Magical History Tour – Virginia Civil War Sites
Are you a Civil War enthusiast, or a history buff? Let L’Auberge Provencale be your Shenandoah Valley home for touring many historic sites.
We will be happy to have maps and directions ready for your daily adventures on the “Magical History Tour”.
History Day One
Start at L'Auberge Provencale your first day and travel to our local battle fields located right here in the area. Cedar Creek Battlefield located in Middletown, Virginia is approximately a 25 minute ride from the Inn.The Cedar Creek Battlefield is home to one of the largest Civil War re-enactments in the US. There is a large re-enactment held in October every year, but if you cannot schedule your visit for then, there is still much to see there. On October 19, 1864, Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal Early and Union Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan met in a decisive battle on these fields. Come tread the ground and walk in the footsteps of history on one of the Civil War’s most significant battles.
Next, you can travel on to the Kernstown Civil War Battlefield which is located only minutes from the Cedar Creek Field. Follow the Kernstown Battlefield walking trails for insights into the events of the First and Second Battles of Kernstown ... browse the battlefield Visitor Center to learn details of the history ... see the 1854 Pritchard House where the family of Samuel and Helen Pritchard huddled in the cellar waiting for quiet to return to their farm. Open yearly from May through October.
From Kernstown, you can travel to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to finish out your day.The Museum tells the story of the rich history of this region. Three galleries (10 rooms) showcase a wonderful permanent collection of memorabilia from this area. A 4th gallery presents changing exhibitions, so there is always something new to see.
End your day back here at L'Auberge Provencale to unwind and have a fabulous dinner in our restaurant La Table Provencale.
History Day Two
Begin your second day with an unforgettable breakfast in our dining room and get ready for more wonderful sightseeing.
This day will lead you to Manassas, Virginia to the Manassas Battlefield. On July 21, 1861, two armies clashed for the first time on the fields overlooking Bull Run. Heavy fighting swept away any notion of a quick war. In August 1862, Union and Confederate armies converged for a second time on the plains of Manassas. The Confederates won a solid victory bringing them to the height of their power. Begin your visit at the Henry Hill visitor center, open daily from 8:30-5pm. The park offers a wide array of activities, scenic vistas, historic sites and walking trails to interest the casual visitor or the true Civil War historian. Make sure you see the park orientation film. The Manassas Battlefield (or The National Battlefield Park) is an all day activity that will satisfy all age ranges.
Again end you day here at L'Auberge Provencale and get rested for the third and final day of this jam packed History Tour.
History Day Three
The third and final day takes us to Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD. The battle field is about a 55 minute ride from the Inn. Antietam is the site of the "Bloodiest One day battle in American History." 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The park hours are 8:30-5 year round. Start your visit at the visitor center and museum.There is a self guided 8.5 mile auto tour though the battlefield which includes 11 stops. If you would like a guided walking tour, you can sign up for a tour led by a park ranger who will share the rich history of the battlefield. If you are adventurous and enjoy a hike, you can take a self guided hike on "Bloody Lane, Cornfield Lane, Final Attack, Union Advance and the Snavely Ford Trails"
When you finish at Antietam, you can drive south to Harpers Ferry, WV. This is about a 25 minute ride which is on the route back to the Inn.
Harpers Ferry is the site of the John Brown raid which precipitated the Civil War and also was the first command of Stonewall Jackson who raised and trained his famed Brigade here.
It was also the site of three Civil War battles, the major one involving over 30,000 troops on both sides which resulted in the largest surrender of US troops until Bataan in WWII. The town offers self guided walking tours and several small museums to tour. If you're hungry, the town offers 8 different dining locations at all price point with several of the restaurants offering a nice selection of local wines.
Again your visit can end with a restful night here at L'Auberge Provencale with a wonderful breakfast on the morning of your departure.
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