In an effort to combat the bloggers and tourist websites who pick and choose quaint towns throughout the Commonwealth to highlight but fail to feature one of the best, my friends and neighbors; fellow Strasburgers, if you will, have inspired me to right this wrong by choosing Strasburg as the number one town in the County of Shenandoah, Virginia. .
Strasburg Virginia is less that two hours from Washington DC but a short hop off Interstate 66 to I-81 and you are in another world.
Strasburg is a valley town in the shadow of historic Signal Knob, a mountain peak used by both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. You can learn more about that and the history of the town at the Strasburg Museum. Be sure to check out the pottery on display; they are products of an industry from days gone by so prevalent that Strasburg was at one time known as Pot Town. To find pottery for purchase visit Bull Run Relics & Collectibles.
Be sure to The Strasburg Emporium where you can roam 52,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles. There are several other businesses in Strasburg that also cater to the antique and thrift store shopper, for the best deals, check out them all!
In the middle of town you will find Pot Town (there’s that name again) Organics run by Janet and Ron Heishman they offer advice and tools to live a more natural life. Weekends from Spring to Fall they host a Farmer’s Market in their alcove.
The latest addition to the streets of Strasburg are its murals. Three ambitious works of art grace otherwise drab walls within the town limits. These murals have been a source of pride and controversy, as any good art is. Strasburg is on the cusp of being known for its art district. Work by many talented citizens is on display and for sale at The Strasburg Town Hall, Cristina’s Café and Tippy’s Bakery.
The Strasburg Town Park provides access to the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. A boat ramp for canoes and kayaks as well as parking adjoins the scenic River Walk. Families may also choose to wade here as it’s normally shallow. A guide to this area can be found by clicking here.
Festival lovers visit Strasburg at Christmas, during Oktoberfest, and especially The Third Week in May for their annual Mayfest Celebration.
Civil War buffs love Strasburg. Besides the history mentioned above about Signal Knob, there is the Hotel Strasburg which was a hospital during the war and has some interesting stories to go with it. A few miles south of town is the Fisher Hill Battlefield and to our north, sits historic Belle Grove and the Cedar Creek Battlefield. Reenactments take place at Belle Grove a few times a year. It is opened for tours on most days. You can learn more about Belle Grove here or stop by the visitors center at the Strasburg Town limits on Hupps Hill (located here).
While your here be sure to check out all the fine shops and meet the wonderful folks who make Strasburg number one. The following list is just a few.
Places to stay:
A.C. Stickly B & B
The Hotel Strasburg
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Ramada Inn Strasburg
Battle of Cedar Creek Campground
George Washington National Forest,Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area & Campground