The Wilderness Road - The Great Wagon Road

Hardesty-Higgins House
Hardesty-Higgins House
277 West Old Cross Road
P.O. Box 1040
New Market, VA 22844
Region Shenandoah Valley
Locality Shenandoah
Phone: (540) 740-3132

The Wilderness Road is an epic saga about the early migration and settlement of America. As the colonies were thriving along the east coast in the late 1600s, settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains remained a challenge for early explorers. Today's travelers along the road will discover historic downtowns where museum homes, artisan enclaves and cultural pearls lay strung along a scenic route through the valley and into the mountains of western Virginia. Bring your group and rediscover what lured well-known pioneers such as Dr. Thomas Walker, Joseph Martin, and Daniel Boone to blaze trail that opened frontier to the early settlers. Take part in this classic American experience by visiting the Shenandoah Valley. The Great Wagon Loop (2 days) Day One – Tour the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley; discover the spirit of the American persona. Take your group for a scenic ride on Rt. 11 surrounded by the mountain views that awed our early settlers. Stopping in Downtown Harrisonburg, discover museum homes like the Virginia Quilt Museum and the Hardesty-Higgins House. Experience the quaint charm of a small Valley town in one of our local eateries. Day Two –Located along the “Great Wagon Road”, many Brethren and Mennonites settled here. CrossRoads, an interpretive center brings to life their history. Visit the farmstead, learn at the schoolhouse and attend events celebrating our shared heritage. Spend your afternoon in Staunton at the Frontier Culture Museum, where living history captures the heritage of the Wilderness Road. Take part in a barn dance or tour Downtown Staunton in the historic district. Today, over 43 million Americans can trace their heritage to the families that migrated along the Wilderness Road. We invite you to blaze your own trail of discovery along the Wilderness Road and relive America's unique history and heritage.

Last Updated: 6/18/2014 2:51 PM