Strasburg Chamber of Commerce Strasburg, Virginia


Our Community: The Town of Strasburg

Strasburg is nestled in the valley of the Shenandoah River with vistas of Massanutten Mountain and the Allegheny foothills.

The Town of Strasburg, founded in 1761 and incorporated in February 1922, is known for pottery, antiques, civil war history, and breathtaking views.

Pottery Started it All
The pottery industry began in 1761 and lasted until 1908 with at least seventeen potters producing earthen and stoneware commercially. Strasburg earned the name of Pot Town in the post Civil War period because of the numerous potterys, manufacturing stoneware and earthenware in the 19th and 20th centuries. Examples of local pottery are exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, The Ford Museum in Michigan, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Art in Salem, North Carolina, Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, and of course, the Strasburg Museum in Strasburg. Today there is a Strasburg Potters Guild continuing the traditions started a century ago.

pottery room

pottery room
The Strasburg Museum, originally built as a pottery factory in 1891, later became the depot for both the B&O; and Southern Railroads. Today it displays the wares of the potters and historic farming, railroad, Indian, Civil War collections, and memorabilia of the town's daily life.

Strasburg was an important part of the valley campaign in the early part of the Civil War, and Stonewall Jackson knew its streets and often used its hostelry. He made Strasburg "the fountainhead of rail traffic for the South" when he captured enemy engines in Martinsburg, WV, and pulled them by horsepower across roads to return them to the rails in Strasburg. From there they were sent south for the Confederate cause. More Civil War Information stonewall

trails During the closing phases of the war, Strasburg was again in the midst of the action. It is between Cedar Creek Battlefield on the north and Fisher's Hill Battlefield on the south, both accessible to the public with interpretive material. It is in the heart of the land burned by Sheridan to eliminate the productivity of this "breadbasket of the Confederacy."