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Winchester is the county seat of Frederick County and is in the northern part of the Shenandoah Valley. Native Americans of various cultures lived in this area for thousands of years before European contact. Archeological, linguistic and anthropological studies have provided insights into their civilizations. Though little is known of specific tribal movements prior to European contact, the Shenandoah Valley area, considered a sacred common hunting ground.

The European settlers arrived in the Shenandoah Valley around 1729, a blend of Quakers and various German and Scots-Irish homesteaders, many of them new immigrants. These and later immigrants migrated down the Great Valley along the long-traveled Indian Path (later called the Great Wagon Road by the colonists).

Hikers can access the Appalachian Trail from Winchester. Other attractions for outdoor enthustiasts include nearby George Washingto National Forest, the Blue Ridge and Skyline Drive, some of the most beautiful country in the world!

History buffs will be interested to learn Winchester was home to the young George Washington during his time as a surveyor and his role in the French and Indian War. During the Civil War Winchester and the surrounding area were the site of seven major battlefields as both the Confederate and Union armies strove to control that portion of the Shenandoah Valley.

Winchester annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Since colonial times, the region has been famous for its apple orchards. The town hosts the annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which has existed since 1924. The festival includes a carnival, several dances and parties, and a coronation where the Apple Blossom Queen is crowned.

Oh, and one more thing, Winchester is the birthplace of country legend, Patsy Cline, too!

 

 

Attractions

Glen Burnie House & Gardens

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Virginia Farm Market

 

Lodging

Hampton Inn Winchester

 

Accessible Playground

Children's Dream at Jim Barnett Park

 

 

 

 

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