Things to Do in Winchester, Clarke County and Frederick County
Explore the adventures at the Top of Virginia
Come explore the Top of Virginia! From historical battlefields to performing arts, there is always something going on and somewhere to unwind.
Abram’s Delight Museum
This home-turned-museum features antiques and artwork. As one of the oldest homes in Winchester, built in 1754, this site was the region’s first Quaker meeting house.
Hundreds of miles of the gorgeous Appalachian Trail are ideal for exploring the great outdoors. Starting at Shenandoah National Park and extending to the border of West Virginia and Maryland, the Appalachian Trail makes a great backdrop for adventures.
Barns of Rose Hill
Two restored dairy barns are now the site of this cultural arts and community center in Berryville. The venue features classes, live music and exhibits.
Battle of Cedar Creek Re-enactment
The Battle of Cedar Creek is re-enacted each year, drawing spectators from near and far to commemorate this Civil War conflict fought in Middletown.
Belle Grove Plantation
Built in 1797, this antebellum abode was home to Mayor Isaac Hite and his wife, Nelly Madison Hite, the sister of President James Madison. This historic landmark is open for tours.
Bright Box Theater
Head on over to Bright Box Theater for film festivals, comedy shows and concerts. The theater also hosts special events.
Clarke County Historical Association
Dedicated to the preservation of Clarke County’s history, the Clarke County Historical Association’s museum is located in the Coiner House and the Burwell–Morgan Mill. Artifacts highlight the area’s past, with stories of the Civil War and notable individuals.
All across the Top of Virginia region there is plenty of eateries catering to a plethora of tastes. From American fare to international flavors, and a slew of nationally recognized chains, foodies will find just what they have been craving.
Family Drive-In Theatre
Catch the new blockbuster at the Family Drive-in Theatre. Don’t forget snacks at the concessions stand. The theater is now open every night.
Whether looking for fresh produce, eggs, local items or baked goods, the Top of Virginia is home to many farmers markets. Locations include Old Town Farmers Market, Virginia Farm Market, Freight Station Farmers Market, West Oaks Farm Market and Hedgebrook Farm Market.
Frederick and Clarke County Fairs
www.frederickcountyfair.com and www.clarkecountyfair.org
Both the young and young-at-heart will enjoy the Frederick County and Clarke County fairs. Rides, food, contests, shows and the like are all part of the fun.
Glen Burnie House and Gardens
Built in the late 1700s on land formerly owned by James Wood, the founder of Winchester, the Glen Burnie House and Gardens are open for self-guided tours. An extension of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the grounds are an ideal setting for formal entertaining.
Josephine School Community Museum
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this restored 1882 schoolhouse is now a cultural center dedicated to preserving Clarke County’s African-American heritage.
This Civil War site is open on weekends from May through October, with private tours given all year long. The battlefield is also the home of Pritchard-Grim Farm.
Spanning a depth of 50 feet, Lake Frederick is ideal for casting a line. Anglers can reel in channel catfish, black crappie, northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish.
Long Branch Plantation
This 200-year-old estate and 400-acre farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds are perfect for exchanging vows and are open for tours and hosts events throughout the year.
Mount Hebron Cemetery
Mount Hebron Cemetery, comprised of four adjoining cemeteries, is the final resting place for more than 2,500 Confederate soldiers and gravestones that date back to the mid-to-late 1700s. History buffs will not want to pass up this attraction.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley boasts a collection of 11,000 works of art and pieces of furniture. It also hosts exhibitions and has a gift shop.
Old Town Winchester Events
Taking place in Old Town Winchester throughout the year, these events include movies, a farmers market, live music, wine tastings and art exhibits. When the temps heat up, head on over to the splash pad to cool off.
Patsy Cline Historic House
Open from April to October, the Patsy Cline Historic House features tours and a gift shop.
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
A series of more than 40 events includes: band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, dinners, luncheons, wine festival, a 10K race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, two large parades, and celebrities. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy.
Shenandoah National Park
The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Shenandoah National Park are a must see. Visitors and residents alike enjoy rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking and camping.
Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University
Known as the artistic gem of the community, the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University features more than 400 concerts and performances.
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum
Tour the Old Court House that was built in 1840 to serve Winchester and Frederick County. Now a museum, the site houses a renowned collection and offers tours of the building. The museum is open year-round.
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
Explore the wonders of science, mathematics, the arts and humanities at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. Fun for all ages, but the museum is ideal for children.
From mom-and-pop shops to nationally recognized retailers and malls to Old Town Winchester, shoppers will find clothing, gifts, collectibles, florists, furniture and so much more around the Top of Virginia.
State Arboretum of Virginia
Located on 172 acres on the Blandy Experimental Farm, the arboretum features more than 5,000 trees and shrubs from around the world, including 300 ginkgo trees, 162 kinds of boxwood and a 36-tree Cedar of Lebanon allée.
Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters
Built in 1854, and featuring the largest collection of Stonewall Jackson artifacts, this Gothic Revival style house served as his headquarters during the winter of 1861 to 1862. The headquarters is open from April to October.
Third Winchester Battlefield
Considered to be the site of most important Civil War battle in the Shenandoah Valley, this land resulted in a fight of 54,000 soldiers with 8,600 casualties. Third Winchester Battlefield features a 5-mile walking and biking trail.
Top of Virginia Artisan Trail
Shops, restaurants, galleries, markets and farms await exploration along the Top of Virginia Artisan Trail. The trail weaves through Winchester and Clarke and Frederick counties.
This 2-acre, spring-fed lake is the perfect fishing spot year-round. Reel in trout, bass, sunfish, catfish and crappie.
Winchester Little Theatre
For nearly 90 years, audiences have been entertained by the outstanding productions of the Winchester Little Theatre. Performances in the 2018-19 season include “A Talent for Murder” and “The Explorers Club.”
Winchester National Cemetery
Pay respects to the Union soldiers who lost their lives in the battles of Winchester, New Market, Front Royal, Snickers Gap, Harper’s Ferry, Martinsburg and Romney by visiting the 15 monuments spanning the Winchester National Cemetery.
Sip on reds and whites while enjoying the ambiance at Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery, part of the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. The venue hosts special events and live music too.