Belle Grove Plantation on the Cedar Creek Battlefield
  Shenandoah Valley Battlefields  

Heritage Area Management and Implementation Plans

National Historic District

During the Civil War, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was known as the ‘breadbasket of the Confederacy,’ providing grains and forage that helped sustain the Confederate army. In addition, the Valley saw significant battle action and served as a Confederate invasion route into the North. The Valley’s ethnically diverse population of farmers, craftsmen, and their families experienced the ravages of war as both armies vied for dominance of the region.

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District is a national heritage area that interprets the Civil War in the Valley and its impact upon the Valley’s citizens, communities, and landscape. Heritage

  Cemetery in Port Republic
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Client: Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Commission

Prime Consultant: Heritage Partners, Inc.

Managing Consultant: John Milner Associates, Inc.

Project Manager/Principal Planner: A. Elizabeth Watson

Associate Planner: Peter C. Benton


Strategies principals Elizabeth Watson and Peter Benton led a team of professionals that developed a management plan and implementation plan for the heritage area, resulting in the approval of the Secretary of the Interior. Since then, they have participated in a range of implementation projects related to stewardship and interpretation.  
Frederick County courthouse in Winchester