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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.

Jul 20 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Frances Plecker Education Center, 780 University Blvd. Works by Nancy Spahr. Continues through Aug. 31. weekdays during business hours. Free admission. For more information, visit www.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.

Jul 20 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. En Plein Air Paintings of the Shenandoah Valley, by Spitzer artists and invited artists. Runs through Aug. 29. July 7 First Friday reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. live music. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.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.

Jul 20 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 S. Wayne Ave. Summer Art Camps. Two one-week sessions July 17-21 and July 24-28. Clay Camp for kids ages 6-16 on July 17, 18 and 20-21. Family friendly. Reservations required. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.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.

Jul 20 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. 17-22, 24-29 and 31 at 11:30 a.m. July 23 and 30 at 2:30 p.m. Various props from a box to visually interpret surrounding landscape features. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Jul 20 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


Jul 20 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, VA

14-F Court Square. The Hero. Drama. Rated R. 20 percent discount and free popcorn for theater members. Tickets: Adults, $9.50. Students and Seniors, $8.50. Matinees before 5 p.m., $8. For more information, visit valleyarts.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.

Jul 20 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, front lawn. 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaigns in a Box. 30 minute program provides an overview of either the the 1862 or 1864 Shenandoah Valley Civil War campaigns. July 20, 21, 22, 25 and 27-29 at 2:30 p.m. July 23 at 1 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cebe


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.

Jul 20 2017 - Music Heritage - Weekly old-time music jam at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

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


Fishersville, Virginia

Fishersville is a growing town in Augusta County whose population has nearly doubled during the last decades. 

The town of Fishersville was established in the mid-1800s. It was built around an area known as Tinkling Springs, which is home to the Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church. The church was founded in the early 1740s, and is the second-oldest Presbyterian congregation in the Shenandoah Valley. This historic building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail also runs through Fishersville.

 

 

Jul 20 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Fishersville, Va.
…about Fishersville, Virginia

Barren Ridge Vineyards, 984 Barren Ridge Rd. Yoga and Essential Oils. Yga class and seminar. Free admission. For more information, call 540-248-3300 or visit www.barrenridgevineyards.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.

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

Constitution Park. Groovin at the Greenway. Southern Explosion Country. Rock music. Bring a blanket or chair for your own seating. For more information, visit www.waynesboro.va.us/251/Groovin-at-the-Greenway


The Heritage Museum

The Heritage Center now boasts over 5000 square feet of exhibit space, with permanent exhibits featuring Invincible Spirit: History in the Heart of the Shenandoah and The Art of Tradition: Shenandoah Valley Folk Art. The museum is owned and operated by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society whose more than 1,000 members come from every part of the U.S. and is home to the Stonewall Jackson electric map that illustrates the Civil War Valley Campaign of 1862.

Dayton, Virginia

Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the town of Dayton is one of the oldest settled communities in Rockingham County. Dayton is surrounded by prime agricultural farmland, mainly owned and farmed by members of the Old Order Mennonite community.

Dayton is home to a national historic registered landmark, The Daniel Harrison House, also known as Fort Harrison, is the oldest house in Dayton and is listed as a national historic landmark.

The Dayton Farmers Market offers shopping at 20 specialty shops featuring a wide variety of merchandise, including locally-made items.  Nearby is the Silver Lake Mill, a landmark structure that now houses a store that offers mill-themed products, and collectibles.

Dayton’s oldest and most attended event is the Dayton Autumn Celebration, also known as “Dayton Days,” an arts and crafts festival held annually on the first Saturday in October.  The festival attracts an estimated 20,000 attendees annually and is known for handmade quilts and food. 

Jul 20 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at the Heritage Museum in Dayton, Va.
…about The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Virginia

382 High St. Greg Clemmer: Why the Civil War Still Lives. Contrasts present day events with those of the Civil War era. For more information, visit heritagecenter.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.

Jul 20 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. A Very Special Evening with Comedian Dustin Diamond. VIP doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission doors open at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit 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.

Jul 20 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Winchester Little Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

315 W. Boscawen St. NEXT for WLT for KIDS series. Into the Woods Jr. Musical, adapted for youth. Shows on July 18-22 at 2:30 p.m. at 7 p.m. Tickets: $9.99. For more information, call 540-662-3331 or visit wltonline.org


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 20 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Shenandoah University
…about Winchester, Virginia

Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, 1460 University Dr. Hairspray. Runs July 20-30. For more information, call 540-665-4569 or visit su.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.

 

Jul 20 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 20 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Bright Box Comedy: Mike Burton and Joey Callahan. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit brightboxwinchester.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.  

Jul 20 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Outdoor music concert in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Luray Singing Tower: Northcott Dr. Carillon music. Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8 p.m. through the end of August. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/LuraySingingTower


Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

Harpers Ferry is where the Shenandoah River ends and where visiting the Shenandoah Valley begins. It begins with a rich history, where canals and railroads pushed westward, where John Brown's raid help usher in the Civil War.

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry is located in the easternmost part of West Virginia, where its borders meet with Maryland and Virginia at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.  The town was named after Robert Harper, who had established a ferry across the Potomac River and starting point for settlers moving west.

Civil War-era slavery abbolutionist John Brown led a raid on the United States Armory and Arsenal in Harpers in 1859, is said to have helped trigger the Civil War.  Harpers Ferry changed hand eight times during the war.

In 1944, a portion of the town became part of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, with most of the remainder now included in the Harpers Ferry Historic District. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, Harpers Ferry had been a fashionable resort for vacationers traveling by train from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. It remains a popular destination for visitors interested in history, but also for outdoor recreation, including white water rafting, fishing, mountain biking, canoeing, zip line trails and rock climbing. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters is located in Harpers Ferry and the Appalachian Trail runs directly through the town.

Jul 21 2017 - Boating - Kayak river trip series in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
…about Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

RiverPalooza. 14 paddle events in 4 months, ending on World River Day on Sept. 24 at National Harbor. Shenandoah Float-Fishing. For more information, visit www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.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.

 

Jul 21 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Outdoor music concert in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

Jul 21 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War battlefield tour at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main St.Two-hour, guided car-caravan tour led by ranger vehicle: Chronological interpretation of the Battle of Cedar Creek. Stops at key landmarks. Presented by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. July 21, 22, 24, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29 and 31 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit nps.gov/cebe


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 21 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor music concert in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Taylor Pavilion, 125 N. Loudoun St. Friday Night Live festival series concert, summer block party. Robbie Limon Band. Beer and wine garden. For more information, visit oldtownwinchester.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.

 

Jul 21 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


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.  

Jul 21 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


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.

 

 

Jul 21 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Fishersville, Va.
…about Fishersville, Virginia

Barren Ridge Vineyards, 984 Barren Ridge Rd. Fourth Friday Sunset concert series. Vick Hill. Food available. Wine-tastings. Admission: $10, includes wine glass. For more information, visit www.barrenridgevineyardsva.com


Orkney Springs, Virginia

In the early nineteenth century, visitors traveled to Orkney Spring,s located at the foot of the Great North Mountain in western Shenandoah County, to partake of was believed to be the curative benefits of the village's mineral filled, cold-water springs.

Today, people still visit Orkney Springs, mainly for retreats and conferences at Shrine Mont, a conference center owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, or for Shenandoah Valley Music Festival outdoor concerts during the summer months.

A group of public hotels at Orkney Springs were originally built in the early 19th century.  Most of these original buildings have been restored and are still in use.  All the buildings on a common green have been consolidated into what is known as the Orkney Springs Hotel.  The Virginia House is believed to be the largest wooden structure in Virginia.

Jul 21 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor music concert in Orkney Springs, Va.
…about Orkney Springs, Virginia

Shrinemont, Orkney Grade. Arlo Guthrie. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. For more information, call 540-459-3396 or visit musicfest.org


Jul 21 2017 - Music Heritage - Music and Dancing in Raphine, Va.
…about Lexington, VA

Clarks Ole Time Music Center, located at Clarks Lumber Co., 1288 Ridge Road. longtime Friday-night tradition of old-time music and dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission: $8 per person, $15 per couple. For more information, call 540-377-2490.


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Jul 21 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

Jul 21 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Film: Keiths Blues: My Life with Parkinsons. Live music by Keith Harrington and Friends precedes film. Doors open at 7 p.m. Benefits Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research. Ages 12 years and younger, free admission. Advance tickets: $25. $30 at the door. 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.

Jul 21 2017 - Concerts & Music - Blues music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. The Nighthawks. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit brightboxwinchester.com


Lexington, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 21 2017 - Concerts & Music - Bluegrass music concert in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

607 Borden Rd. Summer 2017 concert series. The Festy Presents: The Infamous Stringdusters. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.. Tickets: $18-25 at the door. For more information, visit www.limekilntheater.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.  

Jul 21 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., 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.


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.

Jul 22 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


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.

Jul 22 2017 - Farmers Markets - Waynesboro Farmers Market in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

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


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.  

Jul 22 2017 - Farmers Markets - Farmers Market in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

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


Shenandoah, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 22 2017 - Valley Heritage - Public program in Shenandoah, Va.
…about Shenandoah, Virginia

Shenandoah Computer Center, 411 Second St. Geology Workshops. Putting Down Roots. Materials included. Limited availability. Reservations required. Admission: $10 per workshop. For more information, call 540-652-8773


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.

Jul 22 2017 - Civil War History - Battlefield commemoration at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

610 Battle Park Dr. 154th anniversary of the Second Battle of Kernstown. July 22 and 23.  Battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex tours. Other special events. Gift shop. Hosted by KBA and Clan Adrenalin. Family friendly. For more information, call 202-302-9129 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Jul 22 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


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.

 

Jul 22 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Guided downtown tours in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

 

Jul 22 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Staunton Augusta Art Center classrooms in the RR Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New St. Instruments in Cubism, assemblages by Eugene Provenzo. June 30-Aug. 5 Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening Reception on June 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission.


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.  

Jul 22 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


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.

Jul 22 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War battlefield tours at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

610 Battle Park Dr. Meet at Visitor Center at 11 a.m. Every Saturday, 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


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.

 

Jul 22 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Walking tours in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia
Staunton Visitor Center, 35 South New St. Staunton Guided Tours. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Guide available on-call daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 540-885-2430 or visit www.stauntonguidedtours.com


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 22 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.

 

Jul 22 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


Stephens City, Virginia

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

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

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

 

Jul 22 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Stephens City, Va.
…about Stephens City, Virginia

James Charles Winery, 4063 Middle Rd. Midsummer Day Party. Food available. Crafts will be sold. Live music. Guided tours of historic house. For more information, call 540-869-9567.


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.

Jul 22 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Puppet theater show in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 West King St. Cinderellas Soc Hop. June 17 - Aug 27, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:40 p.m. For more information, call 304-258-4074 or visit www.wondermentpuppets.com


Page County, Virginia

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

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

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

 

Jul 22 2017 - Concerts & Music - Music concert series in Page County, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

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


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.

 

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

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


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.  

Jul 22 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop in Shenandoah, Va.
…about Shenandoah, Virginia

Shenandoah Heritage Center Maryland Ave. Painting With Penny. Benefits Caboose Project. Refreshements available. Admission: $35.


Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation provides a downloadable visitor's guide that interprets Civil War history at 10 battlefields located in the Shenandoah Valley National Historic District. Driving tours help visitors explore the Civil War battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley. Tours can run from a couple of hours or longer.

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.

Jul 22 2017 - Valley Heritage - Heritage festival in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation in Harrisonburg, Virginia

The Widow Pence Farm 6991 Port Republic Rd. Party Pot-Luck and Picnic. History-themed festival includes programs that celebrate the 19th century at the time of the Civil War. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers. For more information, call 540-743-9389 or visit shenandoahatwar.or


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.

 

Jul 22 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


Orkney Springs, Virginia

In the early nineteenth century, visitors traveled to Orkney Spring,s located at the foot of the Great North Mountain in western Shenandoah County, to partake of was believed to be the curative benefits of the village's mineral filled, cold-water springs.

Today, people still visit Orkney Springs, mainly for retreats and conferences at Shrine Mont, a conference center owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, or for Shenandoah Valley Music Festival outdoor concerts during the summer months.

A group of public hotels at Orkney Springs were originally built in the early 19th century.  Most of these original buildings have been restored and are still in use.  All the buildings on a common green have been consolidated into what is known as the Orkney Springs Hotel.  The Virginia House is believed to be the largest wooden structure in Virginia.

Jul 22 2017 - Music Heritage - Outdoor music concert in Orkney Springs, Va.
…about Orkney Springs, Virginia

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love by the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visit musicfest.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.  

Jul 22 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Film screening in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Ralph H. Dean Rec. Park. Luray Outdoor Movie Night. For more information, visit townofluray.com


Luray, Virginia

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

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

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

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

Jul 22 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Film screening in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park, 625 6 St. Page County Movie Night. Finding Dory. Community resource fair, followed by film a 9 p.m. Food available. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission: $35.


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.

 

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

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


Orkney Springs, Virginia

In the early nineteenth century, visitors traveled to Orkney Spring,s located at the foot of the Great North Mountain in western Shenandoah County, to partake of was believed to be the curative benefits of the village's mineral filled, cold-water springs.

Today, people still visit Orkney Springs, mainly for retreats and conferences at Shrine Mont, a conference center owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, or for Shenandoah Valley Music Festival outdoor concerts during the summer months.

A group of public hotels at Orkney Springs were originally built in the early 19th century.  Most of these original buildings have been restored and are still in use.  All the buildings on a common green have been consolidated into what is known as the Orkney Springs Hotel.  The Virginia House is believed to be the largest wooden structure in Virginia.

Jul 22 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor music concert in Orkney Springs, Va.
…about Orkney Springs, Virginia

Shrinemont, Orkney Grade. Celebrate 1967: The Summer of Love and the Beatles, performed by the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. For more information, call 540-459-3396 or visit musicfest.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.

Jul 22 2017 - Concerts & Music - Blues music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Black Masala. Gypsy music. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit 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.

Jul 23 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

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


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.

Jul 23 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Community program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Old Town Winchester, Taylor Pavilion. Shape Up Sundays. July 23, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, 10:30 - 3:30 p.m. multiple free outdoor classes including yoga, aerobics, running. Free admission. For more information, visit oldtownwinchesterva.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.

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

Blandy Experimental Farm library. Deborah Davis, Artist and Moth Enthusiast: The Hidden Beauty of Moths. Illustrated talk about life cycle and importance of moths in nature, mothing as a hobby, and more. Reservations requested. Admission: Foundation members $10, non-members $12. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.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.

 

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

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


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.  

 

Jul 23 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

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


Jul 23 2017 - Concerts & Music - Guitar music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, VA

95 Chalmers Ct. Hiroya Tsukamoto. 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.

Jul 24 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Up with People Junior, musical arts performance summer day camp program for ages 8-11. July 24-28. Held at the EMD Museum. Hosted by Explore More Discovery Museum. Register online. Admission: One-week program, $190. For more information, call 540-437-0609 or visit www.iexploremore.com/uwpjr


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.

Jul 24 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. Col. Shipp's Leadership Institute. July 24-28, from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For young men ages 13-17. Interactive living history, team-building games and exercises. Admission: $100. For more information, call 1-866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war


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.

Jul 24 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Summer Art Studio. Youth: July 24-28. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Create original art while learning to work with a wide variety of materials in the Makerspace studio. Supplies included, beginners welcome. Hosted by Shenandoah Potters Guild. Admission: MSV Members: $100, all others: $120 get a Student Membership for $15. Registration required by July 5, and July 19. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.org


Boyce, Virginia

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

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

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

Jul 24 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Youth festival at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

Animals, plants, weather, habitats, and more, and Blandy Summer Nature Camps. Solid, Liquid, STEAM. July 10-14, 9 a.m. to Noon, for rising 2-4th graders. Investigate nature using the elements of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Crafts, games, snacks, hands-on exploration, and more Reservations required. Admission: Cost varies, scholarships available. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 287 or visit www.blandy.virginia.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.

 

Jul 24 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Art program in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Staunton Augusta Art Center classrooms in the RR Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New St. Summer Studio. Week-long art camps for ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-12. July 17 through 21. Reservations required. Admission: $85 per week. $75 member rate. Scholarships available. For more information, call 540-885-2028


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.

Jul 24 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Frances Plecker Education Center, 780 University Blvd. Summer Children`s Art Workshop. July 24 and 26. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Summer season woodland plants and wildflowers. Materials provided. Accompanying adults admitted free. For ages 7-12.  Limited availability. Admission: $25. For more information, visit www.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.

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

103 S. Main St. En Plein Air Paintings of the Shenandoah Valley, by Spitzer and other artists. Runs through Aug. 29. Hosted by Spitzer Art Center. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org

 


Harrisonburg, Virginia

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

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

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

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

Jul 25 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Smith House Galleries in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Smith House Galleries 311 S. Main St. South Main St. Mauricio Esperon: Works On Paper. Runs through July 27. Open Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by Arts Council of the Valley. For more information, 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.

 

Jul 25 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


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.

Jul 25 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Kids Activities, each Tuesday in July.  Hosted by Arts Council of the Valley. Reservations required. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Shenandoah, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 25 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.

Jul 25 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


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.

Jul 25 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Shepherd University
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Marinoff Theater, 62 W. Campus Dr. Contemporary American Theater Festival for Stage Readings of new Plays. Admission: Free admission. For more information, call 304-876-3473 or visit catf.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.

 

Jul 26 2017 - Farmers Markets - Farmers market in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


Lexington, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 26 2017 - Farmers Markets - Farmers Market in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

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


Lexington, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 26 2017 - Concerts & Music - Bluegrass music jam sessions in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

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


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 26 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

100 West Piccadilly St. STEAMworks. Every Wednesday through July. Ages 6-12 explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math through a variety of activities. Reservations required. For more information, call 540-662-9041 or visit www.handleyregional.org


Waynesboro, Virginia

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

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

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

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

Jul 26 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

122 South Wayne Ave. Cabell Arehart Gallery. Annual Members Judged Exhibit. Runs June and July. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.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.

Jul 26 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition in Martinsburg, W.Va
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen St. Photo 17 National Juried Photography Exhibit. Runs from June 28 - Aug. 12. Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reception and awards presentation on June 30 from 5-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.berkeleyartsWV.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.  

Jul 26 2017 - Water Sports - Lake activities in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Lake Arrowhead Beach. Open 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.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.

Jul 26 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Nature program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

780 University Blvd. Meets in the Pavilion. Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series. Cooling Herbs and Their Uses. Bring a brown bag lunch. Free admission. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit jmu.edu/arboretum


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.  

Jul 26 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor music concert in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Davidson Park. Fridays Alive. Performing: The Red Hill Band. Bring your own blankets or chairs. Benefits local charities. Inclement weather location: Washington and Lee Student Activities Pavilion. No outside food, drink or pets. Free admission. For more information, visit lexingtonjaycees.org/main/fridays-alive


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.

 

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

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


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.  

Jul 27 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia

487 Maury River Road. Southern States Horse Show. July 27-29. For more information, call 540-607-6710 or visit www.horsecenter.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.

Jul 27 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

Summer Story Reading with a Ranger. Part of Handley Regional Library Valley Reads Program.Historical topics. Free admission. For more information, call 540-869-2028 or visit www.bellegrove.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.

Jul 27 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

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


Boyce, Virginia

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

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

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

Jul 27 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.

Jul 27 2017 - Valley Heritage - Historical program in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Annual potluck picnic meeting. Bring a picnic meal. Tour of museum and grounds follows. Hosted by The New Market Historical Society. Free admission. For more information, visit newmarkethistoricalsociety.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.

Jul 27 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Outdoor music concert in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Constitution Park. Groovin at the Greenway. Righteous Friendz World. Bring a blanket or chair for your own seating. For more information, visit www.waynesboro.va.us/251/Groovin-at-the-Greenway


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.

Jul 27 2017 - Concerts & Music - Country music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Songs and Stories from Nashville: Dave Mininberg, Marc-Alan Barnette, John Carroll, and Eric Haines. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit brightboxwinchester.com


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


Charles Town, West Virginia

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

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

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

Jul 27 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Old Opera House Theater in Charles Town, W.Va.
…about Charles Town, West Virginia

Seussical. Musical. G. July 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. July 29 and 30 at 2:30 p.m. Presented by Charles Town Kiwanis and Old Opera House Theatre Company. Tickets: Thursday and Friday: $22 for adults. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.: $22 for adults, ages up to 17: $15. Ages 65 and older, and students 18-25: $19. For more information, call 304-725-4420 or visit www.oldoperahouse.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.

Jul 27 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Outdoor film screening in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Old Court House-Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Lawn, Old Town Winchester. Family Movies on the Mall.  Zootopia. Series runs June 8 - July 27. Show at dusk, bring your own seating. Rain Date: Tuesday immediately following the scheduled showing except the June 29 rain date will be July 5 instead of July 4. Hosted by City of Winchester, Old Town Winchester, Winchester Parks and Recreation. Free admission. For more information, visit oldtownwinchesterva.com


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 27 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Outdoor film screening in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Old Court House-Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Lawn, Old Town Winchester. Family Movies on the Mall.  Zootopia. Series runs June 8 - July 27. Show at dusk, bring your own seating. Rain Date: Tuesday immediately following the scheduled showing except the June 29 rain date will be July 5 instead of July 4. Hosted by City of Winchester, Old Town Winchester, Winchester Parks and Recreation. Free admission. For more information, visit oldtownwinchesterva.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.  

Jul 28 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

487 Maury River Road. East Complex. Virginia Presidential Paso Fino Association Horse Show. July 28-30. For more information, call 804-517-5750 or 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.

Jul 28 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Nature program at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

Blandy Experimental Farm library. Family Mothing Party. Emma Schneider and Willow Lovecky, Master Naturalists. Attract, catch, and release moths. Reservations requested. Admission: Foundation members and UVa Alumni $10, non-members $12. Member and UVa families $20, non-member families $25. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu


Luray, Virginia

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

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

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

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

Jul 28 2017 - Fishing - Fishing event in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

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


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.  

Jul 28 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Boxerwood Nature Center, 963 Ross Rd. Music in The Garden series. East Lex Boys performs live music. Bring a picnic meal. Food available. For all ages. Free admission. For more information, visit www.boxerwood.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.

 

Jul 28 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

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


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.

Jul 28 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

Visitor Contact Station 7712 Main St., Middletown, Va. History at Sunset series. Rivers and Valleys: Geology of the Shenandoah. Car caravan tour. Ranger-conducted presentations. 90 minutes to two hours, access to private areas in park. Free admission. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Shepherdstown, West Virginia

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

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

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

Jul 28 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Old Opera House Theater in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
…about Shepherdstown, West Virginia

131 West German St. Broccoli Samurai. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit operahouselive.com


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


Orkney Springs, Virginia

In the early nineteenth century, visitors traveled to Orkney Spring,s located at the foot of the Great North Mountain in western Shenandoah County, to partake of was believed to be the curative benefits of the village's mineral filled, cold-water springs.

Today, people still visit Orkney Springs, mainly for retreats and conferences at Shrine Mont, a conference center owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, or for Shenandoah Valley Music Festival outdoor concerts during the summer months.

A group of public hotels at Orkney Springs were originally built in the early 19th century.  Most of these original buildings have been restored and are still in use.  All the buildings on a common green have been consolidated into what is known as the Orkney Springs Hotel.  The Virginia House is believed to be the largest wooden structure in Virginia.

Jul 28 2017 - Music Heritage - Outdoor music concert in Orkney Springs, Va.
…about Orkney Springs, Virginia

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. Pure Prairie League and Poco. For more information, visit musicfest.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.  

Jul 29 2017 - Running & Walk Events - Outdoor run in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Lake Arrowhead. Luray Triathlon Pre-Race Clinic. For more information, visit townofluray.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.  

Jul 29 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

487 Maury River Road. Wiley Arena, Northern. American Connemara Pony Region III Show. July 29-30. For more information, call 540-409-1773 or visit www.horsecenter.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.  

 

Jul 29 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Public program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park

2017 Resource Seminar series. Rocky Mount Fire - One Year Later. Park Service ecologist presents timeline of 2016 Rocky Mount fire. Learn how vegetation is responding one year later. Hike into the burn area. $40 registration fee. Limited to 15 participants. Hosted by Shenandoah National Park Association. Admission: $25-per-car park entrance fee. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/shen


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.  

 

Jul 29 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Public program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park

2017 Resource Seminar series. The Amazing World of Pollinators. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators in the interconnected community of wildflowers, plants, and wildlife. $40 registration fee. Limited to 20 participants. Hosted by Shenandoah National Park Association. Admission: $25-per-car park entrance fee. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/shen


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.

Jul 29 2017 - Farm to Table - Bluegrass music concert in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Orrs Farm Market, 682 Orr Drive. Copper Canyon. Bring a lawn chair. Pick-your-own fruit and vegetables. Free admission. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Copper-Canyon-Bluegrass-417345798279848


The Heritage Museum

The Heritage Center now boasts over 5000 square feet of exhibit space, with permanent exhibits featuring Invincible Spirit: History in the Heart of the Shenandoah and The Art of Tradition: Shenandoah Valley Folk Art. The museum is owned and operated by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society whose more than 1,000 members come from every part of the U.S. and is home to the Stonewall Jackson electric map that illustrates the Civil War Valley Campaign of 1862.

Dayton, Virginia

Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the town of Dayton is one of the oldest settled communities in Rockingham County. Dayton is surrounded by prime agricultural farmland, mainly owned and farmed by members of the Old Order Mennonite community.

Dayton is home to a national historic registered landmark, The Daniel Harrison House, also known as Fort Harrison, is the oldest house in Dayton and is listed as a national historic landmark.

The Dayton Farmers Market offers shopping at 20 specialty shops featuring a wide variety of merchandise, including locally-made items.  Nearby is the Silver Lake Mill, a landmark structure that now houses a store that offers mill-themed products, and collectibles.

Dayton’s oldest and most attended event is the Dayton Autumn Celebration, also known as “Dayton Days,” an arts and crafts festival held annually on the first Saturday in October.  The festival attracts an estimated 20,000 attendees annually and is known for handmade quilts and food. 

Jul 29 2017 - Valley Heritage - Walking tour in Dayton, Va.
…about The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Virginia

The Heritage Museum, 382 High St. Historic Dayton Walking Tours. 1:30 p.m. on the last Saturday of July and August. Free admission. For more information, call 540-879-2616


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.

 

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

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


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.  

 

Jul 29 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

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


Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

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

168 N. Dry Well Rd. Summer 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.

Jul 29 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Bright Box Comedy: Mike Burton and Joey Callahan. Two shows: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit brightboxwinchester.com


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


Edinburg, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 29 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Roots-rock music concert at Theatre Shenandoah in Edinburg, Va.
…about Edinburg, Virginia

107 Center Street. First-ever Comedy Night. Audition to participate. For more information, call 540-982-3972 or visit www.theatreshenandoah.org.


Orkney Springs, Virginia

In the early nineteenth century, visitors traveled to Orkney Spring,s located at the foot of the Great North Mountain in western Shenandoah County, to partake of was believed to be the curative benefits of the village's mineral filled, cold-water springs.

Today, people still visit Orkney Springs, mainly for retreats and conferences at Shrine Mont, a conference center owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, or for Shenandoah Valley Music Festival outdoor concerts during the summer months.

A group of public hotels at Orkney Springs were originally built in the early 19th century.  Most of these original buildings have been restored and are still in use.  All the buildings on a common green have been consolidated into what is known as the Orkney Springs Hotel.  The Virginia House is believed to be the largest wooden structure in Virginia.

Jul 29 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor music concert in Orkney Springs, Va.
…about Orkney Springs, Virginia

Shrinemont, Orkney Grade. Piedmont Symphony Orchestra performs movie themes and show tunes. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. For more information, call 540-459-3396 or visit musicfest.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.

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

15 N Loudoun St. The 9th Songwriter Series concert: One Night of Nine Different Points of View. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit brightboxwinchester.com


Martinsburg, West Virginia

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

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

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

Jul 30 2017 - Farm to Table - Bluegrass music concert in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Orrs Farm Market, 682 Orr Drive. Ernie Bradley Bluegrass. July 30, Aug. 26 and 27, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. Pick-your-own fruit. Free admission. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ErnieBradleyTheGrassyRidgeBand


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.

Jul 30 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Conservation program at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

19 W. Cork St. Harry Potter Day. Harry Potter-themed activities throughout the museum. For more information, visit discoverymuseum.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.

 

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

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


Clear Brook, Virginia

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

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

 

 

 

Jul 31 2017 - County Fairs - Frederick County Fair in Clear Brook, Va.
…about Clear Brook, Virginia

Frederick County Fairgrounds, 155 Fairground Rd. July 31-Aug. 5. Carnival rides, food available, a demolition derby and more. For more information, call 540-667-8739 or visit www.frederickcountyfair.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.

Aug 1 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth festival at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Musical Theatre Camp. Fairytale Camp  Aug. 1-4. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.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.

Aug 1 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

 


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.

Aug 1 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

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


Boyce, Virginia

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

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

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

Aug 1 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.


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.

 

Aug 2 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.  

Aug 3 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

487 Maury River Road. Eastern Arabian Horse Show. Aug. 3-6. For more information, call 850-203-1716 or visit www.horsecenter.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.

Aug 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


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.

 

Aug 3 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

Aug 4 2017 - Visual Arts - Artist reception at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. En Plein Air Paintings of the Shenandoah Valley, by Spitzer and other artists. Refreshements available. Live music. Hosted by Spitzer Art Center. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Shenandoah, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 4 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Downtown festival in Shenandoah, Va.
…about Shenandoah, Virginia

426 1st St. 2017 Cruz In Fridays. Aug. 4, Sept 15. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free vehicle registration, cash prizes. Drawings. Live music. Food available. For more information, call 540-652-8164 or visit www.townofshenandoah.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.

Aug 4 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.

 

Aug 4 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

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


Aug 4 2017 - Concerts & Music - Blues music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

15 N Loudoun St. Hard Swimmin Fish. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit brightboxwinchester.com


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 4 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

ShenanArts nTelos Theatre at Gypsy Hill Place, 300 Churchville Ave. Seussical. Musical. Aug. 4-6 and Aug. 11-13. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets available online and at the door. For more information, visit shenanarts.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.

 

Aug 4 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Twelfth Night performance at 2 p.m. The Rise of Queen Margaret - Henry VI, Part 2 performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Luray, Virginia

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

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

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

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

Aug 5 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Mimslyn Inn. Cavalry in the Valley: A Civil War Conference. Special speakers and programs, lunch included. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District. Admission: $35 general admission, $30 for SVBF members. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit www.shenandoahatwar.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 5 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


Page County, Virginia

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

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

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

 

Aug 5 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

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


Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 5 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

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

95 Chalmers Ct. Yesterday Swing Orchestra. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org


Aug 5 2017 - Concerts & Music - Country 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


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.

Aug 6 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. Air plants - Tillandsia. Registration deadline: July 28. Admission: $25, additional fees for materials may apply. $30 at the door. For more information, call 540-869-2028 or visit bellegrove.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 6 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

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

95 Chalmers Ct. Yesterday Swing Orchestra. For more information, 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.

Aug 8 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

780 University Blvd. Meet at the Jurney Stage Garden. Storytime in the Understory. Aug. 8, and Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Reading program for young children. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic lunch. Meets indoors during inclement weather. Free admission. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit jmu.edu/arboretum


Aug 9 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, VA

487 Maury River Road. Lexington National Horse Show AA. Aug. 9-13. For more information, call 540-460-2305 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.

 

Aug 9 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

Aug 10 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Shrek, the Musical. Aug. 10-12 and Aug. 17-19, 7 p.m. Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $22 adults, $15 for students. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.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.

Aug 10 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Ballet performance at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

41-F Court Square. Another Summer Nights Dream. Shows on Aug 10-12 and Aug 17-19 at 7:30 p.m., Aug 13 and Aug 20 at 3:30 p.m. Irreverent modernization of Shakespeare based on Midsummer Nights Dream. For more information, visit ValleyArts.org


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 11 2017 - Civil War History - Historical tour in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Car caravan tour of 1863 Second Battle of Winchester historical sites. A Volley of Minie Balls for Their Breakfast: The Second Battle of Winchester. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Reservations requested. Free admission. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit shenandoahatwar.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.  

Aug 11 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Boxerwood Nature Center, 963 Ross Rd. Music in The Garden series. Rag Tops performs live music. Bring a picnic meal. Food available. For all ages. Free admission. For more information, visit www.boxerwood.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.

 

Aug 11 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


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.

Aug 11 2017 - Concerts & Music - Music festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Gardens at Night. The Real Geniuses perform retro rock music. Food, beer, and wine available. Includes nighttime access to the gardens and exhibition. Youth activities. Admission: Free for museum members, active military and ages under 12. General admission: $12. For more information, call 540-662-1473 or visit www.themsv.org g


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.

Aug 11 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor music concert in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

Rebel Park. Cross Roads Fest 2017. Aug. 11: Hackens Boys. Sept. 8: Martin Brothers and Aspen Run. Food available. Beer available. Bring a blanket or chair for your own seating. For more information, visit www.newmarketvirginia.com


Broadway, Virginia

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

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

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

 

 

Aug 11 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Shultz Theater and Performing Arts Center in Broadway, Va.
…about Broadway, Virginia

J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, 226 Hawks Hill Dr. Jungle Book. Adventure. Aug. 11 and Aug. 12, and Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. For more information, call 540-896-9600 or visit www.schultztheatre.com


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.  

Aug 11 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.

 

Aug 11 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

Aug 11 2017 - Concerts & Music - Vintage vocals trio music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

95 Chalmers Ct. Americas Sweethearts: Sing Sing Sing. 1930s-40s music by female vocal trio. For more information, 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.

 

Aug 11 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

Valley Smokehouse, 2310 West Beverley St. Michael Allman and the Nicholson Brothers Band at Valley Smokehouse Aug. 11 8 p.m. Second performance Aug. 13 at 9:30 p.m. at Beer works.  Hosted by Shenandoah Concerts. For more information, visit shenandoahconcerts.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.

Aug 11 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Americana music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Jon Stickley Trio and Grand Ole Ditch. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit brightboxwinchester.com


Shenandoah County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 12 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Multi-county yard crawl in Shenandoah County, Va.
…about Shenandoah County, Virginia

U.S. Route 11 from Stephens City, Va. to New Market, Va. Route 11 Yard Crawl. Over 43 miles of antiques, yard sales, and local business sales and food. For more information, call henandoahcountychamber.com/Rt-11-Yard-Crawl.


Aug 12 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. Every second Saturday at 1 p.m., May through October. For more information, call 202-302-9129 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 12 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

Aug 12 2017 - Farm to Table - Gardening program series at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Garden Talks Learning Series. Aug. 12: Save Seeds, Save Money, and Maybe Save the Planet, 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


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.  

 

Aug 12 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

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


Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 12 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


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.

Aug 12 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

Thoburns Redoubt, Bowmans Mill Road, Warren County. The Defense of Thoburn`s Redoubt Ranger-led program. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 12 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


Orkney Springs, Virginia

In the early nineteenth century, visitors traveled to Orkney Spring,s located at the foot of the Great North Mountain in western Shenandoah County, to partake of was believed to be the curative benefits of the village's mineral filled, cold-water springs.

Today, people still visit Orkney Springs, mainly for retreats and conferences at Shrine Mont, a conference center owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, or for Shenandoah Valley Music Festival outdoor concerts during the summer months.

A group of public hotels at Orkney Springs were originally built in the early 19th century.  Most of these original buildings have been restored and are still in use.  All the buildings on a common green have been consolidated into what is known as the Orkney Springs Hotel.  The Virginia House is believed to be the largest wooden structure in Virginia.

Aug 12 2017 - Music Heritage - Outdoor music concert in Orkney Springs, Va.
…about Orkney Springs, Virginia

Shrine Mont pavillion. The Midtown Men. Members of original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys. 60s classic pop. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. For more information, visit musicfest.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.

Aug 12 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Outdoor program at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

Thoburn Redoubt property, located on Bowmans Mill Road in Warren County. Star Party. Persied Meteor Shower. Directional signage provides a guide to location. Bring your own telescopes, or use one provided by the Shenandoah Astronomical Society. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 12 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Film screening in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Old Town Winchester, Loudoun Street Mall. Classic Movies at the Taylor Pavilion series. Citizen Kane. 19489 drama. All screenings at dusk. Bring your own chairs, blankets for seating. Hosted by Magic Lantern Theater and Old Town Winchester. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-678-0963 or visit www.magiclanterntheater.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.

Aug 13 2017 - Valley Heritage - Historical tours at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

336 Belle Grove Road. 50th Anniversary Celebration. Ice cream, cake and behind-the-scenes tours. Free admission. For more information, call 540-869-2028 or visit bellegrove.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 13 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

Aug 15 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.


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.

 

Aug 16 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.  

Aug 17 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

487 Maury River Road. NBHA Colonial Nationals. Aug. 17-20. For more information, call 706-823-3728 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.

 

Aug 17 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

 

Aug 18 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

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


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.

Aug 18 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

Belle Grove Plantation Manor House 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, Va. History at Sunset series. Attention - Company. Civil War Soldier for an Evening. Living history. Military drill exercises. Ranger-conducted presentation. 90 minutes to two hours. Free admission. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


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.  

Aug 18 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.

 

Aug 18 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


Aug 18 2017 - Vineyards - Film screening in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, VA

905 Quarry Road. Veramar Vineyard. Movies in the Vineyard series. Born To Be Blue. Musical. All screenings at dusk. Bring your own chairs, blankets for seating. Hosted by Magic Lantern Theater. For more information, call 540-678-0963 or visit www.magiclanterntheater.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.  

Aug 19 2017 - Running & Walk Events - Outdoor run in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Lake Arrowhead. Luray International Triathlon and Luray Sprint Triathlon. Aug. 19 and 20, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit townofluray.com


Stephens City, Virginia

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

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

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

 

Aug 19 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Film screening in Stephens City, Va.
…about Stephens City, Virginia

Sherando Park, 200 Lakeview Cir. Family Movies in Frederick County series. Space Jam. 1996. Animated live action. All screenings at dusk. Bring your own chairs, blankets for seating. Hosted by Magic Lantern Theater and Frederick County Parks and Recreation. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-678-0963 or visit www.magiclanterntheater.org


Shenandoah, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 19 2017 - Valley Heritage - Public program in Shenandoah, Va.
…about Shenandoah, Virginia

Shenandoah Computer Center, 411 Second St. Geology Workshops. Spreading Branches. Materials included. Limited availability. Reservations required. Admission: $10 per workshop. For more information, call 540-652-8773


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.

Aug 19 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history festival at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

610 Battle Park Dr. Civil War Weekend in the Shenandoah Valley. Aug. 19 and 20. Period picnic event on Aug. 19 at 1854 Pritchard House.  Battlefield, Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex tours. Special tours and presentations by Civil War historians at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Book-signing luncheon ($20). 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.

Aug 19 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

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


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.

Aug 19 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Civil War history program at Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

8895 George R. Collins Parkway. Jacob Bushong`s Birthday Party. Living history focused on local farm life during the Civil War Battle of New Market. For more information, call 1-866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war


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.

 

Aug 19 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.  

Aug 19 2017 - County Fairs - Page Valley Fair in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Page County Fairgrounds. Aug 19-26, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit townofluray.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.

Aug 19 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Outdoor festival in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Queen St. Annual Martinsburg Bike Night for motorcyclists. Backroad tours. Live music. Specialized shopping for bikers, beer gardern, street party. Hosted by Main Street Martinsburg and Blue Knights W.Va. Chapter V. For more information, visit mainstreet.martinsburg.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.

 

Aug 19 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


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.

 

Aug 20 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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