Welcome to the Fort Valley Museum!

Because of the unexpected extensive floor replacement work underway, the Fort Valley Museum’s 2017 season opening has been rescheduled to June 10th.

The Fort Valley Museum is celebrating the end of a very successful 2016 season! It began with the Museum’s participation in the annual Shenandoah County Heritage Day on April 9th, held here in Fort Valley for the first time ever. On April 20th, our annual Appreciation Dinner took place in order to honor our docents and the many others who make the Museum operations possible. The evening began with a social hour, followed by an excellent dinner catered by the folks at the Fort Valley Store. John Adamson’s presentation on “Shenandoah County Long Rifles: The Makers and Their Art” was the highlight of the evening. It was followed by a program recognizing all those who help at the Museum and the election of officers for the 2016-18 Biennium.

The Old Brick church opened for the year on Memorial Day Weekend with a featured exhibit about Fort Valley’s Iron Furnaces that included new material on the Mine Run (Boyer) Furnace and on historic iron stove plates. Some 900 people visited during the season, with peak crowds coming to the Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 31st and the “Christmas in October” craft fair on October 29-30. During the season, we had visitors from 20 states, the District of Columbia, from Paris, France, Helsinki, Finland, Valencia, Spain, and Karlskogg, Sweden.

This year’s Ice Cream Social—the Thirteenth such event—featured The Charlotte and Charley Smith Duet performing popular favorites, lots of ice cream, craft and bake sales, with food and beverages provided by Rutz’s Catering. Once again, excellent attendance at the Ice Cream Social produced much of the funding necessary to run the Museum.

Fort Valley Museum’s 2016 season ended the last weekend in October with its annual “Christmas in October” Craft Fair. Attendance was good. We had interesting crafts for sale, a new pewter ornament, hand pressed cider. The weather was fine, making the weekend a fitting closure for a successful year. Members of the Museum Board wish to extend a hearty “thank you” to all who participated in any way.

2016 Pewter Ornament

2016 Pewter Ornament

“Daniel Munch House”

$19.50 each

Upcoming Events

Mission: The Fort Valley Museum is a bright and welcoming community museum that depicts Fort Valley’s past history. Exhibits include: The Church; The One-room School, The Fort’s 19th century Cold-blast Iron Furnaces (along with the history of cast iron stove plates found locally), The Seven Fountains Resort (1850-1888), The Home, The Farm, The Country Store, Music in the Fort, and a recently donated collection of local Shenandoah Valley Pottery.

Buildings: In addition to the original Museum building, the Old Brick Church (circa 1830), the Trinity Brethren Church (1904) on Dry Run Road became a part of the Museum in 2008. This lovely old church is open to the public on special occasions and by request. It currently houses a religious and organizational history of the Fort, and a newly created spinning exhibit. In progress are a portrait room and an archive and genealogical resource room.

Dates of Operation: The Fort Valley Museum is open each Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day Weekend through October.

Hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Location: 8631 Fort Valley Road; the intersection of the main Fort Valley Road with Dry Run Road.

Directions: From Front Royal or Strasburg, take Rte. 55 to Rte 678, Fort Valley Road. Turn south on 678, travel about 10 miles. The museum is on the right at Dry Run Road. From Edinburg (U.S. 11 north), turn right (east) on Rte 675 to T-intersection at King's Crossing. Turn left (north) on Rte. 678, go about 8 miles. The museum is on the left at Dry Run Road.