Following the route of the historic Valley Turnpike is a great way to explore the history of The Valley – and to sample the other terrific attractions that the area has to offer. This tour is for the person or group interested in spending one day exploring the sites in the Shenandoah Valley. For an extension of this tour, simply click on Valley Turnpike Tour II on the Signature Tours menu for a second day of Shenandoah Valley exploration! You will find the directions for the next stop at the bottom of every sites information. Also there, you can find more information, addresses and contacts pertaining to the different stops on the tour. A stop-by-stop PDF of the tour can be downloaded below. Enjoy!
The Inn at Narrow Passage (Stop 1)
This vintage Virginia Bed and Breakfast is a historic property. The main structure has seen a long line of travelers that have experienced the Shenandoah Valley.
The Edinburg Mill (Stop 2)
Constructed in 1848, this historic mill served as the economic center of this small Virginia town.
Our Soldiers Cemetery/Hospital Site (Stop 3)
Our Soldiers Cemetery is well named. It is small and personal,with about 400 graves. The men buried there include men who died at the Confederate hospital located across the road.
Mount Jackson Museum (Stop 4)
Opened in 2003, the Visitors Center that houses the museum also serves as the Town Hall and Police Station.
Bowman Shannon Cultural Arts Center (Stop 5)
The renovation of this historic home into a dynamic gallery is the result of a vision shared by supporters.
Orkney Springs (Stop 6)
With an official population of 33, Orkney Springs won’t sound like much of a place to visit but it is home to a former, sprawling health spa of the mid-1800s that is now owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia as a conference center.
Shenandoah Vineyards or Cave Ridge Vineyards (Stop 7)
Established in 1976, the vintners of Shenandoah Vineyards, experts in wine making, combine old world techniques with modern technology to produce a variety of distinctive wines. Another option is to go to Cave Ridge Vineyards, which is also a well established and highly regarded Vineyard. While your there, you can buy a bottle of the Battlefield wines!
Following a busy day exploring the area, you may want to take in a meal at one of many different local restaurants, if you are staying for a second day of the tour you can return to the Inn at Narrow Passage for a nights rest. You will need it because there will be much to do the following day!