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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.

Nov 19 2017 - Visual Arts - Community festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Virginia Gourd Show and Sale. Meet gourd art experts from the Virginia Lovers Gourd Society. Nov Event admission free, Museum admission, extra fee. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.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.

Nov 19 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Makerspace Holiday Activity: Ceramic Ornaments. Make your own clay ornaments. Admission: Registration not required. Makerspace admission: adults, $10, youth: $5. Pottery kit: $5, includes 2 pounds of clay, glaze, and firing. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.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.

Nov 19 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Court Square Theater in Harrsonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

41 Court Square. The Royal Opera House Presents film series. Alice Adventures in Wonderland, A Ballet in 3 Acts. Theater members receive 20 percent off and free popcorn. The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, performing with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Tickets: Adults, $14. Students, $10. Seniors, $12. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit www.valleyarts.org/cst


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.  

 

Nov 19 2017 - Music Heritage - Bluegrass music concert in Page County, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Cooters Place in the Valley, 4768 U.S. Highway 211 West. Live Music at Cooters concert: Totally Unrelated. For more information, call 540-843-2515 or visit facebook.com/CootersLuray


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.

Nov 19 2017 - Concerts & Music - Classical music concert at Shenandoah University
…about Winchester, Virginia

Armstrong Concert Hall, 702 University Drive. Piano Recital: Alexander Bernstein. George Gershwin: Three Preludes, works by Beethoven, Liszt and Rzewski. Tickets: $25. For more information, call 540-665-4569 or visit su.edu


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.

 

 

Nov 19 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Shultz Theater and Performing Arts Center in Broadway, Va.
…about Broadway, Virginia

J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, 226 Hawks Hill Dr. Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical. Last performance today 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


Carter Hall at Bridgewater College

Bridgewater College was founded in 1880 as the first coeducational college in Virginia. The Carter Center is host to  concerts by the college choirs, symphonic band, and jazz band, as well as other events that are regularly open to the pubic. The campus location is surrounded by a variety of visitor attractions.

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.

 

Nov 19 2017 - Concerts & Music - Choral concert at Bridgewater College
…about Carter Hall at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia

Carter Center. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-828-8000 or visit bridgewater.edu


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.

Nov 19 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Things To Come. Drama. French film. Doors open 30 minutes before film. Refreshments available. Hosted by Magic Lantern Theater. Admission: $8 general admission. Magic Lantern, MSV and Barns of Rose Hill members: $5. For more information, call 540-678-0963 or visit www.magiclanterntheater.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.

Nov 19 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. My Fair Lady. Last performance today. Produced by The Wayne Theatre. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery at Bridgewater Coll

Located on the second floor of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library the gallery is a formal exhibition space for exhibits of work by students, local and nationally-recognized artists.

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.

 

Nov 20 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Bridgewater College
…about Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery at Bridgewater Coll in Bridgewater, Virginia

Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery. Photograph-based mixed-media work by Staunton artist Jim Sconyers: imago corporis impressa.  Runs Nov. 13-Dec. 15. Artist`s Talk and Reception on Nov. 13, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-828-8000 or visit bridgewater.edu


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.  

Nov 20 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Community program in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Miss and Master Shenandoah Speedway Pageant. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit shenandoah-speedway.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.

Nov 20 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Community festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Santa Letters. Nov. 20 and Dec. 4. Mailbox location for Santa Letters. Mailboxes located at the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park, at City Hall, 15 North Cameron St., at the Old Town Winchester Welcome Center at 33 East Boscawen St. and at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center.


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.  

Nov 20 2017 - Visual Arts - Craft show in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Warehouse Art Gallery, 15 Campbell St. Annual Craft Show and Open House: Artistic Expressions. Nov. 19 and 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Antique glassware, jewelry, watercolor artist, candles, photography, pottery, wood items, handmade quilt items, wreaths, Christmas trees, baskets, crocheted items, baked items, pickles, jellies, and more. For more information, call 540-843-0200 or visit warehouseartgallery.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.

Nov 20 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Berkeley Arts Council, 116 N Queen St. Beginning Colored Pencil. For more information, call 304-620-7277 or visit berkeleyartswv.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.

Nov 20 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


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.

Nov 21 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. Members Gallery. SVAC members artwork, Purple theme. Runs through November. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.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.

Nov 21 2017 - Visual Arts - Public program at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. Invitational Gallery. Tai Chi in the Art Gallery. Every Tuesday in November from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Admission: $10. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.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.

Nov 21 2017 - Visual Arts - Art program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Meet in museum lobby. Gallery Explorers: Watercolors. 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Explore the Virginia Watercolor Society 38th Annual Exhibition and learn watercolor techniques, Limited availability. Reservations recommended. Admission: Museum members: $5. All others: $7. Free admission for adults accompanying children. Pre-Register online. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.themsv.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.

 

Nov 21 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


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.

Nov 21 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.


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.  

Nov 21 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Trackside Theater: 32B East Main St. Name: Youth Acting Workshop. Learn basics from performers. Ages 8-12. Ends with live performance on Dec. 12. Admission: $45 per person. For more information, visit www.tracksidetheater.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.

Nov 21 2017 - Valley Heritage - Art workshop in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Makerspace Holiday Activity: Ceramic Ornaments. Make your own clay ornaments. Admission: Registration not required. Makerspace admission: adults, $10, youth: $5. Pottery kit: $5, includes 2 pounds of clay, glaze, and firing. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.org


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.  

Nov 21 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.


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.

Nov 21 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


Stephens City, Virginia

The town of Stephens City has gone through several name changes throughout its history.  It started in 1758 as Stephensburg, and then became Newtown, then finally Stephens City.  The original settlers were Scottish, Irish and German.

In the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth centuries, Stephens City, then known as Newtown, became prosperous as a crossroads village. Local craftstmen produced a sturdy wagon, the Newtown wagon.

Each spring, Stephens City celebrates town history with the Newtown Heritage Festival.  Year round walking tours through Stephens City showcase historical homes and craft shops.

 

Nov 21 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program in Stephens City, Va.
…about Stephens City, Virginia

871 Tasker Road, Bowman Library, Reading Porch. Young Writers Program. Tuesdays during November at 6:30 p.m. For writers in middle or high school. Write-Ins - write with peers. Door prizes, word wars, dares and pep talks and more. Hosted by NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month. For more information, visit handleyregional.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.

Nov 21 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Public program at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Augusta Health presents Signature Speaker Series: Health. Your Lungs and Pulmonary System: What you need to know. 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.

 

Nov 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


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.

 

Nov 21 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Weekly music festival in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Redbeard Brewing Company, 120 South Lewis St. Some Kind of Jam. Every Tuesday night from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Food available.  For more information, visit redbeardbrews.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.

 

Nov 22 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.  

Nov 22 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.  

Nov 22 2017 - Concerts & Music - Weekly 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.


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.  

Nov 22 2017 - Concerts & Music - Weekly bluegrass music jam in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Blue Phoenix Cafe and Grocery, 110 W. Washington St. Live music. Every Wednesday morning. For more information, call 540-461-8306


Nov 22 2017 - Visual Arts - Art festival in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, WV

Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen St. Holiday Art and Craft Market. 8th year. Artwork available from more than 20 local and regional fine artists and artisans. Nov. 15 - Dec. 24 For more information, visit berkeleyartsWV.org


Nov 22 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, WV

Berkeley Arts Council, 116 N Queen St. Back Space gallery. Berkeley Arts Council Students exhibit examples of a variety of media learned over past year. Runs Nov. 15 - Dec. 24. Open Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 304-620-7277 or visit berkeleyartswv.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.

Nov 22 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Holiday Wreath Workshop. Create a holiday wreath with fresh greens from the Glen Burnie Gardens. Admission: Museum members: $30. All others: $35. All supplies included. Registration required by Nov. 13. Register online. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.themsv.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.

 

Nov 22 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.

Nov 22 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


Stephens City, Virginia

The town of Stephens City has gone through several name changes throughout its history.  It started in 1758 as Stephensburg, and then became Newtown, then finally Stephens City.  The original settlers were Scottish, Irish and German.

In the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth centuries, Stephens City, then known as Newtown, became prosperous as a crossroads village. Local craftstmen produced a sturdy wagon, the Newtown wagon.

Each spring, Stephens City celebrates town history with the Newtown Heritage Festival.  Year round walking tours through Stephens City showcase historical homes and craft shops.

 

Nov 23 2017 - Running & Walk Events - Outdoor run in Stephens City, Va.
…about Stephens City, Virginia

Sherando Park, 200 Lakeview Circle. Thanksgiving Day 5K. Proceeds Benefit FCPRD Play Fund. Check in and onsite registration from 7-8 a.m, race begins at 8:45 a.m. at Sherando High School Stadium. Admission: $25. For more information, call 540-665-5678


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.

Nov 23 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Smith House Galleries in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Smith House Galleries 311 S. Main St. 2nd Annual Artist Member Exhibition. Original works by Arts Council of the Valley Artist Members. Runs through November. For more information, visit valleyarts.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.

Nov 23 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. Cabell/Arehart Gallery. Waynesboro acrylic artist, Nicholas Martori. Runs through November. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.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.  

Nov 23 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Community festival in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

American Legion, 106 Zerkel St. 18th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Complete Thanksgiving meal. Hosted by Community Outreach. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-860-1945


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.

Nov 23 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


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.  

Nov 23 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Robert E. Lee Hotel 30 S. Main St. Thanksgiving Buffet. Traditional appetizers, sides, meats, and desserts, and more. Admission: 29.95 for adults, $13.95 for ages 5-11. Free admission for ages up to 5 years. For more information, call 540-461-8484 or visit roberteleehotel.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.

 

Nov 23 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Community festival in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center, 15 Appledore Lane. Thanksgiving Buffet at Historic Natural Bridge Hotel. Brandy Sugar Pumpkin Bisque with Baby Shrimp, Southern Fried Tom Turkey, Cornbread and Oyster Stuffed Trout Fillet, and Cinnamon Apple Cake, and more. Admission: Adults: $29.95, ages under 12: $14, ages under 5: free admission. For more information, call 540-291-2121. extension 7820 or visit www.naturalbridgeva.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.

Nov 23 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.

Nov 23 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.


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.

Nov 23 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.


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.

 

 

Nov 23 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Fishersville, Va.
…about Fishersville, Virginia

Barren Ridge Vineyards, 984 Barren Ridge Road. Open Mic Night Every Thursday evening 6:30-8:30 p.m. Local musicians provide live entertainment. Wine available. Food available. Or bring a picnic meal. For more information, call 540-248-3300 or visit www.barrenridgevineyardsva.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.

 

Nov 24 2017 - Visual Arts - rt exhibition at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery, 402 E College St. Imago Corporis Impressa, by Jim Sconyers. Photograph-based mixed-media work. Runs through Dec. 15. Open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to midnight. 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.  Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-828-8000 or visit www.bridgewater.edu


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.

Nov 24 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Walking tour in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun St. Meet in front of the Old Court House Civil War Museum. Plaid Friday Walking Tour. Historical highlights of downtown area. Admission: $10. Ages under 12 admitted free. For more information, call 540-542-1326 or visit civilwarmuseum.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.

 

Nov 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


Clear Brook, Virginia

Clear Brook is an unincorporated farming community located in Frederick County, Virginia, just north of the county seat of Winchester, along scenic U.S. Route 11.

Clear Brook is home of the Frederick County Fairgrounds and the Hopewell Friends Meeting Place, a historical Quaker meeting place that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The Hogging Up BBQ and Music Festival, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, is hosted annually in Clear Brook.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas visitors drive to see the Annual Holiday Light Display at Clear Brook Park.

 

 

 

Nov 24 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Outdoor festival in Clearbrook, Va.
…about Clear Brook, Virginia

Clearbrook Park, 3300 Martinsburg Pike. Annual Holiday Light Show. Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m. - Jan. 1 at 9:30 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. Lights out at 10 p.m. Regular Admission:Ages 0-1: Free. Ages 2-11: $3. Ages 12 and over: $5. Peak Nights Admission: Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23. Ages 0-1: Free. Ages 2-11: $5. Ages 12 and over: $10. Free hot chocolate. Live entertainment on select nights. Food vendors. Heated event tent. For more information, visit frederickcountyva.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.

Nov 24 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Plaid Friday. Downtown shopping festival. Free meter parking all day. Hosted by Old Town Winchester. For more information, visit www.oldtownwinchesterva.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.

Nov 24 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Film screening in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd. Polar Express. Nov. 24 and Dec. 14. Tickets: $5, includes activity sheets and a souvenir train ticket. For more information, call 540-313-4060 or visit drafthouse.com/wincheste


Nov 24 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.


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.

 

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

10 S. Market St. Love`s Labour`s Lost. Closing 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.

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

315 W. Boscawen St. Jane Eyre the Musical. Runs through Nov 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets: 15.50 - $19.75. For more information, call 540-662-3331 or visit wltonline.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.  

 

Nov 25 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia
Stanley Fire Department, 190 East Main St. Breakfast with Santa Claus. Bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, sausage gravy, pancakes, orange juice and coffee. Admission: $8 for adults. $4 for ages 5-10. Free admission for ages 4 and younger. For more information, call 540-778-3177


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.

Nov 25 2017 - Hiking - Outdoor program at Friends Wilderness Center in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
…about Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

305 Friends Way. Cold Turkey Hike. Hosted by Benson Family from Annapolis Meeting. For more information, call 304-728-4820 or visit www.friendswilderness.org


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.  

Nov 25 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Shenandoah, Va.
…about Shenandoah, Virginia

Historic Stevens Cottage, 201 Maryland Ave. Breakfast with Santa. Sausage, Bacon, Gravy, Scambled Eggs, Biscuits. Orange juice, coffee, water. Admission: $6 per person. For more information, visit www.townofshenandoah.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.

 

Nov 25 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.  

Nov 25 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


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.

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

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. Holiday Open House. Traditional food, storytelling. 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.

 

Nov 25 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


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.

Nov 25 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


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.

Nov 25 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Puppet theater show in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 West King St. Nutty Nutcracker. runs through Dec. 24. Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:40 p.m. Holiday Party with Dancing Santa, Dec 16 - 17. For more information, call 304-258-4074 or visit www.wondermentpuppets.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.  

 

Nov 25 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Bluegrass music concert in Page County, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Cooters Place in the Valley, 4768 U.S. Highway 211 West. Cooters Garage Band. Every Saturday in November. For more information, call 540-843-2515 or visit cootersplace.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.

 

Nov 25 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). Closing performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Nov 25 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


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.  

Nov 25 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Art workshop in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Lexington Collaboratory and Makerspace, 18 E. Nelson St. Developing An Art Portfolio And Voice. Student age: High school juniors, seniors and recent graduates. Nov. 19, 26, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For high school students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a career or higher education in studio art. Admission: $628. For more information, visit lexmakerspace.weebly.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.

Nov 25 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Halloween season festival at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

41 Court Square. Double feature: Plan 9 from Outer Space at 6:30 p.m., House on Haunted Hill at 8:15 p.m. Members save 20 percent and receive free popcorn. Tickets: Single movie: Adults, $5. Students, Seniors, $4. Double Feature: Adults, $10. Students, Seniors, $8. 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.

Nov 25 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Comedy show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Paul Strickland and Coleman Green. 7 p.m. and 9:30 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.

 

Nov 25 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Peter and the Starcatcher. Closing performance. 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.  

 

Nov 26 2017 - Vineyards - Holiday celebration in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Wisteria Farm and Vineyard, 1126 Marksville Road. Warm, Mulled Wine available on weekends until Christmas. One tasting for three cans of non-perishable goods, to be donated to local charity. Admission: $6 per person. For more information, call 540-742-1489 or visit wisteriavineyard.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.

Nov 26 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Makerspace Holiday Activity: Ceramic Ornaments. Make your own clay ornaments. Admission: Registration not required. Makerspace admission: adults, $10, youth: $5. Pottery kit: $5, includes 2 pounds of clay, glaze, and firing. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.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.

 

Nov 26 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Closing performance. 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.  

 

Nov 26 2017 - Music Heritage - Bluegrass music concert in Page County, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Cooters Place in the Valley, 4768 U.S. Highway 211 West. Live Music at Cooters concert: Page County Ramblers. For more information, call 540-843-2515 or visit facebook.com/CootersLura


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.

Nov 26 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Phil Zuckerman Rock Room Concert. Student performances. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.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.  

Nov 26 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

22th Annual Candlelight Processional and Community Tree Lighting. Community sing-along while parading from Stonewall Cemetery to Hopkins Green, for tree-lighting ceremony. For more information, visit mainstreetlexington.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.

Nov 26 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Winchester Little Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

315 W. Boscawen St. Readers Theatre: Love Letters. For more information, visit wltonline.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.

 

Nov 27 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Downtown. Holiday Parade: A Blue Ridge Christmas. Inclement weather date: Dec. 4. For more information, visit www.stauntondowntown.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.

Nov 27 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Old Town Winchester. Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. $5 parking in parking garages during event. Certain streets will be closed for parade. Weather permitting. For more information, visit www.oldtownwinchesterva.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.

Nov 28 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

 


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.

Nov 28 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Makerspace Holiday Activity: Ceramic Ornaments. Make your own clay ornaments. Admission: Registration not required. Makerspace admission: adults, $10, youth: $5. Pottery kit: $5, includes 2 pounds of clay, glaze, and firing. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.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.

Nov 28 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Public program at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Augusta Health presents Signature Speaker Series: History. GerryRIGGED. Concessions available. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.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.

Nov 28 2017 - Concerts & Music - Classical music concert at James Madision University
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Ave., MSC 5602. Concert Hall. Catalyst Quartet. Works by Latin American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. For more information, call 540-568-7000 or visit jmuforbescenter.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.

 

Nov 29 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


McGaheyville, Virginia

McGaheysville is an unincorporated community near the south fork of the Shenandoah River and to the north is Massanutten Mountain.  The close proximity to these two locations allows visitors to participate in a variety of outdoor recreation. Nearby Massanutten Resort is open year round and offers skiing and an indoor water park.

The community got its name from a surveyor names Tobias Randolph McGahey, who came to the area as part of a Scotch-Irish colonization effort. He established a post office in 1801 and named it McGaheysville. The town is located at the southern end of the Massanutten Mountain Range, on US Route 33, a few miles east of the city of Harrisonburg.

 

Nov 29 2017 - Biking - Biking event in Megaheysville, Va.
…about McGaheyville, Virginia

Massanutten Resort: 1822 Resort Drive. DHURO Race. Four combined runs. For more information, visit goo.gl/z46hFe


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.

 

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

10 S. Market St. Macbeth. Student Matinee. 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.  

Nov 29 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Art workshop in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Lexington Collaboratory and Makerspace, 18 E. Nelson St. Creative Exploration: Multimedia Art for Kids. For ages 7-10. How to create paints and ink from commonly found-materials, make art from discarded objects, turn mistakes into masterpieces, and more. Materials provided. For more information, visit lexmakerspace.weebly.com


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.

 

Nov 29 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Every Christmas Story Ever Told. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Old Opera House Theater

The Old Opera House was built in 1910. In 1978 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are six stage plays each season along with dinner and black box theater, and concerts. The theater seats 500 people and features a curved balcony.

Charles Town, West Virginia

Charles Town is the county seat of Jefferson County, W. Va. it was founded by the brother of George Washington and chartered in 1786 by the Virginia General Assembly, but then became part of the newly-formed state of West Virginia in 1861. West Virginians had always seemed to understand the economic importance of its geographical location.

Charles Town was the scene of the trial and execution of John Brown, the famous slavery abolitionist whose raid on nearby Harpers Ferry is said to help spark the Civil War.  Two of the only three treason trials ever held in the United States were conducted at the Charles Town courthouse.

Today, Charles Town offers a number of art galleries, gift shops, historic homes, museums, battlefields and nearby hiking trails. There's also horse racing and gaming entertainment.  The Charles Town Race Track initially opened in 1933, then was renovated in 1999 and renamed Charles Town Races and Slots.

Nov 30 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Charles Town, W.Va.
…about Old Opera House Theater in Charles Town, West Virginia

Old Opera House, 204 N. George St. Fine art paintings. Runs Nov. 30 - Dec. 10. Hosted by Potomac River Artists Group. For more information, call 304-376-8103 or visit www.potomacriverartistsguild.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.

 

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

10 S. Market St. Macbeth. Student Matinee. Talkback session follows performance. 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.

 

Nov 30 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Convocation program at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cole Hall. Andrew Onimus, from Minding Your Mind: Overcoming major depression and severe anxiety. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-828-8000 or visit bridgewater.edu


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.
 

Nov 30 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Buena Vista, Va.
…about Buena Vista, Virginia

Magnolia Avenue. Buena Vista Christmas Parade. For more information, visit www.buenavistacity.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.

 

Nov 30 2017 - Concerts & Music - Public program at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Holiday music concert at Bridgewater College


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.

Nov 30 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Christmas with Annie Moses. Nashville-styled music. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.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.

Nov 30 2017 - Concerts & Music - Jazz Ensemble Concert at Eastern Mennonite University
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

1200 Park Rd. Lehman Auditorium. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-432-4000 or visit www.emu.edu


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.

 

Nov 30 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Every Christmas Story Ever Told. Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Charles Town, West Virginia

Charles Town is the county seat of Jefferson County, W. Va. it was founded by the brother of George Washington and chartered in 1786 by the Virginia General Assembly, but then became part of the newly-formed state of West Virginia in 1861. West Virginians had always seemed to understand the economic importance of its geographical location.

Charles Town was the scene of the trial and execution of John Brown, the famous slavery abolitionist whose raid on nearby Harpers Ferry is said to help spark the Civil War.  Two of the only three treason trials ever held in the United States were conducted at the Charles Town courthouse.

Today, Charles Town offers a number of art galleries, gift shops, historic homes, museums, battlefields and nearby hiking trails. There's also horse racing and gaming entertainment.  The Charles Town Race Track initially opened in 1933, then was renovated in 1999 and renamed Charles Town Races and Slots.

Nov 30 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Old Opera House Theater in Charles Town, W.Va.
…about Charles Town, West Virginia

204 N George St. Annie. Presented by The Old Opera House Theatre Company. Shows on Nov. 30, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8, 9, and 10. Family friendly. Tickets: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.: $22. Ages 65 and older, and ages 18-25: $19. For more information, call 304-725-4420 or visit www.oldoperahouse.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.

Dec 1 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Christmas at OASIS. First Friday reception, Dec. 1 from 5-8 p.m. Refreshments available.  Exhibition and Window Gallery display continue through December. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

Located in Hollingsworth Mill, a stone mill next to the Abrahm's Delight house, built in 1833 by the great-grandson of Frederick County's first settler. The renovated building now houses the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society offices on the second floor. A gift shop and exhibit space occupy the first floor.

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.

Dec 1 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Historical festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society in Winchester, Virginia

Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road. Candlelight Tour of Abrams Delight, 1780s Log Cabin, and Hollingsworth Mill. Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday floral arrangements by local garden clubs. Recreated colonial tavern in the 1780s log cabin. For more information, call 540-662-6550 or visit winchesterhistory.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.

Dec 1 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Historical festival at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

336 Belle Grove Road. Holiday Tours. Dec. 1 - Dec. 30, closed Dec. 24 and 25.Live music. Refreshments available. Belle Grove members: Free admission. Non-member adults: $12, NPS member: $11, senior citizens 60 and over: $11, AAA Member: $11 with card, military: $11 with ID, students 6-16 years: $6, NTHP member $6 with card, children 5 and younger: Free admission. For more information, call 540-869-2028 or visit bellegrove.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.

Dec 1 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA

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

Dec 1 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Visitor Center. Luray-Page Chamber Holiday Open House. For more information, visit townofluray.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.  

Dec 1 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Downtown festival in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce, 18 Campbell St. 3rd Annual Holiday Open House. For more information, visit luraypage.com/chamber-of-commerce


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.

Dec 1 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Town Square corners of King and Queen Sts. Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade. Dec. 1 at 5 p.m., Dec 2 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit mainstreet.martinsburg.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.  

Dec 1 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Downtown. First Fridays Lexington Downtown. Visit art galleries along Washington St. Live music. Wine-tastings. Free admission. For more information, call mainstreetlexington.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.

Dec 1 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - First Fridays Art Walk in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Artists with special gallery events, live music at restaurants and cafes, late shopping hours.  Sponsored by the Old Town Winchester Business Association and the Winchester Main Street Foundation. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/FirstFridaysOldTownWinchester


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.  

Dec 1 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Main St. Annual Lexington Christmas Parade. For more information, visit mainstreetlexington.org


Stephens City, Virginia

The town of Stephens City has gone through several name changes throughout its history.  It started in 1758 as Stephensburg, and then became Newtown, then finally Stephens City.  The original settlers were Scottish, Irish and German.

In the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth centuries, Stephens City, then known as Newtown, became prosperous as a crossroads village. Local craftstmen produced a sturdy wagon, the Newtown wagon.

Each spring, Stephens City celebrates town history with the Newtown Heritage Festival.  Year round walking tours through Stephens City showcase historical homes and craft shops.

 

Dec 1 2017 - Vineyards - Holiday celebration in Winchester, Va.
…about Stephens City, Virginia

James Charles Winery, 4063 Middle Road. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Complimentary glass of mulled wine and a cookie for adults. Live music. For more information, visit www.jamescharleswine.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.

Dec 1 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert at Eastern Mennonite University
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

1200 Park Rd. Whitesel Music showroom. A Bach Festival Christmas. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-432-4000 or visit www.emu.edu


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.  

Dec 1 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Performing Arts Luray. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. For more information, visit townofluray.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.  

Dec 1 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Performing Arts Luray, 1 East Main St. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. A few brief speeches followed by the tree-lighting ceremony. For more information, visit luraydowntown.com


Dec 1 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

15 N Loudoun St. Tom Principato, with Tommy Lepson. 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.

Dec 1 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Grace Lutheran Church, 26 W. Boscawen St. A Candlelight Christmas. Ave Maria Biebl, Shepherd's Pipe Carol Rutter, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Willcocks, A Spotless Rose Howells, and more. Admission: $10 for adults, ages 12 and under admitted free. For more information, visit www.artschoralewinchester.org


Dec 2 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


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.

Dec 2 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. Annual Winter Contemporary Juried Exhibition: Subversive/Domestic Textile and Fiber. Runs Dec. 2 - Jan. 20, opening on Dec. 9. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.com

 


Dec 2 2017 - Running & Walk Events - Outdoor run in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, VA

Main St. Jingle Bell Run: 5K run, 1.5 mile walk and Tot Trot. Begins at the Nelson St. Bridge. For all abilities. Jogging strollers and dogs on leashes allowed. For more information, visit mainstreetlexington.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.

Dec 2 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Heritage festival at Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

8895 George Collins Parkway. Christmas on the Farm. Youth activities. Food available. Living history demonstrations. Holiday-themed activities. Shopping. Admission: $10 for ages 13-64, $9 for ages 65 and older, $6 for ages 6-12, free admission for ages 5 and under. For more information, call 1-866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/newmarket


Dec 2 2017 - Fishing - Fishing event in Edinburg, Va.
…about Edinburg, VA

Murrays Fly Shop, 121 S. Main St. Fly Fishing 101 Class series: Fly Casting and Rigging. Interactive casting training sessions. Learn techniques, required equipment. Admission: $20 per person. For more information, call 540-984-4212 or visit www.murraysflyshop.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.

Dec 2 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main S. Christmas Home Tour. Tour local homes decorated for holidays. Advance tickets: $20. $25 at the door. 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.

Dec 2 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. Saturday Art for Kids. Ages 6-10. Dec. 2, 9, and 16, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets: $15 per class. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.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.  

 

Dec 2 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show in Page County, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Cooters Place in the Valley, 4768 U.S. Highway 211 West. Meet and Greet with Catherine Bach. Photo ops, autograph-signing. For more information, call 540-843-2515 or visit facebook.com/CootersLuray


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.

Dec 2 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Holiday celebration at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Lunch with Santa, presented by the Rotary Club of Frederick County. Pizza, pictures with Santa. Youth activities. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.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.

Dec 2 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Berkeley Arts Council, 116 N Queen St. Beginning Watercolor. Dec. 2, 9, 16, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 304-620-7277 or visit berkeleyartswv.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.

Dec 2 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Dance concert at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Charlottesville Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Dec. 2, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets: $28 adult, $23 for child, student, senior or military, VIP tickets: 45 per child, includes 1 p.m. performance seating and Nutcracker souvenir. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.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.

 

Dec 2 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol.  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.  

Dec 2 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Theater production at Virginia Military Institute
…about Lexington, Virginia

Gillis Theater. Cinderella. Dec. 2 and 3 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Rockbridge Ballet. For more information, call 540-463-3436 or visit www.rockbridgeballet.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.

Dec 2 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert in Woodstock, Va.
…about Woodstock, Virginia

Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley: Here We Come A-Caroling. Tickets: $12 for adults, $6 for ages 12-18, ages under 12: Free admission. For more information, visit www.masterworkschorus.net


Dec 2 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert at Eastern Mennonite University
…about Harrisonburg, VA

1200 Park Rd. Martin Chapel. Historic Hymn Sing. Classic Christmas hymns. Hosted by EMU history department and the Valley Brethren Mennonite Heritage Center. For more information, call 540-432-4000 or visit www.emu.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.

Dec 2 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

309 West John St. Adam Stephen House, Colonial Christmas. Dec. 2 - Dec. 10. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Martinsburg founder`s home decorated with period greenery and ornaments. Reenactors share 1790s stories. For more information, visit www.travelWV.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.

Dec 2 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

309 East John St. Colonial Christmas at the Adam Stephen House. Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Bagpipe music Dec. 5-7 p.m. Scottish themed. Decorations with Scottish tartans and dulcimer music. Christmas Shop in the Triple Brick Museum. For more information, visit www.orgsites.com/WV/adam-stephen


Grottoes, Virginia

Grottoes is home to the Grand Caverns, billed as America's oldest show cave. Grand Caverns Regional Park has over 2.5 miles of combined hiking and biking trails. The park has a stocked trout stream and visitors with a valid fishing license can fish there. Grand Caverns was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1973.

A number of wildflower and birding trails are also located near Grottoes. Grand Caverns is also included as an observation site for the Mountain Trail of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail System.  The areas around Grottoes are well-known as a bicycling touring destination.

The town is unincorporated.

Dec 2 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Grottoes, Va.
…about Grottoes, Virginia

Grand Caverns. Caroling and live music in the Caverns. Special 30-minute candlelight cave tours every 15 minutes. For more information, visit www.grandcaverns.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.

Dec 2 2017 - Concerts & Music - Chamber music concert in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Glen Burnie House. Glen Burnie Salon Series: Javier Asdrubal Vinasco Guzman. Wine and cheese, house and garden tours available. Music begins in the drawing room at 7 p.m. Admission: Museum members, Shenandoah University faculty: $20. Full-time student: $10. All others: $30. Registration required by Nov. 29. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.themsv.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.

Dec 2 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive. Follow the Star - Living Nativity. Dec. 2 at 6 p.m., Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. Live nativity outdoor guided walking tour. Dress appropriately. Refreshments available. Parking is available nearby Hosted by Fellowship Bible Church. Free admission. For more information, visit www.kernstownbattle.o


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.

Dec 2 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Community festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Holiday House Tours. Preview Party and Candlelight Tour, Dec. 2 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Daylight Tour on Dec. 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Shopping at Bough and Dough Shop at Winchester Little Theatre, 315 W. Boscawen St. Hosted by Preservation of Historic Winchester. For more information, visit www.phwi.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.  

 

Dec 2 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Stanley Christmas Parade. For more information, visit www.townofstanley.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.  

 

Dec 2 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Holiday celebration in Page County, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Cooters Place in the Valley, 4768 U.S. Highway 211 West. Cooters Country Christmas. Shenandoah Jamboree taping. Tickets: $25 reserved. $20 general admission. For more information, call 540-843-2515 or visit www.CootersPlace.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.  

 

Dec 2 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Community festival in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Ed Good Memorial Park. Our 2nd Annual Christmas in Stanley. Christmas music sung around fire pits. Photo ops with Santa. Food available. Beverages available. Luminaries will be sold in advance, available day of parade for $5. Hosted by Stanley Homecoming Fundraising Committee. For more information, visit www.townofstanley.com


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.

 

Dec 2 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Every Christmas Story Ever Told. Opening performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


James Madison University

James Madison University is the only university in America named for U.S. President James Madison. Established in 1908, the university offers a broad range of the liberal arts programs. The university has been a coeducational institution since 1966.

Dec 2 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Ave. Concert hall. Holidayfest: Believe. Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. JMU choral area ensembles and Symphony Orchestra perform holiday works for choirs and orchestra. For more information, call 540-568-7000 or visit www.jmu.edu/forbescenter


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.

Dec 2 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Litz, with The Last Rewind, DC Phish Tribute band. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Edinburg, Virginia

Tucked against the Massanutten Mountain range in central Shenandoah County, the town of Edinburg is just off Interstate 81. Historic US Route 11 forms its main street.

A number of businesses, two public parks and several restaurants are located there, along with the main branch of the county library.. The town is home to a number of buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including several farms and houses, Lantz Mill and The Edinburg Mill and Museum. 

The Edinburg Mill and Museum, formerly known as the 1848 Mill, was one of the few mills to survive the burning during the Civil War.  This historic structure has been restored, and now includes a museum, featuring a Transportation Through the Years exhibit; a Civil War Exhibit that includes military agricultural artifacts, period clothing and military uniforms and textiles; and a 50-seat theatre, which feautures multiple daily showings of the the film, "The Burning," describing the mass burning during the Civil War.  The film, based on the book by John Heatwole, was created specifically for the Edinburg Mill. 

The Edinburg Ole Time Festival is celebrated annually in the fall, featuring many local artisans, craft and food vendors, music and entertainment, a parade and an antique car show.

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 3 2017 - Fishing - Fishing Workshop at Murrays Fly Shop in Edinburg, Va.
…about Edinburg, Virginia

121 S. Main St. Selecting the Proper Fly Rod Outfits Workshop. Fly rod outfits foro use for all fly fishing throughout the country. Slide show presentation. Details about specific rods, reels, fly line and leaders. Admission: $20. For more information, call 540-984-4212 or visit www.murraysflyshop.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.

Dec 3 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia


Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. Holiday House Tours. Dec. 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gift shop. 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.

Dec 3 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Makerspace Holiday Activity: Ceramic Ornaments. Make your own clay ornaments. Admission: Registration not required. Makerspace admission: adults, $10, youth: $5. Pottery kit: $5, includes 2 pounds of clay, glaze, and firing. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.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.

 

Dec 3 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol.  Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.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.

Dec 3 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

Reformation Lutheran Church. Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley: Here We Come A-Caroling. Tickets: $12 for adults, $6 for ages 12-18, ages under 12: Free admission. For more information, visit www.masterworkschorus.net


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.

Dec 3 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert at Eastern Mennonite University
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

1200 Park Rd. Lehman Auditorium. Shenandoah Valley Children`s Choir: On a Silent Night. Includes audience sing-along. For more information, call 540-432-4000 or visit www.emu.edu


Eastern Mennonite University

Founded in 1917 by the Mennonite Church. Over the years EMU has grown from a small Bible academy into a fully-accredited university with over 1,600 students in more than 35 undergraduate programs, seminary and five graduate programs.

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.

Dec 3 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Holiday music concert at Eastern Mennonite University
…about Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

1200 Park Rd. Lehman Auditorium. Shenandoah Valley Children`s Choir: On a Silent Night. Includes audience sing-along. For more information, call 540-432-4000 or visit www.emu.edu


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.

Dec 3 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Magic Lantern at the MSV: Beatriz At Dinner. Rated R. Film begins at 4:30 p.m. Snacks provided. Tickets sold at the door. Admission: Museum members: $5. All others: $8. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.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.

Dec 3 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Beatriz At Dinner. Drama. Doors open 30 minutes before film. Refreshments available. Hosted by Magic Lantern Theater. Admission: $8 general admission. Magic Lantern, MSV and Barns of Rose Hill members: $5. For more information, call 540-678-0963 or visit www.magiclanterntheater.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.

Dec 3 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Cash Unchained: The Music of Johnny Cash. Doors open at 5 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.

Dec 3 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N. Loudoun St. Cash Unchained: The Music of Johnny Cash. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Dec 3 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, WV

Adam Stephen House, 309 West John St. Colonial Christmas at the Adam Stephen House. Holiday decorations. Costumed historical interpreters. Live bagpipe, dulcimer and Scottish music. For more information, visit mainstreet.martinsburg.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.

Dec 4 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Community program in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Massanutten Regional Library, 174 S Main St. Monthly book sale. Dec. 4 and 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thousands of used books for sale - fiction, non-fiction, children`s, young adult, Christian fiction, sci-fi, history, religion and much more. Benefits Massanutten Regional Library. Hosted by riends of Massanutten Regional Library. For more information, visit www.mrlib.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.  

Dec 4 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert at Washington and Lee University
…about Lexington, Virginia

Wilson Concert Hall, 100 Glasgow St. Holiday Pops Concert. niversity Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Men`s Glee Club, and Cantatrici. Family friendly. Tickets: Free, but required. For more information, call 540-458-8000 or visit www.wlu.edu/lenfest-center


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.

Dec 5 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Adult Workshop: Watercolor and Holiday Cards. Session on Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Paint your own watercolor holiday cards, learn basic watercolor techniques. Materials provided. Admission: MSV and Virginia Watercolor Society Members: $20. All others $25. Registration required by Dec. 1. Register online. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.themsv.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.

Dec 5 2017 - Visual Arts - Public program at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. Invitational Gallery. Tai Chi in the Art Gallery. Every Tuesday through December, 9-10 a.m. Tickets: $10 per class. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.com


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.

Dec 5 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol. 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.

Dec 5 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Makerspace Holiday Activity: Ceramic Ornaments. Make your own clay ornaments. Admission: Registration not required. Makerspace admission: adults, $10, youth: $5. Pottery kit: $5, includes 2 pounds of clay, glaze, and firing. 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.

Dec 5 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.


Eastern Mennonite University

Founded in 1917 by the Mennonite Church. Over the years EMU has grown from a small Bible academy into a fully-accredited university with over 1,600 students in more than 35 undergraduate programs, seminary and five graduate programs.

Dec 5 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert at Eastern Mennonite University
…about Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA

1200 Park Rd. Lehman Auditorium. Chamber Singers Concert. For more information, call 540-432-4000 or visit www.emu.edu


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.

 

Dec 5 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Eastern Mennonite University

Founded in 1917 by the Mennonite Church. Over the years EMU has grown from a small Bible academy into a fully-accredited university with over 1,600 students in more than 35 undergraduate programs, seminary and five graduate programs.

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.

Dec 5 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert at Eastern Mennonite University
…about Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

1200 Park Rd. Lehman Auditorium. Chamber Singers Concert. For more information, call 540-432-4000 or visit www.emu.edu


Eastern Mennonite University

Founded in 1917 by the Mennonite Church. Over the years EMU has grown from a small Bible academy into a fully-accredited university with over 1,600 students in more than 35 undergraduate programs, seminary and five graduate programs.

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.

Dec 6 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert at Eastern Mennonite University
…about Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

1200 Park Rd. Advent Hymn Sing at Chapel. Part of EMU regular chapel service to worship featuring litanies, hymns and songs of Advent. For more information, call 540-432-4000 or visit www.emu.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.

Dec 6 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Kids Activities Saturdays. Ages 5 and older. Painting, paper crafts and other projects. First come, first served. Reservations required. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.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.

 

Dec 6 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol. Student Matinee. Talkback session follows performance. 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.

Dec 6 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Art workshop at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Frances Plecker Education Center, 780 University Blvd. Festive Greens. Create a personalized, seasonal, fragrant evergreen holiday wreath. Materials provided.  Reservations required. Admission: $35. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


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.

Dec 6 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Doors to Christmas. Downtown holiday shopping. Dec 6 and Dec 13 at 4 p.m. Food available. Live music. Wreathes for sale are on view at Shenandoah Hotel, 100 W. Martin St. from, Nov. 27 - Dec. 6, Monday-Wednesday, from 2-4 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 304-262-4200 or visit mainstreet.martinsburg.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.

Dec 6 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Holiday celebration at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

100 W. Piccadilly St. Childrens Room. Handley Gingerbread Jamboree. Puppet show, crafts and games. Family friendly. For more information, call 540-662-9041 or visit handleyregional.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.

Dec 6 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


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.

 

Dec 6 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

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


Dec 7 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Outdoor program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Morning Garden Walk: Early Winter Gardening. Take a morning garden tour before the grounds open to the public. Meet at the garden entrance. Walk-in admission subject to availability. Admission: Museum members: Free admission. All others: $10, includes museum admission. Registration required by Dec. 6. Register online. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.themsv.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.

 

Dec 7 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

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


Clear Brook, Virginia

Clear Brook is an unincorporated farming community located in Frederick County, Virginia, just north of the county seat of Winchester, along scenic U.S. Route 11.

Clear Brook is home of the Frederick County Fairgrounds and the Hopewell Friends Meeting Place, a historical Quaker meeting place that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The Hogging Up BBQ and Music Festival, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, is hosted annually in Clear Brook.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas visitors drive to see the Annual Holiday Light Display at Clear Brook Park.

 

 

 

Dec 7 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Holiday Dinner Theater Production in Stephenson, Va.
…about Clear Brook, Virginia

Jordan Springs, 1160 Jordan Springs Rd. A Christmas Carol. Live radio play dinner theater. Dec. 7, 8, 9 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9, 10 at 1 p.m. Three-course plated meal, cash bar dinner and show. Hosted by Jordan Springs and Winchester Little Theatre. Tickets: Single: $37.50. Couple: $75. Table of 10: $325. For more information, call 540-667-7744 or visit www.HistoricJordanSprings.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.  

Dec 7 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Virginia Military Institute
…about Lexington, Virginia

Gillis Theater, Marshall Hall Center for Leadership and Ethics. A Storytellers Holiday. Holiday plays, stories, and music presented by the VMI Community Theatre. For more information, call 540-464-7389 or visit vmi.edu


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.

 

Dec 7 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Every Christmas Story Ever Told. Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Lee Chapel and Museum

The Lee Chapel was built in 1867. In 1883 an addition now houses a memorial sculpture and crypt containing Lee's remains. Lee's office is preserved much as he left it and the rest of the lower level became a museum in 1928 with a exhibitions and a shop.

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.  

Dec 7 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration at Washington and Lee University
…about Lee Chapel and Museum in Lexington, Virginia

Lee Chapel. Candlelight Service: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Open seating begins at 7 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 540-458-8000


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.

 

Dec 8 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol. 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.

Dec 8 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

100 W. Piccadilly St. Robinson Auditorium. A Little Noon Music: This concert series: Madeline MacNeil. For more information, call 540-662-9041 or visit handleyregional.org


Dec 8 2017 - Concerts & Music - Art workshop in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Adult Workshop: Holiday Centerpiece. Make a holiday centerpiece with fresh greens from the Glen Burnie Gardens. Materials provided. Admission: Museum members: $35. All others: $45 includes MSV admission and all supplies. Registration required by Dec. 4. Register online. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.themsv.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.

Dec 8 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol.  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.

Dec 8 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. A Celtic-Americana Christmas, featuring Emily Martin and Friends with The Fly Birds. 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.

Dec 9 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Old Town Winchester. Holly Jolly Old Town Celebration. All day event. Caroling and holiday activities including free holiday wagon rides. Specials at shops and restaurants all day. For more information, visit www.oldtownwinchesterva.com


Dec 9 2017 - Fishing - Fishing event in Edinburg, Va.
…about Edinburg, VA

Murrays Fly Shop, 121 S. Main St. Fly Fishing 101 Class series: Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park. Two-hour workshop. Find the best streams, tactics, and flies for fishing in SNP. Instruction follows book about this topic. Admission: $20 per person. For more information, call 540-984-4212 or visit www.murraysflyshop.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.

Dec 9 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Meet at the garden entrance. Youth Holiday Workshop: Wreaths. Create a holiday wreath to take home with fresh greens from the Glen Burnie Gardens. Grades 5 through 8. Learn about garden greenery and how to construct, decorate, and care for a holiday wreath. Materials, cookies, and hot cocoa provided. Admission: Museum members $20. All others: $25. Registration required by Dec. 2. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.themsv.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.

Dec 9 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Holiday music concert in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Holiday Concert: Yesterday Swing Orchestra. Big Band hits and holiday music. Admission: Museum members: Free admission. Ages 12 and under admitted Free admission. All others: $10, includes museum admission. Limited seating. First come, first served. Pre-register online. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.themsv.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.

Dec 9 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Dance concert in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Handley High School, Patsy Cline Theater, 425 Handley Boulevard. The Nutcracker. Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Advance tickets: $20. $22 at the door. For more information, call 540-665-0343 or visit www.wps.k12.va.us/jhhs/jhhshome.html


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.  

Dec 9 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Main Street and Performing Arts Luray. Christmas Parade and Holiday Community Reception. For more information, visit townofluray.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.  

Dec 9 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Performing Arts Luray, 1 East Main St. Luray Christmas Parade and Holiday Reception. Hosted by Luray Main Street. Family friendly. For more information, visit www.townofluray.com


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.

Dec 9 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol.  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.

Dec 9 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. A Tribute To Tom Petty, starring Scott Kurt and Memphis 59. 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.

Dec 9 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Upstairs - Out Of The Box show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Improv Comedy, with Porkchop Volcano. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.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.

Dec 9 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Wilson Fairchild Christmas show. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.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.

Dec 10 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Outdoor festival at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Frances Plecker Education Center, 780 University Blvd. Holiday Carriage Rides. Every 20 minutes. Limited availability. Reservations required. Admission: $18 adult, $12 for children, $75 per group. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


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.

Dec 10 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Dance concert at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Albemarle Ballet presents The Nutcracker Suite. Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Benefits Studio for the Performing Arts. Tickets: $20 adults and $14 children, seniors and military. All seating reserved, including wheel chair-accessible seats. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.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.

 

Dec 10 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Every Christmas Story Ever Told.. 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.

Dec 10 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

Belle Grove Plantation. Cocktails at Christmas. Annual cocktail party. Live music. Holiday decorations. Attire: Festive Christmas, business casual. Admission: $25 per person. For more information, visit www.bellegrove.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.

Dec 10 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration at Eastern Mennonite University
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Lehman Auditorium. DoveTale. Christian Christmas story performed on stage. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, visit emu.edu


Eastern Mennonite University

Founded in 1917 by the Mennonite Church. Over the years EMU has grown from a small Bible academy into a fully-accredited university with over 1,600 students in more than 35 undergraduate programs, seminary and five graduate programs.

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.

Dec 11 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday music concert at Eastern Mennonite University
…about Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

1200 Park Rd. Lehman Auditorium. Lessons and Carols Service. For more information, call 540-432-4000 or visit www.emu.edu


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.

 

Dec 12 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

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


Stonewall Jackson House

The Stonewall Jackson House at 8 East Washington Street in Lexington, Virginia is the only home that the famous Confederate General Thomas Jonathan Jackson ever owned. Jackson and his wife, Mary Anna Morrison, lived in the house while he taught at the Virginia Military Institute before the Civil War. The house is owned and operated by the Stonewall Jackson Foundation and the tours that are offered throughout the year offer a unique and personal experience of 19th century Valley life.

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.  

Dec 12 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Lexington, Va.
…about Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington, Virginia

Stonewall Jackson House Museum, 8 E. Washington St. Christmas at the Jacksons. 1800s candlelit Christmas. Admission: canned food to support the Rockbridge Area Relief Association. Seasonal music and complimentary refreshments. For more information, visit www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/stonewall-jackson-house


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.  

Dec 12 2017 - Music Heritage - Old Time Music Jam at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Anderson Coliseum Work Horse Cafe. Mountain music jam session honoring mountain heritage. Musicians welcome to play and audience encouraged to dance and sing along. Concessions available. Sessions held second Tuesday of each month, starting at 6 p.m. More information at 540-464-2950.


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.

Dec 12 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA

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


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.

 

Dec 13 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

 

Dec 13 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Every Christmas Story Ever Told.. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


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.

 

Dec 14 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

Dec 14 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA

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


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.

 

Dec 15 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Every Christmas Story Ever Told.. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Charles Town, West Virginia

Charles Town is the county seat of Jefferson County, W. Va. it was founded by the brother of George Washington and chartered in 1786 by the Virginia General Assembly, but then became part of the newly-formed state of West Virginia in 1861. West Virginians had always seemed to understand the economic importance of its geographical location.

Charles Town was the scene of the trial and execution of John Brown, the famous slavery abolitionist whose raid on nearby Harpers Ferry is said to help spark the Civil War.  Two of the only three treason trials ever held in the United States were conducted at the Charles Town courthouse.

Today, Charles Town offers a number of art galleries, gift shops, historic homes, museums, battlefields and nearby hiking trails. There's also horse racing and gaming entertainment.  The Charles Town Race Track initially opened in 1933, then was renovated in 1999 and renamed Charles Town Races and Slots.

Dec 15 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Old Opera House Theater in Charles Town, W.Va.
…about Charles Town, West Virginia

204 N George St. Laura`s Winter Wonderland. Ballet. Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $12 ages under 18. For more information, call 304-725-4420 or visit oldoperahouse.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.

Dec 15 2017 - Concerts & Music - Bluegrass music concert in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Opera House theater, 131 West German St. Mountain Ride, and Josh Morningstar and the Pick Ups. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit operahouselive.com


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.

 

Dec 15 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol.  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.

Dec 15 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Gallows Bound with Sean K. Preston, with The Loaded Pistols, X-Ray Cat, and Destructo Disk. Appalachian punk bluegrass. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


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.

 

Dec 16 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol. Shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


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.

 

Dec 16 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Every Christmas Story Ever Told.. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.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.

Dec 16 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.


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.

Dec 16 2017 - Concerts & Music - Holiday music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. A Blues Christmas, starring Terry Oates and the Mudcats. Doors open at 7 p.m. 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. 

 

Dec 17 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Maurertown, Va..
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

North Mountain Vineyards, 4374 Swartz Rd. Winter Solstice Celebration. Annual Winter Solstice Bonfire lit at 1 p.m. Live music. Wine-tasting, BBQ, German food. Torchlight walk through vineyard. Wine tastings: $10, includes wine glass. Free admission. For more information, visit northmountainvineyard.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.

Dec 17 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Outdoor festival at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

Blandy Bird Count and Family Festival. Hosted by Shenandoah Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu


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.

 

Dec 17 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.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.  

Dec 17 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Community program in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Luray United Methodist Church, 1 West Main St. Page County Community Choir. performs seasonal music. For more information, visit www.lurayumc.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.

Dec 17 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Beatriz At Dinner. Drama. Doors open 30 minutes before film. Refreshments available. Hosted by Magic Lantern Theater. Admission: $8 general admission. Magic Lantern, MSV and Barns of Rose Hill members: $5. For more information, call 540-678-0963 or visit www.magiclanterntheater.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.

Dec 17 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Christian Lopez, with Mike Frazier and Dogwood Tales. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


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.

 

Dec 19 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Every Christmas Story Ever Told.. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com