Guided History Walking Tour of Old Town Winchester

Experience 275 years of history on this guided walking tour! Learn about the citizens that lived here and the pivotal events that made Winchester the place it is today. These tours are given by experienced and knowledgeable guides that enjoy sharing their love of local history.

Make your reservation by calling 540-542-1326.

Cost: $10, payable to the guide.

Meet at 2 N. Cameron Street (the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia)

Tours are offered May – October
1st and 3rd Fridays at 6pm
2nd and 4th Sundays at 4pm

More tours are available. See: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

Guided Civil War Walking Tour of Stephens City

Civil War walking tours of historic Stephens City are conducted at 10:30 a.m. on the 4th Saturday of the month, beginning in June and ending in October. Tours are led by staff of the Newtown History Center. This tour focuses on the impact of the Civil War on the town. Learn about various civilian and military activities in and around Stephens City between 1861 and 1865.

Admission: $5/person (all ages 6+)

Reservations are required.

Please call the Newtown History Center at 540-869-1700.

Tours begin at the Newtown History Center, located at 5408 Main Street.

June 25th
July 23rd
August 27th
September 24th
October 22nd

Guided History Walking Tour of Old Town Winchester

Experience 275 years of history on this guided walking tour! Learn about the citizens that lived here and the pivotal events that made Winchester the place it is today. These tours are given by experienced and knowledgeable guides that enjoy sharing their love of local history.

Make your reservation by calling 540-542-1326.

Cost: $10, payable to the guide.

Meet at 2 N. Cameron Street (the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia)

Tours are offered May – October
1st and 3rd Fridays at 6pm
2nd and 4th Sundays at 4pm

More tours are available. See: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

Tour of Second Winchester Battlefield (McCann Property)

Guided Tour of the McCann Property at Second Winchester led by historian Scott Mingus
(Saturday, September 25, 2021, 2:30pm)

The first-ever opportunity to tour the McCann Property, which was at the heart of the climactic action during the Second Battle of Winchester (fought on June 13-15, 1863). The tour will be led by Scott Mingus, co-author (with Eric Wittenberg) of The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory that Opened the Door to Washington.

The tour is free, but space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

More info and registration:
www.shenandoahatwar.org/tour-of-mccann-property-second-winchester-battlefield

The Bell House Guided Tour

A guided tour of the Bell House, the c. 1810-1811 Winchester landmark that was at the center of Winchester’s wartime and postwar story. The home includes Bell family furnishings and collections which have been passed down for generations, including the famous case clock that was stopped by the concussion of Union artillery fire during the Third Battle of Winchester. Free. The tour will begin at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum before the group walks the short distance to the Bell House. Free.

Pre-registration is not required. This tour is hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

For more information, call 540-542-1145 or email info@svbf.net.

Second Battle of Kernstown Tour

The Kernstown Battlefield will host a walking and driving tour of the Second Battle of Kernstown, stopping at key battle locations on and around the battlefield property. Accomplished Civil War author Scott C. Patchan, known for his books, Shenandoah Summer and Last Battle of Winchester, will lead the tour. While there is no cost for the tour, your generous donations will be greatly appreciated.

The tour will begin at the battlefield Visitors Center, then move to the Jackson’s Lookout observation platform on Apple Valley Road, the parking lot of Opequon Church, and then onto the front lawn of the Grafton Health building off Shawnee Drive. At each of these locations, Scott will discuss the maneuvers of Generals Ramseur, Gordon, and Breckinridge, plus details of the Confederate artillery.

The tour will then move onto the battlefield property to locations where the maneuvers of Union Colonels Thoburn, Ely, and Wells created a gap in the Union line, enabling Confederate General Jubal Early to execute his double-envelopment of the Union forces. The tour will end along the stone wall on Pritchard’s Lane where Scott will discuss the actions of Colonel James Mulligan’s Union division and his mortal wounding.

We are very sorry to say we will not be providing lunch at the end of this tour. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, proper clothing for the weather, and remember to bring water. Virginia COVID-19 guidelines will be practiced. The vast majority of the tour is outdoors, but movement in vehicles between locations will be required. High-risk persons, those with COVID symptoms, or who have been in contact with individuals with symptoms, should not attend. Attendees should have masks and practice social distancing during the tour.

Trails Tour

See the progress being made on The Trails at the MSV on this guided tour! Participants will walk to several sites along the future trails to get the lay of the land and see a few beautiful vistas. Includes walking on farm fields and through woods; wear shoes suitable for hiking and dress for the weather. Meet in the Museum Lobby.

Free. Registration required by June 27. Register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240.

Sightseeing Express Trolley Tour

UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT.

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.

Participants must register in advance (by June 3). Call Winchester Parks & Recreation to register at (540) 662-4946.