Published on February 7, 2017

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Hours

April 1 – October 31
Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

November 1 – March 31
Friday & Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission Costs

Adults (16-61): $5.00
Children (15 & under): FREE
Seniors (62 & over): $4.50
AAA Members: $4.50
National Park Service Members: $3.00
Groups (10 or more persons) $3.00
SVBF Members: FREE

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a special group tour. Special tours can be made for Mondays or Tuesdays with prior coordination.

History

The Old Court House was built in 1840 to serve the citizens of Winchester and Frederick County. It was constructed on the site of the 1741 courthouse, which was the first courthouse beyond the Blue Ridge mountains.

During the American Civil War the building served as a hospital and prison. The City of Winchester changed hands over 72 times during the War.

The Frederick-Winchester Judicial Center opened in 1984 and all judicial functions moved out of the courthouse. It was used for Frederick County meetings and offices until 1995.

In 1996 the Committee appointed by Frederick County strongly recommended placing a Civil War Museum in the courthouse.

Frederick County completed extensive renovation of the courthouse in 2003. Leading the project were Reader-Swartz Architects & Lantz Construction, who received an award for the historic renovation.

Today, the Old Court House Civil War Museum houses a nationally recognized collection and provides tours of the building. 

Mission

The purpose of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum is to:

  • Collect, interpret, and preserve, artifacts and information relating the Civil War, with particular emphasis on Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia, and the Civil War history of the Frederick County Courthouse
  • Collect, interpret, and preserve, artifacts and information relating the history of the Frederick County Courthouse
  • Enhance the understanding of present and future generations of the Civil War’s impact on the individual, the community, and the nation.