Historic Sites near Massanutten
Massanutten sits in the center of one of the most historic country sides in the nation. The site of much of the Civil War, the areas around Massanutten will entice every history lover. Roadside markers and small monuments dot the landscape pointing out the valley’s history.
History is also played out in battlefield re-enactments and is re-created in homes preserved for their history and open to visitors. Of note are the Daniel Harrison house in Bridgewater, the Miller-Kite house in Elkton, which was a headquarters for Stonewall Jackson, and the Hardesty-Harrison house in downtown Harrisonburg, which also houses a museum and travel information.
In Virginia you can visit over 25 Presidential Landmarks. 8 of our Nation’s Presidents were born in Virginia and many more made history in other ways here.
The Massanutten area also features history underground. The famed Grand Caverns in Grottoes, 15 minutes from Massanutten, was a favorite spot of Civil War soldiers, both Yankee and Confederate. Some 230 verified signatures of soldiers decorate the interior cavern walls.
Daniel Harrison House (Fort Harrison)
526 N. Main St. Dayton, VA
Stone house built around 1749 by Daniel Harrison, first settler of Dayton, is the oldest house in Dayton, Virginia and one of the oldest in Rockingham County. .
Frontier Culture Museum
1290 Richmond Road, Staunton VA 24401 (540) 332-3972
An outdoor, living-history museum and educational institution, the Museum currently features six permanent, outdoor exhibits comprised of original farm buildings from 1600s England, 1700s Ireland, 1600s Germany, and 1820s Virginia. The buildings were carefully documented, dismantled, transported to Virginia, and restored and each farm is a working farm where visitors are free to see what the day-to-day and even seasonal activities were like on those farms, in their day.
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Located at the confluence of Shenandoah & Potomac rivers, Harpers Ferry WV 25425.
Site of John Brown's raid on Oct. 16, 1859. Brown, an abolitionist, believed he could help free the slaves by seizing the federal arsenal here. He was arrested, found guilty of treason and hanged. Discover living history, exhibits, museums, take a tour, hike the trails, visit battlefields.
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville VA 22902
Monticello is the autobiographical masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson, designed and redesigned and built and rebuilt for more than forty years. Unique architecture is reflected in the buildings. Jefferson painstakingly collected plants from around the world. Perennials, trees, fruit plants, herbs and vegetables too plentiful to mention here.
11407 Constitution Hwy. Montpelier Station, VA 22957
(540) 672-2728 extension 104
Home of our 4th President, James Madison, father of the Constitution. With Thomas Jefferson’s advice, Madison enlarged the house that his father had built in 1755.
In the splendor of the Virginia countryside, a national treasure is being recovered. Experience the rediscovery of the mind and the man who forged the framework of a nation, who created the Constitutional charter that defines our democracy, our thinking, our society.
Equestrian events, activities for children, private events including weddings, and a historic home to explore.
New Market Battlefield State Historical Park & Hall of Valor Civil War Museum
9550 George Collins Parkway, New Market VA (866) 515-1864
Explore the Civil War in Virginia beginning here in the legendary Shenandoah Valley. There are 300 acres to New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, 19th Century Bushong Farm, and Hall of Valor Civil War Museum, commemorating a unique moment in American history--- when 257 college boys, Cadets from VMI, fought Union Soldiers at the Battle of New Market. Spend the day at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and enjoy the museum, explore the historic farm, scenic Shenandoah River overlooks, picnic spots and walking trails.
1548 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551
(434) 534-8120 for tickets or (434) 525-1806
After his wife inherited a plantation here, Thomas Jefferson built an octagonal villa on the property. Jefferson visited Poplar Forest often, enjoying this retreat when he was no longer engaged in public service. A preservationist group bought the site in 1984 and restored it to the way it was when Jefferson last saw it in 1823. Enjoy tours, lectures, music, wine tastings and historical re-enactments.
Shenandoah Valley Folk Art and Heritage Center
382 High Street, Dayton VA 22821 (540) 879-2681 / 2616
The Heritage Center is operated by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, an organization that has itself existed for more one hundred years. Learn about Shenandoah Valley history and folk art.
Virginia Discovery Museum (East end of the Downtown Mall)
524 E. Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902
Hands-on children's museum, with exhibits on the arts, sciences, humanities, history and nature.
Virginia Quilt Museum
301 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801
The Virginia Quilt Museum is open to the public as a resource center for the study of the role of quilts and quilting in the cultural life of society. The Museum offers opportunities to view significant work by both early and contemporary quilt artisans.
Woodrow Wilson Birthplace, Library & Museum
18 - 24 N. Coalter St. Staunton, VA 24401
Our 28th President’s birthplace sits atop a hill in the historic city of Staunton. The Greek Revival house is fully restored to 1856 and decorated with period furniture. A National Historic Landmark, the site is also an authentic depiction of a pre-Civil War Shenandoah Valley home. At the Manse are historic gardens, a beautiful restoration of Victorian landscape. Visit the museum and library. Be sure to take a free trolley ride through historic Staunton.
137 West Court Street, Woodstock VA
The museum consists of 2 houses containing several halls, floors & galleries. Schmitt Store contains many items from Bernadoitte Schmitt’s original drug store that was located on Main Street in Woodstock. Step way back in time and see local memorabilia, prized collections & exhibits, an early school room and log home and more.
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