“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Overall in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Historic Page Valley

Scenic Virginia Highlight

The Historic Page Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 23, 2010
1. The Historic Page Valley Marker
Inscription. Laying within the larger Shenandoah Valley, the Page Valley is bounded on the east by the Blue Ridge and on the west by the Massanutten Mountain. The Page Valley's early European settlers were Pennsylvania Germans who brought their farming practices and architecture with them. Their sturdy log or stone houses with exposed vaulted cellar rooms were often called "forts," although there is no evidence of defensive use, and the settlers also built large bank barns into hillsides. The valley's rich bottomlands supported crops of wheat, corn, oats, rye, and barley. Livestock included poultry, sheep, hogs, and cattle.

The millstone to your left is one of Overall's industrial artifacts. Gristmills, sawmills, and ironworks were among the Page Valley's earliest industries. The valley's first iron furnace was built in 1760. Flatboats on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River transported both agricultural and industrial goods to market. Until the mid-twentieth century, a ferry at Overall provided access across the river.

In 1851, several local roads on the eastern side of the river were widened, graded, and chartered as the Luray and Front Royal Turnpike. Early in the 1880s, the Shenandoah Valley Railroad, a precursor of today's Norfolk Southern Railroad, was constructed parallel to the turnpike. It soon replaced both river and road
Markers at Overall Run Bridges image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Markers at Overall Run Bridges
as the primary transportation mode for freight. In the 1930s, to accommodate the growth of automobile traffic, the turnpike was redesigned and rebuilt with earth-moving equipment powered by both mules and engines. Today U.S. Route 340 follows the turnpike's corridor.
Location. 38° 48.338′ N, 78° 20.949′ W. Marker is in Overall, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is at the intersection of Stonewall Jackson Highway (U.S. 340) and Overall Road, on the right when traveling north on Stonewall Jackson Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rileyville VA 22650, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Overall Bridge (here, next to this marker); Battle of Milford (here, next to this marker); Warren County / Page County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Valley Church of God in Christ Jesus (approx. 4.7 miles away); Help Wanted! (approx. 4.8 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 4.8 miles away); Range View (approx. 7.2 miles away); Asbury Chapel (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Overall.
Categories. Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
Millstone near Markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 23, 2010
3. Millstone near Markers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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