Because the Great Wagon Road, now known as Old Valley Pike or Route 11, was pivotal to travel and military strategy, the Valley is steeped in colonial, Revolutionary, and Civil War history.

Can you hear the cannons and the whiz of the musketballs?

The Civil War, in particular, has become the feature of several locations throughout the valley, which is featured prominently in Virginia’s Civil War Trails program (http://www.civilwartraveler.com/EAST/VA/va-valley/pike1.html).

For a listing of Shenandoah Valley Civil War trails, museums, and events, visit: http://www.visitshenandoah.org/Things-To-Do/Civil-War-Trails,-Museums-Events.aspx

In and around Shenandoah County, don’t miss:

In the Front Royal/Warren County area, Civil War history buffs should know about:

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Museums and more…


Several Shenandoah and Warren County towns have their own museum, each a treasure trove of historical information and artifacts:

For a longer listing of Shenandoah Valley historical sites that includes museums, plantations, historic sites, and interpretive centers from Winchester south to Staunton, visit http://visitshenandoah.org/Things-To-Do/History,-Culture-and-Museums.aspx.