County Civil War history comes alive in new brochure

A new Civil War brochure will help area residents and visitors experience Warren County’s history like never before.

The Civil War Driving Tour brochure will guide visitors to locations around Front Royal and Warren County, like the Virginia Civil War Trail, Virginia Department of Historic Resources markers, and local monuments commemorating events and battles that occurred in the area.

Included are descriptions of the six battles, information on historic figures, and a timeline of events from October 1859 to April 1865.

The goal in creating the brochure was to educate the public about lesser-known battles around the area that were overshadowed by the Battle of Front Royal, said Patrick Farris, executive director of the Warren Heritage Society.

“There was a desperate need for something like this,” he said.

Brochures also include QR codes that can be scanned by smartphones, so users can receive additional information on battles and historical sites not mentioned on the brochure.

“We have turned this brochure from a single piece of paper into a world of information that is available online,” Farris said.

“The code will send you to the page on the Warren Heritage Society website that describes in depth the event which you’re reading about in brief on the brochure,” he added. “It’s an amazing tool for reference information.”

In addition to the new brochure, new signs and roadside markers will also educate visitors on various historic sites in Front Royal and Warren County.

The brochure was created by a local committee under the state’s Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, through collaboration by the Front Royal-Warren County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, the Front Royal Visitor’s Center and the Warren Heritage Society.

A Virginia grant helped cover the costs of production and the beginning of the brochure’s print run, Farris said. The town and county also contributed financially and aided in developing the brochure.

Farris said the brochure is intended to be around for a long time. Thousands of brochures were printed and will be distributed to visitors at the Front Royal Visitor’s Center. More copies will be made when current brochures have been distributed.

“It’s not your granddad’s brochure,” Farris said. “This is a new era.”

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com.