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Battle of Front Royal Driving Tour

Front Royal/Warren County Visitor Center, 414 East Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630, USA

The Battle of Front Royal occurred on May 23, 1862, as Gen. Stonewall Jackson and 16,000 Confederate troops liberated Front Royal from Union forces. The Confederate First Maryland engaged the Union First Maryland in a decisive battle that completely surprised the Union general Nathaniel Banks, whose forces were camped just 10 miles to the west in Strasburg. The battle so startled President Lincoln and the Union military that they withdrew a large contingent of troops headed for McClellan's planned attack on Richmond, instead sending them to defend the Shenandoah Valley.


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From I-66 exit 13, follow Route 55 west, turn north on Hwy 522, and turn left onto E Main St. to the visitors center. From I-66 exit 6, take Route 340 south, turn left on E Main St., and follow the signs to the visitors center.

Visitor Services

Lodging, public rest rooms, information, gas, handicapped access, food, gift shop, museum, trails, camping.

Regular Events

May, Virginia Wine and Craft Festival; October, Festival of Leaves.

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Admission Fee

A free brochure is available from the visitors center; the tour is also offered in book, CD, and cassette tape formats.


Visitors center, Daily: 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day



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