Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Gaps in the Story
Shenandoah National Park
Imagine it’s 1740. You're traveling west, and you've arrived at this point on Pass Mountain. You have to cross that next mountain on the other side of the valley, and there are no roads to guide you. Where will you cross? Most people would choose the gap, or low spot in the mountain, you see about 16 miles off in the distance. Called New Market Gap today, that natural passageway makes traveling from one side of the mountain to the other easier, faster, and cheaper, even today. Look at your Park map. How many gaps can you find in Shenandoah? Consider how many people have traveled across those places through the centuries.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2019
1. Gaps in the Story Marker
You Are Here (marker background image caption)
Looking back at Shenandoah National Park from New Market Gap (west), you can see the notch of Thornton Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the first obstacle westward travelers had to overcome on their way from the east to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 40.512′ N, 78°
20.066′ W. Marker is near Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on Skyline Drive (at milepost 30.1), 1.4 miles north of Lee Highway (U.S. 211), on the left when traveling north. Marker is located at the Pass Mountain Overlook in Shenandoah National Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
2. Marker detail: Thornton Gap
To get to New Market Gap from here, travelers first crossed Thornton Gap, a half mile south of here. The old footpath became a road, and then a turnpike in the 1700s. Travelers paid a toll to use smooth roads free of mud and ruts.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Through the Gaps (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); William Randolph Barbee (approx. 1.3 miles away); Thornton Gap (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rappahannock County / Page County (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Greatest Single Feature (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rocks Older than Mankind (approx. 2 miles away); Marys Rock Tunnel (approx. 2.1 miles away); Shenandoah National Park (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
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3. Marker detail: Ramey's Filling Station, Rt. 211, 1935
Turnpike owners and local residents profited from travelers through inns, and later, filling stations. Travelers that stopped by Ramey's filling station on Rt. 211 in 1935 could purchase ten-cent ham sandwiches, drinks, ice, cider, and handmade baskets.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2019
4. Gaps in the Story Marker (wide view • overlooking Shenandoah Valley & Blue Ridge Mountains)
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 26, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.