Hi, my name is Joy, and I'm the culprit responsible for this website. Battlefields And Tasting Rooms is your guide to unique, inspiring, off-the-beaten-path Virginia. Here you'll find original content, articles, photography and self-guided tours of Virginia's historic treasures including manor homes, main streets, museums and battlefields as well as many of the Commonwealth's award-wining wineries.

This website springs from a love of history I developed growing up in Philadelphia. Center City, with its cobblestone streets, Independence Hall, Museum of Art, and Franklin Institute was a favorite hangout of mine. On weekends, my Dad would take us hiking and camping at Valley Forge and Brandywine Battlefield. Later, when I moved to New Jersey, I hiked the Revolutionary War sites at Morristown and Washington's Crossing. When another move brought me to Virginia, I started hitting the battlefield trails here.

I hope you enjoy this website. New content is added all the time, so check back soon. You can also visit my facebook page and follow me on twitter @walkinhistory. Feel free to email me with questions, comments and feedback. I'd love to hear from you.

I hope these pages inspire you to 'walk in history' too!

Pictured at the top: Me hiking the East Face of Salient Trail at Spotsylvania Battlefield.