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?
U.S. 11 and I-81 follow the paths of much earlier highways? The Great Wagon Road dates from colonial times and was used by people traveling from Philadelphia to settle the backcountry of Virginia and the Carolinas. Parts of the route in Virginia follow an even older path, the Warriors' Road.