PLEASE NOTE: Some Tours are not available at this time due to COVID. Please see details below.
Guided History and Civil War Tours are offered regularly May-October. The Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau also offers occasional trolley tours and cemetery tours. Information about upcoming tours will be posted to this page when available.
These tours are given by experienced and knowledgeable guides that enjoy sharing their love of local history.
2020 Guided Tour Schedule:
Old Town Winchester History ($10) (no tours at this time due to COVID)
2nd Fridays, 6pm (*No tour on Oct. 9)
4th Fridays, 6pm
For reservations call (540) 542-1326
Meet your guide at the the Kurtz Building, 2 N. Cameron St, Winchester
Stephens City Civil War History ($5) (now available with reservation)
4th Saturdays, 10:30am
Advanced reservations REQUIRED: (540) 869-1700
Meet your guide at the Newtown History Center, 5408 Main St., Stephens City
Virtual ONLINE TOUR of Stephens City also available here
Who’s Buried in Mount Hebron Cemetery? ($5)
October 24 at 1pm (2020 tentative date)
For reservations call (540) 542-1326
Meet your guide at the gatehouse of the cemetery on East Lane, Winchester
Kernstown Battlefield (FREE) (tours of 10 or less will resume July 3)
May-October, Every Saturday, 11am and 1pm
For reservations call (540) 869-2851
Meet your guide at the Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Dr., Winchester
Cedar Creek Battlefield Driving Tour (FREE) (no tours at this time due to COVID)
June-October, 1st Fridays, 2pm (also available other times, call for schedule)
For reservations call (540) 869-3051
Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main Street, Middletown.
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park (no tours at this time due to COVID, outdoor programs are available at Belle Grove Plantation)
FREE tours and programs are offered regularly by National Park Service Rangers. A schedule is available on their website.
Current programs and tours
Civil War Weekend Car Caravan Tour
“A Gleam of Anxious Speculation”:
The African Americans’ Civil War in Winchester
Saturday, August 19, Time 9am
Meet at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center (1400 Pleasant Valley
Road, Winchester) for a car caravan tour led by Jonathan Noyalas, Director of the
McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University. The tour will focus on the
experiences of African Americans during the Civil War era. Tour is approximately
1.5 hours in length.
2020 Sightseeing Express Trolley Tour
Saturday, October 24, 10am (tentative)
60 sites in 60 minutes! Hop aboard the trolley for a one-hour sightseeing excursion of Winchester. Your professional tour guide will entertain you while pointing out historical sites, museums, and other attractions as the trolley travels the same streets that George Washington, General Stonewall Jackson, General Phil Sheridan, Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, and the legendary Patsy Cline traveled. Meet your guide and the trolley at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center located at 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road. The tour has no stops. Fee: $10. Register by October 19 for October 24 tour. Participants must register in advance by calling Winchester Parks & Recreation at (540) 662-4946.
2020 Haunted History Ghost Tours
Thursday, October 29, Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31 (tentative)
Prepare yourself for a spine-tingling tour that delves into the mysterious history of Winchester! Learn of the restless spirits from the Colonial and Civil War eras often seen and heard in the streets and historic buildings of Old Town. Your expert guide weaves a tale of carefully researched history and true ghost stories that will leave you intrigued and hopefully convinced that they are here! Meet at the intersection of Cork Street and the Loudoun Street Mall. Tour lasts approximately one hour. Fee: $10. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester. Cash or check only. Limit of 25 participants per tour. Call (540) 542-1326 for more information.
Taste Winchester History, Food and Beer Tours (no tours at this time due to COVID)
Explore the city’s unique and thriving food and brewery scene on these downtown Winchester walking mall food tours. Your experienced guide will introduce you to great local dishes and drinks while sharing stories about Winchester’s rich history and architecture. Historic Food Tours available Saturdays at 2pm, History and Hops Beer Tour available Sundays at 2pm.
Apparition Trail Ghost Tours (modified tours are available)
Daily with Advance Reservation, Year-Round
Take a 90-minute guided walking tour that explores the history of Old Town Winchester and the spooky entrance gate of Mount Hebron Cemetery, including the spirits that call it home. Cost is $15 per person. Tour begins at 8:15pm, reservations must be made by 6pm.