Historic Homes, Museums & Battlefields
Winchester, VA | (888) 556-5799
This beautifully designed museum is the perfect introduction to the Valley, its history and its people.Visit the Museum Store and have lunch at the Tea Room. The historic Glen Burnie house with its mature English-style gardens and Asian water gardens are open April through October and are not to be missed. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Belle Grove Plantation
Middletown, VA | (540) 869-2028
A National Trust Historic Site built in 1797 using design principles from Thomas Jefferson. Site of the battle of Cedar Creek in 1864. Guided tours daily, April through October. Check their website for special events throughout the year, including a Beer Tasting Festival in May and weekend Christmas Candlelight Tours in December.
Long Branch Plantation
Millwood, VA | (888) 558-5567
This classic 1800’s home was rescued from serious decline in 1986 by an elderly Baltimore textile executive who spent a sizable fortune to revitalize the house and furnish it with gorgeous antiques.Currently the house is in transition to a more authentic version of its former self. Open for self-guided tours on weekends from Memorial Day through the last weekend of October.
Civil War Battlefields
Cedar Creek Battlefield Visitors Center
Middletown, VA | (540) 869-2064
Interpretive exhibit, film, bookstore. Open daily April through October. Guided battlefield tours and off-season tours of visitors center are available by appointment.
New Market Battlefield State Historical Park
New Market, VA | (540) 740-3101
This 300-acre National Historic Landmark tells the poignant story of the battle that swept up 257 young cadets from the Virginia Military Institute in its fury. Open daily year round (closed some holidays).
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Harpers Ferry, WV | (304) 535-6298
Not just for history buffs, this is a place of stunning natural beauty and historic charm. Visitor center open daily. Ranger led tours are given daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day and less frequently throughout the year.
Battle of Antietam
Sharpsburg, MD | (301) 432-5124
Site of the single bloodiest day of the Civil War. Today Sharpsburg (population 650) is in the middle of the best-preserved Civil War battlefield in the country. Open daily year round (closed some holidays).