living history recreation of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. According to a local legend, Middletown changed hands so many times during teh Civil War that the Union Army agreed not to burn down the historic 1797 Wayside Inn after each retreat because they expected to be coming back. The Inn still stands today and is open to the public.

Belle Grove National Historical Park also is home to Belle Grove Plantation, a limestone mansion built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Conway Madison, who was the sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove is the site of a number of seasonal festivals and offers a regular schedule of tours in the 19th century mansion house.

Oct 22 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Nature program at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

336 Belle Grove Rd. Barn Series Gardening Lectures and Workshop series. Lecture followed by a workshop. Williamsburg Holiday Display. Registration deadline: Oct. 13. Admission: $25, additional fees for materials may apply. $30 at the door. For more information, call 540-869-2028 or visit bellegrove.org


Staunton, Virginia

The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. 

Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy,  In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.

Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts.  The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.

Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.

 

Oct 22 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3). Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.  

Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.

The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.  

Oct 22 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Retro music concert at Shenandoah National Park
…about Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Lodge, New Market Taproom. 1930s to 60s Sunday Afternoon Music. Hosted by Delaware North. Free admission. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Oct 22 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

15 N. Loudoun St. Classic Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre series: The Hamilton Murders. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com