Whether you’re here for the Civil War history, the scenic drives or the Appalachian Trail, prepare to tackle the outdoors in the Shenandoah Valley.

Welcome to Virginia’s Black Heritage Trail. A partnership with the Virginia Department of Historical Resources, the Trail will guide you through many of the historical markers and cultural sites that make up the foundation of Virginia’s history.

Shenandoah Valley's Influential Figures

Check out the under-told stories of these historic figures.

Black History Attractions

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia

  • 1290 Richmond Road

The Frontier Culture Museum shows how a new and unique culture evolved in early America from its roots in the Old World. Living…

Josephine School Community Museum

  • 303 Josephine St.

In 1882, the former slaves and free colored people of this community built the Josephine City School to provide their children…

Valley Turnpike Museum

  • 212 South Main Street

You traveled the road-- now learn it's story. The Valley Turnpike Museum, celebrates the history and heritage of today's US Route…

Black-Owned Restaurants

Magnolia's Tacos and Tequila Bar

  • 14 E Water Street

Magnolia's has an impressive menu. From Chorizo Mac n Cheese, to salads and burritos, there is a dish for anyone that loves good…

Sweet Joy’s Cakes & Desserts

  • 1645 Reservoir St Ste 135

Sweet Joy’s is a family bakery specializing in cakes and sweet treats. We love creating delicious and creative baked goods for all…

The French Press

  • 134 N Wayne Ave

Offering a variety of hot beverages, including chai tea, coffee and cappuccino, and pastries as well as soups and sandwiches.