From Backcountry to Breadbasket to Battlefield—and Beyond

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley has a long and rich heritage that still inspires today. Native Americans first shaped the land, followed by colonists and settlers. The fertile valley became an important wheat-growing region in the 1800s. It also witnessed dramatic Civil War campaigns, including the Battle of Cedar Creek, a decisive Federal victory that helped bring the war to an end.

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

Sun shines through trees onto a trail exhibit sign and a bench.
Follow Trenches on the 19th Corps Trail

Woodland trails follow a line of trenches built by the US 19th Corps in the fall of 1864.

A stone wall with cream-colored daffodils planted along it leads to a limestone colonial farmhouse.
History & Culture

The privately owned 1700s farmhouse known as Fort Bowman or Harmony Hall is one many historic buildings inside the park boundary.

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 bright green spring garden has red and pink flower blossoms.

Find ranger-led programs and events.

Last updated: November 20, 2023

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Middletown, VA 22645



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