this beautiful 1888 victorian mansion is located at the ceder creek battlefield. monte vista is listed on the national register of historic places. monte vista is a private residence but you can view it from VA 11.
the heater house was located in the center of the battle of cedar creek. this circa 1800 house is a log cabin covered in clapboard. during the civil war the house was owned by solomon and caroline heater. two of the heater's sons joined the confederate army and were killed in the war. despite her son's deaths caroline heater was a comitted unionist and helped union soldiers during the battle of cedar creek. the heater house is not open to the public but you can view it from a parking area on VA 11.
cedar creek national battlefield is located just south of middletown on valley pike road. the battle of cedar creek was fought on october 19 th 1864 and was the culminating battle of the valley campaign of 1864. on the morning of the 19 th confederate jubal s. early launched a surprise attack against the encamped army of union general phillip sheridan. during the morning fighting, seven union divisions were forced to fall back and lost numerous prisoners and cannon. early failed to continue his advance north of middletown and sheridan was able to rally his troops and hold a new defensive line. a union counterattack that afternoon routed early's army. at cedar creek the final confederate invasion of the north was effectively ended. the confederacy was never again able to threaten washington through the shenandoah valley. this stunning union victory made general sheridan nationally famous.
They've taken a cement building and tried to put a bit of the Emerald Isle in the middle of Middletown. There are two dining areas: in the "pub" downstairs and the main dining room upstairs. They are adding another room that accesses a patio area for indoor/outdoor dining.
Everything on the menu is given an Irish twist to the name and some of the dishes really are Irish tradition meals. The Shepherd's pie is very good (sorry but I need ketchup on mine). And the Bread Pudding for dessert is a special favorite. (see the website below for full menu).
The prices were reasonable (about $18 per person for dinner).
The place did not feel like a real Irish restaurant maybe because of the Main Street truck traffic whizzing by but it was a good attempt and the knickknacks around the dining room are good for eyes and conversation while you wait for your order.
The staff were glad we stopped in and they did not try to put on an Irish accent (Virginia twang doesn't fit well into that genre). The order was quickly placed with a smile and within 15 minutes we were eating our meal. The waitress was attentive during the meal to see if we needed anything else.
All in all, it was a pleasant, quiet dinner.
Stopped in here for a late lunch after visiting Belle Grove.
French Dip was delicious and my wife enjoyed the Chicken Salad platter. We had some iced tea because it was very hot outside. Finished it off with a dish of ice cream. It cost us about $15 per person.
The decor is very late 19th century with heavy wood and stone look. Cozy and comfortable.
The service was pure southern hospitality. It was a little crowded so the food was a little slow in coming but well worth waiting for.
Good food, good service, convenientlylocated near I-81..... what more can you ask for.
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Middletown is safe safe safe.... a typical year has one fight and 5 shoplifting events.
About the only thing to fear here are the ghosts of dead Civil War soldiers.
Middletown has 3 sex offenders registered.
I cannot imagine anything bad happening to you on your visit to this town.
But there is no use in being dumb. Use common sense and lock car doors and keep an eye on the kids.