Valley Turnpike Museum

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Historical Significance Valley Turnpike Museum - -

The Valley Turnpike Museum celebrates the history and heritage of today's US Route 11, known in the region as the Valley Turnpike. Once the main thoroughfare throughout the Shenandoah Valley, it aided migration from the north to the south, both in pioneer days and today. Located along Virginia's Heritage Migration Route, the route was known by many names: the Warriors Path, the Great Indian Road by Treaty of Lancaster, the Great Wagon Road, and the Valley Turnpike. The natural buffalo path and game route became the road to western expansion and the wilderness attracting thousands of early pioneers. The Museum explores the turning points for settlement and development of the road including early macadam, tolls, Civil War history and the progress of the interstate system.


Valley Turnpike Museum Today

You traveled the road-- now learn it's story. The Valley Turnpike Museum, celebrates the history and heritage of today's US Route 11, aka The Valley Turnpike. Once the main thoroughfare throughout the Shenandoah Valley, it aided migration from the north to the south, both in pioneer days and today. The museums highlights the road's history from its beginnings as a buffalo path to the Civil War and Stonewall Jackson, to today's use of it as a more scenic way to experience the Valley.



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