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

Apr. 2, 2015: Mountain Trout On-the-Stream Fly Fishing School at Murrays Fly Shop in Edinburg, Va.

121 S. Main St. Fishing Schools held at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Va. April 2, 10, 17, 24 and May 1 sessions. Daily presentation at Graves Mountain Lodge followed by fishing trip to a native brook trout stream high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. One on one on-the-stream instruction. Fly rod and reel outfits provided for use during school, available for sale. Five students per school with one instructor. Admission: $196 per person, lodging not included. Cancellation Policy: Full refunds for cancellations 60 days before the date of your school, a full refund is issued, otherwise flys shop gift certificate issued less a $50 cancellation fee. For more information, visit www.murraysflyshop.com/mountain-trout-on-the-stream-fly-fishing-school.


Apr. 2, 2015: Mountain Trout On-the-Stream Fly Fishing School at Murrays Fly Shop in Edinburg, Va.

121 S. Main St. Fishing Schools held at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Va. April 2, 10, 17, 24 and May 1 sessions. Daily presentation at Graves Mountain Lodge followed by fishing trip to a native brook trout stream high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. One on one on-the-stream instruction. Fly rod and reel outfits provided for use during school, available for sale. Five students per school with one instructor. Admission: $196 per person, lodging not included. Cancellation Policy: Full refunds for cancellations 60 days before the date of your school, a full refund is issued, otherwise flys shop gift certificate issued less a $50 cancellation fee. For more information, visit www.murraysflyshop.com/mountain-trout-on-the-stream-fly-fishing-school.


Apr. 2, 2015: Historical exhibition at The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Va.

382 High St. Rockingham Railroads. Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission includes all the galleries, the automated Civil War map of Stonewall Jackson Valley campaign, bookstore and gift shop, and research library. For more information, call 540-879-2616 or visit www.heritagecenter.com.


Apr. 2, 2015: Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

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


Apr. 2, 2015: Historical Exhibition at the Old Courthouse in Woodstock, Va.

Historic Courthouse Visitor Center, 103 N. Main St. Exhibition commemorates the 125th anniversary of Narrow Passage Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Continues until June 27. Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sponsored by the Shenandoah County Historical Society. For more information, call 540-459-1795 or visit www.shenandoahcountyhistoricalsociety.org.


Apr. 2, 2015: Monthly book discussion at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.

95 Chalmers Ct. Brown Bags with Books, hosted by Clarke County Library that meets at Barns of Rose Hill. First Thursday of each month at 12 p.m. Bring a packed lunch and join in the discussion. For more information, call 540 955-5144 or visit handleyregional.org.


Apr. 2, 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.


Apr. 2, 2015: Symphonic Band concert at James Madison University

Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit www.jmuforbescenter.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