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Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Luray Valley Museum

"Oh, Shenandoah, I long to hear you…"

 
 
The Luray Valley Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 31, 2020
1. The Luray Valley Museum Marker
Inscription.  
The Luray Valley Museum is dedicated to sharing the story of the people of the Shenandoah Valley and their enduring impact on the American culture. The museum has a significant and evolving decorative arts collection of Shenandoah Valley artifacts ranging from its first native habitation to the early 20th century. A centerpiece of the collection is an important 1536 Swiss Bible representing the early European settlers' quest for religious freedom in America.

The seven-acre site includes a collection of once endangered local historic buildings, each painstakingly preserved. All of these structures are typical of regional architecture in the Valley's 19th-century farming communities. The tour incorporates the Elk Run Meeting House, the Bell House, the log Burner Barn, the Blacksmith's shop, and the one-room AFrican American Hamburg Regular School.

The campus also has gardens and a small vineyard. Tastings of local wines are available in the historic log Burner Barn during the season. Other seasonal activities include the Stonyman Mining Company Gem Sluice, period blacksmithing demonstrations, and mule-drawn wagon rides.
The Luray Valley Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 31, 2020
2. The Luray Valley Museum Marker
The Heartpine Café offers light bistro-style fare with handcrafted sandwiches enjoyed in a historic setting.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureColonial EraEducationSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 38° 39.944′ N, 78° 28.963′ W. Marker is in Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on Cave Hill Road 0.2 miles west of Lee Highway (U.S. 211/340), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Cave Hill Rd, Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The World's First Bluegrass Festival (a few steps from this marker); Willow Grove Mill In Olden Days (within shouting distance of this marker); Heartpine Cafe (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shenk Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rev. Bernard Willy House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hamburg African American Regular School (about 300 feet away); Burner Barn (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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