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.
Josephine School Community Museum recalls African American history in Clarke County, Va.
African Americans share roots among other cultural groups who settled the Shenandoah Valley. Unlike the other groups, of course, nearly all African Americans were brought to this part of Virginia against their will. Just outside Berryville, Va., the Josephine School Community Museum commemorates the journey of a tiny, but not forgotten village from its founding by former slaves to the 1960s Civil Rights and school desegregation era. While some historians have observed that slavery may not have been very popular in parts of the Shenandoah Valley, slave labor was a fact of life on 18th and 19th century plantation farms. After the American Civil War, many former slaves and freed people who lived in the Valley would realize how important both community and education would be for the betterment of their new lives.One such group purchased land from one of the plantation-farm owners in the late 1800s and formed their own, segregated community just outside the town of Berryville, Va., in Clarke County. Josephine City had its own stores, churches, and one school, according to Josephine School Community Museum volunteer member, Dorothy Davis. And because at that time, the citizens of Josephine City were not very welcome in Berryville, she says, the community became self-sustaining and very cohesive. ...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
P. Buckley Moss Museum features work of renown Shenandoah Valley artist
The artwork of P. Buckley Moss is seen by thousands of visitors each year here in the Valley at her museum in Waynesboro, Va. Her artwork is also displayed in over 200 galleries worldwide, and the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education has raised millions of dollars to promote art as a classroom teaching resource, particularly for children with learning disabilities. The museum has been open to the public for more than 20 years. Moss clearly shares a kinship with children with learning problems, having herself had to struggle with dyslexia when she was a girl. Her personal philosophy is simple: “The ancient proposition of the triumph of beauty and truth over injustice.” ...more
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.
May. 24, 2013: Horse shows at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
House Mountain Horse Show. International three-day event featuring riders from the United States, Canada and Europe including Olympic medalists and US Equestrian Team members competing in dressage, cross-country jumping and show jumping. Virginia Barrel Classic on May 25. Two-day regional schooling horse show for hunter and jumper riders on May 25 and 26. For more information, call 540-464-2950.
May. 24, 2013: Shenandoah National Park 2013 season opening dates
Most park locations now open, including Big Meadows Lodge. Loft Mountain Campstore and Loft Mountain Showers and Laundry, and Mathews Arm and Loft Mountain campgrounds open May 24. Vehicle fuel available only at Big Meadows. Visit www.nps.gov/shen for changes in the opening schedule as well as for visitor information. For more information, call 540-999-3500.
May. 24, 2013: Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
10 S. Market St. Playhouse tour at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., The Duchess Of Malfi performance at 7:30 p.m. The American Shakespeare Center hosts an internationally acclaimed theatre company with Shakespearean performances under original staging conditions, on a simple stage, without elaborate sets, and with the audience sharing the same light as the actors. Over 300 performances a year. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or 540-851-173.
May. 24, 2013: Vermont Monument Tour at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Va.
8739 Valley Pike. Visit one of the few monuments located on the battlefield and learn the story of the New England regiment it memorializes. Meet at 8739 Valley Pike, Middletown, VA 22645 (a Park Service banner marks the site). A short walk over moderate terrain is required. Good walking shoes or boots are recommended. May 17, 24 and 31 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 540-869-3051.
May. 24, 2013: Guided walking tours in downtown Lexington, Va.
Meet at the Lexington Visitor Center. Every Friday at 3 p.m., from April through November. Rain or shine. No reservations required. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, call 540-463-3777.
May. 24, 2013: Fridays in the Park concert in Buena Vista, Va.
Glen Maury Park. Southpaw. For more information, call 540-261-7321.
May. 24, 2013: Play performance at Schultz Theatre in New Market, Va.
9357 N. Congress St.Neil Simon comedy, Barefoot in the Park. Continues on May 24 and 25 at 7 p.m., May 26 at 3 p.m. Reserved tickets available online and at box office: $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door: $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. For more information, call 540-740-9119.
May. 24, 2013: Shenandoah Concerts Showcase Series concert in Fishersville, Va.
Augusta Expo Hall. Augusta Bluegrass Showcase. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, call 540-324-3215 or visit www.shenandoahconcerts.com.