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.

Valley `Vics` - Victorian Architecture in the Shenandoah Valley

      I never really appreciated Victorian architecture until I moved to the Valley of Virginia. I grew up in a circa 1980s house in a circa 1980s neighborhood. I had an appreciation for older homes, but never realized the history of our area and its influence on its progression of architecture. Driving through the towns of the valley is like going on a historic house tour. There are samples of all types of architecture from colonial to Georgian to modern. What surprised me in researching this article is the plethora of Victorian architectural styles decorating the scenery. What exactly does Victorian mean? In reality it refers to the era of the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. The architectural stylings popular in England during her reign slowly made their way across the Atlantic and became popular in America from roughly 1850 to 1910. It is logical, then, that so many examples of Victorian architecture exists in the Valley because the timing coincides with the industrial and population booms of the area. When thinking of Victorian architecture, one often thinks solely of the Queen Anne style with its gingerbread, bay windows and turrets. There are, however, several different styles that fall within the genre.   ...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

Mar. 5, 2015: Gardening program at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester, Va.

Museum rooftop garden. Starting Your Own Pizza Garden. Cosponsored with the Blandy Foundation of the State Arboretum. Learn how plant a pizza garden, take a plant along home, and explore the museum. Appropriate for youth ages accompanied by parents. Admission: $12 for Foundation and Museum members, $15 for non-members. Reservations required, limited availability. For more information, call 540-722-2020 or visit www.discoverymuseum.net.

Mar. 5, 2015: Shenandoah Conservatory Guest Artist serices concert at Shenandoah University

Goodson Recital Hall, 1460 University Drive. Guest Artist Recital: Dr. Clifford Leaman, saxophone and Dr. Scott Herring, percussion. Free admission. For more information, call 540-665-4569 or visit www.conservatoryperforms.org.

Mar. 5, 2015: Patsy Cline tribute concert in Winchester, Va.

JC Penney Court, Apple Blossom Mall. Official singer Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc. singer Liz Ruffner performs Patsy Cline hits. Sponsred by Patsy Cline Inc. who owns and operates the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St., which opens for the season on April 1. For more information, call 540-662-5555 or visit www.facebook.com/PatsyClineHistoricHouse.

Mar. 5, 2015: Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. The Taming of the Shrew. TalkBack discussion session follows performance. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.

Mar. 6, 2015: Pilates Class at Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, W.Va.

116 North Queen St. Art of Pilates classes held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in March, from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Certified Pilates instructor. Registration required. Admission: $85. For more information, visit artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/

Mar. 6, 2015: Theater production at Winchester Little Theater in Winchester, Va.

315 W Boscawen St. Company. Musical comedy. Peformances March 6-8, March 12-15, March 19-21. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: Adults, $19.75. Ages 62 and older, $17.75. Students, $15:50. $3 surcharge included in ticket price. For more information, call 540-662-3331 or visit www.wltonline.org.

Mar. 6, 2015: First Fridays Downtown in Harrisonburg, Va.

Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center. For more information, visit www.VisitHarrisonburgVA.com.

Mar. 6, 2015: Art Gallery Walk in Lexington, Va.

Various galleries along Washington St. Stroll through the galleries. Free admission. For more information, call 540-463-9827.

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