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Strasburg: Civil War hit’s the Shenandoah Valley and Strasburg Virginia hard with the Battle of Cedar Creek, Fishers Hill and Hupp’s Hill. Today Strasburg is the place to find antiques and pottery.
Woodstock: Peter Muhlenberg asked Woodstock and the Shenandoah Valley to fight the British. The Courthouse, built in 1795, was designed by Thomas Jefferson.
Edinburg: One of the perils in the Shenandoah Valley, the name Edinburg means Garden of Eden. Once the home of Country Star Patsy Cline is now famous for its fly fishing and wines.
Mount Jackson: Mount Jackson is the home of one of the oldest churches in the Shenandoah Valley, the Union Church. Named after President Jackson, today Mount Jackson is known for it’s music.
New Market: The Shenandoah Valley was hit hard by the Civil War. Students from the Virginia Military Institute were called into action at the Battle of New Market.
Harrisonburg: Thomas Harrison settled in the Shenandoah Valley and the town of Harrisonburg was born in 1778. Today, Harrisonburg is the home of James Madison University.
Civil War Along the Great Valley Road: The Great Valley Road is one of the oldest and most historic roads in America. Running thought the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the Great Valley Road saw action everyday during the Civil War.
Dayton: Once the home and Indian fort of Daniel Harrison, today Dayton is the home of one of the largest population of Mennonites in the Shenandoah Valley.
Pottery of Strasburg: Strasburg was once the Pottery center for the Shenandoah Valley and because Strasburg is located on the Shenandoah River, The Great Valley and the Railroad, Strasburg pottery was sent all over the East Coast.
Hugh Morrison Valley Photographer: Hugh Morrison captured images of everyday life in the Shenandoah Valley from the 1890’s to around 1950.
Orange: The Civil War Battle of Orange, Virginia was fought right down the Main Street in Orange. Today, Orange is located in the heart of Virginia wine county.
Louisa: Lousia started as a Tavern were travelers from Richmond to Charlottesville stopped and rested. Restaurants and shopping greet visitors today.
Elkton: The Miller Kite House in Elkton was the headquarters of Stonewall Jackson in 1862. Today the Miller Kite House is a museum and home to the Elkton Historical Society.
Charles Town: Named after George Washington’s brother Charles, Charles Town is the home of the Jefferson County Count House, were John Brown was tried and hung.
Romney: This small West Virginia town changed hands over 50 times during the Civil War. The American Bald Eagles call Romney home.
Martinsburg: The gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, the Martinsburg depot was a major target during the Civil War. Today one of the largest Air Guard airports can be found in Martinsburg.
Shepherdstown: Shepherdstown is one of the oldest towns in America and was founded by Thomas Shepherd when he built his mill on the Potomac River.
Highland County: Located on the West Virginia border, Highland County was the site of the first major motion picture produced in the early 1920,s. Thousand visit Highland County each March to celebrate their Maple Festival.
African-American History of Jefferson County: There is more African-American history in Jefferson County, West Virginia than any place in the nation.
Moorefield: Located in the mountains of West Virginia, Moorefield has restored it’s history and culture. High upon a hill top rest some of the Confederates braves soldiers.
Historic Gardens of Virginia: Visit historic gardens at Mount Vernon, Monticello, Montpelier, University of Virginia, Woodrow Wilson Museum and others.
Battle of Shepherdstown: After the Battle of Antietam, Robert E Lee cross the Potomac into Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Union army followed and the Battle of Shepherdstown began.
Civil War in Jefferson County: Some historians say that the Civil War started in Jefferson County, West Virginia when John Brown raided Harpers Ferry.
Museums of the Shenandoah Valley: The Great Valley Road runs thought the Shenandoah Valley and these museum reflect the history of the Valley.
Alleghany Highlands: The railroads played an important part of the history of the Alleghany Highland in Virginia. The historic Hump Back Bridge is still a major tourist attraction.
A Day to Remember: The Shenandoah Valley celebrates and remember it’s veterans.
Meet Frank Buckles, the only survivor of WWI.
Recent Stories Courtesy of Google News
Air Force veteran to receive W.Va. History Hero honor
Feb 6, 2014 • Cumberland Times-NewsSaville was a part of the public television documentaries “Road Trip to History-Romney” and “Road through Romney-250 Years.” He has given numerous presentations on local heritage and preservation. He is a member of the festival committee; a ... More