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This former railroad station is the perfect starting point for touring the town, the Shenandoah, the Civil War battlefields, and other attractions. You can also pick up a map of the town, which provides a nice walking tour of its historic sites.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 414 East Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630
Phone: (540) 635-5788
Front Royal's old downtown contains a number of historic buildings. If you pick up a Walking Tour map at the Visitors Center, then it guides you on a circular loop that ends at the center. Along the way are plenty of things to see.
The Weaver house was once home to Aubrey Weaver, who represented Wallis Simpson in her divorce case. She later married the Duke of Windsor (who would have become King of England).
Confederate spy Belle Boyd lived in a cottage behind the Ivy Lodge. The Warren County Courthouse and Town Hall were built during the 1930's, by the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps, respectively.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 414 East Main Street Front Royal, VA 22630
Phone: (540) 635-5788
The Battle of Front Royal seems like yesterday, to those who visit this museum. Owned and operated by the Warren Rifles Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, it's a treasure trove of uniforms, weapons, and other memorabilia.
Open April 15 to November 1, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm weekdays and noon to 4:00 pm on Sundays.
Written Nov 1, 2007
Address: 95 Chester Street, Front Royal, VA 22630
Phone: (540) 636-6982
Okay, up front I'll admit I'm a professional historian and have worked as a museum director in several museums over a dozen years. I hoped the Confederate Museum in Front Royal would be a place to spend a good hour or more looking at the exhibits. This museum was put together in the early 20th century by the Daughters of the Confederacy to honor the Lost Cause. The labels have not changed in 100 years: like a rusted canteen labeled "Captured Yankee Canteen" or a decaying leather belt: "Yankee belt." This is a one room operation. It has not been properly cleaned or maintained since Stonewall's times, many of the lights in various cases are broken so that a visitor cannot read the politically correct labels, and the collection is in great need of conservation. Many of the items date from after the Civil War and are from the United Confederate Veterans, rather than being Civil War items. Several exhibits contain newspaper clippings that have turned completely yellow. Only the most ardent of Southrons will find enligthenment here. Kids will be bored to tears. This was the way museums were done before the 1960's. All in all, I was greatly disappointed.
Written Oct 9, 2006
Address: 95 Chester Street
Read the other Flea Market tip-- perfect description. For those who do NOT like flea markets (but are perhaps associated with someone who does) this is one that you can go to without suffering. Not too big, not too small. Take your camera.
Updated Aug 9, 2006
Front Royal is located just at the northern end of Skyline Drive. Skyline Drive is located in Shenandoah National Park. The drive winds for 105 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains (part of the Appalachian chain). It provides great views of the landscape and wildlife.
Written Jun 8, 2005
Take a tour through Skyline Caverns. It's open daily. It's one of the better caverns I've been in. There's three underground streams and something called "anthodites" (a white mineral which grows in spikes from the cavern ceiling) which exist only a few places in the world. It's a worth a look, but take a jacket it's chilly down there.
Updated Jun 8, 2005
Address: 10344 Stonewall Jackson Highway
We've been going to The Knotty Pine for breakfast (before we head to the Shenandoah for fishing) for over 15 years and it hasn't changed since we found it. For us, this is a good thing! One counter and three rows of booths (maybe 12 total), announcements for the local tractor pulls plastered on the doors, men mostly remove their caps when they sit down... . And then there's the lady whose job it is to walk up & down the aisles pouring coffee. FOOD: pancakes (with optional sausage gravy), girts, eggs, sausage gravy & unbelievable biscuits, boxes of cereal (if you are daft), every other imaginable Southern breakfast food, lunch specials (e.g., country fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans cooked Southern), sandwiches... .
There is no "smoking section"-- it's all smoking so don't bother going if you are going to complain.
Not for everyone-- but if you like local fare, this is it.
Favorite Dish: Creamed chipped beef gravy on biscuits. Served only on Saturday & Sunday.
Written Aug 9, 2006
Address: In town on 340N
This was taken after Hurricane Isabel hit the east coast. Here in Front Royal all we got was rain , but with all the water it still over flowed the river. Usually you can drive down this road to the river bank. Water was prob. 8' over the banks..
Updated Jun 11, 2005