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 2

Strasburg Museum  (Stop 1)
Housed in what was once a steam pottery factory and latter a rail depot, the museum has fascinating information about Stonewall Jackson’s 1861 train raid as well as life in this quaint Virginia town throughout history

Strasburg Emporium  (Stop 2)
At this large scale gallery, you will find all of your favorite dealers, crafts, antiques and even Civil War artifacts. You can grab lunch right around the corner, too!

Fisher’s Hill Battlefield  (Stop 3)
Explore the landscape and history of this decisive 2-day battle, the outcome of which left the Valley vulnerable to the Federal’s destructive campaign later known as “The Burning”.

Tom’s Brook Battlefield  (Stop 4)
Come take in the beautiful landscape at the Tom’s Brook Battlefield and learn about the 1864 battle fought on it.  After you have looked at the Battlefield, take a stroll in this beautiful park or even play a round of Frisbee golf!

North Mountain Vineyards (Stop 5)
On your way back, stop at another excellent Shenandoah Valley vineyard at North Mountain.

Dinner at Wayside Inn (Stop 6)
Even if you aren’t staying at the Wayside, stop in for a delicious meal to complete your day’s exploration of the Signal Knob area.