The Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah County Driving Tour

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Shenandoah County:


  • The Southern Railways train station, which now houses the Strasburg Museum, is the location where Stonewall Jackson re-employed B&O locomotives for the Confederate cause after moving them by teams of horses down Valley Turnpike from Harpers Ferry in 1861.
  • Signal Knob Loop is a 10.2-mile mountainous hike leading to the site of an important Civil War outpost for both Union and Confederate armies. The trail can be accessed one mile north of Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area at the Bear Wallow/Signal Knob parking lot on Va. 678. Other long hikes are also available. 984-4101. www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/lee

Another Civil War battle site has been preserved at Fishers Hill, on Va. 601 (Battlefield Road) off U.S. 11 south of Strasburg. The Strasburg Guard, Sons of Confederate Veterans, developed an interpretive trail at the 195-acre site of the 1864 battle. (866) 515-1864.

  • The Edinburg Mill, on U.S. 11, was built in 1848 and used as an operating grist mill until 1978. The mill was almost destroyed by fire during the Civil War, but was saved by residents of the community. The mill is owned by Edinburg Heritage Foundation and the town of Edinburg. 984-8521

  • The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, at exit 264 off Interstate 81, 8895 Collins Parkway, includes the battlefield, the Hall of Valor Museum and the Bushong Farm.
  • The Hall of Valor Museum was built in 1970 and includes exhibits on the entire Civil War in Virginia and the Battle of New Market specifically. Each May, the Battle of New Market re-enactment is held on the original 1864 battlefield on the weekend after Mother's Day.
  • During the war, Jacob Bushong and his family stayed in the basement of their home while Union and Confederate troops fought around them. When the Battle of New Market began, seven family members took shelter in the basement while medical authorities set up a field hospital above them. The museum is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. year round except for New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 740-3101. 866-515-1864. www.vmi.edu/new market
  • Destination Type: Cemetery, Historic Landmark/Historic Home, Walking/Driving Tour, Battlefield

    Location: New Market

    9418 John Sevier Road
    New Market, VA 22844

    Settlers first discovered the New Market area's fertile lands, wild game, and minerals in 1727. Many of the first settlers being Germans of the Mennonite and Lutheran faiths, later joined by many Scots and Irish. The Town was founded by General John Sevier, a noted Indian fighter and revolutionary patriot. In 1806, German settlers established a printing and publishing business that was a foundation of New Market industry into the mid 19th century. During the Civil War, situated on the main thoroughfare of the strategically important Shenandoah Valley, New Market played an active role, and Stonewall Jackson's troops marched through the Town on four occasions. Experience walking tours, architecture, heritage, Battlefield, Cemetery, shopping, and more! Just one stop along the Wilderness Trail in Shenandoah County!

    Phone: (540) 740-3432
    Admission: Free

    For more information: www.newmarketvirginia.com


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