Tour 11: Monterey to Goshen Pass, via Hot Springs
Tour 1: Northern Gateway
Tour 3: Middletown to Winchester
Tour 7: Edinburg to Mt. Jackson, via Singers Glen, New Market Tour 6: Woodstock to Lost City
Tour 2: Charles Town - Shepherdstown via Harpers Ferry
Tour 8: Harrisonburg to Port Republic
Tour 10: Staunton to Steeles Tavern
Tour 12: Lexington and Natural Bridge Tour 4: White Post to Berryville via Millwood
Tour 13: Fincastle to Buchanan
Tour 9: Fort Valley to Page Valley and Luray Tour 5: Strasburg to Front Royal, via Fort Valley
Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley. Although definitions vary, the Shenandoah Valley today is generally considered to run from the West Virginia counties of Berkeley and Jefferson, where the Shenandoah River joins the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, to points south of Lexington, Virginia.

Located at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War
I-81 Exit 264 in New Market, Va.


Things to do...

Nov 23--Pancake breakfast in Berryville, Va.

Nov 23--Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

Nov 23--Sunday Recital Series concert at Mary Baldwin College

Nov 23--Classical music concert at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.

Nov 23--Youth music concert at Eastern Mennonite University

Nov 23--Bright Box Coffee House at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.

Nov 23--Thanksgiving meal and gospel tribute concert in Berrville, Va.

Nov 23--Readers Theatre Redux at Winchester Little Theater in Winchester, Va.

Nov 24--Art exhibition at Bridgewater College

Nov 24--Art exhibition at Washington and Lee University

Nov 24--Festive Holiday Plants Online Sale at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Nov 24--Art exhibition at Mary Baldwin College

Nov 24--New bookshop items and hours at Caperton Train Station

Nov 24--New Image Gallery Exhibition at James Madison University

more events


Tour 1

Northern Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley: Orchards, Civil War, and an Old Railroad Station


Tour 2

John Brown’s body, Civil War destruction, a view “worth a voyage across the Atlantic,” and a very early steamboat


Tour 3

Log, limestone, and brick--a microcosm of early Valley architecture


Tour 4

Clarke County, “The most English county in the Valley”


Tour 5

Over the river and through the woods...


Tour 6

Up and over Great North Mountain (not for the faint of heart)


Tour 7

Ancient roads, old mills, a musical village, and mountain vistas


Tour 8

Heart of the Shenandoah Valley


Tour 9

A hidden valley, scenic drives, a rolling river, a dramatic cavern


Tour 10

Historic homes, Shakespeare, a folk life museum, and an inventor’s farm


Tour 11

Maple syrup, sheep, mineral spring baths, and no stop lights


Tour 12

Jefferson’s stone bridge, an old canal, and two historic colleges


Tour 12

Southern Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley: A preserved 1800s village, an abandoned canal, and two C&O railroad towns


Fishing the Shenandoah in November: Not too late to do it right

20081031_HarryMurray270.jpgHarry Murray has been a pharmacist for decades, but he's been fishing the Shenandoah River his entire life.

His office is located at the rear of a small pharmacy that also doubles as his fishing shop. It overlooks the picturesque Stoney Creek, as it threads its way through the town of Edinburg, Virginia to meet up with the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, less than a mile away.

He describes himself as “half pharmacist and half fisherman-advisor.” His shop combines an appealing atmosphere of ourdoorsy Americana with prudent, small-town sensibility.

Murray, who has long been regarded nationally as a fishing expert, says that one of the best things about fishing the Shenandoah is its long season.  “We get fairly good action from March all the way through nearly November.  The Shenandoah River itself may be getting a little cold by late October, early November, but the trout fishing in the mountain streams surrounding Edinburg gives us good fishing throughout the season.”

So, it may not yet be time to stow the rod and pack away the tackle box for the season. Murray says that its still possible to fish for bass in November, particularly in the deeper areas of the river.  Beyond that, he says, it all depends on how cold the nights get and how quickly the streams get cold.  When conditions finally do get too cold for the river, Murray says, there is always the trout fishing in surrounding mountain streams.

Those smaller streams are good for mountain brook trout all season long .  “They're not real big trout but they're beautiful trout and they're a lot of fun to catch and, for fishing enthusiasts, you can catch them on dry flies. And that's very exciting,” Murray said.



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