Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Orientation Center is located in the Winchester visitor center. A wonderful starting place for those seeking an overview of Winchester-Frederick County's Civil War experience with an interactive touch screen kiosk lets you navigate and explore your own areas of interest before visiting the area Civil War sites.
The Civil War devastated the peaceful beauty of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley with more than 325 armed conflicts that took place here. Today you can still view much of the region
as it was seen by soldiers and civilians during the war, and you can
explore the region’s dramatic Civil War story at historic sites,
battlefields, courthouses, cemeteries, walking trails, and museums.
In 1996, Congress designated eight counties in the Shenandoah Valley of
Virginia as a National Heritage Area – the Shenandoah Valley
Battlefields National Historic District. This District preserves and interprets
the region’s significant Civil War battlefields and related historic
sites located in the Shenandoah Valley. Shenandoah
Valley Battlefields National Historic District Orientation Center located in Winchester, Virginia offers several
opportunities to learn more about the Civil War. Here
you can view exhibits, a short film, look at maps and other materials to
help orient you to the area and surrounding sites.
The effort is led by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields
Foundation, which works with partners to preserve the hallowed ground of
the Valley’s Civil War battlefields, to share its Civil War story with
the nation, and to encourage tourism and travel to the Valley's Civil