Valentine’s Dessert Tour

Explore Old Town Winchester through our unique restaurants on this specialty food tour where we’ll be sampling desserts. We’ll be visiting 5-6 restaurants, end with a champagne toast and have roses for the ladies! The perfect Valentine’s Day for your significant other. Each tour is limited to 8 couples so book early!

$50 a ticket

Tickets available at: www.tastewinchesterhistory.com

Winchester Beer Tour

You’ll experience Old Town Winchester with a new eye on this tour.
Explore the significance of buildings you’ve walked by before, hear about the men and women that made Winchester come to life, and sample beer from the newest breweries along the way.

We’ll make sure you have fun with interesting historical facts, pointing out the best architecture, and telling you the stories behind the brewers and the beer. All of the food and beer is included in the tour price!

Every Sunday 2pm-5pm.

$65 a ticket

Tickets available at: www.tastewinchesterhistory.com

The Manor House Experience

An experience not to be missed! Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery and Village Square Restaurant present The Manor House Experience. This event is a must for foodies and fans of the paranormal alike. The evening intertwines a five course Southern inspired dinner including wine pairings with a much more personal interpretation of Valerie Hill’s popular History & Hauntings paranormal presentation.

Chef Dan Kalber’s menu includes Virginia Peanut Soup, James River Day Oysters with Pickled Watermelon Rind Relish and Crispy Virginia Ham, Old Rag Trout Roulade with Chesapeake Blue Crab over Baby Potato Galette with Local Spinach and Hollandaise, Broiled Jennings Way Filet Mingon with Black Walnut Stuffing and Truffled Demi Glacé, and Southern Peach Crisp with Red Fox Creamery Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

This intimate evening, limited to only 16 guests on only two dates, will be hosted by Valerie Hill’s proprietors and quite possibly one of Valerie Hill’s resident ghosts. Don’t miss this unforgettable Manor House Experience!

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.

History and Hauntings

The history of Valerie Hill’s Manor House spans two centuries. While her walls don’t talk, the ghosts that haunt her rooms certainly do. Come hear first hand accounts of the activity of our resident ghosts – from the woman in the cellar that calls for help to the spirit of a boy perpetually locked in an attic room. The evening includes a dinner by Village Square Restaurant of Winchester, a glass of wine of your choice, and a detailed tour of our Manor House, focusing on historical fact and documented paranormal activity.

For available dates and to purchase tickets
www.valeriehillwinery.com

 

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.

Candlelight Tours and Open House

Abram’s Delight, the oldest house in Winchester, built in 1754, is decorated with holiday floral arrangements by local garden clubs. There will living history in the 1780s log cabin.

Friday, November 30:
6-8pm

Saturday, December 1:
3-7pm

Admission is Free!

Spirits of the Valley

Frederick County Parks and Recreation and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley invite you to experience Spirits of the Valley, an evening of food, wine, and history.

The evening will feature a walking tour of the historic and haunted Rose Hill Park trail, a complimentary glass of wine, and a Southern-inspired meal provided at Valerie Hill Vineyard and Winery by Village Square Restaurant.

The evening’s battlefield walk will feature encounters with living history interpreters who will share events from the 1860s. This is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss!

Cost:$50 per person (21+ only)
Price includes trail tour, a glass of wine, and dinner. Any additional food/beverage purchases must be made on your own at the winery. Vegetarian meal available upon request. Alcohol is not permitted at Rose Hill Park.

Please arrive at the Winery at 5:30 p.m. for check in–Tour time is 6 p.m; Dinner time is 7:30 p.m.. Winery will close at 10 p.m. sharp.

Register online or call (540) 665-5678.

North-South Skirmish Association: Fall National Competition

The N-SSA is the country’s oldest and largest Civil War shooting sports organization with over 3,200 individuals that make up its 200 member units. Each unit represents a Civil War regiment or unit and wears the uniform they wore 150 years ago.

Member units compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War period muskets, carbines, breech loading rifles, revolvers, mortars and cannons. It is the largest Civil War event of its kind in the United States.

N-SSA members come from all over the country to Fort Shenandoah each fall for this National Competition. Competitions, called “skirmishes”, where participating teams shoot at breakable targets in several timed events. The teams with the lowest cumulative times win medals or other awards. Women participate along with the men in all events. There are also competitions for authenticity of Civil War period dress, both military and civilian, as well as lectures on topics of interest.

Spectators are welcome and admission is free. There is a large sutler area and food service is available. For more information, visit the N-SSA web site at: www.n-ssa.org.

 

 

Who’s Buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery? Walking Tour

Mt. Hebron has been Winchester’s burying ground since inception of the town in the 1700s. On this walking tour, you will be introduced to men and women who contributed to the development of Winchester, as well as our great nation. Meet your guide outside the gatehouse on East Lane. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Note that no restroom facilities will be available.

Fee: $5, payable to the guide.

Additional tours are available: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/