Just a stone's throw away from D.C. in Winchester, Va., the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley offers visitors special programs and events about the history of the valley.
A special Galleries at Night event on Friday, March 9, will keep the complex open until 9 p.m. Go for dinner, dessert and wine starting at 5 p.m. -- and, hey, it's educational! A lecture by historian Christopher Kolakowski will examine Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign, and its importance in the Civil War.
Galleries include the Shenandoah Valley Gallery (history), the Julian Wood Glass Jr. Gallery (art and antiques), and the R. Lee Taylor Miniatures Gallery (miniature furnished rooms and houses). The Changing Exhibition Gallery currently features An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia - Surviving War.
Looking for a hit of Vitamin D? The museum's Glen Burnie Gardens will officially open for tours in March as well. Expect to see garden rooms, vegetable gardens, and nearly 400 plants in the rose garden. Tours of this sweeping estate are self-guided, with audio tours available. The gardens will be open through Oct. 31.
The museum is located at 901 Amherst St., Winchester, Va., about 40 minutes west of downtown D.C., and is open Tuesdays through Sundays; admission is $6-$10.