Shenandoah Valley - Southern Driving Tour of History and Culture
Drive the southern portion of the Shenandoah Valley with these sites along the way.
Begin in Staunton and enjoy five National Historic Districts, where many artist studios and galleries also are located.
At the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace, your group will learn about Wilson's first wife who was a talented artist.
Tour the Frontier Culture Museum where they will learn about the various European cultures that influenced the lifestyles of the settlers that settled in the Valley, and to see the blending of these cultures in the New World.
Afterwards, enjoy a performance at Shenandoah Shakespeare's The Blackfriars Playhouse, the only re-creation in the world of William Shakespeare's legendary indoor theatre.
Travel to nearby Waynesboro to visit the Artisans Center of Virginia and P. Buckley Moss Museum featuring works by one of America's most popular artists.
See the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery. Walk across the beautiful front campus and colonnade at Washington & Lee University to the Lee Chapel and Museum.
Tour the post and parade ground at Virginia Military Institute, the nation's oldest state supported military college. Include a visit to the VMI Cadet Museum and the George C. Marshall Museum at VMI.
Take a guided tour of the Stonewall Jackson House, the only home the Confederate General ever owned.
In the evening, you might enjoy a performance at the beautiful outdoor Theater at Lime Kiln.
Travel to Natural Bridge of Virginia for a breathtaking and memorable experience of one of Virginia's most cherished natural wonders. Adventure past the Natural Bridge to the Monacan Indian Living History Village.
In the evening, enjoy the Natural Bridge Drama of Creation, an entertaining sound and light show.
See the Historic Farmers' Market and all the the cultural attractions at Center in the Square in downtown Roanoke, which is home to the Art Museum, History Museum and Science Museum of Western Virginia.
Then, travel up to see the Valley's most spectacular overlook. From here you'll see the city's most famous landmark -The Roanoke Star. This 100-foot star, constructed in 1949, is illuminated
Top off your tour at the Virginia Museum of Transportation exhibiting nearly 60 pieces of rolling stock including the Class J-611 and 1218 steam engines!
Virginia's Explore Park depicts a historical view of this region with interpreters to relay everyday experiences and to answer questions.
Following dinner, you can enjoy a live theatrical performance at Mill Mountain Theater.
Next, travel 40 minutes east to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, a tribute to the Allied Forces on D-Day.
Visit the Booker T. Washington National Monument to see plantation life of a well known black educator. This is 8 miles from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Franklin County.
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