Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation

SHENANDOAH VALLEY - 2012

Trekkers: Mike Movius, Richard Dickson & Debbie Dickson
May 4 - May 12
Flight: Seattle to Baltimore
Lodging: May 4 - The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport May 5 - 12 - The Summit at Massanutten
Transportation: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Day 0 - Seattle to Baltimore
May 4 - Friday
•          Delta Flight 1453 to Minneapolis 1:05 PM
•          Delta Flight 1101 to Baltimore 7:10 PM
•          Arrives Baltimore 10:38 PM

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The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI)
         1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road
         Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
         443-577-2300
NOTE: The Westin is a great place to stay if you arrive late. It, however, is not the easiest place to find, especially if you are tired from your flight from the left coast.
 
Day 1 - Baltimore MD to Massanutten Resort
May 5 - Saturday
Mount Vernon, VA - 46 miles
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Mount Vernon (ONLINE TICKETS - Select time)
         3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
         Alexandria, VA 22309
         703-780-2000
NOTE: This is a magnificent place to visit for young and old, alike. Suggest getting your tickets online, as the wait in line can become daunting. Also, get there early. Parking can be a problem. This is a very large plantation. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a walk. Don't expect to take photographs inside the mansion. But, they are permitted EVERYWHERE else.

Fredericksburg, VA
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Ferry Farm (Washington's Boyhood Home) - 50 miles
         268 Kings Highway
         Fredericksburg, VA 22405
         540-371-3363
NOTE: We did not have sufficient time to visit Ferry Farm on this occasion.

McGaheysville, VA (pronounced ma - gackies - ville)
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THE SUMMIT AT MASSANUTTEN
•        Massanutten Resort - 81 miles
         1822 Resort Drive
         McGaheysville, VA 22840
NOTE: This is a great place to stay, especially if you are a member of RCI Points.
 
Day 2 - Charlottesville Day - 44 miles
May 6 - Sunday
Charlottesville, VA
•        Lunch
        
Michie Tavern (1784)
         683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
         Charlottesville, VA 22902
         TOURS 9 am to 4:20 pm
NOTE: We lunched at Michie (pronounced Mickey) Tavern. The fare was surprisingly great! The tour was pretty good, though nothing special. But, the gift shop has some really neat items.

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Monticello (Jefferson) 9AM - 6PM  (ONLINE TICKETS)
         931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
         Charlottesville, VA 22902
NOTE: A spectacular American historical tour. If you've never been there, you're in for a treat!

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Montpelier (Madison) 9AM - 5PM
         11395 Constitution Highway
         Montpelier Station, VA 22957
NOTE: Again, we had insufficient time to visit this landmark.

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 Ash Lawn-Highland (Monroe) 9AM - 6PM
         2050 James Monroe Parkway
         Charlottesville, VA 22902
NOTE: One of the least talked about presidential homes. It's rather different, and really shows that Monroe came from a less affluent background.

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 Confederate Memorial
         0 Court Square
         Charlottesville, VA 22902
         434-296-1492
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Hatton Ferry (Last poled ferry in USA) Noon - 5PM
         10120 Hatton Ferry Road
         Scottsville, VA 24590
         NOON TO 5 pm Sundays
 NOTE: We did not get to either the Confederate Memorial or Hatton Ferry due to time constrictions.

Dinner (in Frederick, MD): Brewer's Alley

Day 3 - Harper's Ferry Day
May 7 - Monday
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Volt Restaurant
         228 North Market Street
         Frederick, MD 21701
         301-696-8658
NOTE: Surprisingly, many restaurants are closed on Monday, including Volt.

Martinsburg, WV - 99 miles
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Bell Boyd House 10AM - 4PM
         126 East Race Street
         Martinsburg, WV 25401-4310
         304-267-4713
        
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B&O Roundhouse CLOSED
         100 East Liberty Street
         Martinsburg, WV 25404-4554
         304-260-4141
NOTE: Since the roundhouse was closed, we did not divert to Martinsburg.

Harper's Ferry - 7 miles
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National Historical Park
        
Journey Back
         •         C&O Canal
                  Antietam Aqueduct MP 69.3
NOTE: We virtually spent the whole day at Harper's Ferry. You have to go there and experience it for yourself.

Day 4 - Winchester Day
May 8 - Tuesday
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 Violino Ristorante Italiano
         181 N. Loudoun Street
         Winchester, VA 22601
         540-667-8006     
NOTE: Although it looks a bit cheesy from the street, this is the place for Italian. Mama mia!!!

Winchester - 77 miles
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Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Orientation Center (9AM - 5PM)
         1400 South Pleasant Valley Road
         Winchester, VA 22601
         877-87101326
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Kernstown Battlefield CLOSED
         610 Battle Park Drive
         Winchester, VA
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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley 10AM - 4PM
         901 Amherst Street
         Winchester, VA 22601
         888-556-5799
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Old Court House Civil War Museum 10AM - 5PM
         20 N. Loudoun Street
         Winchester, VA 22601
         540-542-1145
         10 am to 5 pm
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George Washington's Office 10AM - 4PM
         32 West Cork & Braddock Streets
         Winchester, VA 22601
         540-662-4412
         10 am to 4 pm
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Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters 10AM - 4PM
         415 N. Braddock Street
         Winchester, VA 22601
         540-667-3242
         10 am to 4 pm
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Abram's Delight 10AM - 4PM
         1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road
         Winchester, VA 22601
         540-662-6519
         10 am to 4 pm
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18th Century Valley Cabin 10AM - 4PM
         1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road
         Winchester, VA 22601
         540-662-6519
         10 am to 4 pm
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 Hollingsworth Mill 10AM - 4PM
         1360 S. Pleasant Valley Road
         Winchester, VA 22601
         540-662-6550
         10 am to 4 pm
•        Confederate & National Cemeteries
         401 National Avenue
         Winchester, VA 22601

Middletown, VA - 16 miles
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Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Visitor Center CLOSED TUESDAY
         Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation
         8437 Valley Pike
         Middletown, VA
         540-869-2064
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Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park 8AM - 4:30PM
         7718 1/2 Main Street
         Middletown, VA 22645
         540-869-3051 (visitor contact station)
         540-868-9176 (program information)
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Belle Grove Plantation 10AM - 4PM
         336 Belle Grove Road
         Middletown VA 22645
         540-869-2028

Strassburg, VA
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Hupp's Hill Civil War Museum 9AM - 5PM
         33229 Old Valley Pike
         Strassburg, VA 22657
NOTE: Yes, we had four or five days worth of sites for this one day. We did visit Belle Grove Plantation, on the Cedar Creek battlefield…(Spectacular!); The Old Courthouse Museum…(Awesome!); and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley…(Great!). Our style was not to rush through every site, but to go and enjoy until the go had left us.

Day 5 - Lexington Day
May 9 - Wednesday
Lexington, VA - 63 miles
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Lexington Visitor Center
         106 East Washington Street
         Lexington, VA 24450-2518
         540-463-3777
NOTE: Stop here FIRST! These folks are wonderful. They set us up with their walking tour of the city which includes VMI, Washington & Lee and the Stonewall House. And, as a bonus, they let us park our car in their lot without charge.

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Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery DAWN - DUSK
         South Main Street
         Lexington, VA 24450
         540-463-2931
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Virginia Military Institute
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VMI Museum 9AM - 5PM
                  Jackson Memorial Hall - Level 200
                  Cadet Guided Tour (Noon)
                  540-464-7334
NOTE: The cadet guided tour is subject to finals restrictions. And, alas, cadets were in finals week.

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Lee Chapel and Museum 9AM - 5PM
         Washington & Lee University
         540-458-8768
NOTE: This historical site will not allow you to take photographs.

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Stonewall Jackson House 9AM - 5PM
         8 East Washington Street
         Lexington, VA 24450-2529
         540-463-2552
NOTE: No photos inside.

Natural Bridge, VA - 13 miles
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Natural Bridge of Virginia 9AM - 9PM
         15 Appledore Lane
         Natural Bridge, VA 24578
         540-291-2121
NOTE: Ever wonder how the Rockbridge Artillery got it's name. Visit Natural Bridge for the answer.

Lunch:
Southern Inn Restaurant
Dinner:
Brix

Day 6 - New Market / Harrisonburg
May 10 - Thursday
Harrisonburg, VA - 29 miles
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Turner Ashby Monument
         Turner Ashby Lane
         Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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Hardesty-Higgins House Visitors Center 9AM - 5PM
         212 South Main Street
         Harrisonburg, VA 22801
         540-432-8935
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Court Square & Springhouse
         74 Court Square
         Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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McNeill's Rangers
         174 South Main Street
         Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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Woodbine Cemetery
         212 Reservoir Street
         Harrisonburg, VA 22801
•       
 Cross Keys / Port Republic Battlefields
         Ruritan Club - Trail Signs & Battle Map
         5094 Battlefield Road
         Just off Cross Keys Road SE of Harrisonburg

Linville, VA - 2 miles
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Breneman-Turner Mill (Only surviving Grist Mill)
         5065 Turner's Mill Lane
         Linville VA 22834
         2 miles North of Harrisonburg on SR 42, Left on Breneman Church Rd
         Call Ken Weaver 540-833-1449 for private tour

New Market, VA - 18 miles
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New Market Battlefield State Historical Park & Virginia Museum of the Civil War
         8895 George Collins Parkway
         New Market, VA 22844
         866-515-1864 or 540-740-3033
         Bushong Farm located on site
NOTE: If you are limited on time, you can avoid Harrisonburg. Most of the "sites" are actually markers. (If you clicked on a link above, you've been there.) The Breneman-Turner Mill was closed for construction.

However, please visit the New Market battlefield and walk the Field of Lost Shoes. And, the Woodbine Cemetery has a very nice marker. Finally, the Cross Keys/Port Republic battlefields are in restoration phase…but, they are essential to understanding Jackson's Valley Campaign.

Day 7 - Warm Springs Day
May 11 - Friday
Warm Springs, VA - 83 miles

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McDowell Battlefield - 63 miles
         U. S. Highway 250
         McDowell, VA 24458
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Fort Johnson
         U. S. Highway 250
         McDowell, VA 24458
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The Green Brier Resort
         300 West Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
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Jefferson Pools
         Located at the junction of Route 220 and Route 39    
         11 Bath Street,   Warm Springs, VA 24484
         540-839-7741
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Bath County Historical Society & Research Library
         99 Courthouse Hill Road
         Warm Springs, VA
         540-839-2543 

Hot Springs, VA - 5 miles
 •     
The Homestead Resort
         1766 Homestead Drive
         Hot Springs, VA 24445
         540-839-1766
NOTE: We stumbled upon Fort Johnson named after General Edward "Allegheny" Johnson while on our way to the McDowell Battlefield. What a neat trail, and if you haven't watched the YouTube link above, do so.

The McDowell Battlefield is not for the weak at heart. This is a climb, and if you are not up to a strenuous hike, read the marker at the trailhead, and move on to McDowell. But, if you really want to understand the battle and how General Milroy was out classed by T. J. Jackson, you really need to take the time to climb to the summit. The Civil War Trust has done a great job of marking the trail. I saw three black bear cubs on the way down waddling along next to the logging road. RUN!

We also visited Jefferson Pools and did an hour float. Many Presidents and the R. E. Lee family soaked here. In the afternoon, it's nude soaking, so you might want to time your visit accordingly. (And, the pools are segregated…male, female.) The pool fumes can cause one to feel nauseous, so be aware of that, too.
 
Day 8 - McGaheysville to Baltimore
May 12 - Saturday
•               Delta Flight 1514 to Atlanta 2:00 PM
•               Delta Flight 2188 to Seattle 5:50 PM
•               Arrives Seattle 8:15 PM