Visit Shenandoah County | History Lover’s Tour to More Than The Civil War
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Explore Shenandoah’s other National Park with a tour of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park.  Although most known for the Battle of Cedar Creek, visitors to The Park will learn about the rich heritage of the Shenandoah Valley dating back to when Native Americans first shaped these lands, through the pioneers along the Wilderness Road, the effects of the Civil War on the region and much more.


Refuel with lunch in the charming historic town of StrasburgCristina’s Café offers fresh, locally sourced ingredients with a flavorful twist or stop by Hang Outs Grill for locally owned, classic American fare.  After lunch, discover Strasburg’s rich pottery and railroad history with a tour of the Strasburg Museum.  The museum itself is housed in a Southern Railway depot and includes exhibits featuring 18th, 19th and 20th Century pieces from Colonial farms, barns and homes as well as Native American Artifacts and Civil War articles. Located just across the street is the Strasburg Emporium, an antique lover’s dream with over 52,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles.


Enjoy a leisurely drive down scenic U.S. Route 11, also known as the Old Valley Pike to the Town of Woodstock. Be sure to stop in the Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse to learn about the history of the county and the town’s famed connections to the Revolutionary War. Stroll through town and explore the quaint shops before enjoying a craft beer at the Woodstock Brewhouse.  Located in a restored former denim factory from the 1920’s, the Woodstock Brewhouse offers a variety of craft beers, house-made sodas, flatbread pizzas and other light fare. Fridays and Saturdays, guests can enjoy smoked brisket, pork, ribs and other fare from 1752 BBQ. Stay the night in one of the many hotel chains in Woodstock including Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites or Holiday Inn Express.


Explore the rich history of The Valley and beyond at the Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum in Edinburg. The museum is housed in a historic grist mill dating back to 1848 and is famous for being one of the few mills in the Valley that was not burned by Sheridan during the Civil War.  The museum is now home to a exhibits ranging from agriculture, textiles, the Red Cross and more.  Be sure to catch a viewing of the film, “The Burning” while at the museum to learn more about Sheridan’s raid before enjoying lunch at Sal’s Italian Bistro.  Sal’s is well known locally as one of the best restaurants around. Featuring authentic Italian cuisine, the portions are huge and the flavors even bigger!


Continue down Route 11 through Mount Jackson and make a play a game at Virginia’s oldest bowling alley, Shenandoah Bowling Lanes.  Shenandoah Bowling Lanes still features the original duck pin bowling and still resembles the alley it was over 50 years ago.


Next, make a stop at one of the best known covered bridges in The Commonwealth, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge.  The bridge carried travelers for more than 80 years before being burned by vandals on Halloween, 1976.  Fortunately, the bridge was reconstructed after salvaging the original timbers and still stands for visitors to enjoy and drive through.


Take in a unique part of our nation’s history at American Celebration on Parade and Main Street of Yesteryear, both located at Shenandoah Caverns.  American Celebration on Parade is a collection of more than 20 floats from parades such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Rose Bowl Parade and presidential inaugurations.  Step back in time at Main Street of Yesteryear to the days when retail store windows told elaborate stories through detailed characters in motion.


Explore more of the region’s rich agriculture at Smith Creek Heritage Farm where owner’s Tommy and Georgie Wright share their vast collection of antique farm equipment and offer demonstrations and personal anecdotes of many of the pieces.


Finally, sit down for a plate of the best fried chicken and a slice of homemade pie at New Market’s famous Southern Kitchen before putting yourself in the shoes of the VMI cadets who fought for the Confederacy at the Battle of New Market at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War.

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The best way to experience an area is to do as the locals do and what better way to discover the local flair of Shenandoah County than by experiencing many of our unique finds and local flavors!