Published on October 15, 2015

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A step into Winchester and Frederick County is a step into fascinating chapters of history. This is, after all, the community that shaped a young George Washington. Years later, the area played a pivotal role in the nation’s Civil War. Deemed so strategic to both the Union and Confederacy, Winchester changed hands more than 70 times during the conflict.  Explore some of Winchester and Frederick County’s most engaging and historic sites on this tour.
Winchester Area Tour 1

George Washington Hotel (Stop 1)
This beautifully renovated hotel stands in the heart of downtown Winchester.  The hotel is a short walk from the Pedestrian mall

Winchester – Frederick County Visitors Center (Stop 2)
Before seeing the historic sites that Winchester has to offer, stop by the Visitors Center for an introduction to the area’s Civil War history at the SVBF orientation kiosk.

Old Courthouse Civil War Museum (Stop 3)
Built in 1840, the Old Courthouse Museum was used as a barracks, hospital and prison by both Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War

Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters (Stop 4)
This Hudson River Gothic Revival style house, a Virginia and National Historic Landmark, was used as headquarters by General “Stonewall” Thomas Jackson during the winter of 1861-1862

Third Winchester Battlefield (Stop 5)
Explore the site of the Third Battle of Winchester. This pivotal battle is considered to be the largest fought in the Shenandoah Valley.

Dinner at the Village Square or Cork Street Tavern (Stop 6)
End the day right with a delicious meal at one of Winchester’s signature restaurants.