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...

Aug 20--Lexington Farmers Market in Lexington, Va.

Aug 20--Waynesboro Farmers Market in Waynesboro, Va.

Aug 20--Walk-Up Plant Sale at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Aug 20--Outdoor concert in downtown Harrisonburg, Va.

Aug 20--Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

Aug 20--Community theater production at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.

Aug 21--Youth Art exhibition at James Madison University

Aug 21--Historical lecture and book-signing program at The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Va.

Aug 21--Craft Beer Night celebration and film at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.

Aug 21--Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

Aug 22--Evening program at the Discovery Museum in Winchester, Va.

Aug 22--Farmers Market in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Aug 22--Guided walking tours in downtown Lexington, Va.

Aug 22--Weekly Wine Tasting in Lexington, Va.

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Tour 1

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


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Tour 2

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

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Tour 3

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

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Tour 4

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

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Tour 5

Over the river and through the woods...

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Tour 6

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

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Tour 7

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

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Tour 8

Heart of the Shenandoah Valley

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Tour 9

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

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Tour 10

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

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Tour 11

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

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Tour 12

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

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Tour 12

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

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From the Mountain Courier: 150th Anniversary of Second Kernstown This Month


By linda wheeler 

In 1864, Shenandoah and Frederick Counties were rocked by Civil War battles for the second time. First was the Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson campaign in 1862, which brought the war to the Shenandoah Valley. Although he succeeded in his mission to lessen the pressure on Richmond by forcing the Union to move troops from there to confront him in the Valley, he also brought the war to this place: to Kernstown and other small communities connected by the Old Valley Pike.

Two years later, Gen. Jubal Early was ordered to accomplish the same mission. He was to draw troops away from Petersburg and again, there was a battle at Kernstown, a small farming community south of Winchester. It took place on July 24 on the same sprawling farm owned by the Pritchard family. There wasn’t a vendetta for that particular family but rather it was their rolling farm land that was attractive militarily. It offered high points for cannons, and farm buildings and a long stone wall along the driveway were useful for concealment.

For the Pritchard family, it was hell on earth two times around. The parents and children would emerge from the safety of their cellar to a world of trampled fields and a harvest of dead and dying soldiers strewn across the farm. Each time, they filled the house with the wounded, caring for men from both sides as best they could.

It was also the last major Confederate victory in the Valley. For a short time, Winchester and other places in the area were freed of occupying Union forces.

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