Woodstock in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Scene of Peter Muhlenburg's Famous
call to arms 1776
Oldest Court House west of the
Blue Ridge 1795
First Clerk was Thomas Marshall,
Father of Chief Justice John Marshall
Turn at Court House square and visit Massanutten Tower, a superb view of the Valley showing famous horse shoe bends of the Shenandoah River.
Location. 38° 52.371′ N, 78° 30.752′ W. Marker is in Woodstock, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on South Main Street / Old Valley Pike (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodstock VA 22664, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Woodstock (approx. ¾ mile away); This Building of (approx. ¾ mile away); Shenandoah County Jail (approx. ¾ mile away); Shenandoah County Courthouse (approx. ¾ mile away); 1LT Charles Bare Gatewood Mt. Zion Methodist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mabel Lee Walton and Sigma Sigma Sigma (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodstock.
Regarding Woodstock. To get to the observation tower mentioned on the marker, turn right at Court Street, left at Water Street and right on Cemetery Road (County route 758). Carefully follow Route 758 at intersections. It will cross the Shenandoah River and climb Massanutten Mountain to the tower parking lot. The tower is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with no significant elevation gain. (The road is closed in winter at its entrance to the George Washington National Forest.)
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another copy of this marker is also on Route 11 at the northern entrance to town.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for Woodstock. “In the late 1770s, John Muhlenberg was pastor at a Lutheran church located in the heart of Woodstock. As a famous story of Muhlenberg has it, at conclusion of his farewell sermon on January 21, 1776, Muhlenberg threw off his clerical robes to reveal an officer's uniform beneath and shouted, ‘there is a time to pray and a time to fight...’ With that declaration, the story says he then called for volunteers to join the 8th Virginia Regiment under his command.” (Submitted on October 3, 2015.)
Categories. • Natural Features • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 314 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 3, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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