The sun is shining, the weather is hot, and the Virginia scenery is green with that mid-summer verdancy. People are venturing outdoors for various summer adventures, and we have a suggestion if you’re looking for one of the these said adventures. If you enjoy an exploration of the outdoors along with a love (or at least mild interest) in history, then a tour of a historic Shenandoah Valley battlefield is perfect for your Virginia itinerary.
“Using military significance criteria, the National Park Service included 20 Shenandoah Valley battlefield sites in its 1993 Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields…These sites were among the 384 conflicts identified nationwide that were ‘of special strategic, tactical, or thematic importance to local operations, campaigns, theaters, or to the war as a whole’” (Shenandoah at War)
You can see some of these historic battlefields on a Signature Tour in many of the Valleys breathtaking cities. Explore Winchester and Frederick County or the Signal Knob area which “bore witness to many serious engagements during the Civil War.” Check out the location of Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign with a tour of the Harrisonburg area, or take in the sights and sounds of the Clarke County area. Whatever your destination, you’ll be treated to a piece of the past. Click here for a full list of Signature Tours.
And of course you’ll need lodging, so how about enhancing your historic getaway with a stay at one of our BBHSV member inn: http://www.bbhsv.org/shenandoah-valley-virginia-inns.htm.