History buffs, genealogists and those who want to learn more about their county have a chance this Friday and Saturday to delve into the past at museums and other sites in Shenandoah County.

The “Local History Weekend” (which is a part of Virginia Tourism week) includes free admissions to the Strasburg Museum, Hupp's Hill Civil War Park and Visitor Center, the Fort Valley Museum, the historic Shenandoah County Courthouse, the Woodstock Museum of Shenandoah County, the Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at the Edinburg Mill, the county library's Truban Archives, and the Mount Jackson Museum.

There's also a “Hunt for History” scavenger hunt planned that ends with a prize.

This sounds like a great way to connect with the past and an opportunity to give our youngest county residents enjoyable history lessons while traveling from site to site.

Those of you planning to tour the county's museums and history sites Friday and Saturday, be sure to thank all of the volunteers who keep local history alive and share so much of their time guarding precious historical documents and artifacts.