The area around our Shenandoah Valley B&B is teeming with excellent Virginia historical sites from before the revolution to the present day. For the history buffs, this is the beginning of the United States and the keeping of the Union. Art and Culture are also a staple of life not only at L’Auberge Provencale, but in the surrounding counties as well. Local artisans, musicians, and theaters to nourish the soul abound.
Historic Homes and Museums
Winchester’s oldest home, served as our areas first Quaker meeting house.
Belle Grove Plantation
Located near Middletown, this 1797 Manor House was built by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison. It’s a National Historic Landmark, Virginia Historic Landmark, and a Historic Property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Burwell Morgan Mill
You can still buy fresh milled flour at America’s oldest operating mill. Check out the Art Gallery upstairs.
George Washington’s Office
This 18th century log & stone building interprets the early years of Washington’s life.
Glen Burnie House
Six acres of gardens and the new Shenandoah Valley Museum.
Museum of Shenandoah Valley
Features Shenandoah’s history as well as revolving unique art exhibits.
Battlefields and Civil War Sites
Cedar Creek Civil War Battlefield
Home to one of the largest civil war reenactments in the nation.
Kernstown Civil War Battlefield
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.
The site of the bloodiest one day battle in American history where 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.
Where Southern victories tested Northern resolve. Park is open daily dawn to dusk
Harpers Ferry WV
Harpers Ferry was cited by art history experts as the most “painted town” in America because of its spectacular scenery. It’s the site of 3 Civil War battles and is full of history. This quaint little town is always open, however shops and restaurants may have limited hours.
Arts & Culture
Barns at Rosehill
A central focus of community activities through the years. As the town developed around the barns and park grounds, it was clear the old barns could contribute in a significant way. Here are just a few of the activities:
- Dance, song, pottery, painting
- Concerts – jazz & swing, soul & folk, classical & bluegrass
- Exhibitions, presentations, dinners
- Films for all, classic or not
- Art therapies – health, movement, focus
- A space for historic crafts
- A stage for dramas, stories, puppets and poems
Winchester Little Theater
Celebrating 82 years of presenting quality theater in historic Winchester. Visit their website and box office to see upcoming productions.
Shenandoah University Theater
Shenandoah Music Theatre produces four Broadway musicals each summer in the beautiful 630-seat Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre. It’s one of the premier Universities for Music featuring performances in music, theater and dance.