Exploring Area History

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For detailed historic area driving tours, buy the  book Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads, at the Community Store in Basye .
For listings of events and other area information, go to www.visitshenandoah.org


Virginia House (1850's hotel), Shrine Mont (2 mi)

  • Rt. 263 south of Basye to the village of Orkney Springs and Shrine Mont, conference center for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. 

  • (540) 856-2141

  • www.shrinemont.com


Mt. Jackson (Covered bridge, Union Church, Mt. Jackson Museum) - (13 mi)

  • Rt 263 to its end at US 11, left into town; to see Meems Bottom covered bridge, turn right on US 11, look for sign in @ 1 mile, turn right on Wissler Rd. Also, Mt. Jackson Museum, located in the Town Center, 5901 Main St.

  • www.mountjackson.com


Edinburg Mill Museum (20 mi)

New Market (battlefield, Civil War museum) - (18 mi)

Woodstock (old courthouse; town museum; Woodstock Tower) - (20 mi)

  • Rt 263 to left on Rt 42, left on US 11 into downtown; to Woodstock Tower (CCC project), continue N on Rt 11, right on Rt 665, Mill Rd., to left on Cemetery Rd, to Woodstock Tower Rd, then miles to tower parking.

  • www.townofwoodstockva.com


Strasburg (museums, Civil War battlefields) - (32 mi)

  • Rt 263 to left on US 11, thru Mt. Jackson to I-81, to exit 296; good  town museum at 440 E King St
  • May 1 - Oct. 31, 10:00am - 4:00pm daily
  • (540) 465-3175
  • www.strasburgva.com

Cedar Creek Battlefield / Belle Grove NHP (40 mi)

  • Rt 263 to left on US 11, thru Mt. Jackson to I-81 north, to Middletown exit, 302, turn left on US 11. Belle Grove tours,

  • mid-March - Dec.30, hours vary

  • (540)465-3175

  • www.nps.gov


Winchester (Civil War sites,  Museum of Shen Valley) - (54 mi)

  • Rt 263 to left on US 11, thru Mt. Jackson to I-81, north to Winchester exit, 313, follow tourism signs. SV Museum, 901 Amherst St (US 50) W of downtown),

  • (540) 662-1473

  • www.visitwinchesterva.com

  • www.themsv.org


Staunton (Civil War, folk life museum, much more) - (60 mi)

  • Rt 263 to right on US 11 to I-81, then exit 222 toward Staunton, follow signs to historic district. Frontier Culture Museum

  • Year-round, hours vary by season

  • (540) 332-7850

  • www.visitstaunton.com

  • www.frontiermuseum.org