Published on October 15, 2015

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The Signal Knob area, including Middletown, Strasburg, and Front Royal, bore witness to many serious engagements during the Civil War.  Confederate observers on Signal Knob at the north tip of Massanutten Mountain were in a position to view battles and movements in three counties throughout the Civil War.  In fact, the terrain explains why some of the largest and most significant battles of the Valley’s 1862 and 1864 campaigns occurred within sight of Signal Knob.  Today, the road networks are much the same and vestiges of these military events have survived sufficiently to allow modern visitors to retrace these famous campaigns.

Signal Knob Area Tour 1

Wayside Inn  (Stop 1)
This spacious inn has 22 available rooms that incorporate 18th Century look and feel with the comfort of all the modern day amenities

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NPS Visitor Contact Station (Stop 2)
Start your tour by stopping in the National Park Service’s Visitor Contact Station for information about the Battle of Cedar Creek and the history of the area.

Belle Grove  (Stop 3)
Situated at the center of the Battle of Cedar Creek, this mansion and its occupants’ witnessed the carnage and devastation of the Battle of Cedar Creek.

Hupps Hill Civil War Park (Stop 4)
This land, originally belonging to George Hupp, was first occupied by Union Generals Nathaniel Banks and James Shields during Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign.

Dinner at the Hotel Strasburg   (Stop 5)
Dine by Candlelight! Indulge in the culinary skills of Hotel Strasburg’s Master Chef.  Enjoy a thoroughly stylish Victorian dining experience!