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

Virginia’s Historic Garden Week Tour

Visitors will enjoy this scenic tour of the lower Shenandoah Valley. Travel Valley Pike, the historical “wagon road” of early settlers, through southern Frederick County. Steeped in history, Winchester is the oldest city west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Famous for changing hands over 70 times during the Civil War, it was home to George Washington’s headquarters. This driving tour features four sites, three of which served as hospitals during the Civil War.

Rose Hill Farm and La Grange House are fully restored 18th century homes, and Valerie Hill Winery was built in the early 19th century. All are being featured for the first time on Historic Garden Week. Belle Grove, an 18th century plantation withstood the Battle of Cedar Creek during the Civil War and is a Garden Club of Virginia restoration site.

Tickets include admission to four homes and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

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Holiday House Tours

Join us for Preservation of Historic Winchester’s Annual Holiday House Tours!

We welcome you back to the 45th annual tour with three spectacular homes that have never been part of the tour before.

Plan an afternoon of holiday festivities at 25 West Piccadilly Street, 321 South Stewart Street, and 814 South Washington Street to see these recently-renovated architectural gems. Visit the houses on your own in any order for guided tours of these spectacularly-decorated buildings.

PHW will be following CDC guidelines at the time of the tour. Come prepared with face masks!

Tickets will go on sale starting November 15 at Kimberly’s. Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, and the Bough & Dough Shop at the Hexagon House.

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Holiday Tours at Belle Grove

Belle Grove Plantation will be decorated for the holidays!

In the historic Manor House, there will be a 12-foot Christmas tree in the Parlor and area Garden Clubs will adorn each room inspired by “Timeless Tales & Verse” and featuring holiday themed literature from the years of Belle Grove’s history.

Belle Grove will be open for touring December 3 – December 30, 2021

Guided Tours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (last tour 3:15 p.m.) and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. (last tour 4:15 p.m.) (On Friday, December 3, Belle Grove will not open until 2 p.m.)

Christmas by Candlelight (self-guided tours and live music): Friday and Saturdays 4-8 p.m.

Live Music Schedule
Friday, December 3, 6-8 p.m. Allen Dec, The Happy Harper
Saturday, December 4, 6-8 p.m. Elizabeth Dalton (flute) & Jason Perry (guitar)
Friday, December 10, 6-8 p.m. Deborah Balcom, Vocalist
Saturday, December 11, 6-8 p.m. Deborah Balcom, Vocalist
Friday, December 17, 6-8 p.m. Allen Dec, The Happy Harper
Saturday, December 18, 6-8 p.m. Shenandoah Strings Trio

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The Museum Shop is open during all touring hours and it is the perfect place to find a unique and locally made gift!

Call (540) 869-2028 for more information.

Merrimint in Middletown

Come one, come All! Tour Historic Middletown, Virginia at this FREE Holiday event! Activities will take place at several venues in Middletown.

Hoffman House (7827 Main Street)
Tour the Hoffman House, , decorated in 1800’s holiday style. There will be hot cocoa and cookies. Kids can make and take free sparkly Santa Slime!

Wayside Inn (7783 Main Street)
Visit Father Christmas at The Wayside Inn. There will be caroling and storytelling by a cozy fire, face painting, and free tea and scones.

Aunt Caroline’s Cabin (corner of 1st and Church Streets)
Visit Middletown’s historic district. Tour and hear the story of Aunt Caroline’s log cabin on the corner of 1st and Church.  They will be providing hot cider and donuts.

St. Thomas Chapel (7854 Church Street)
At Historic St. Thomas Chapel the dulcimer group “Heartstrings” will perform at 2pm.

Mount Olive Baptist Church (1893 Senseney Road)
“A JESUS Merrimint” – from 1-2:30pm
• “A Christ Mas “Praise & Praise” singing.
• “A Youthful Blessing”; in one or more of the following: (Wearing Costumes of That Season of Long Ago, Dance, Dramatic Reading and Song).
• “Our Nativity Barn” with the “The Star of Shining Wonder” atop it, … and Straw Bales (for sitting inside “Our Nativity Barn” to take pictures for your Christmas Cards this year, with your own camera / phone.
• “A Tasty Fellowship” ; (A Cup of Soup and a Cup of Cider or a Cup of Cocoa).

Belle Grove Plantation (336 Belle Grove Road)
Nearby Belle Grove Plantation‘s historic Manor House presents “All Creatures Great and Small.” Enjoy the tour. The winter kitchen & gift shop are open to everyone. (A small fee to tour upstairs.)

Please come enjoy all the free activities. For more information call Tess Klimm 540-247-2211

Handley Library Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Staff members and volunteers will give tours of Handley Library on the first Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) and third Saturday (1 p.m.) of each month.

Learn about the architecture and history of the library. Walk on the famous glass floors and see the well under the stage.

Meet in the Rotunda for the tour.
The tours are free, but making reservations is helpful.
To make reservations or for more information, call 540 662-9041, ext. 11.