Front Royal and Warren County are home to items of interest for the whole family. There are scenic forests, mountain trails, museums full of Civil War history, enchanting hideaways of all sorts! Here is a brief overview of the area's most popular attractions. But there are many more!|
Skyline Caverns is located only one mile from Front Royal on 340 south just beyond the entrance to Shenandoah National Park. Skyline Caverns is one of the only places in the world that features a unique formation known as anthodites, the "orchids of the mineral kingdom". Other features include, the Capitol Dome, the Wishing Well, Cathedral Hall, and Rainbow Falls, which plunges over 37 feet from one of three underground streams that flow through the caverns.
Discount tickets for the caverns can be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.
The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is located in the old Southern Railroad Train Station on Main Street. The station was built in the 1890s by the Virginia Midland Railroad, which was part of the Southern Railway System. In the early 20th Century as many as six passenger trains a day came into the Front Royal station.
Warren County Courthouse was built in 1936 on the site of the first courthouse which was built in 1836, the year Warren County was founded. On the lawn of the courthouse are several monuments of note.
The Warren Rifles Confederate Museum is located on Chester Street. Founded and operated by the Warren Rifles Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, the museum contains an excellent collection of arms, battleflags, uniforms and accoutrements, cavalry equipment, rare documents and pictures, and other personal and domestic items once owned by noted Civil War figures.
Information (540) 636-6982 or (540) 635-2219
Windrow Gallery & Murals Patricia Windrow opened Windrow Galleries on Main Street in September 1991. Her original oils and murals are exhibited here, both inside and out. Pat's work can be found in various restaurants and schools around town. Her most spectacular murals are found on the exterior walls of her building. She began painting her outdoor murals in 1991 with "The Horses of High Street", a trompe I'oeuil mural on the barn along High Street. Since then she has added "The Not So National Zoo", "Opera Street" and "The Not So National Aquarium". There are other paintings on her buildings and more are in the planning stage.
Belle Boyd Cottage is the home of the famous Confederate spy, Belle Boyd, when she lived in Front Royal during the Civil War. Guided tours feature the story of Belle Boyd and her life as a Confederate spy, as well as a glimpse of life in Front Royal during the 1860s. The Cottage is located behind Ivy Lodge at 101 Chester Street next to the Warren Rifles Confederate Museum. The Warren Heritage Society operates the facility and offers tours.
Bing Crosby Stadium In 1948, while serving as Grand Marshall of the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Bing Crosby came to Front Royal at the invitation of Senator Raymond R. Guest to help with a fund raising campaign for a new ball park. He contributed $1,000 to the effort. In 1950, Mr. Crosby returned to Front Royal for the premiere of his movie, "Riding High", and made another contribution of $3,572.92, which completed the fund raising campaign.
The Front Royal Historic District includes Chester Street, the oldest road in Warren County, and Main Street. The oldest church, Williams Chapel, and the oldest home, Balthis House, are along Chester Street. Main Street, the second oldest street in Front Royal, contains the downtown shopping area. This area was revitalized in the 1980s to reflect a Victorian village with its tree lined avenue, town clock, and Gazebo. The remainder of the Historic District includes residential areas that were developed in the late 19th Century.
Oasis Winery Rt 635, 14141 Hume Road in nearby Hume is a producer of international award-winning wines & sparkling wines. Near Skyline Drive in a spectacular setting facing the Blue Ridge Mountains it offers gourmet foods, a picnic area and gift shop. Tastings daily 10-5. Tours at 11am, lpm, 3pm; large groups/buses welcome by appointment. Wines available: Sparkling wines, Chardonnays, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon and many others. For more information call (540) 635-7627, Fax (540) 635-4653.
Prostpect Hill Cememtery is located on Prospect Street. At the entrance to the cemetery, is the Mosby Monument. This monument was erected in 1899 to commemorate the lives of seven of John S. Mosby's Rangers, who were executed in Front Royal in September of 1864. General Grant, who was frustrated by the daring raids made by Mosby's Rangers in the Northern Shenandoah valley, issued the order to immediately hang any of Mosby's men who were captured. The seven men commemorated on this monument died as a result of that order. On a circular lot at the top of the hill, known as Soldiers' Circle, lay the remains of 276 soldiers representing each of the thirteen states of the Confederacy. From this hill, Stonewall Jackson directed his troops during the Battle of Front Royal on May 23, 1862.
Shenandoah National Park The Front Royal entrance to the park is approximately 1/4 mile from Front Royal. The park is accessed by Skyline Dirve, which transverses 105 miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains in the park. The park features beautiful views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the rolling Piedmont of Virginia to the east. Park facilities include overnight accommodations in lodges, cabins and campgrounds; dining; shopping in gift shops and campstores, and other visitor services. There are numerous hiking trails, and horseback riding is available. Be sure to stop at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center at mile 4.6 and Byrd Visitor Center at mile 51 for the latest information on programs featured in the park during your visit.