As long-time residents (my wife was born here) of the area we take some things for granted, but we have learned to see the area in the eyes of newcomers and visitors. What services does the area offer – governmental, medical, news, etc? What schools are here? What business opportunities and lodging exist? Along with the two pages of restoration resources we have put together some lists and links to answer these questions. (We try to keep up on all of the links, but if you find a broken one, let us know.)
Historical Notes on Shenandoah Valley
The Shenandoah Valley is filled with history and magnificent views. George Washington, in his capacity as a surveyor, traveled and measured much of the land in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Daniel Morgan, an American Revolutionary army officer led Virginia militiamen in 1794 to help suppress the Whiskey Rebellion. His home – Soldier’s Rest – is a few miles from Winchester.
Looking down from Bolivar Heights at the confluence of the Shenandoah and the Potomac rivers, Thomas Jefferson claimed to have experienced the most beautiful view in America.
The area is replete with streams and rivers, mountains and vales. Fishing, canoeing, hang-gliding, Civil War sites and re-enactments, historic buildings and wine tours (new).
As temperatures decline in the Fall, the trees begin their beautiful transformation to reds and yellows and orange as an inticement for travelers. Numerous Bed & Breakfasts and Wineries pepper the area.
We hope the links below help you find and enjoy some of this rich heritage and beauty.
And… Yes… The Blue Ridge Mountains really do look blue!