Why You Need to Visit the Old Court House Civil War Museum

As the home to America’s first permanent settlement, it’s no wonder that the beautiful state of Virginia is brimming with American history. From the colonial era to today, you’ll be able to discover several historic sites and museums that tell the story of our nation. One fascinating place located just minutes from the Inn at Vaucluse Spring is the Old Court House Civil War Museum. Originally constructed in 1840, this awe-inspiring museum is one of the best spots to learn more about our region’s role in the Civil War.

The Old Court House Civil War Museum is just one of the many places you’ll want to see during your stay with us. Request your free copy of our Vacation Guide right now and you’ll instantly receive a full list of our area’s top things to do and experience including local hiking trails, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and more.

History of the Old Court House Civil War Museum

The Old Court House was built in 1840 on the site of the first courthouse beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, it wasn’t long before the courthouse’s purpose was transformed as a hospital, prison, and barracks during the Civil War. In this period, the city of Winchester changed hands over 70 times between the North and the South.

In 1984, all judicial functions were removed from the courthouse and instead became a place for Frederick County meetings and offices. 12 years later, the Committee suggested that the courthouse be repurposed into a Civil War Museum. The renovations were completed in 2003, and today the Old Court House Civil War Museum houses a nationally-recognized collection from America’s past.

What to Expect at the Civil War Museum in VA

This Shenandoah Civil War Museum is not to be missed! During your visit, you’ll see a wide variety of relics and exhibits that transport you back in time. One of the most popular attractions of this museum is the original graffiti left on the walls from the soldiers. The famed “Jeff Davis Curse” message inscription can also be found here.

Museum Hours

The Old Court House Civil War Museum is open all year-round! From April to October, you can stop by anytime Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. In November to March, the museum is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Regular Admission (Adults, ages 16-61):  $5

Senior (62 and Over): $4.50

Children (Under 16): Free

SVBF Members: Free

AAA Members: $4.50

College Student (With Student ID): $4.50

Military (With ID): $4.50

National Park Service Members: $3.00

Experience the History of the Shenandoah Valley During Your Stay at Vaucluse Spring

romantic cabin getaways in VirginiaLocated right beside a beautiful limestone spring, the Inn at Vaucluse Spring is the perfect romantic escape in the Shenandoah Valley. Come experience our gorgeous gardens and cozy rooms and cabins. Each accommodation is different so you can choose the one best for you. Imagine waking up every morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee coming from the dining room as you gaze out over our oasis. If you wake up early enough, you may see the mist begin to disappear to reveal the gorgeous view. Indulge in a freshly prepared breakfast, then embark on the day’s adventures!

Book your next romantic escape with us today! We look forward to welcoming you to the Shenandoah Valley soon.