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.

Fishing the Shenandoah in November: Not too late to do it right

Harry Murray has been a pharmacist for decades, but he's been fishing the Shenandoah River his entire life. His office is located at the rear of a small pharmacy that also doubles as his fishing shop. It overlooks the picturesque Stoney Creek, as it threads its way through the town of Edinburg, Virginia to meet up with the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, less than a mile away. He describes himself as “half pharmacist and half fisherman-advisor.” His shop combines an appealing atmosphere of ourdoorsy Americana with prudent, small-town sensibility. Murray, who has long been regarded nationally as a fishing expert, says that one of the best things about fishing the Shenandoah is its long season.  “We get fairly good action from March all the way through nearly November.  The Shenandoah River itself may be getting a little cold by late October, early November, but the trout fishing in the mountain streams surrounding Edinburg gives us good fishing throughout the season.” So, it may not yet be time to stow the rod and pack away the tackle box for the season. Murray says that its still possible to fish for bass in November, particularly in the deeper areas of the river.  Beyond that, he says, it all depends on how cold the nights get and how quickly the streams get cold.  When conditions finally do get too cold for the river, Murray says, there is always the trout fishing in surrounding mountain streams. Those smaller streams are good for mountain brook trout all season long .  “They're not real big trout but they're beautiful trout and they're a lot of fun to catch and, for fishing enthusiasts, you can catch them on dry flies. And that's very exciting,” Murray said.   ...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

Nov. 26, 2014: Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

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

Nov. 27, 2014: Youth Art exhibition at James Madison University

Memorial Hall first and second floors. Seventh Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition. More than 120 works of art created by students from Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Eastern Mennonite School, Redeemer Classical School and Woodland Montessori School. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Runs through Dec. 16. Supported by JMU College of Education. Free admission. For more information, visit www.jmu.edu/coe/aayae2014.shtml.

Nov. 27, 2014: Family-friendly running competition in Lexington, Va

Downtown Lexington. Gobble Wobble 5k and Fun Run celebrates the Thanksgiving Holiday. For more information, call 540-463-5375.

Nov. 27, 2014: Blue Ridge Hunt horse event at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood, Va.

830 Long Branch Lane. Blue Ridge Hunt Stirrup Cup Long Branch Plantation. 100-year tradition. for more information, call 540-837-1856 or visit www.visitlongbranch.org or www.facebook.com/longbranch1811.

Nov. 27, 2014: Blue Ridge Hunt Stirrup Cup at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood, Va.

830 Long Branch Lane. 100-year tradition. For more information, call 540-837-1856 or visit www.visitlongbranch.org or www.facebook.com/longbranch1811

Nov. 27, 2014: Holiday Art and Craft Market at Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, W.Va.

116 North Queen St. Runs from Nov. 6 through Nov. 29. Pottery and glass, ornaments, jewelry and accessories, wood crafts, baskets, greeting cards, clocks, vases, framed or matted paintings and photos and more. Hours: Thurdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Shop Local event on Nov. 29. Sponsored by Berkeley Arts Council.

Nov. 27, 2014: Blandy Book Club at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.

Blandy Library. The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan. Light refreshments and book discussion. Obtain and read a copy of the book prior to meeting. Meets the fourth Thursday of the month. Free admission and open to the public. For more information call 540-837-1758, or visit www.blandy.virginia.edu.

Nov. 28, 2014: Annual Coats for Kids at Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge, Va.

Admission fees donated to purchase coats for needy children in the area. Admission: $15 for adults,$14 for seniors, $10 for ages 3-12, ages 2 and under admitted free. For more information, call 540-291-3205.

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