Welcome to Front Royal! We are proud of this historic town (incorporated in 1788), one which has played a significant agricultural, industrial, educational, religious and military role from the early days of the Republic. We also take great pride in the spectacular natural settings that surround our town.
We have designed this self-guided walking tour to acquaint our visitors with some of Front Royal’s historical sites and personalities, many of which were closely related to the Civil War.
In mid-May, 1862, the Union Forces under the command of General Nathaniel Banks controlled the Northern Valley with a strong defensive position at Strasburg and his supply base anchored in Winchester. To cover his left flank, Banks sent 1,000 men under the command of Colonel John R. Kenly to Front Royal. This force was also ordered to guard the railroad and the bridges over the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River, north of Front Royal.
Using the Virginia Civil War Trails Signs, located in front of the Visitors Center, will provide an orientation of the Battle. The Driving Tour is approximately 16 miles long and includes 10 historically significant stops. Please allow three hours to complete the tour.