One great Friday trip you can make, is to the Belle Boyd house, there you will find a wealth of information and literature on the civil war and find out what role Belle Boyd played in the civil war. The house is adjacent to the train station, so instead of driving we decided to take the train early in the morning and got to the home around noon, this way we got to explore some of the sights one the train and didn’t have to worry about the drive to the museum/home. When traveling to the Belle Boyd home, keep in mind that it is not operated on the weekends without an appointment. Occasionally throughout the year, they do house special events where the home and museum is open, so if you must go on the weekend, be sure to call ahead and ask when their next weekend open house is.
To give a brief history, Belle Boyd was the civil wars version of a spy, she provided information to Jackson and other military brass, that was crucial to their hopes of winning the war. She was extremely brave, for instance one evening in 1862, the union general Shields was in town and gathering to speak at a local hotel parlor. Belle Boyd hid in the closet of the room, and was able to eavesdrop on their conversation. She learned that the union troops were greatly reducing their army at front royal. Armed with this information, she was able to bluff her way past union lines, with false documents and was able to report the information on the troop movement to commander Truner Ashby.
Besides, the library and rich history of the Belle Boyd house, you can also find artifacts and get a real feel about what life was like during the civil war. There is also a small shop, where you can purchase historic reproductions on important newsletters from the war and other historical documents from the area.