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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.

 

Apr 29 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


Augusta County, Virginia

Augusta County was created in 1738 from part of Orange County, Virginia, and was named after Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. It was formed to cover a huge land area, with parts being split off to create other Virginia counties. It's been in its present form since 1790.

It's always been a land of beautiful scenery and much of its rural landscape can be experienced today, where many historical landmarks are also very visible and accessible.

The Frontier Culture Museum traces early settler root back to Germany, Scotland, Ireland, England and Africa. It interprets the traditions of family farming that has been going on there for centuries

It all surrounds the county seat of Staunton, a city well known for its world-class theater, dining, visual art and historic attractions in the downtown area.

There's plenty to do outdoors: Trout fishing, camping hiking and visiting the geologically-unique Natural Chimneys and Grand Caverns. Sections of both the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway overlook the eastern end of the county, where the two parks meet at the top of Afton Mountain on I-64.

A variety of festivals and stage events occur year round in the city of Staunton and Augusta county.

Apr 29 2017 - Running & Walk Events - Outdoor run in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Augusta County, Virginia

Stuarts Draft Park start line. Park to Park 1/2 Marathon. 13.1 mile point-to-point. Fully-stocked aid stations and a post-race party at the finish line. Runners busses to the start line available 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Free admission. For more information, visit runthevalley.com/park-to-park-marathon


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.

 

Apr 29 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Art festival in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Sunspots Pavilion: 202 S. Lewis St. Second annual Paint Staunton Quick Draw Art Competition and Wet Paint Sale. Check-in 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m, Painting 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wet Paint Sale 2 p.m.-3 p.m. For professional artists, amateur artists, youth artists, and collectors of original art. Competition, artwork for sale. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-886-8636 or visit www.bssschool.org/paint-staunton.php


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.

 

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

Massanutten Resort. Yee-Ha Downhill Mountain Bike Race. April 29-30. For more information, visit massresort.copm


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.  

Apr 29 2017 - Biking - Outdoor festival in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, 2250 US Highway 211. Super Hero Weekend, Apr 28-30. For more information, visit campluray.com


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.

Apr 29 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Outdoor festival at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Va.
…about Woodstock, Virginia

300 Fairground Rd. Mud Dog Run. High intensity, obstacle course run, 5 Kilometers of very tough terrain, climbing walls, cargo nets, mud pits, other obstacles. Benefits PACT for Animals. For more information, visit www.MudDogRun.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.

Apr 29 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Beer and music festival in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Downtown. Rocktown Beer and Music Festival. Live music, food,and craft beer, over 60 beers with national names. For more information, visit www.visitharrisonburgva.org


Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive

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

Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

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

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

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

Apr 29 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Prescribed burn on mountain land at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive in Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

90 acres of Big Meadows land will be burned in about one day, before May 30. All park facilities will remain open, but access to Big Meadows will be restricted during the burn period. For more information, visit nps.gov/shen


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.

 

Apr 29 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Beverley Street Studio School and Sunspots Pavilion. Second annual Paint Staunton Quick Draw Art Competition and Wet Paint Sale. Cash prizes for plein air artwork competition. Open to the public.


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.

Apr 29 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Martinsburg Book Faire and Chocolate Festival. For more information, visit mainSt.martinsburg.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.  

 

Apr 29 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Ed Good Memorial Park. Spring into Stanley.


Millwood, Virginia

Millwood is a small unincorporated community in Clarke County, Virginia.  It is the home to several historic sites, including the Burwell-Morgan Mill, a restored grist mill with a unique indoor water wheel, that is named for the two American Revolution soldiers who built it in 1785: Gen. Daniel Morgan and Col. Nathaniel Burwell.  The mill is open to the public.

Other structures in Millwood that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places include Carter Hall, the Old Chapel and the River House.  

Apr 29 2017 - Visual Arts - Art festival in Millwood, Va.
…about Millwood, Virginia

Burwell-Morgan Mill, 15 Tannery Lane. Art at the Mill. April 29 through May. 14. Over 300 artists. Over 1000 works pieces of art: Oil paintings, mixed-media, sculpture, fine woodworking, pottery, more. Admission: $5, seniors: $3. Ages 12 and under admitted free. For more information, visit www.clarkehistory.org/art-at-the-mill.html


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.  

Apr 29 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Outdoor festival in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

963 Ross Road. The Rockbridge Camera Club Boxerwood, 963 Ross Rd. Fairy Forest Festival. Fairy folk characters, brownie bubble wands, fairy doors and furniture, fairy headwreaths, yarn-wrap trees, pixie paintings, wood elf prints. Live folk dancers. Face-painting. Food truck. Parade and fairy fashion show. Fairy Crafts: $1 each. Parking: $5. Family friendly. For more information, call 540-463-2697


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.

Apr 29 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Outdoor festival in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Constitution Park. Riverfest. Reptile World shows, Stream Safari, presentations by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, Fish and Fun Rodeo, Farmers Market, canoe rides, kids arts and crafts, Stream electro-fishing. Duck Race. Rain or shine. No pets allowed. Hosted by Destination Downtown Waynesboro. Free admission. For more information, visit riverfestwaynesboro.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.

 

Apr 29 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Staunton Augusta Art Center, 20 South New St. Childrens Oil Pastel Workshop. Ages 6-10. Interpreting Spring flowers with oil pastels. Limited availability. Reservations required. For more information, call 540-885-20288 or visit www.saartcenter.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.

Apr 29 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Historic Garden Week Tour in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Four homes and the Hopewell Meeting House, all dating from the 1700s. Hosted by Little Garden Club of Winchester and Winchester-Clarke Garden Club. Tickets: Available locally, $40. Advance tickets: $30. For more information, visit www.vagardenweek.org


Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive

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

Shenandoah National Park

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

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

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

 

Apr 29 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Public program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park

Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, Va. 2017 Resource Seminar series. Fly fishing techniques with Harry Murray, author of Trout Fishing in Shenandoah National Park. Rods and reels will be provided or bring your own gear. $30 registration fee. Limited to 12 participants. Hosted by Shenandoah National Park Association. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/shen


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.

Apr 29 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Exploring Negative Space. For ages 5 and older. Preregister by prior Thursday, April 6 and 27 respectively. First come, first served. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.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.  

Apr 29 2017 - Valley Heritage - VMI Cadets parade in formation at Virginia Military Institute
…about Lexington, Virginia

Parade ground. Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets march in full formation. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-464-7207 or visit www.vmi.edu/about/calendar


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.  

Apr 29 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


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.

 

Apr 29 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Staunton Station. Bridge Day Staunton 2017. Local music, arts, history, food, artisans, shopping and community action. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-886-7728 or visit www.bridgedaystaunton.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.

Apr 29 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


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.

 

Apr 29 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Downtown festival in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


Martinsburg, West Virginia

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

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

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

Apr 29 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Puppet theater show in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St. Hansel and Gretel. Saturdays and Sundays, April 29 - June 4. Showtime, 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:40 p.m. For more information, call 304-258-4074 or visit www.wondermentpuppets.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.

Apr 29 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Drama Workshop for Kids. Saturdays: April 22 through July 1 except June 10 From 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 29 2017 - Visual Arts - Youth program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Youth Workshop: Comic Creations. April 29 1-3 p.m. Youth in grades 5-8 will explore the comic art of Alex Ross in the exhibition Superheroes and Superstars, then design comic book characters and draw their story lines. Supplies provided. Admission: MSV Members $20, all others $25. Registration required by April 26. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.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.

Apr 29 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Drama Workshop for Kids. Saturdays from April 22 through July 1, except June 10, From 1 to 3 p.m. For ages 8-12. Learn stage production including acting, set design, and behind-the-scenes work. Opportunity to be featured in the play, Goldilocks Put on Trial, scheduled for July 8. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 29 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Public program at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

100 E. Picadilly St. Historic Garden Week program. Landscape Architect William D. Rieley: High school gardens restoration at 1:30 p.m. John B. Schroth, President of the Handley Board of Trustees: The Legacy of Judge John Handley. Hosted by Friends of Handley Regional Library. For more information, call 540-662-9041, extension 31 or visit handleyregional.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.

Apr 29 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

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


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.

Apr 29 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Community dinner in Woodstock, Va.
…about Woodstock, Virginia

Shrimp and Catfish Dinner. Hosted by Rotary Club of Woodstock. Tickets: $30 for adults, $15 for children.


Virginia Horse Center

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

Lexington, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 29 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia

Molto Bene Pasta Party. Final day of Lexington Spring Festival. For more information, visit www.horsecenter.org

 


Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

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

168 N. Dry Well Rd. Test and Tune. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.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.

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

15 N Loudoun St. Herrmann, Herrmann, McLaughlin, and Wilborn perform traditional music. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University offers more than 300 artistic performances a year on a campus located in Winchester, Va. The campus is located close to restaurants and shops that can be found at the historic Old Town Mall.

Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 29 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Shenandoah University
…about Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia

Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, 620 Millwood Ave. April 29 at 7 p.m., April 30 at 2:30 p.m. The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart. Tickets: $20. Free admission. For more information, call 1-800-432-2266 or visit www.su.edu/performs


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.

 

Apr 29 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

315 North Central Ave. EccoHollow - Live Music featuring Virginia-based Indie electronic, multi-instrumentalists, Angel, and Body Drama from Harrisonburg, Va. Free admission, pay-what-you-will


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.  

Apr 29 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Trackside Theater. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Apr 29-30, 7:30 p.m.


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.

 

Apr 29 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Our Town performance at 2 p.m. The Two Gentleman of Verona performance at 7:30 p.m. 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.

Apr 30 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Nature program at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

336 Belle Grove Rd. Barn Series Gardening Lectures and Workshop series. Lecture followed by a workshop. Garden Art for Kids. Ages 5 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Learning and hands-on activities. Admission: $25, additional fees for materials may apply. For more information, call 540-869-2028 or visit bellegrove.org


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 30 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Production in the gardens of Androcles and the Lion in the style of Commedia dell`arte. Presented by Company One, Shenandoah Conservatory acting majors` troupe. Bring a picnic and your own chair. For all ages. Free admission. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.org


Bridgewater, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Apr 30 2017 - Concerts & Music - Symphonic Band Concert at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cole Hall. Bridgewater College Symphonic Band performs a variety of music. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Apr 30 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Visulite Theater, 12 N Augusta St. Visulite Cinema. Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. For tickets, visit www.wildvirginia.org For more information, call 540-885-9966 or visit www.visulitecinemas.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.

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

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. The 3 Redneck Tenors. Music ranges from modern pop to opera, with stand-up comedy and improv. Tickets: $25 and $35. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Apr 30 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Romeo and Juliet performance at 2 p.m. Reading: Antonio and Mellida at 7:30 p.m. 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.

 

May 1 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


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.

May 1 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: The Adventures of Robin Hood, two screenings, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Night screening includes a discussion. 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.

May 1 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

41-F Court Square. Rosenwald. Documentary. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit ValleyArts.org


Bridgewater, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 1 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Convocation program at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cole Hall. Aimee Suzara, a Filipina-American playwright, poet and performer. Short theatrical presentation, then discussion.  Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu.


Bridgewater, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 1 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Convocation program at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cole Hall. Filipina-American playwright, poet and performer, Aimee Suzara: Excerpts of her theatrical work and talk about how theater can create dialogue about identity and culture. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


Waynesboro, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Members Gallery, 122 South Wayne Ave. Green theme, plants in mixed media. May exhibit. Open to the public. 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.

May 2 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

901 Amherst St. Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross. Traveling exhibition organized by Norman Rockwell Museum and at the MSV. Runs through May 14. Memorabilia related to comic book and film superheros. For more information, 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.

May 2 2017 - Concerts & Music - Choir music open rehearsals at Shenandoah University
…about Winchester, Virginia

Goodson Chapel - Recital Hall. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. throughout the academic year. For more information, call 1-800-432-2266 or visit www.su.edu/performs


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.  

May 2 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.

May 2 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


Virginia Horse Center

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

Lexington, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

May 2 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia

Lexington Spring Encore. May 2 at 6 p.m. through May 4. Cinco de Mayo party May 5 in the Hospitality Center from 4:30 p.m. until the end of the Classic. Kentucky Derby party on May 6. For more information, visit www.horsecenter.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.

May 2 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.


Shenandoah National Park

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

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

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

 

May 3 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Spring Opening Dates at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park

All services now open except: Loft Mountain and Dundo Group campground open on May 3. Mathews Arm Campground delayed opening: Sept. 1.  Loft Mountain Campstore and Shower-Laundry open May 3. Big Meadows Lodge open May 10. For more information, visit nps.gov/shen


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.

 

May 3 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery. Bridgewater Juried Student Show. Artwork by art majors and non-art majors. April 19 - May 3, 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays. Artist reception April 19, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edudu


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.

May 3 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

100 and 200-blocks of North Queen St. Gallery on Main. Original paintings, photographs, sculpture, and jewelry displayed in vacant locations windows for public viewing. Runs through May 13. Hosted by Berkeley Arts Council and Main Street Martinsburg. For more information, visit MainStreetMartinsburg.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.  

May 3 2017 - Concerts & Music - Bluegrass music jam sessions in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

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


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.

May 3 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

116 North Queen St. 7th Annual Art and Earth Exhibit. Art and Earth: My Art-My World. Artists view of nature, the environment or an Earth Day theme. All media and art techniques. Runs April 5 through May 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by Berkeley Arts Council. For more information, call 304-264-8801 or  visit www.berkeleyartswv.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.

May 3 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Wildflower walk at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

780 University Blvd., Frances Plecker Education Center. Wildflower Walk. View dozens of bulb varieties, wood blooming shrubs, and wildflowers. Open to the public. For more information, visit jmu.edu/arboretum


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.

May 3 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Outdoor program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

780 University Boulevard. Meets at Frances Plecker Education Center. Arboretum Exploration Series Tour: Wildflower Walk. Advance registration is not required. Hosted by the arboretum director. Open to the public. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit jmu.edu/arboretum


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.

May 3 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Outdoor program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Meets at Frances Plecker Education Center. Guided Walks hosted by arboretum director. For more information, visit jmu.edu/arboretum


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.

 

May 3 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Staunton Augusta Art Center, 20 South New St. Mixed media paintings by Susan Egbert and jewelry designs by Brecken Geiman Best. Runs through May 14.


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.

 

May 3 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Inside Plays workshop at 5:30 p.m. The Two Gentleman of Verona performance at 7:30 p.m. 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.

May 3 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Theater workshop at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Acting Classes for Adults. Wednesdays: May 3 through June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 3 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Jerry May Field, Gypsy Hill Park 600 Churchville Ave. Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run PHR. Baseball skills competition for ages 7-14. Onsite registration from 5:30 to 6 p.m. No metal cleats allowed for the competition. Hosted by Staunton Parks and Recreation. Rain or shine. Free admission. For more information, call 540-332-3945 or visit www.staunton.va.us


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.

May 3 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

 


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.  

May 4 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

487 Maury River Rd. Lexington Spring Encore. May 4 to May 7. For more information, call 540-464-2950 or visit www.horsecenter.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 4 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Romeo and Juliet performance at 10:30 a.m. Talk-back performance. Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet performance at 7:30 p.m. Talk-back performance. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


May 4 2017 - Music Heritage - Weekly open jam session Thursdays in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, VA

Fire House Gallery, 23 East Main St. Lunchbox Jam Session at 12 p.m. every Thursday. For more information, call  540-955-4001 or visit www.firehousegalleryva.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.

May 4 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.


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.

May 4 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. Open Drawing Sessions lead by artist Rose Guterbock. Every Thursday in May, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission: $10. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.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.

 

May 4 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cole Hall. Golden Venture. Documentary. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


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.

 

May 4 2017 - Visual Arts - Film screening at Bridgewater College
…about Carter Hall at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia

Cole Hall. Golden Venture. Historical documentary.  Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


Harrisonburg, Virginia

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

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

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

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

May 5 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Paper Grace, Contemporary Quilling, by Deb Booth. Show runs from May 5-June 30. First Friday opening reception, from 5-8 p.m. Live Music. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.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.

 

May 5 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Beverley Street Studio School, 22 West Beverley St. Paintings by Ken Szmagaj. May 5 through June 18. Opening reception May 5, 5:30 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.

May 5 2017 - Visual Arts - Welcome Center First Friday Art Exhibit in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Local artwork on display at the Old Town Welcome Center on the First Fridays of every month. Hosted by the Old Town Winchester and the Shenandoah Arts Council. Light refreshments available. For more information call 540-535-3660


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.

May 5 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - First Fridays Downtown in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center. For more information, visit www.VisitHarrisonburgVA.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.

May 5 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


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.

 

May 5 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

May 5 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Xanadu: The Musical. Musical on skates. May 5-7 and May 12-14. Friday and Saturday night shows at 7. Sunday performances at 3 p.m. Dance party each Saturday. Tickets: $22 for adults and $15 for students. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.org


Bridgewater, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 5 2017 - Concerts & Music - Choral concert at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Carter Center for Worship and Music. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


Bridgewater, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 5 2017 - Concerts & Music - Choral concert at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Carter Center for Worship and Music. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 5 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Romeo and Juliet performance at 7:30 p.m. 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.

May 5 2017 - Concerts & Music - Blues music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Jerron Blind Boy Paxton. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 6 2017 - Fishing - Outdoor program in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Lake Tams in Gypsy Hill Park, 600 Churchville Ave. 24 Annual Youth Fishing Derby. Ages 4-15. Prizes. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Hosted by Staunton Parks and Recreation. Rain or shine. Free admission. For more information, call 540-332-3945 or visit www.staunton.va.us


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.

May 6 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Yoga and Tai Chi program series at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Ernst Terrace. Community workshops. Yoga on Saturday mornings through June 3, except April 29 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Tai Chi on Monday afternoons, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on the lawn. Bring mat, water bottle, and towel. Register at www.thenestyoga.org. Open to the public. For more information, visit jmu.edu/arboretum


Kernstown Battlefield Park

315-acre Civil War battlefield park contains the Kernstown Battlefield walking trails where the First and Second Battles of Kernstown occurred. Visit the battlefield Visitor Center and the 1854 Pritchard House where the family of Samuel and Helen Pritchard huddled in the cellar waiting for quiet to return to their farm.

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.

May 6 2017 - Civil War History - Season opening weekend at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.
…about Kernstown Battlefield Park in Winchester, Virginia

610 Battle Park Dr. May 6 and 7. Battlefield tours, snf 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and the Artillery Annex tours. Gift shop and more. For more information, call 202-302-9129 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org


Shenandoah National Park

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

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

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

 

May 6 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Outdoor festival at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park

Wildflower Weekend. 31st year. Special speaker programs, hiking. May 6-7. Annual Youth Art in the Park wildflower art contest winners exhibition at Byrd Visitor Center and from May 6-13, and at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center from May 14-21. Free admission and no reservations are needed, $25-per-car park entrance fee. Hosted by Shenandoah National Park. For all ages. For more information, call 540-999-3500, extension 3282 or visit nps.gov/shen


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.

May 6 2017 - Visual Arts - Shenandoah Valley Art Center
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. May exhibition: Bumpy and Flat, featuring the father and daughter artists, Tom and Cheryl Elliott. Opening reception, May 6, 6 - 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.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.

 

May 6 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth community program in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Gypsy Hill Park Gym, 600 Churchville Ave. Kids Matter Day. Visit safety stations provided by local community organizations to receive dental imprints, passport photos, first aid information and much more. Hosted by Staunton Parks and Recreation. Rain or shine. Free admission. For more information, call 540-332-3945 or visit www.staunton.va.us


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.

 

May 6 2017 - Valley Heritage - Outdoor program in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

May 6 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. May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ages 6-10. Supplies and snacks included in price. Admission: $15 per class. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.com


Kernstown Battlefield Park

315-acre Civil War battlefield park contains the Kernstown Battlefield walking trails where the First and Second Battles of Kernstown occurred. Visit the battlefield Visitor Center and the 1854 Pritchard House where the family of Samuel and Helen Pritchard huddled in the cellar waiting for quiet to return to their farm.

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.

May 6 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War battlefield tours at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.
…about Kernstown Battlefield Park in Winchester, Virginia

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


May 6 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, VA

95 Chalmers Ct. Textile Art by Norma Fredrickson, Norma Fredrickson Fiber Art - Shenandoah Serenade. Fiber art including paint, dye, stitch, cut, and fold techniques. Runs May 6 - May 30. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Mondays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. as well as during concerts and by appointment. Opening Reception: May 6 at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.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.

May 6 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Art Festival in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Massanutten Regional Library, Central Library, South Main St., Community Youth Center on 2nd floor. MRL Comic Con. DC Comics illustrator, free comic books. Superhero crafts, a photo booth, and superhero training center. Live action role playing - LARPing, program by comic book illustrator. Free admission, open to the public.


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.  

May 6 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet performance at 2 p.m. The Two Gentleman of Verona performance at 7:30 p.m. 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.

 

May 6 2017 - Concerts & Music - Jazz music concert at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Carter Center for Worship and Music. Jazz Ensemble Concert with ridgewater College Jazz Ensemble. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu


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.

 

May 6 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

168 N. Dry Well Rd. King of the Bridge. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.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.

May 6 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Concert in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

1755 North Sector Court, on the campus of the Valley Health Winchester Medical Center. Country Music Concert. Granger Smith, Featuring Earl Dibbles, Jr., opener: Post Monroe. For more information, visit thebloom.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.

May 6 2017 - Concerts & Music - Classical music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Spring Classical Music Series: John Bullard performs classical music on five-string banjo. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


May 7 2017 - Civil War History - Antique Bottle Show in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, VA

Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Rt. 11 South, I-81 exit 243. Annual Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show and Sale. Hosted by Historical Bottle Diggers of Virginia. For more information, call 540-434-1129.


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.

May 7 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. Easy One-brush Painting classes with Joe Phillips. May 7, 14, and 21, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. All skill levels, easy approach to watercolor painting. For all ages. Admission: $50 per class. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.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.

 

May 7 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Our Town performance at 2 p.m. 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.

May 7 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Grammy award-winner Jeff Haynes presents a live performance of Pete Seeger: The Storm King. Multi-media presentation set to live music and video. Doors open at 3 p.m. Admission: Ages 12 and under: Free. Advance tickets: $15. $20 at the door. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit 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.

 

 

May 7 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Fishersville, Va.
…about Fishersville, Virginia

Barren Ridge Vineyards. An Evening at Barren Ridge Vineyards. Benefits Staunton Augusta Art Center. Cocktails on the patio, gourmet dinner and entertainment. Reservations required. Tickets: $75. For more information, call 540-885-2028


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.

 

May 8 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. Senior Art Thesis Exhibitions. May 8-20. Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Mondays - Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdasy, and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays. Artwork by graduating senior art majors and minors. Artist Reception May 8, 5 to 8 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit 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.

May 8 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

 


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.

May 8 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: Out of the Past, two screenings, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Night screening includes a discussion of the film. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 9 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Care of Paintings. Make your paintings last for generations by learning various preservation techiniques. Admission: MSV Members: $10, all others: $15 includes MSV admission. Registration required by May. 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.

May 9 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Public program at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Science Talks Series: The Changing Environment of Virginia`s Mountain Streams. Lecture by JMU professor Dr. Christine May. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 9 2017 - Concerts & Music - Upstairs - Out Of The Box show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Live Dead 69 feat. Members of Grateful Dead, RatDog, The Other Ones, and Jefferson Starship. 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.

May 10 2017 - Farmers Markets - Waynesboro Farmers Market in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Parking Lot alongside Arch Ave., 215 W. Main St. Every Saturday, May 10 - Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.waynesborofarmersmarket.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.

May 10 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Glen Burnie House. Tiny Tales Story: Gardens Grow. Stories read by Handley Library Youth Services Librarian Aimee Gangai. For ages 2-5 with an adult. Reservations not required. Free admission. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.org


May 10 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, VA

10 S. Market St. Our Town performance at 7:30 p.m. 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.

 

May 11 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Romeo and Juliet performance at 10:30 p.m. Talk-back performance. Romeo and Juliet performance at 7:30 p.m. Talk-back performance. 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.

 

May 11 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Romeo and Juliet performance at 10:30 p.m. Talk-back performance. Romeo and Juliet performance at 7:30 p.m. Talk-back performance. 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.

May 11 2017 - Valley Heritage - Public program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

OakCrest Companies, 126 N. Kent St. Lunch and Learn: A House Without a Porch Is Boring, with Sandra Bosley, Executive Director of Preservation of Historic Winchester. Bring a lunch. RSVP requested. Hosted by Preservation of Historic Winchester. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-667-3577 or visit phwinc.org


Skyland, Skyline Drive

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

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

May 11 2017 - Music Heritage - Folk dancing program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Skyland, Skyline Drive

Skyland, Mountain Room. Rhythmic Alliance Cloggers. Dancers from different clogging groups throughout Virginia. May 11 and June 8, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free admission park visitors. For more information, visit goshenandoah.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.

May 12 2017 - Music Heritage - Bluegrass music festival in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

2419 Golf Course Rd. Circa Blue Fest. 400-seat pavilion surrounded by tree shaded seating. Rough camping and bath houses available. May 12-14. Hosted by Circa Blue. Rain or shine. For more information, visit www.circabluefest.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.

May 12 2017 - Valley Heritage - Heritage festival in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

309 East John St. Heritage Days.May 12-14, Memorial ceremony at the Adam Stephen Monument. historic house tours, the tunnels, living historians, yard sale, petting zoo and more. Colonial Worship Service on Sunday morning. For more information, visit http://www.orgsites.com/wv/adam-stephen/_pgg1.php3


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.

May 12 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Outdoor festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. National Public Gardens Day. Guided garden walks at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m, HIIT Like a Girl workout in the gardens at 11:30 a.m, and Roses 101 garden talk at 3:30 p.m. Make garden buttons, look for hidden garden gnomes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission. 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.

May 12 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

780 University Boulevard. Wine and Cheese on the Ernst Terrace, featuring Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association. Includes tastings, cheeses and two beverages. Reservations required. Register online. Tickets: $20 per person. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit jmu.edu/arboretum


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.

 

May 12 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

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


May 12 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Winchester Little Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

315 W. Boscawen St. You Can`t Take It With You. May 12-27. Showtimes: Tuesday through thursday at 7 p.m. , 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit www.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.

 

May 12 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Two Gentleman of Verona performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Apollo Civic Theater

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

Martinsburg, West Virginia

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

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

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

May 12 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Apollo Theatre in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg, West Virginia

128 East Martin St. Shenandoah. Musical drama. May 12 at 8 p.m., May 14 at 4 p.m., May 19 at 8 p.m., May 21 at 4 p.m. For more information, call 304-263-6766 or visit apollocivictheatre.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.

May 12 2017 - Concerts & Music - Bluegrass music concert at Shepherdstown Opera House in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

131 W German St. The Hackensaw Boys, Advance tickets: $12. $15 at the door. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit www.operahouselive.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.

May 13 2017 - Farmers Markets - Old Town Farmers Market in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

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


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.

May 13 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Outdoor festival at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

28th Annual Garden Fair. May 13 and 14, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Preview Night for members only on May 12, from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Rain or shine. For more information, call 540-837-1758 Extension 224 or visit blandy.uva.edu


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 13 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Nature program in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Irene Givens Admin Building, 1000 Montgomery Ave. Spring Plant Swap. Swap annuals, perennials, small shrubs or trees, houseplants, garden kitch, garden books. Prizes. Complimentary refreshments. Hosted by Staunton Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 540-332-3945 or visit www.staunton.va.us


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.  

May 13 2017 - Farmers Markets - Farmers Market in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Mechanic St. May 13, 20, 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit townofluray.com


Shenandoah National Park

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

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

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

 

May 13 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Public program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park

2017 Resource Seminar series. Stories in Stone: Geology of Shenandoah National Park. $40 registration fee. Limited to 20 participants. Hosted by Shenandoah National Park Association. $25-per-car park entrance fee. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/shen


Luray, Virginia

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

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

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

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

May 13 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Main St., Greenway White and Blue Sections, and Ruffner Plaza. Festival of Spring. For more information, visit townofluray.com


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 13 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Block of E. Beverley St. between Augusta and New Sts. Little Made; Market. Curated arts festival conceived by Made, By the People, For the People. Works by approximately 20 local and regional artists and crafters, including a student art booth. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/LittleMadeMarket


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.

May 13 2017 - Breweries - Outdoor festival at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

336 Belle Grove Road. Of Ale and History Beer Festival. Live music. Over 60 varieties of beer available for tasting. Food and merchandise vendors. Ages over 18 unless accompanied by parent or guardian. Photo ID required. Other requirements and restrictions. Rain or shine. Tickets: $20. General Admission, no tastings $10.. Admission: $50 per person. $$25 at the door. For more information, call 540-869-2028 or visit bellegrove.org


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 13 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Adult Workshop: Floral Jewelry. Make a wire-work blossoming branch necklace or pin using cultured freshwater pearls, semi-precious gemstones, and Czech glass beads. Beginners welcome. Admission: MSV Members: $40, all others: $45 includes MSV admission. Registration required by May 9. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.org


May 13 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

610 Battle Park Dr. 1862 in a Box, presented by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Park Service ranger. March 26 at 12 p.m. Every second Saturday at 1 p.m., May through October. For more information, call 202-302-9129 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org


Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 13 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

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


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.

May 13 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Bright Box Divas Drag Show, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


May 13 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, VA

10 S. Market St. Our Town performance at 2 p.m. Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet performance at 7:30 p.m. 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.

May 13 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Charm City Junction plus Ken and Brad Kolodner Trio. Old Time rhythms and foot stomping Irish melodies to hard-driving Bluegrass, Baltimore-based. Admission: Ages 12 and under: Free. Advance tickets: $15. $20 at the door. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Luray, Virginia

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

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

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

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

May 14 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Nature program in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Birdsong Pleasure Garden. Mothers Day open house and garden tour. Picnicing. Rain or shine. For more information, call 540-743-9389 or visit www.birdsongpleasuregarden.info


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.

May 14 2017 - Valley Heritage - Civil War history program at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

610 Battle Park Dr. Mothers Day Tea with Mrs. Pritchard. Gettysburg unit of Civil War Historical Impressions and Civil War living history reenactors. Period or business casual dress requested.  Tickets: $10, available in advance at visitors center or online. For more information, call 202-302-9129 or visit www.kernstownbattle.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.

May 14 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Plant sale at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

780 University Boulevard. Spring Celebration Plant Sale. May 19-May 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Perennials, shrubs and trees. Monarch butterfly release at 12 p.m. Reservations required. Register online. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit jmu.edu/arboretum


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.

May 14 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Horse-drawn carriage rides at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

780 University Boulevard. Mothers Day Carriage Rides. Prices and additional ride details on arboretum website. Reservations required. Register online. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit jmu.edu/arboretum


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.

 

May 14 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Romeo and Juliet performance at 2 p.m. 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.

 

May 15 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

National Police Week: Paint Staunton Blue. Honors local law enforcement. Free light bulbs, posters, yard flags. May 15 through May 21.


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.  

May 15 2017 - Outdoor Activities - VMI Cadets parade in formation at Virginia Military Institute
…about Lexington, Virginia

Parade ground. Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets march in full formation, New Market Day Parade. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-464-7207 or visit www.vmi.edu/about/calendar


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.

May 15 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

8895 George R. Collins Parkway. Director`s Guided Battlefield Tour. For more information, call 1-866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war


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.

May 15 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: Rebel Without a Cause, two screenings, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Night screening includes a discussion of the film. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 16 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Public program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Meet at the garden entrance. Garden Explorers program: Container Gardens. Ages 4 and up. Learn about plants, how keep a garden growing, start your own container garden. May 16 or May 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Limited availability. Reservations requested. Admission: MSV Members: $3 per child, all others: $5 per child, adults must accompany children. Free admission. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.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.

May 16 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.


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.  

May 16 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.


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.

May 16 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Science program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Brewbakers Restaurant, 168 N. Loudoun St. Third Shenandoah Science Cafe. Solar Energy: Cheaper and Easier Than You Think. Presented by Aaron Sutch, Director, Virginia Sun. Hosted by Foundation of the State Arboretum, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, and Handley Regional Library. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 287 or visit blandy.virginia.edu


May 17 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Public program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

or front-carrier companions. Ages 3 and under. See what`s in bloom and learn about child-friendly plants. Weather permitting. Free admission. 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.

 

May 17 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Romeo and Juliet performance at 7:30 p.m. 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.

 

May 18 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Romeo and Juliet performance at 10:30 p.m. Talk-back performance. Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet performance at 7:30 p.m. Talk-back performance. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com

 


Waynesboro, Virginia

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

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

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

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

May 18 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. Critique class, with Karen Rosasco. Open to the public. Admission: $20. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.com


Shenandoah, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

May 18 2017 - Valley Heritage - Art exhibition in Staunton, Va.
…about Shenandoah, Virginia

Trinity Episcopal Church: 214 W. Beverley St. Schooled in Art: Beverley St. Studio School Celebrates 25 Years. Light appetizers, brief talk by co-founder Frank Hobbs, and silent auction of artwork. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-886-8636


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.

May 18 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Beer dinner at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Backroom Brewery Beer Dinner with live music by Sons of Pitches. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Shepherdstown, West Virginia

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

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

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

May 18 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Shepherdstown Opera House in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

131 West German St. Now Is the Time - Healthcare for Everyone. Documentary. Guest speaker: Pediatrician Dr. Margraet Flowers. Free admission. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit operahouselive.com


Waynesboro, Virginia

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

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

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

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

May 18 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Youth program at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Barefoot Puppets at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Arts Education series program. Tickets: $7.50 general admission. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


May 18 2017 - Concerts & Music - International music concert at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, VA

14F Court Square. Rahim AlHaj performs traditional and contemporary Iraqi string music. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit valleyarts.org


Luray, Virginia

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

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

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

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

May 19 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Luray Caverns Burner Barn. 2nd Annual Chicken Chow Down. Hosted by Luray Downtown Initiative. Tickets: $20. Ages 12 and under, free admission. For more information, call 540-743-7700


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.

May 19 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Nature program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Second annual Heritage Plant Sale. May 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Annuals, perennials, herbs, heirloom vegetables, trees, and shrubs available for sale. Container Herb Garden workshop at 1 p.m. Free admission. 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.

 

May 19 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Staunton Augusta Art Center galleries RR Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New St. Beyond the Mask, paintings by Janet Dance and Intimate and Infinite, photography by Michele Fletcher. May 19 through June 24 Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening Reception on May 19, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 540-886-8636


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.

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

garden care and maintenance. All materials provided. Admission: MSV Members: $30, all others: $35 includes MSV admission. Registration required by May 16. 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.

May 19 2017 - Valley Heritage - Historical program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

George Washington Hotel at 103 E. Piccadilly St. Erica Nuckles: Experiences of a British Widow, Charlotte Brown. Hosted by French and Indian War Foundation. Reservations required. Tickets: $50. For more information, call 540-678-1743 or visit www.FIWF.org


Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 19 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

May 19 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Luray Caverns Burner Barn. Luray Downtown Initiative Chicken Chow Down. For more information, visit townofluray.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.

May 19 2017 - Concerts & Music - Bluegrass music concert at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

41-F Court Square. The Martin Brothers and Aspen Run, with Dark Hollow Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $14 - $17. For more information, visit ValleyArts.org For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit valleyarts.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.

 

May 19 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Our Town performance at 7:30 p.m. 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.

 

May 20 2017 - Fishing - Outdoor festival in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia
Lake Tams in Gypsy Hill Park. 13th Annual Senior Fishing Derby. For ages 50 and older. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Prizes and awards. Hosted by taunton Parks and Recreation. Free admission. For more information, call 540-332-3945 or visit www.staunton.va.us


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.

May 20 2017 - Visual Arts - Public program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Museum Store and Shenandoah Valley artist Neena Jhaveri spotlights pottery, linens, and accessories. Free admission. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.org


New Market, Virginia

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

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

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

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

May 20 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War battle reenactment at Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

8895 George R. Collins Parkway. 154th Reenactment: Battle of New Market. May 20-21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Battles May 20 at 2:30 p.m. and May 21 at 1 p.m. Living history events. Food and souvenirs available. Advance tickets available by phone. Admission: $10 ages 10 and older, ages 9 and under admitted free. For more information, call 1-866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war


Mount Jackson, Virginia

The town of Mount Jackson is located midway between Winchester and Harrisonburg, Virginia, and can be identified from I-81 exit 273 by the water tower painted as a basket of apples.

Mount Jackson was originally named Mount Pleasant, but the name was later changed to honor President Andrew Jackson, who was a frequent visitor when he traveled from Washington, D.C. to his home in Tennessee.

Antique shop, art galleries and historical buildings, many of which served as field hospitals during the Civil War are located there. A landmark in the center of town is the old Union Church and within the cemetery surrounding Union Church is the grave of Daniel Gray, a Revolutionary soldier. General Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson established headquarters in the Rude House on Rude's Hill south of Mount Jackson and Camp Buchanan at Red Banks during the Valley Campaign in 1862.

Nearby is Meems Bottom Covered Bridge, Route 11 Potato Chip Factory and Shenandoah Caverns.

May 20 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Festival for women in Mt. Jackson, Va.
…about Mount Jackson, Virginia

American Celebration on Parade. Gals Living Out Wellness GLOW Festival. Health outreach and wine tasting, motivational speakers. Light workout activities. For more information, call 540-459-1700 extension 215 or visit shenclinic.org


Front Royal, Virginia

Front Royal is the county seat of Warren County, Virginia, and is considered the Shenandoah Valley's "gateway" to Northern Virginia, as it is located within a few miles from I -81, at the westernmost exit with I-66. From there, Washington D.C. is less than an hour east.  

Front Royal was once annexed as a hunting area for the Iroquois Confederation during the mid-17th century.  1n 1744, the Iroquois formally sold their entire claim east of the Alleghenies to the Virginia Colony. Front Royal was originally settled in 1754 under the name LeHewtown.  The town also had a well-known nickname, "Helltown," because it had been a popular spot for rowdy livestock wranglers and Shenandoah River boatmen.  It became the incorporated town of Front Royal in 1788.  Rail service was established in 1854.

 

The Civil War Battle of Front Royal yielded a Confederate victory in 1862. After the Civil War, lumber, agriculture, manufacturing and grain mill industries provided employment in the region for a long time.

The George Washington National Forest, Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area, Shenandoah National Park/Skyine Drive, and Andy Guest State Park, located the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, offer a variety of outdoor recreation: Hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, rafting, and swimming.  Skyline Caverns is located on US Route 340, just one or two miles south of the northernmost entrance to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. 

May 20 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Front Royal, Va.
…about Front Royal, Virginia

31st Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival. Live entertainment, wine-tasting. Street festival with craft vendors. Food available. Tasting fee, free admission to festival. Hosted by Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerc. Advance tickets: $25. $30 at the door. For more information, visit www.wineandcraftfestival.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.

May 20 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Stonewall Jackson Headquarters Museum at 415 N. Braddock St. Family Fun and History Days. May 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Living history weekend Civil War encampment with demonstrations and more. Headquarters tours: $5. Hosted by Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society and National Park Service. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-662-6550


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.

May 20 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Art activities: Exploring Clay. May 20 and 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ages 5 and older. Register May 18 and 25 respectively. First come, first served. Reservations required. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.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.

 

May 20 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor music concert in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Beverley St., near the Baja Bean Company. Staunton Jams. Local bands begin performing at 12 p.m. Childrens Farmers Market from 1 to 5 p.m., with special youth activities. Hosted by The Baja Bean Company. For more information, call 540-885-9988 or visit www.stauntondowntown.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.

 

May 20 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Two Gentleman of Verona performance at 2 p.m. Romeo and Juliet performance at 7:30 p.m. 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.

May 20 2017 - Farm to Table - Gardening program series at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Handley Library. Garden Talks Learning Series. May 20: From Monticello to Your Backyard: Growing Your Own Historic Garden, at 2 p.m. Hosted by Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association. For more information, call 540-869-9000, extension 212 or visit www.youseemore.com/handley


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.

May 20 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

New Market Library, 160 E. Lee St. Lecture about the Civil War Samaritans: The Zeiler Family of New Market, Va., presented by local genealogist and historian, Chester Ramey. For more information, call 540-740-8650 or visit shenandoah.co.lib.va.us/locations/new-market


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.

 

May 20 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

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


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.

May 20 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. The Reflex. 80s tribute band. 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.

May 20 2017 - Concerts & Music - Upstairs - Out Of The Box show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. An Evening with Celtic trio Dave Curley, Joanna Hyde, and Tadhag O`Meachair. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

May 20 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.  For both new and experienced dancers: old-time square and contra dancing with music provided by a live band. Instruction and figure calling are provided throughout each dance. Beginners workshop held preceding dance event at 7:30 p.m. Families and single dancers welcome. Admission: $12 per person, $8 for Bluemont Friends, students, and seniors. For more information, call 540-955-8186 or visit www.bluemont.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.

May 20 2017 - Concerts & Music - luegrass music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Haas Kowert Tice and Jordan Tice and Horse County: Bluegrass and BBQ. Fiddle, guitar, upright bass. Admission: Ages 12 and under: Free. Advance tickets: $15. $20 at the door. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 21 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet performance at 2 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Waynesboro, Virginia

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

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

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

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

May 22 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: Adams Rib, two screenings, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Night screening includes a discussion of the film. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 23 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Outdoor program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Meet at the garden entrance. Garden Lunch Box Lesson program: Rose Garden Debut. Explore the newly renovated MSV Rose Garden. Free admission fee applies for garden visits not during program time. Weather permitting. Free admission. 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.

May 23 2017 - Concerts & Music - Public program at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Signature Speaker Series: Hope Reborn of War-Wilson Rehab Center. Lecture by author and historian Nancy Sorrells. 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.

 

May 24 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Our Town performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Virginia Horse Center

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

Lexington, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

May 25 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Horse shows at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia

USEA Intercollegiate Championship. May 25-28. Hosted by the U.S. Eventing Association and Virginia Horse Trials. For more information, call 540-464-2950 or visit virginiahorsecenter.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.

May 25 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. SVAC Community Craft Circle. Bring a project to work on. 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.

May 25 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.


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.

May 25 2017 - Valley Heritage - Historical program in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

New Market Town Hall at 9418 Sevier Road. Genetic Genealogy: What can DNA Testing Tell Me About My Ancestry? Presented by Dr. John Butler. Hosted by New Market Historical Society. For more information, visit newmarkethistoricalsociety.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.

 

May 25 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Romeo and Juliet performance at 7:30 p.m. Talk-back performance. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 26 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

May 26 2017 - Concerts & Music - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 S. Loudoun St. Bright Box Comedy with Rob Maher and Keith Purnell May 26-27. For more information, visit brightboxtheater.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.  

May 26 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor concert downtown in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Ruffner Plaza. Evenings on Main Concert Series. For more information, visit townofluray.com


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 26 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Waynesboro, Virginia

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

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

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

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

May 26 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Public program at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Letters Home. Actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. Admission: $30. Veterans and military, 50 percent discount. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

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

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

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

May 26 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Night Skies skygazing program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Big Meadows, Skyline Drive

Big Meadows Area mile 51, inside the Rapidan Camp Gate. Night Skies. 8:30 p.m., May 26, June 23, July 21, Aug. 12, Sept. 22, Oct. 20. Blanket, chair, and flashlight recommended. Look at unpolluted night sky through telescope. Weather permitting. Free admission. For more information, call 540-999-2222 or visit www.goshenandoah.com/activities-events.


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.

May 27 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Photography workshop at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

780 University Boulevard. Frances Plecker Education Center. Photographing Garden Flowers, with Joshua Taylor. Reservations required. Register online. Admission: $150, JMU students: $125. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit jmu.edu/arboretum


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.

 

May 27 2017 - Visual Arts - Art fesival in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Sunspots Studios, Lewis St. The Virginia Hot Glass Festival. May 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, and May 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hot glass demonstrations and exhibits. Artwork available for sale. Handicapped accessible. Nearby parking. Located in the historic downtown Staunton shopping and dining district. Held indoors. Hosted by Sunspots Studios. Free admission. For more information, visit sunspots.com/va-hot-glass-festival


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.

May 27 2017 - Visual Arts - Art Festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia


Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. aMuse Art and Craft Festival. May 27-28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive art projects, local food vendors, demonstrations, and outdoor activities. Free admission applies to visit the galleries. Hosted by Winchester Art Market, Tin Top Gallery, and the MSV. Free admission. 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.

 

May 27 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Gypsy Hill Park. 51st Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill. May 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 28, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Juried art and fine craft, music, youth activities, food trucks. Hosted by Staunton Augusta Art Center. Free admission.


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.  

May 27 2017 - Water Sports - Lake activities in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Lake Arrowhead Beach. May 27 through Sept. 4. Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit townofluray.comr


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.

 

May 27 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Romeo and Juliet performance at 2 p.m. Our Town performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

May 27 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

168 N. Dry Well Rd. Spring No Prep Invitational Race. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.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.

May 27 2017 - Concerts & Music - Upstairs - Out Of The Box show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Bryan Frazier with Jordan Hobson and Ryan Jewel. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


May 27 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

15 N Loudoun St. Crowded Streets: The Dave Matthews Band tribute band. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


May 27 2017 - Concerts & Music - Upstairs - Out Of The Box show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

15 S. Loudoun St. Bryan Frazier with Jordan Hobson and Ryan Jewel. For more information, visit brightboxtheater.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.

 

May 28 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Two Gentleman of Verona performance at 2 p.m. 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.

May 28 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Nature program at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

336 Belle Grove Rd. Barn Series Gardening Lectures and Workshop series. Lecture followed by a workshop. Special Gardens for Small Spaces. Design and create a spot in your garden. Registration deadline: May 19. Admission: $25, additional fees for materials may apply. $$30 at the door. For more information, call 540-869-2028 or visit bellegrove.org