Founded by the The Society of Port Republic Preservationists in 1993, the Port Republic Museum is located between Port Republic and Cross Keys Battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley. Housed in the 1830's Kemper House where Stonewall Jackson's Cavalry Commander Turner Ashby laid in state after being shot through the heart during actions at Cross Keys, the Museum chronicles Port Republic's history as a colonial river port town and setting for two Civil War battles. The exhibits include artifacts spanning several centuries, a documentary film about the history of Port Republic, and a research library.

This little gem of a Museum includes a gift shop and gardens and is the starting point for the Society's walking tour of the well-preserved historic village of Port Republic that passes by Madison Hall, Stonewall Jackson's headquarters during the Battles of Port Republic and Cross Keys. The walking tour is truly a step back in time as the layout of Port Republic has remained essentially unchanged since its 1802 charter, and most of the structures have been restored or are in the process of restoration. Museum hours are limited, so check the website or call ahead. Group tours may be scheduled by appointment.

Pictured at the top: Exhibits at the Port Republic Museum describe the Battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic as well as the development of Port Republic as a river port and industrial town.


The Port Republic Museum is an excellent starting point for touring the battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic.