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Frederick County is located at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley and is a step into fascinating chapters of history. This is the community that shaped a young George Washington, who had his first job, first military post, and first elected office right here. Years later, Winchester and the Shenandoha Valley played a pivotal role in the nation's Civil War. Deemed so strategic to both the Union and Confederacy, Winchester changed hands more than 70 times during the conflict.
A wonderful starting part of those seeking an overview of Winchester's Civil War experience is the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Museum.
And once dubbed the apple capital of the world, you'll find the apple heritage is still very much a part of the community. A vital marketplace for more than 250 years, Old Town Winchester cherishes its heritage. Visitors are welcomed here with the grace and style typical of Virginia hospitality. Old Town Winchester is located within the heart of a 45-block National Register Historic District and features a quaint pedestrian walking mall.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.