Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Shenandoah National Park
George Freeman Pollock, dynamic and gregarious, founded and managed Skyland with the elaborate flair of a showman. His ever-present bugle awoke guests each morning, summoned them to meals and festivities, and announced the departure of the daily mail.
Addie Nairn Hunter built the showpiece of the resort, Massanutten Lodge, in 1910. A year later she married George and became the hostess and benefactor of Skyland. Massanutten Lodge has been historically refurnished and houses an exhibit about the extraordinary women who were drawn to the resort in the 1920s.
Pollock arranged extravagant entertainments. Daily excursions included a sunrise tramp to the top of Stony Man, or a horseback ride to Whiteoak Falls for a picnic. Evenings featured vaudeville, costume parties, and gigantic bonfires.
Pollock sold over 100 lots to investors. Every
The Byrd family of Virginia owned "Bird's Nest." Harry Flood Byrd, Sr., who was both Governor and a U.S. Senator, honeymooned here and was instrumental in the establishment of the park.
The popularity of Skyland Resort set the stage for it to become the centerpiece of Shenandoah National Park. Pollock, Byrd, and several other Skyland investors worked tirelessly to bring about the establishment of a national park in their beloved Blue Ridge Mountains.
Massanutten Lodge Living Room
Skyland costume ball
Excursion to Whiteoak Falls
Stony Man summit
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 38° 35.545′ N, 78° 22.854′ W. Marker is near Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker can be reached from Skyland Drive (at milepost 41.7), on the left when traveling north. Marker is located Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Construction of the Skyline Drive (approx. 0.4 miles away); Appalachian Trail High Point (approx. 0.7 miles away); Civilian Conservation Camp (approx. 1.3 miles away); Visiblity-Endangered? (approx. 1.7 miles away); Stony Man (approx. 1.7 miles away); Old Man in the Mountain (approx. 1.7 miles away); A Home Away From Home? (approx. 2.1 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
More about this marker. This marker is one side of two three-sided kiosks at this location. The other five sides present park travel tips and the geography, flora and fauna of the area.
Also see . . . Skyland Resort History. The Skyland Resort became the core of the new Shenandoah National Park after the National Park Service awarded the new concession contract to Virginia Sky-Line Company, Inc. in 1937. The Richmond-based company immediately began to build new facilities and to rehabilitate the earlier ones. Twelve historic Skyland structures remain and allow modern visitors to experience life at the turn of the 20th century. (Submitted on May 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.