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.
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The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is located on the historic Glen Burnie estate and offers outdoor gardens, a fine art collection and a changing exhibition gallery that interprets Valley history. Photo: Hank Zimmerman