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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


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 - 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.

Aug 19 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.  

Aug 19 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.  

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


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 19 2017 - Civil War History - Living history program at Belle Grove and Cedar Creek National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

8th Vermont Monument. Park at 2262 Claven Lane, Middletown, Va. Members of the National Regiment encampment interprets life of the common Civil War soldier. Firing demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Life of the common soldier demonstration at 12:30 p.m. Watch for event signage for guidance. For more information, call 540-869-305 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 19 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.

 

Aug 19 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


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


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 19 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


Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 19 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Boston Mill Road Trail near the Park Office. Explorer Outpost, August 19, 20, 26 and 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Investigate the plants, animals and history of farming at Sky Meadows State Park. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 19 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. National Honeybee Day. Learn about beekeeping, honeybees and the Art of Apiculture. Local honey available for sale. Hosted by Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


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


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 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.

 

Aug 19 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.

Aug 19 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


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 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth nature program in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Luray Zoo, 1087 US Highway 211 West, Educational shows are every Saturday and Sunday: Close Encounters at 11 a.m., Alligator Feedings at 1 p.m., and Venomous Snake shows at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-743-4113 or visit lurayzoo.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 - Outdoor Group Activities - Downtown festival in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

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


Martinsburg, West Virginia

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

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

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

Aug 19 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.  

 

Aug 19 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


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 - 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


Aug 19 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Weekly dining festival in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, VA

Visitor Center at Hardesty Higgins House, 212 S. Main St. Rocktown Bites Food Regular Tour. Saturdays at 2 p.m., 2.5 hours. Sample food, drink including craft beer and Virginia wines, at five independent restaurants, food shops, and local businesses. For more information, visit www.visitharrisonburgva.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. Much Ado. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


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 - Outdoor Group Activities - Public program in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

140 E Lee St. New Market Library. Shenandoah County Birding. Bird watching enthusiast Kirk Andrews. Introduction to birdwatching, including a discussion of the skills, equipment and online tools needed. Free admission


Luray, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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


Warren County, Virginia

The history of Warren County goes back as far as 12,000 years: it's the site of the oldest known permanent habitations in the eastern U.S. who had lived along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. It was first settled by Europeans in the 1730s and was officially formed in 1836 from parts of Shenandoah and Frederick Counties.  

Warren County has always offered a convenient intersection if land and water trade routes.  Supplies and manufactured goods had been shipped through the Blue Ridge Mountains through Chester and Manassas Gaps in the 18th and 19th centuries. The first rShenandoah Valley railroad line arrived in 1854 by way of the Manassas Gap and Front Royal.

Warren County was strategically important during the Civil War because of its agricultural productivity, its transportation links with the nearby city of Winchester, and its road and rail links with eastern Virginia through Chester and Manassas Gaps.

The Civil War Battle of Front Royal, on May 23, 1862, was part of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson's famous Valley Campaign.  Confederate forces defeated 1,000 Union soldiers, then captured a military supply depot, the Manassas Gap Railroad, and the strategic bridges over the two forks of the Shenandoah River at Riverton.
But Civil War battles in Front Royal also destroyed most of the town's original buildings.

The county seat is Front Royal and there are about two dozen unincorporated communities throughout the rest of the county.

The town attracts visitors to Shenandoah National Park, the Skyline Drive, the South Branch of the Shenandoah River and Skyline Caverns.

Aug 19 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Warren County, Va.
…about Warren County, Virginia

Fox Meadow Winery, Linden. Evening Wine Dinner. Five-course prix fixe dinner. For more information, visit www.foxmeadowwinery.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 19 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. 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


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 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va..
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 S. Loudoun St. The Reflex, The Ultimate 80s Tribute Band. For more information, visit brightboxtheater.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 19 2017 - Concerts & Music - Stage show at Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

607 Borden Road. The Frog Prince. Presented by Traveling Players Ensemble. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets: $5. $7 at the door. For more information, visit www.limekilntheater.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 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


Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 19 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. Astronomy for Everyone. Ages 5-12. Multimedia program, celestial tours and outdoor skywatching through telescopes. Either bring your own or use one provided. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


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 - 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


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 20 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.

Aug 20 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Community program in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Old Town Winchester, Taylor Pavilion. Shape Up Sundays. JAug. 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


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 20 2017 - Farm to Table - Peach Festival in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

Richards Fruit Market, 6410 Middle Rd. Peach Festival. Peach ice cream, milk shakes, cider, pies, smoothies and more. Farm animal petting zoo. Youth activities. For more information, call 540-869-1455 or visit www.richardsfruitmarket.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 20 2017 - Civil War History - War Comes to the Valley event at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

45 minute program examines Shenandoah Valley military campaigns and battles, and their effect upon the local communities. Aug. 20 and 26 at 12 p.m. For more information, call 540-869-3051.


Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 20 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Valley Trailhead, Picnic Area. Monarchs Rule. Collect monarch caterpillars to raise in the park's Visitor Center.
 Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


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


Aug 20 2017 - Concerts & Music - Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

15 N Loudoun St. Phil Zuckerman Rock Room Concert. Student bands showcase. Free admission. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 21 2017 - Outdoor Activities - NOutdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Visitors Center. Save the Monarch Exhibit. Celebrates the National Save the Monarch initiative. Aug. 21 through Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


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 21 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Public program at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

Blandy Experimental Farm library. Solar Eclipse Party. Free protective eclipse glasses to the first 100 registrants. Bring a blanket or chair for your own seating. Family friendly. Weather permitting. Reservations requested. Free admission. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu


Waynesboro, Virginia

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

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

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

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

Aug 21 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Monday at the Movies series. Doors open every Monday at 6 p.m., all films roll at 7 p.m. Also offering a 2 p.m. Monday matinee. Discussion follows 7 p.m. film. Hosted by Classic Cinema Club. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. 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 22 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


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 22 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.


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 22 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Youth program in Shenandoah, Va.
…about Shenandoah, Virginia

Half hour tennis lessons from 5:30-6 p.m. every Tuesday. Adult pickup play begins at 6 p.m. immediately after the youth lessons.


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 22 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


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 22 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Public program at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
…about Boyce, Virginia

Blandy Experimental Farm library. Getting Oriented: Making Maps for 330 Million National Park Visitors, by Tom Patterson, National Park Service Cartographer. Learn how park maps are made. Reservations requested. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 224  or visit blandy.virginia.edu


Waynesboro, Virginia

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

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

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

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

Aug 22 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Screenagers. Documentary. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 23 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


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 23 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


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 23 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.  

Aug 23 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.


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 23 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. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Staunton, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 23 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


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 23 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


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 23 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 24 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

487 Maury River Road. Virginia Young Horse Festival. Aug. 24-26. Hunter competition featuring young horses. For more information, call 540-464-2950 or visit www.horsecenter.org


Aug 24 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, VA

487 Maury River Road. Sallie B. Wheeler US National Hunter Breeding Championships. East Coast National Hunter Breeding Championships. Aug. 24-26. For more information, call 540-464-2950 or visit www.horsecenter.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.

Aug 24 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Film screening at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Summer Movie Series. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Refreshements available. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.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.

Aug 24 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.

Aug 24 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.


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 24 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.


Woodstock, Virginia

Woodstock was established in 1761 and much of its heritage can still be experienced today. It's the seat of Shenandoah County and home of the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds,

The town is located along I-81, with the historic U.S. Route 11, Valley Pike forming its main street.

The Old Courthouse is the oldest courthouse still in use west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the 18th century pastor/Revolutionary soldier, Peter Muhlenberg once famously proclaimed, “...there's a time to pray and a time to fight and now is the time to fight.”  The Old Courthouse is now open as a museum and visitor center.

The town is a destination for visitors of all ages, including family weekenders and couples. Woodstock is blessed with number of nearby wineries, walking trails and scenic byways. Seasonal activities include town concerts, festivals and parades. Access to the North Branch of the Shenandoah River is located nearby and a mountain road accesses the Woodstock Tower. From there, hikers can view the town, the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River, and the Allegheny moutain front.

Aug 24 2017 - Valley Heritage - Historical program at Woodstock Museum in Woodstock, Va.
…about Woodstock, Virginia

Woodstock Council Chambers at 135 N. Main St. Woodstock Museum Quarterly Program. Hosted by The Woodstock Museum. For more information, call 540-459-5518m or visit woodstockmuseumva.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 24 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


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.

Aug 25 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. Aug. 25 or 26: Shenandoah Snorkeling. For more information, visit www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org


Aug 25 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, VA

487 Maury River Road. Virginia Starter Horse Trials. Aug. 26-27. Unrecognized Horse Trials. For more information, call 540-464-2950 or visit www.horsecenter.org


Bridgewater, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 25 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Bridgewater, Va.
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Bluestone Vineyard, 4828 Spring Creek Rd. Toast the Weekend. Live music. Food trucks. Bring a picnic meal. Pre-order picnic table or bring your own table and chairs. Food available. For more information, visit www.bluestonevineyard.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 25 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


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 25 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Winchester, Virginia

8th Vermont monument, 8739 Valley Pike, Middletown, Va. History at Sunset series. Voices from the Valley: What Soldiers Wrote Home at Cedar Creek. Ranger-conducted presentation. 90 minutes to two hours. Free admission. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


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 25 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Outdoor program in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Boxerwood Nature Center, 963 Ross Rd. Music in The Garden series. Graham Spice 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 25 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

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


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 25 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Bright Box Comedy 4th Year Anniversary: Louis Ramey and Tracy Locke. Aug 25-26. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.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 25 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 26 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

487 Maury River Road. Virginia Starter Horse Trials. Aug. 26-27. Unrecognized Horse Trials. For more information, call 540-464-2950 or visit www.horsecenter.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 26 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

487 Maury River Road. 5th Annual VADA Chapter Challenge Schooling Show. Individual rides competitions chapter teams, special awards and a musical free style sweepstakes. For more information, call 540-464-2950 or visit www.horsecenter.org


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 26 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Stanley, Va.
…about Page County, Virginia

Wisteria Winery, 1126 Marksville Rd. Blessing of the Vines. Help harvest first grapes of the season. Grape-stomping. For more information, call 540-742-1489 or visit wisteriavineyard.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 26 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Rockbridge Community Festival. Artwork available. Crafts will be sold. Live music. Refreshements available. Food available. 41st year. Hosted by Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees and the Lexington Rotary Club. Free admission. For more information, visit rockbridgecommunityfestival.weebly.com


Shenandoah National Park

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

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

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

 

Aug 26 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Public program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park

2017 Resource Seminar series. Nature Photography in Shenandoah National Park. Aug. 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Basic photography, scenic, macro, and telephotography. Beginner level on Aug. 26, advanced on Aug. 27. $40 for single day, $70 for both days. 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


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 26 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.
…about Middletown, Virginia

336 Belle Grove Road. Annual Wine Fest. Virginia Wines, local Vendors, music and more. For more information, visit bellegrove.org


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 26 2017 - Farm to Table - Bluegrass music concert in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

Orrs Farm Market, 682 Orr Drive. Ernie Bradley Bluegrass. 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


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. 

Aug 26 2017 - Valley Heritage - Walking tour in Dayton, Va.
…about Dayton, Virginia

The Heritage Museum, 382 High St. Historic Dayton Walking Tours. 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.

 

Aug 26 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 26 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

2nd Annual Summers End Cruise In. Live music. Car show. Food available. Raffle. No pre-registration required. Hosted by Berryville Main Street. For more information, call 540-955-4001 or visit berryvillemainSt.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 26 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


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 26 2017 - Vineyards - Winery event in Stephens City, Va.
…about Stephens City, Virginia

James Charles Winery, 4063 Middle Rd. Blanc on Blanc Dinner Party. Admission includes dinner, music, glass of wine, with cash bar to follow. Wear all white, fancy dress. For more information, call 540-869-9567.


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 26 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Museum fundraising festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork St. Its a Small World Carnival. Annual fundraiser event for ages 21 and older. Food, drinks, live entertainment and more. 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.

 

Aug 26 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


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 26 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor stage performance at Theater at Lime Kiln in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

607 Borden Rd. An Evening with Robin and Linda Williams. Show includes Stonewall Country show songs. Advance tickets: $25. $30 at the door. For more information, visit www.limekilntheater.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 27 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


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 27 2017 - Concerts & Music - Bluegrass music concert at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

41-F Court Square. Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice. Theater members save 20 percent and get free popcorn. Doors open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets: $16. $18 at the door. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit www.valleyarts.org


Bridgewater, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Aug 28 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Bridgewater College
…about Bridgewater, Virginia

Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery. u n Natural hiStories, paintings by Lexington artists Jennifer Cox, Barbara Crawford and Laure Stevens-Lubin. Runs Aug. 28 - Sept. 27. Hours: 8 a.m. to midnight Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Artists Talk and Reception on Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-828-5486 or visit bridgewater.edu


Winchester, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 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 29 2017 - Biking - Biking event in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Shenandoah Yoga, 135 S Main St. Yoga for Cyclists. Yoga postures for improving balance, building strength, increasing flexibility and developing better body and mind awareness. For more information, visit www.mindbodyonline.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 30 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

487 Maury River Road. Open Dressage Show and Andalusian, Lusitano Regional Championship Breed Show. Aug. 30-Sept. 3. For more information, call 540-464-2950 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 30 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Public program at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Robinson Auditorium, 100 W. Piccadilly St. Author Julia Keller. Book discussion and signing. For more information, visit handley.libcal.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 30 2017 - Valley Heritage - Public program at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Robinson Auditorium, 100 W. Picadilly St. Julia Keller book discussion and signing. Books will be available to purchase. Hosted by Friends of Handley Regional Library. For more information, call 540-662-9041, extension 31 or visit handleyregional.org


Shenandoah County Fair

The Shenandoah County Fair is held the last week of August into the first week of September. Features exhibits, harness racing, major names on the grandstand concert schedule, exhibits and family activities. The Fairgrounds is located just off I-81 in Woodstock, Va.

Woodstock, Virginia

Woodstock was established in 1761 and much of its heritage can still be experienced today. It's the seat of Shenandoah County and home of the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds,

The town is located along I-81, with the historic U.S. Route 11, Valley Pike forming its main street.

The Old Courthouse is the oldest courthouse still in use west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the 18th century pastor/Revolutionary soldier, Peter Muhlenberg once famously proclaimed, “...there's a time to pray and a time to fight and now is the time to fight.”  The Old Courthouse is now open as a museum and visitor center.

The town is a destination for visitors of all ages, including family weekenders and couples. Woodstock is blessed with number of nearby wineries, walking trails and scenic byways. Seasonal activities include town concerts, festivals and parades. Access to the North Branch of the Shenandoah River is located nearby and a mountain road accesses the Woodstock Tower. From there, hikers can view the town, the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River, and the Allegheny moutain front.

Aug 30 2017 - County Fairs - Outdoor music concert at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Va.
…about Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock, Virginia

300 Fairground Rd. Shenandoah County Fair presents An Evening with Martina Mcbride.  Tickets: Reserved Premium Track: $65, Reserved Track: $55, Reserved Grandstand Seats: $40. For more information, visit shencofair.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 30 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Macbeth. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. 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 31 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Taming of the Shrew. Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Shenandoah County Fair

The Shenandoah County Fair is held the last week of August into the first week of September. Features exhibits, harness racing, major names on the grandstand concert schedule, exhibits and family activities. The Fairgrounds is located just off I-81 in Woodstock, Va.

Woodstock, Virginia

Woodstock was established in 1761 and much of its heritage can still be experienced today. It's the seat of Shenandoah County and home of the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds,

The town is located along I-81, with the historic U.S. Route 11, Valley Pike forming its main street.

The Old Courthouse is the oldest courthouse still in use west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the 18th century pastor/Revolutionary soldier, Peter Muhlenberg once famously proclaimed, “...there's a time to pray and a time to fight and now is the time to fight.”  The Old Courthouse is now open as a museum and visitor center.

The town is a destination for visitors of all ages, including family weekenders and couples. Woodstock is blessed with number of nearby wineries, walking trails and scenic byways. Seasonal activities include town concerts, festivals and parades. Access to the North Branch of the Shenandoah River is located nearby and a mountain road accesses the Woodstock Tower. From there, hikers can view the town, the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River, and the Allegheny moutain front.

Aug 31 2017 - Concerts & Music - Country music concert at Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstsock, Va.
…about Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock, Virginia

300 Fairground Rd. William Michael Morgan. Show opens with High Valley. Tickets: Reserved track seating: $24, Reserved grandstand seats: $19. For more information, call 540-459-3867 or visit www.shencofair.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.

Sep 1 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Joy of Clay and Leaves by stoneware artist, Kathy Kavanagh. Runs Sept. 1-29. First Friday reception, Sept. 1 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m., with light refreshments available and live music, free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 1 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Campground Amphitheatre. Welcome Campfire. Sept 1 and 15, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


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.

Sep 1 2017 - Visual Arts - Food-tasting program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

780 University Blvd. Wine and Cheese on the Ernst Terrace. Reception at 5 p.m., chef demonstration at 5:30 p.m., guest speaker at 6 p.m. Includes mushroom risotto, international cheeses tastings, two alcoholic beverages per guest other than JMU students. Hosted by Sharondale Mushroom Farm. Reservations required. Admission: $20 per person. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


Natural Bridge, Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

Sep 1 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.

Sep 1 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 S. Loudoun St. Gina Clowes True Colors Album Release Party with The Fly Birds. For more information, visit brightboxtheater.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.

Sep 1 2017 - Concerts & Music - Upstairs - Out Of The Box show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Comedy Hypnotist Gary Conrad. Shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 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.  

Sep 1 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.

 

Sep 1 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Sense and Sensibility. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Woodstock, Virginia

Woodstock was established in 1761 and much of its heritage can still be experienced today. It's the seat of Shenandoah County and home of the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds,

The town is located along I-81, with the historic U.S. Route 11, Valley Pike forming its main street.

The Old Courthouse is the oldest courthouse still in use west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the 18th century pastor/Revolutionary soldier, Peter Muhlenberg once famously proclaimed, “...there's a time to pray and a time to fight and now is the time to fight.”  The Old Courthouse is now open as a museum and visitor center.

The town is a destination for visitors of all ages, including family weekenders and couples. Woodstock is blessed with number of nearby wineries, walking trails and scenic byways. Seasonal activities include town concerts, festivals and parades. Access to the North Branch of the Shenandoah River is located nearby and a mountain road accesses the Woodstock Tower. From there, hikers can view the town, the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River, and the Allegheny moutain front.

Sep 1 2017 - Concerts & Music - Grandstand music concert at Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock, Va.
…about Woodstock, Virginia

300 Fairgrounds Road. Dwight Yoakam. Reserved Premium Track: $59, Reserved Track: $49, Reserved Grandstand Seats: $39. For more information, visit www.shencofair.com


Shenandoah County Fair

The Shenandoah County Fair is held the last week of August into the first week of September. Features exhibits, harness racing, major names on the grandstand concert schedule, exhibits and family activities. The Fairgrounds is located just off I-81 in Woodstock, Va.

Woodstock, Virginia

Woodstock was established in 1761 and much of its heritage can still be experienced today. It's the seat of Shenandoah County and home of the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds,

The town is located along I-81, with the historic U.S. Route 11, Valley Pike forming its main street.

The Old Courthouse is the oldest courthouse still in use west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the 18th century pastor/Revolutionary soldier, Peter Muhlenberg once famously proclaimed, “...there's a time to pray and a time to fight and now is the time to fight.”  The Old Courthouse is now open as a museum and visitor center.

The town is a destination for visitors of all ages, including family weekenders and couples. Woodstock is blessed with number of nearby wineries, walking trails and scenic byways. Seasonal activities include town concerts, festivals and parades. Access to the North Branch of the Shenandoah River is located nearby and a mountain road accesses the Woodstock Tower. From there, hikers can view the town, the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River, and the Allegheny moutain front.

Sep 1 2017 - Concerts & Music - Classic rock music concert at Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstsock, Va.
…about Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock, Virginia

300 Fairground Rd. Styx. Tickets: Reserved premium track: $55, reserved track: $45, reserved grandstand seats: $35. For more information, call 540-459-3867 or visit www.shencofair.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.

Sep 1 2017 - Concerts & Music - Americana music concert at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Yarn. Tickets: $20. For more information, call 540-943-999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Sep 2 2017 - Outdoor Group Activities - Nature program in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, VA

Boxerwood Nature Center, 963 Ross Road. Bird Walk. First Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Locating, identifying, and bird song interpretation. All skill levels. Hosted by Rockbridge Bird Club. For all ages. For more information, call 540-463-2697 or visit www.boxerwood.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.  

Sep 2 2017 - Running & Walk Events - Outdoor run in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Inaugural Shenandoah Half Marathon, Finish Line at Lake Arrowhead. For more information, visit townofluray.com


Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 2 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Boston Mill Road Trail near the Park Office. Explorer Outpost. Sept 2 and 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Investigate the plants, animals and history of farming at Sky Meadows State Park. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is the only active, arboretum on a Virginia state-supported university campus. It is located on the James Madison University campus and features native plant species of the mid-Appalachian region. Trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes.

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.

Sep 2 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Public program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Edith J. Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Pavilion, 780 University Blvd. Butterfly expert Gail Napora: Migratory Butterflies. Register online. Admission: $12. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


Sky Meadows State Park

Sky Meadows State Park is located in Clarke and Fauquier counties, on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains that border the Shenandoah Valley. The park offers rolling pastures and woodlands, beautiful vistas and access to the Appalachian Trail, hiking, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, primitive camping, and special programs.

Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 2 2017 - 19 - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Log House, Historic Area. The Settles Kettle. Costumed interpreters prepare seasonal foods and demonstrate 19th century cooking methods. Hosted by Blacksmith Guild of the Potomac. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Sky Meadows State Park

Sky Meadows State Park is located in Clarke and Fauquier counties, on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains that border the Shenandoah Valley. The park offers rolling pastures and woodlands, beautiful vistas and access to the Appalachian Trail, hiking, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, primitive camping, and special programs.

Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 2 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Blacksmith Forge, Historic Area. The Farmers Forge. Working blacksmiths turn iron into tools and kitchen items used on the farm. Hosted by Blacksmith Guild of the Potomac. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


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.

 

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

10 S. Market St. Macbeth. 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.

 

Sep 2 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


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.

 

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

10 S. Market St. The Taming of the Shrew. Talkback session follows performance. 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.

Sep 2 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor music concert in Orkney Springs, Va.
…about Orkney Springs, Virginia

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

Sep 3 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

103 S. Main St. Water St. Window Gallery: Glasswork by Barbara Camph. Runs through Sept.30 For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

Sep 3 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA

10 S. Market St. Sense and Sensibility. 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.

Sep 3 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor music concert in Orkney Springs, Va.
…about Orkney Springs, Virginia

Shrinemont, Orkney Grade. Bluegrass Minifest with Balsam Range, Band of Ruhks and After Jack. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. For more information, call 540-459-3396 or visit musicfest.org


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.

Sep 4 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Martinsburg, W.Va.
…about Martinsburg, West Virginia

War Memorial Park, Main Pavilion. Labor Day Breakfast. Grilled steak or sliced country ham breakfast. Advance tickets available locally and at the door. Hosted by Main Street Martinsburg and Blue Knights W.Va. Chapter V. For more information, visit www.mbcparks-rec.org


Buena Vista, Virginia

The city of Buena Vista is nestled against the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a few miles north of where the Maury River meets the James River.
 
Benjamin Moomaw founded this little town in the late 1800s. He named it Green Forest.  As the town grew, he began to envision a city with a more fitting name.  In 1890, the name was changed to Buena Vista, in commemoration of a Mexican-American War battle, and in 1892, Virginia granted a city charter.
 
A busy schedule of concerts and camping events occur each year at Glen Maury Park.  The park is located on the site of a historic farm known locally as “the old Paxton Place.” The Paxton House is designated as af Virginia Historic Landmark.  The farm had also provided a recreational facility for the community and it was later renamed Glen Maury, a Scotch name for "Valley of the Maury River."
 
Glen Maury Park now includes a 52-site campground and there are many opportunities for exploration and recreation nearby.  Surrounding Buena Vista are portions of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and both the James and Maury Rivers provide canoeing and fishing opportunities.
 

Sep 4 2017 - Holiday Celebrations - Holiday celebration in Buena Vista, Va.
…about Buena Vista, Virginia

Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Road. Laborfest. Road race, parade, baby contests, cloggers, concerts and more. Hosted by City of Buena Vista. Free admission. For more information, call 540-261-7321 or visit www.glenmaurypark.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.

Sep 5 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.


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.

Sep 7 2017 - Visual Arts - Art exhibition at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main S. Where the Mountains Meet the Sky.  Runs Sept. 7-Nov. 26. Featuring works by Montana artists. Montana landscapes, Native Americans paintings and sculptures. Opening Reception on Sept. 7, from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.org


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

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.

 

Sep 7 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3). Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Buena Vista, Virginia

The city of Buena Vista is nestled against the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a few miles north of where the Maury River meets the James River.
 
Benjamin Moomaw founded this little town in the late 1800s. He named it Green Forest.  As the town grew, he began to envision a city with a more fitting name.  In 1890, the name was changed to Buena Vista, in commemoration of a Mexican-American War battle, and in 1892, Virginia granted a city charter.
 
A busy schedule of concerts and camping events occur each year at Glen Maury Park.  The park is located on the site of a historic farm known locally as “the old Paxton Place.” The Paxton House is designated as af Virginia Historic Landmark.  The farm had also provided a recreational facility for the community and it was later renamed Glen Maury, a Scotch name for "Valley of the Maury River."
 
Glen Maury Park now includes a 52-site campground and there are many opportunities for exploration and recreation nearby.  Surrounding Buena Vista are portions of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and both the James and Maury Rivers provide canoeing and fishing opportunities.
 

Sep 8 2017 - Music Heritage - Heritage music festival in Buena Vista, Va.
…about Buena Vista, Virginia

Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Road. Mountain Music and Dance Festival. Old time music and dancing. Camping. Family friendly. Tickets: $14 per day, $25 for the weekend. For more information, call 540-261-7321 or visit www.rockbridgefestival.org


Sep 8 2017 - Visual Arts - Art workshop at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, VA

Pavilion, 780 University Blvd. Martha Crider Henderson: En Plein Aire Sessions. Sept. 8 and 22, and Oct. 6 and 20, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Bring an easel, canvas, pencils, paints, and brushes. All skill levels. Automatic rain date: the Saturday following current session date and time. Limited availability. Reservations required. Admission: $12. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


Berryville, Virginia

Chartered in 1798, Berryville is the county seat of Clarke County and is about an hour drive from Washington, D.C.  The historic town that played a role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Berryville is listed on the Virginia Landmark Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

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.

Sep 8 2017 - Civil War History - Historical tour in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia in Berryville, Virginia

Car caravan tour. 1864 Civil War historical battle sites. The Heavens Were Fairly Illuminated: The Battle of Berryville. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Reservations required. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit shenandoahatwar.org


Sep 8 2017 - Valley Heritage - Virginia Military Institute Full Dress Cadet Parade
…about Lexington, VA

VMI Parade Grounds. The full Corps of Cadets marches in formation on the parade ground as part of VMI tradition. For more information, call 540-464-7313.


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.

Sep 8 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Ken Farmer, of PBS Antiques Roadshow program. Antique appraisals available. Reception at 6 p.m., Appraisal at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Reception and appraisal, $75. Appraisal only, $25. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.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.

 

Sep 8 2017 - Motorsports - Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.
…about Natural Bridge, Virginia

168 N. Dry Well Rd. Rockbridge County Fair. Sept 8-9. 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.

Sep 8 2017 - Concerts & Music - Music festival in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Gardens at Night. Eagles tribute band, Alter Eagles. 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


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.

Sep 8 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor music concert in New Market, Va.
…about New Market, Virginia

Rebel Park. Cross Roads Fest 2017. 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


Sep 8 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Winchester Little Theattre in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

315 W Boscawen St. Breath of Spring. comedy. Shows Sept 8-9, Sept. 14-15, Sept. 16 and Sept. 21-22 at 8 p.m.Sept. 10, 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets $15.50-$19.75. For more information, call 540-662-3331 or visit www.wltonline.org.


Sep 8 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

15 N Loudoun St. Valley Fusion Fest Pre-Party: People`s Blues of Richmond with Sono Lumini and On The 1. 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.

 

Sep 8 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

ShenanArts at The nTelos Theatre, 300 Churchville Ave. Rocky Horror Picture Show. Sept. 8-10 and 15-17, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Prop bags will be sold at the door, but no outside props will be permitted. For mature audiences. 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.

 

Sep 8 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


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.  

 

Sep 9 2017 - Scenic Attractions - Public program at Shenandoah National Park
…about Shenandoah National Park

2017 Resource Seminar series. Meet the Trees of Shenandoah National Park. Morning: Forest cover, tree anatomy and identification. Afternoon: Hike. $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


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.  

Sep 9 2017 - Running & Walk Events - Outdoor run in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Greenway Park and Ride. James Spading Buracker Memorial 5K. For more information, visit townofluray.com


Sep 9 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


Handley Regional Library

The Handley Library opened in 1913.Architects J. Stewart Barney and Henry Otis Chapman of New York designed the building in Beaux-Arts style. In 1979 the library became a regional library when Frederick County and then Clarke County libraries joined the county system.

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.

Sep 9 2017 - Farm to Table - Gardening program series at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.
…about Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Virginia

Garden Talks Learning Series. Sept. 9: How Not to See Your Neighbors: Successful Tree Screens, 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


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.

 

Sep 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


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.  

Sep 9 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Downtown festival in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

One East Main St. Paws on the Plaza. Pet contests. Raffle. Pet products available. Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix rescue dog show at 5 p.m. Pet-adoptions. Hosted by Regional Center for the Performing Arts of Luray. Free admission. For more information, call 540-743-3311 or visit PerformingArtsLuray.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.  

Sep 9 2017 - Outdoor Activities - VMI Cadets parade in formation at Virginia Military Institute
…about Lexington, Virginia

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


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.

Sep 9 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Middletown, Virginia

Third Winchester Visitor Center Parking Lot 541 Redbud Road. Attack and Flank: Third Winchester Walking Tour. 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.

Sep 9 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

15 N Loudoun St. Bright Box Divas Drag Show. 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.

 

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

10 S. Market St. The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3). Opening performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. 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.

Sep 9 2017 - Concerts & Music - Classical music concert in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, Virginia

Goodson Chapel - Recital Hall, 1400 L.P. Hill Drive. Performing Arts Live concert series. Telegraph Quartet. Works by Webern, Beethoven and Schumann. Tickets: $28. For more information, call 540-665-4500 or visit www.su.edu/conservatory


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.  

 

Sep 10 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


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.

Sep 10 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Public program in Waynesboro, Va.
…about Waynesboro, Virginia

Stone Soup Books 908 W Main St. Book Signing and Fiber Crafting Class. Mollie Cox Bryan release of Cora Craft Mystery, Macrame Murder. Create fabric from the colorful loose fiber of sheeps wool through wet felting. Reservations required. Admission: $35. For more information, call 540-943-0084 or visit www.stonesoupbooks.net


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.

Sep 10 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. Lavender - Crafting and Growing. Registration deadline: Sept. 1. 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.

 

Sep 10 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


Sep 10 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.
…about Winchester, VA

15 N Loudoun St. Classic Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Exit Stage Death. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit brightboxwinchester.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.

Sep 11 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Community program in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Massanutten Regional Library, 174 S Main St. Monthly book sale. Aug. Sept. 11 and 12. Nov. 6,7 and 8. Dec. 4 and 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thousands of used books for sale - fiction, non-fiction, children`s, young adult, Christian fiction, sci-fi, history, religion and much more. Benefits Massanutten Regional Library. Hosted by riends of Massanutten Regional Library. For more information, visit www.mrlib.org


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. 

Sep 12 2017 - Civil War History - Public program at The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Va.
…about The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Virginia

382 High St. WWII Video Lecture Series. Jerry Morelock - Ike`s Winning Strategy: How Eisenhower Fought the war in Europe, 1944-45. Edwin Bears - My close encounters with a Japanese machine gun at Suicide Creek, Jan., 1944. Hosted by Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society. Free admission. For more information, call 540-879-2681 or visit theheritagecenter.org


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. 

Sep 12 2017 - Valley Heritage - Historical program at the Heritage Museum in Dayton, Va.
…about The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Virginia

382 High St. WWII Video Lecture Series. Jerry Morelock - Ike`s Winning Strategy: How Eisenhower Fought the war in Europe, 1944-45. Edwin Bears - My close encounters with a Japanese machine gun at Suicide Creek, Jan., 1944. Hosted by Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society. Free admission. For more information, call 540-879-2681 or visit theheritagecenter.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.

Sep 13 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.  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


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.

Sep 13 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Youth program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.
…about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Jurney Stage Garden, 780 University Blvd. Storytime in the Understory. Animated readings for young children. Rain location: Frances Plecker Education Center. Bring a blanket or chair for your own seating. Bring a picnic meal. Free admission. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


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.

Sep 13 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Historical program in Berryville, Va.
…about Berryville, Virginia

Barns of Rose Hill, 65 Chalmers Ct. Trivia Night. Co-hosted by Clarke County Library. Prizes to top three teams. Admission fee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Clarke County Historical Association. For more information, call 540-955-2600 or visit www.clarkehistory.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.

 

Sep 13 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


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

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.

 

Sep 13 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Public program at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. Pre-show lecture: Dr. Ralph. 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.

 

Sep 14 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


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.  

Sep 15 2017 - Valley Heritage - Virginia Military Institute Full Dress Cadet Parade in Lexington, Va.
…about Lexington, Virginia

Virginia Military Institute Parade Ground. Watch the Corps of Cadets march in full formation. For more information, call 540-464-7313 or visit www.VMI.edu.


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.  

Sep 15 2017 - Youth-oriented Festivals - Downtown festival in Shenandoah, Va.
…about Shenandoah, Virginia

426 1st St. 2017 Cruz In Fridays. 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.

Sep 15 2017 - Civil War History - Civil War history program at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
…about Winchester, Virginia

Sheetz convenience store, 1683 Berryville Pike, Winchester, Va. History at Sunset series. The Bayonet Charge of the 8th Vermont and 12 Connecticut at Third Winchester. Ranger-conducted presentation. includes car caravan tour and visit to historic cemetery. 90 minutes to two hours. Free admission. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


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.

 

Sep 15 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.  

Sep 15 2017 - Concerts & Music - Outdoor concert downtown in Luray, Va.
…about Luray, Virginia

Performing Arts Luray. Party on the Plaza. Free admission. 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.

 

Sep 15 2017 - Theater & Stage Shows - Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
…about Staunton, Virginia

10 S. Market St. The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3). 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.

Sep 16 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. For ages 5 and older. Includes painting, paper crafts and other art projects. First come, first served. Limited availability. Reservations required. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Berkeley County, West Virginia

Founded in 1772, Berkeley County is the second oldest county in West Virginia.  It is located on the Eastern Panhandle of the state, in the Shenandoah Valley.  It was created from a section of Frederick County, Virginia.  The county is comprised of the city of Martinsburg, which serves as the county seat, the town of Hedgesville, and many smaller unincorporated communities.

Berkeley and Jefferson Counties were originally part of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and did not become part of West Virginia until during the Civil War.  In 1863, the Reorganized Government of Virginia voted to annex the two counties to West Virginia.  

Visitors to the Shenandoah Valley come to Berkeley County for it's many annual festivals, including the Heritage Festival, Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, Wine and Craft Festival and OddFest.  

 

 

 

Sep 16 2017 - Valley Heritage - Historical program in Gerrardstown, W.Va.
…about Berkeley County, West Virginia

372 Dominion Road. Stories in Stone: Gerrardstown Baptist Cemetery. Bring a chair. Hosted by Main Street Martinsburg and Blue Knights W.Va. Chapter V. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1837252273195690


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.

 

Sep 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


Buena Vista, Virginia

The city of Buena Vista is nestled against the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a few miles north of where the Maury River meets the James River.
 
Benjamin Moomaw founded this little town in the late 1800s. He named it Green Forest.  As the town grew, he began to envision a city with a more fitting name.  In 1890, the name was changed to Buena Vista, in commemoration of a Mexican-American War battle, and in 1892, Virginia granted a city charter.
 
A busy schedule of concerts and camping events occur each year at Glen Maury Park.  The park is located on the site of a historic farm known locally as “the old Paxton Place.” The Paxton House is designated as af Virginia Historic Landmark.  The farm had also provided a recreational facility for the community and it was later renamed Glen Maury, a Scotch name for "Valley of the Maury River."
 
Glen Maury Park now includes a 52-site campground and there are many opportunities for exploration and recreation nearby.  Surrounding Buena Vista are portions of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and both the James and Maury Rivers provide canoeing and fishing opportunities.
 

Sep 16 2017 - Downtown Celebrations - Outdoor music concert in Buena Vista, Va.
…about Buena Vista, Virginia

Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Road. Hospice Hustle: Anniversary Concert Celebration. The Hackens Boys. BBQ, Food available. Refreshements available. Beer tastings, ID required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by City of Buena Vista. Admission: $5. Ages 12 and younger admitted free. For more information, call 540-463-1848 or visit www.hospicehustle.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.

 

Sep 16 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


Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 16 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. Astronomy for Everyone. Ages 5-12. Multimedia program, celestial tours and outdoor skywatching through telescopes. Either bring your own or use one provided. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


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.

 

Sep 16 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


Clarke County, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 17 2017 - Outdoor Activities - Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.
…about Clarke County, Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. Meet the Beekeepers. Learn about beekeeping, honeybees and the Art of Apiculture. Local honey available for sale. Hosted by Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


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.

 

Sep 17 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.  

 

Sep 17 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


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.

Sep 19 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.


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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 19 2017 - Valley Heritage - Historical program in Edinburg, Va.
…about Edinburg, Virginia

St. Pauls Heritage Center, 106 S. High St. MU professor and Valley resident, Carole Nash: Native People of the Valley. Refreshments available. Free parking. Early contacts with native people of the Shenandoah Valley between A.D. 1500-1750. Hosted by Shenandoah County Historical Society. Free admission. For more information, call 540-459-1795 or visit shenandoahcountyhistoricalsociety.org