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History & Museums

Virginia and West Virginia hold an iconic place in American history, and the Shenandoah Valley has made preserving the past a priority. From Native American artifacts and frontier life through the Civil War to the present, a historic tour of Shenandoah Valley Heritage Museums could fill your weekends and weekdays for months.

Cooter’s in the Valley

Cooter’s in the Valley

Cooter’s in the Valley (Luray) is the newest location of the popular Cooter’s franchises. Long a “must-see” destination in Gatlinburg and Nashville, Tennessee, Cooter’s is a tribute to the beloved television series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” It features a “Dukes” shop, a...

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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

A must-see! The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is a regional cultural center that includes galleries, seven acres of gardens, the Glen Burnie House, a Museum Store, and a Makerspace Studio. Galleries display changing exhibitions and Shenandoah Valley decorative arts,...

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The Heritage Museum

The Heritage Museum

The Heritage Museum is home of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society. The museum features permanent and temporary exhibits including the history of the Shenandoah Valley. 19th Century Folk Art & Civil War Electric Map of Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley...

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George C. Marshall Museum and Library

George C. Marshall Museum and Library

General George C. Marshall’s remarkable story is told through various interpretations in the Marshall Museum. Following the showing of an introductory video, you are free to conduct a self-guided tour of four main spaces. Marshall’s early years in Uniontown, PA and at...

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Belle Grove Plantation

Belle Grove Plantation

Belle Grove Plantation is located in the northern Shenandoah Valley near Middletown, Virginia. It is an authentic 1797 Manor House, was built by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison. Major Hite, grandson of Shenandoah...

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The Heritage Museum

The Heritage Museum

The Heritage Museum is home of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society. The museum features permanent and temporary exhibits including the history of the Shenandoah Valley. 19th Century Folk Art & Civil War Electric Map of Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley...

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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

One of only two homes Thomas Jefferson designed for his personal use, the Poplar Forest retreat was the place where Jefferson “came to indulge in the life of the mind and renew his personal creativity.” Jefferson and his wife, Martha, inherited the Bedford County...

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City of Waynesboro

City of Waynesboro

Located at the intersection of Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail, Waynesboro is Divinely Placed Among the Adventure, whether your tastes run toward biking, hiking and scenic drives, or paddling and fly fishing...

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Town of Shenandoah

Town of Shenandoah

The Town of Shenandoah is a small, rural community of 2,335 citizens, nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Massanutten Ridge, along the banks of the Shenandoah River in Page County, Virginia. Shenandoah is only 25 miles from the City of Harrisonburg, an...

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Town of New Market

Town of New Market

Settlers first discovered the New Market area’s fertile lands, wild game, and minerals in 1727, nearly 300 years ago. Many of the first settlers were Germans of the Mennonite and Lutheran faiths and were later joined by many Scots and Irish. The Town was founded by...

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Town of Edinburg

Town of Edinburg

Welcome to the Town of Edinburg. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and situated in central Shenandoah County, Edinburg, incorporated in 1852, exemplifies the quaint, small town atmosphere of the valley. Along its streets are antique, craft,...

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Town of Strasburg

Town of Strasburg

We invite you to “Discover the Different Sides of Strasburg!” When you arrive in Strasburg, you’ll find a charming town filled with friendly folks who are eager to welcome you to their beautiful Shenandoah Valley backdrop. If you look a little closer, you’ll...

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The Stonewall Brigade Museum

The Stonewall Brigade Museum

The Stonewall Brigade Museum houses a rare collection of artifacts and archival materials related to the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division and the U. S. Army. The origins of the 116th Infantry Regiment are traced back to the early 1740s, when it was part of the...

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Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Museum

Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Museum

The VMI Museum is located in Jackson Memorial Hall on the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) campus. The Museum offers the history of the oldest museum in Virginia and the first state supported military school in America; 19th and 20th century, Civil War, and...

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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum offers a variety of experiences for visitors of all ages. Retrace the inspiring journey of our 28th president at The Woodrow Wilson Museum as you take a self-guided tour through the museum galleries which explore...

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Virginia Quilt Museum

Virginia Quilt Museum

The Virginia Quilt Museum is a resource center for the study of the role of quilts and quilting in the cultural life of society. The museum offers opportunities to view significant work by both early and contemporary quilt artisans. Located in the historic Warren-Sipe...

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Strasburg Museum

Strasburg Museum

Located in beautiful Shenandoah County in historic downtown Strasburg, Virginia. Celebrating over 250 Years of life in a small town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia! Settlers have resided in the beautiful Northern Shenandoah Valley since the 1730s and have left...

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Plains District Memorial Museum

Plains District Memorial Museum

Located at 176 Main St. in Timberville. Featuring exhibits and memorabilia from the Plains District of Rockingham County. Hours Thur - Sun | 1 - 4 PMTickets Admission | FreeContact 176 South Main StreetTimberville, VA 22853 Events [add_eventon event_count="5"...

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The Newtown History Center

The Newtown History Center

Visit the Newtown History Center in Stephens City, the second oldest town in the Shenandoah Valley. Wagon road settlement founded during the French & Indian War, its fame in the old VA freight wagon industry, its role in the Civil War. Visit the historic Newtown...

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Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Since opening in the spring of 1996, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum’s mission had been fulfilled far beyond the expectations of the three founders who spearheaded its development. The original five exhibits based at 54 S. Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia...

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Page Valley Arts Council

Page Valley Arts Council

The artists, artisans, writers, and performers in Page County seek to bring the arts to all members of our community and to transform Page County into an arts destination! They provide weekly demonstrations and workshops, free performances and events for the...

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Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park became the 388th unit of the United States National Park Service when it was authorized on December 19, 2002. The National Historical Park was created to protect several historically significant locations in the...

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. Jefferson Rock is a popular destination...

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