• Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP

    Cedar Creek & Belle Grove

    National Historical Park Virginia

From Backcountry to Breadbasket to Battlefield -- and Beyond

The Shenandoah Valley invites you to learn about its rich heritage, from Native Americans who first shaped the land, to pioneers of this frontier; this fertile area became one of the most important wheat producing regions of the entire South. The Valley also witnessed some of the most dramatic events of the Civil War,including the Battle of Cedar Creek, a decisive October 19,1864 Union victory.

Did You Know?

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When you say "going down the valley" you are actually traveling north in the Shenandoah Valley and that when you are traveling south, you are "going up the valley?" The reason for this expression is because the Shenandoah River flows north, so downstream is in that compass direction.