1601 Martinsburg Pike
Winchester, VA 22603
Phone: (540) 667-8894
Fax: (540) 667-0823
Fort Collier was built to provide protection to the Northern entrance of Winchester, Virginia. Confederate Lieutenant Collier, along with Virginia militia and Federal prisoners constructed this fort. Also referred to as Battery No. 10, this fort played an important part in the Third Battle of Wincheseter. Currently, the site is maintained and preserved by the Fort Collier Civil War Center, Inc.
Located in the city of Winchester, this 4.9-acre (two-hectare) land is the final resting place for over 5000 persons. Numerous soldiers who lost their lives in the battles of Winchester were interred here. This cemetery came to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
The Handley Regional Library is a well stocked public library, and one of the best in the city. The library opened in 1913 and was later renovated by Dennis Kowal Architects. The library also has a gift shop at the building. Stewart Bell Jr. Archives is also located here at the library. The library has a great collection of audio references, and a number of options and references for locals and students. They also have book clubs and other activities. Do check the website or contact for details.
A crucial place in the history of the United States, Old Town Winchester was the stage where several battles during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War were fought. It is a place where history and culture are interwoven and it has been preserved and cherished by the local residents. For history buffs, Old Town Winchester is a 'must see' because it is the home of Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum, George Washington's Office Museum, the Old Courthouse Civil War Museum and and the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. Besides the rich history, Old Town Winchester also boasts some very unique shopping and entertainment experiences. For shoppers and lovers of antiques, this little town is home to several antiques stores and antique galleries. It also has this concept called the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall, which, as the name suggests, is a mall-like area on the street that has a lot of shops, restaurants, cafes, specialty shops and is a venue for a range of local events. Old Town Midway is another little gem of an open space which plays host to music concerts, art & craft festivals as well as community events in plenty. A visit here is a must to discover the seemingly untouched charm of small town America.
Jim Barnett Park is a popular recreational spot in the city. It offers an array of amenities like playgrounds, picnic areas, swimming pools, basketball courts, a fishing lake and arboretum.
Located in the Sacred Heart Church and Academy, these Grounds are used for recreational purposes by the students of this institute. It features a soccer field and a playground.
This Liberal Arts Institute boasts of the a strong research base and teaching curriculum. A number of highly acclaimed artists, musicians and actors constitute the alumni.
Rocking S Ranch is a must-visit attraction among equestrian enthusiasts. Nestled at the foothills of the Shenandoah Valley, it offers an array of activities like horseback riding lessons, trail rides and pony parties.
Catering to mostly children, this natural park consists of several species of animals. A day at Wilson's Wild Animal Park is a dream outing for children of any age.
When in Winchester, a visit to the Marker Miller Orchards Farm Market and Bakery should certainly feature in your itinerary. This beautiful orchard comprises 325 acres of apples and about 15 acres of peach plantations. Plums, pears, apricots and raspberries are seasonally grown. Loads of fresh vegetables are also grown on the farm, including cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes and spring onions. The bakery at the farm is a delight for people with a sweet tooth. Breads, cakes, cookies and pies are on offer. Events like the Century Farm Birthday Festival, Apple Festival, Peach Festival, Fall Festival, and Bakery Festival are also held at Marker Miller Orchards Farm Market and Bakery. Visit website for seasonal hours and more.
Take a sneak peak at the past ages as you step inside the Dinosaur Land. You can further your knowledge about dinosaurs with the help of life size models of different species of Dinosaurs like the Pteranodon, Mammoth, Stegosaurus and the Oviraptor. Besides, the park also has models of some other rare animals on display, which will help you educate your kids about the various components of the animal kingdom. After you are done exploring the wild jungle, step into the gift shop and buy yourself a souvenir. To know more, check out the website.
Affiliated to the University of Virginia, the Blandy Experimental Farm is a well-known research facility located in the town of Boyce. Nature lovers will revel in the sheer variety of herbs, plants and trees here which exceed over 8000 in number. Medicinal herbs are a big hit with students and researches. A day-trip to this farm promises to be educative and insightful.