Northern Shenandoah Valley Campaigns Guided Tour

Northern Shenandoah Valley
Northern Shenandoah Valley
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  • Guided Driving Tour With stops in each location
  • 8 Hours9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Shenandoah Valley Battlefields
  • $640Maximum 6 guests

An Epic Northern Shenandoah Valley Campaigns Tour Led by a Historian

Explore pivotal Civil War sites around Winchester, spanning campaigns from 1862 to 1864, in the Shenandoah Valley, long known by local Native American tribes as the “Daughter of the Stars.” This tour offers a deep dive into the area’s rich history, starting with the First Battle of Kernstown, where Stonewall Jackson’s tactics and the terrain significantly influenced the war’s direction.

Visiting Winchester’s Historical Landmarks

In Winchester, the tour highlights the area’s strategic importance, showcasing Jackson’s headquarters alongside Union and Confederate cemeteries; all this is found amid the town’s charming historical architecture. The journey continues to the Third Winchester battlefield, underlining the critical roles of future presidents and military leaders in a battle marked by fierce engagements and strategic prowess.

The final leg takes us to Cedar Creek, the scene of a decisive late-war clash, featuring a surprise Confederate attack and Sheridan’s dramatic response. Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, with preserved Civil War earthworks and the historic Belle Grove Plantation, this tour encapsulates the strategic, human, and natural elements that defined the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.

This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with our Southern Shenandoah Campaigns Tour. Or, if you have a special itinerary in mind, you can book a historical tour experience through our Custom Battlefield Tours in Virginia option. 

Let a Local Battlefield Guide Show You the Way

Let us show you the way as you relax and skip the self-guided tour hassle. Your own battlefield guide will meet you in front of the Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center.

After an introduction, your battlefield guide will join your vehicle as you depart to your first stop. It is recommended that the battlefield guide drive your vehicle so you can relax and enjoy the tour, but it’s up to you who drives.

Joining your vehicle keeps the cost down so you can see more battlefields with us.

Step-on battlefield guides are available for larger passenger vehicles (van or bus). For more information and prices, please contact us.

Note: The Northern Shenandoah Valley Campaigns can be tailored into one of our Custom Battlefield Tours.

What's Included on This Northern Shenandoah Valley Campaigns Guided Tour

  • Professional & qualified local battlefield guide
  • Locate ancestor’s regiment on the battlefield With advance notice only

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bottled water
  • Jacket & umbrella
  • Sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Hat & light clothes
  • Insect repellant

What's Not Included

  • Vehicle
  • Visit to the Battlefield Visitor Center museum, film, and gift shop
  • Food & drinks
  • Gratuities Optional


  • Tour meets at 9:00 am in front of The Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center; 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Winchester, Va. 22401.
  • Tour 3 different Winchester area battlefields from 2 different campaigns in 1862 and 1864.
  • First Kernstown; March 23,1862
  • Explore the historic town of Winchester and have a lunch break there
  • Third Winchester; September 19, 1864
  • Cedar Creek; October 19, 1864

Special Notes

  • The minimum recommended age is 10 years old.
  • The tour makes multiple stops and gets out of the vehicle
  • Walking at stops is minimal, usually steps from the vehicle (no hiking involved)
  • Tour can accommodate those with mobility challenges
  • Traveling between stops has commentary
  • The tour continues in all weather conditions as adjustments can be made to make everyone comfortable
  • We can locate an ancestor’s unit on the battlefield for no additional charge by simply giving us their unit’s information, for example, 10th New York regiment – Advance notice of a week or more is advised to better prepare.


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