Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley

Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley. Although definitions vary, the Shenandoah Valley today is generally considered to run from the West Virginia counties of Berkeley and Jefferson, where the Shenandoah River joins the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, to points south of Lexington, Virginia.

From the Mountain Courier: Our Parks

Splash Pad, Pickleball, Fitness Trail, Sand Volleyball, Disc Golf And “A River Runs Through It” By Peggy Boston Editor’s Note: This article looks at the unique character and one-of-a-kind facilities of each park. For hours, phone numbers and a complete list of the entire facilities for all the parks, see the guide that follows.The excursion was planned, time for it plucked from a tight schedule and the promise of a free lunch. It would be fun to spend the day outside, exploring Shenandoah County’s five town parks and its own county park. Nine thirty am and the day was … dreary. A bit chilly for late June, and an overcast sky suggesting rain in the near future. Still, better than hunkering inside and cleaning the basement.First stop, New Market Community Park. It was easy to park in a central location and see where everything was. Surprisingly, there were several people already out in spite of the weather. Paula Binsted, from New Market by way of New Zealand, was just finishing her run on the fitness trail. The trail, with a dozen or so exercise stops, is the only one in the area’s town or county parks. It runs along a portion of a much longer walking and biking path. Binsted said she has lived in New Market for over 20 years, and loves coming to the park. Also on the path, a woman walking three Chihuahuas and another woman intently jogging. Two of the five tennis courts are also for Pickleball play.   ...more

Valley's historic inns, hotels take guests back in time

You don’t have to look far within the Shenandoah Valley to experience its rich history. Many of the valley's towns and cities boast historic streetscapes with centuries-old buildings and homes. Some of them have been refurbished and converted into hotels, inns and B&Bs. Their owners go through great effort to restore the original architectural features and choose decor that reflects the lifestyle of residents who lived in the Valley hundreds of years ago. The Jacob Swartz House in New Market, for instance, gives its overnight guests a taste of life in Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War.   ...more

Second half of Civil War exhibition in Winchester shifts focus from civilian to military history

The second part of the An American Turning Point: The Civil War exhibition, Waging War, is now open at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va. The museum has partnered with the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War and Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities in bringing the traveling exhibition to the Shenandoah Valley. Waging War follows a Surviving War exhibition, which had been on display in the museum Changing Exhibitions Gallery for much of the first half of 2012. The current show closes on Dec. 2, 2012. Both parts of An American Turning Point: The Civil War bring the Civil War in Virginia to life through displays of authentic artifacts, interactive multimedia panels, coupled with a schedule of related museum programs.   ...more

Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads

To learn about touring Shenandoah Valley scenic backroads, get a copy of Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads (second edition), by Andrea Sutcliffe. You can check out the 13 tours featured in the book by clicking here. Order the book at 1-800-222-9796 or visit www.blairpub.com.

Upcoming Events in the Shenandoah Valley

Jul. 28, 2014: Youth Summer arts program in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen St. July Kreative Kids Summer Arts Program, hosted by Berkeley Arts Council. For ages 6 through 18 at the  in Martinsburg. Continuing classes ranging from puppets, painting and cartoons. Projects using rocks, scissors, paper, clay and even eggs. Runs through August 1. For more information, call 304-620-7277 or visit artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/summer/.

Jul. 28, 2014: Civil War relic exhibition in Bluemont, Va.

Shenandoah University Shenandoah River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield, 1400 Parker Lane. Relics of Cool Spring: Brother James Sommers Collection of artifacts found at the Cool Spring Civil War battle site, including bullets, rocks, and personal artifacts. Available by appointment until Sept. 30., Contact the Clarke County Historical Association. For more information, call 540-955-2600.

Jul. 28, 2014: Garden Lunch Box Lesson program at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

901 Amherst St., Picnic area near garden entrance. Roses. Learn about different varieties of roses and their care, including a demonstration of rose dead-heading and pruning. Monthly sessions through October. Program will be cancelled in event of bad weather. Free admission. For more information, call 540-662-1473 or visit www.themsv.org.

Jul. 29, 2014: Harrisonburg Farmers Market in Harrisonburg, Va.

Turner Pavilion, 228. S. Liberty St. Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jul. 29, 2014: Butterfly tagging workshop at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

780 University Blvd., Frances Plecker Educational Center. Beginning Botanical Illustration, led by Lynda Chandler, arboretum artist in residence, leads. Five-session art workshop for adults, final session. Learn to capture the details of a plant, basics of plant morphology and how to create realistic pencil drawings of plants. Admission: $125. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

Jul. 29, 2014: Public Program at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.

Learn how to grow and use herbs from a full-time grower and nursery owner. Program will include a cooking demonstration. Admission: $10 for Foundation members, $12 for non-members. For more information or reservations call 540-837-1758, extension 224, or register online under Programs and Events at www.blandy.virginia.edu.

Jul. 29, 2014: Bingo games at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.

Every Tuesday and Thursday. Doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $1 to $25 for a bingo card. For more information, call 540-464-2950.

Jul. 29, 2014: Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. Macbeth. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.

Shenandoah Valley Tourism Information
Visit the Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center when traveling to the Shenandoah Valley. The Virginia Tourism-certified facility is centrally-located at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, just off Interstate 81 exit 264 in New Market, Va. Call for information at 866.515.1864