Tours and Activities

Looking for some family-friendly activities related to architecture and history? Here are some ideas to get you started!
Tours | Activities

Walking and Driving Tours


Self-Guided Mobile Tours

Walking Washington's Winchester, Discover Winchester-Frederick County, Crazy for Patsy Cline, The Wilderness Road, Battle for Winchester, Family-Friendly Fun, and Follow the Apple Trail tours are available at Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center website.

The Fort Loudoun Cell Phone Audio Tour is presented by the French and Indian War Foundation. Guided tours of the site of Fort Loudoun may also be arranged through the FIWF organization.

The Mount Hebron Cemetery app will help you find notable burials and landmarks with pictures, stories and videos with GPS navigation. Find it on the Mount Hebron website.

Self-Guided Civil War and Architecture Tours

PDF files of the Civil War and Architecture tours authored by PHW are available for you to download.

Civil War Walking Tour (2.9 MB)
250 Years of Architecture Tour (2.75 MB)
Explore the Old Town Mall (2.2 MB)

Guided Tours of Rouss City Hall

See the past come back to life with a guided tour through the nooks and crannies of this century old building. Tours of City Hall can be customized for large or small groups on most any day of the week with advanced notice. An illustrated City Hall History PowerPoint presentation ranging in length from 20-60 minutes can also be offered in City Hall or at civic club meetings. Call Tim Youmans, Planning Director, at 667-1815 to schedule your group for a tour. Self-guided brochures for this tour are also available at City Hall.

Guided Tours of the Handley Library

Staff members and volunteers give tours of Handley Library on the first Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) and third Saturday (1 p.m.) of each month. Concentrating on the architecture and history of the library, the tours will take you behind the scenes to all floors of the library, including the famous glass floors and the well under the stage. The tours are free, but making reservations is helpful. To make reservations or for more information, call 540 662-9041, ext. 11.

Guided Civil War Tours

Guided Civil Wars Tours are available on a regular basis from June through October in Old Town Winchester, Stephens City, Middletown, and Kernstown Battlefield. A guided driving tour of Cedar Creek Battlefield is also offered. Visit the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center website for more information on these and other tours.

Other Tour Opportunities

Other tours are available. Visit the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center for printed brochures for History and Architecture, Civil War, Apples on Parade, Crazy for Patsy Cline, and Walking Washington's Winchester.

Visit for other historic-themed tourism opportunities across the state.

PHW-Produced Architecture Activities


Architectural Treasure Hunts

Are you up for a treasure hunt? PHW has collaborated with the Old Town Development Board and the Friends of the Handley Regional Library for Architectural Treasure Hunts for National Preservation Month. Test your skills by printing out the forms:
2011 Old Town Mall Treasure Hunt
2015 Can You Find It at Handley Library?

Architectural Word Search Winter 2013

This word search puzzle appeared in the Winter 2013 PHW Newsletter. Thirty-four architectural terms are hidden in the puzzle. Download the form here both to attempt the puzzle and to check the key and see how you did.

Other PDF Downloads

1976 walking tour introduction and short glossary of architectural terms
Index to "Limestones, Sycamores and Architecture"
Godfrey Miller House Report
Peter Miller House Report