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.

The rising sun lights the clouds over an antebellum stone mansion with a white portico.

Belle Grove Plantation

Visitors on tours of the 1797 Manor House learn about the plantation owners and enslaved workers alike

A ranger and a demonstrator demonstrate for an audience in a historic kitchen.

African American History Programs

The National Park Service and Belle Grove Plantation work together to share emerging knowledge of the Valley's African American history.

Four square graphical panels arranged two by two illustrate historical and nature themes.

History & Culture

A stone wall with cream lilies planted along it leads to a limestone colonial house.

A road sign labeled auto tour 6 marks a tour stop and exhibit by a cemetery.

Tour Cedar Creek Battlefield

Mount Carmel Cemetery is a stop on the auto tour of Cedar Creek Battlefield.

A group of about twenty people stand in a mowed hay field under a blue fall sky.


Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park invites you to join one of our many ranger led programs.

Last updated: August 29, 2022

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