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

May. 22, 2015: Memorial Day Picnic at Wades Mill in Raphine, Va.

55 Kennedy Wades Mill Loop. Admission: Class and luncheon: $30. Luncheon: $17.50.For more information, call 1-800-290-1400 or visit wadesmill.com.

May. 22, 2015: Art show in Millwood, Va.

Duvall Designs Gallery, located near historic Burwell-Morgan Mill. Monthly rotation of featured artists. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call: 540-336-9632.

May. 22, 2015: 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. 22, 2015: Whiskey distilling lecture program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Frances Plecker Education Center. Christine Riggleman from Silverback Distillery: American bourbon, whiskey, gin and vodka. Registration required by 5 p.m. on May 19. For more information, visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

May. 22, 2015: Bike, Run, Sweat and Beers biking event in Harrisonburg, Va.

Brothers Craft Brewing. 2nd annual event. Casual, 10-mile ride around the city begins at 5:30 p.m., arrive early to register. All registered riders 21 and older receive a $1 discount on an after-ride beer.

May. 22, 2015: Fridays in the Park concert in Buena Vista, Va.

101 Maury River Drive. Southpaw performs rock, country and southern rock music. For more information, call 540-261-7321 or visit www.glenmaurypark.com.

May. 22, 2015: Music and Dancing in Raphine, Va.

Clarks Ole Time Music Center, located at Clarks Lumber Co. Every Friday from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission: $8 per person, $15 per couple. For more information, call 540-377-2490.

May. 22, 2015: American roots music concert at Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington., Va.

607 Borden Rd. Chatham County Line performs roots and bluegrass music. Tickets: $20. For more information, call 540-817-9913

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