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“Inexpensive, unexpected pleasure”
Review of Belle Boyd Cottage

Belle Boyd Cottage
Ranked #5 of 26 things to do in Front Royal
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Belle Boyd Cottage is not an earth shaking historical site -- but it is worth a visit. The cottage was home to a female Confederate spy (who sounds like she was quite a character). The cottage is staffed by volunteer docents from the historical society and they take their jobs seriously. I have visited twice, and each time we got a private tour. The docents were a bit different in their focus -- but each wove a great story of the civil war in this part of the Shenandoah Valley and of the life and times of a local spy. In addition to seeing Belle Boyd, you can opt to see a second historic home on your visit that dates to the period that Front Royal was initially settled. Inexpensive, interesting way to pass an hour or so. If you don't have much time, be sure to tell the docent at the beginning of the visit. They will tailor their presentation to your timing. We probably spent an hour and a half looking at the homes and asking questions.

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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Front Royal Va. Is a treasure trove of finds for those that are driven by history enthusiasm.This is where a female spy resided. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and willing to spend the time to answer all questions.

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Reviewed 1 September 2016

We went to Front Royal this time, just to see this attraction, because we plan to bring our grandchildren to it next summer. We LOVED seeing this museum. Nelly gave us a fabulous tour of the Belle Boyd Cottage, with an overview of Belle's life before her contribution to Jackson's attack at Front Royal, plus information on her life afterward. She let us look for over an hour, without any sign of impatience. A super, super tour with a super, super guide. Not sure is she is an employee or a volunteer of the Heritage Society, but she was a very engaging and knowledgeable guide.

You get the tickets at the (free) Ivy House Heritage Museum, and then walk around behind Ivy House to see the Boyd Cottage. Plan time also to see the Ivy House.

The Cottage is about 2 or 3 blocks from the Visitor Center / Town parking lot. And a Trolley may run from motels to the visitor center. The trolley appeared to be mainly local public transportation linking certain areas of time with city center / visitor center.

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Reviewed 9 August 2016

Belle Boyd was a brave and fearless young girl and woman who would do ANYTHING to help the Confederate cause during the Civil War. We toured the home on a Monday and my husband and I were the only ones there, so we got a private tour. Amanda, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable both on the house and on the lady who lived in it! History is something I love anyway, so I was engrossed in the story. The house was moved to its current site from another point in town, that story is interesting too!

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Reviewed 22 June 2016

Mrs. Corey made Belle Boyd come alive for our group. Her enthusiasm and knowledge were exceptional. I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised by the history of Belle Boyd in the Civil War.

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