Friday, July 14, 2017

Our Stay in Winchester, Virginia

Visit to Winchester, Virginia

For our recent road trip to the Shenandoah Valley, we stayed in Winchester, Virginia. The town is incredibly charming and historic. We stayed at The George Washington Hotel which is in the historic downtown and within walking distance of many eateries and attractions. The hotel was built in 1924 and maintains several interesting historic features. The hotel is gorgeous and afforded us the comfortable stay we needed each night after days of exploring!


The George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Virginia
The George Washington Hotel 
The George Washington Hotel is within walking distance of Old Town Winchester. Settlement of Winchester began around 1729, so the town has seen quite a bit of history! On our first evening, we learned quite a bit about the Winchester history by reading various placards near historic buildings.

Old Town Winchester including Civil War Field Hospital
Old Town Winchester including Civil War Field Hospital in foreground.
The first building that caught my eye served as one of Winchester's field hospitals during the Civil War.

The Taylor Hotel in Winchester, Va
The Taylor Hotel
The nearby Taylor Hotel also stands as a piece of Civil War history having served as a headquarters for General Stonewall Jackson as well as several Union generals. The building also served as a field hospital.

George Washington's Office Museum in Winchester, Virginia
George Washington's Office Museum 
Around the corner from the stretch of eateries, we discovered George Washington's Office Museum. The structure served as his military office during parts of 1755 and 1756 while Fort Loudon was being built on the the north end of town. The building now houses a museum detailing the early settlement of the area as well as George Washington's life as a surveyor and early military career. On the grounds is a cannon from Fort Loudon and one that General Braddock of the British army left behind in Alexandria.

Old Town Winchester
Old Town Winchester
The historic area is refreshing to walk through. In addition to eateries, there are intriguing shops many of which sell locally made products. The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum is also located in the Old Town Winchester area. Stonewall Jackson's Headquarter's Museum is also nearby. If you have little ones with you, the Shenandoah Valley Valley Discovery Museum and splash pad will delight the kiddos!

We loved Winchester and found it to be the perfect place to stay for our Shenandoah Valley visit!

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.




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