Our adventure today begins in the historical town of Winchester, Virginia. Winchester sits in the northernmost corner of Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. This area is rife with Civil War history, in fact, the town of Winchester changed hands between the North and South 72 times during the war!
This summer I read a great book called Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson. So this year's adventure also has a theme, 'the Civil War'.
After Winchester, we rode up to the Antietam Battle Field for a quick tour. From there we traveled to Front Royal, took a right turn to the Shenandoah Valley. Down the Shenandoah Valley to Harrisionburg.
The weather today was hot, in the low 90's, with scattered afternoon thunderstorms
Just south of Winchester we stopped by our first battlefield, the Battle of Kernstown.
Some of the old buildings in downtown Winchester.
While downtown we visited the Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum. This was a house used by Stonewall Jackson from Nov 1861 to Mar of 1862.
We took a tour of the house, it was fascinating, a must see if you are in the area. (note – helps to have read the book, Rebel Yell, before visiting) .
About 45 minutes north of Winchester is the Antietam National Battlefield. The battle of Antietam was the bloodiest one day battle in American history. 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862.
On the way to Harrisonburg, VA, my cell phone kept going off with warnings of flash flooding in the area. Sure enough, on the way to Harrisonburg, it appeared that one of those afternoon thunderstorms was eminent. Here is a photo that Deb took while I was finishing putting on my rain gear along the side of the road.
Shortly after this photo was taken, it came down like 'cats and dogs'.