During the Civil War, Milford (present-day Overall) was a small commercial center on the Luray-Front Royal Turnpike. Located in a narrow valley between river and mountains, the village saw more than its share of military action. Confederate Gen. . . . — — Map (db m37247) HM
The metal truss bridge here at Overall, Page County Bridge No. 1990, is a historically innovative design. It was built in 1938 as part of a major realignment of present-day U.S. Route 340, then called State Route 12, between Luray and Front Royal, . . . — — Map (db m37251) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m37249) HM
Through the first half of the twentieth century, increasing automobile traffic and the transportation demands of industry and the armed forces during two world wars contributed to highway improvements in western Virginia. In 1934, plans were made to . . . — — Map (db m162672) HM
Warren County. Area 216 square miles. Formed in 1836 from Frederick and Shenandoah, and named for General Joseph Warren, killed at Bunker Hill, 1775.
Page County. Area 322 square miles. Formed in 1831 from . . . — — Map (db m590) HM
Original Grant from King George III to Charles Cropson 1746. 1783 Grant from Beverly Randolf, Governor of Virginia to Jacob Mire. 1802 Jacob Mire to George Price. Original Mill Built 1803. Verbena Park and present mill . . . — — Map (db m12083) HM
Having successfully driven Gen. Nathaniel Bank's Union army from the Shenadoah Valley in late May 1862, Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's "foot cavalry" had little time to reset. While one Union army under Gen. John C. Frémont was bearing down . . . — — Map (db m214993) HM
In late 1935, when Shenandoah National Park was officially established, 465 families remained on the land, most with no plans for relocation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Resettlement Administration was tapped to help. The government . . . — — Map (db m96232) HM
Legend and narrative testimonies describe this stone as A Slave Auction Block
From the Page News & Courier, August 31, 1961: “This native sandstone block . . . which stood at the corner of Main and Court Streets at the Chamber of . . . — — Map (db m159133) HM
The Andrew Jackson School, named for a local Black entrepreneur, was built here in 1924-25 to serve African American students. The Black community raised half of the $5,467 cost of the three-classroom building. Additional support came from the . . . — — Map (db m225877) HM
Born into slavery on a farm just east of Luray around 1813, Bethany Veney lived a remarkable life of faith, resilience, strength, and forgiveness. Her 1889 autobiography, Aunt Betty’s Story: The Narrative of Bethany Veney, a Slave Woman, . . . — — Map (db m227621) HM
Calendine was built in the early 1850s by Townsend Young. The adjacent one story building served as a general store and stage stop on the Sperryville-New Market turnpike. The store was also a social gathering place for exchange of news and gossip. . . . — — Map (db m174315) HM
Driving the Dream
The Car & Carriage Caravan Museum at Luray Caverns is one of America's most outstanding exhibits of rare vintage vehicles. Established in 1957, the museum was built on one man's fascination with antique transportation. . . . — — Map (db m159105) HM
In mid-June 1862, after Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley campaign, Brig. Gen. Beverly H. Robertson’s cavalry screened from Union observation Jackson’s movement east to join the Army of Northern Virginia near Richmond. . . . — — Map (db m591) HM
The wood of Chestnut oak can be split easily into fine yet tough ribbons of fiber.
These splints can be used to weave baskets and chair bottoms.
This wood is heavy, strong, close grained and durable. It is used for . . . — — Map (db m159074) HM
Directly up the hill from this site grows the second largest Chinkapin Oak in Virginia. It is registered with the Champion Tree Program of Virginia with a circumference of 234 inches, 62 feet tall and has a crown spread of 132 feet. It is estimated . . . — — Map (db m182598) HM
(Left Side):Would it not be a blame for us if their memories part from our land & heart and a wrong to them & a shame for us the glories they won shall not wane for us in legend & lay our heroes in gray shall forever live over again for us. . . . — — Map (db m16457) HM
Near this spot, on July 18, 1931, the ground-breaking ceremony for the Skyline Drive was conducted. This act began the eight-year construction of the 105-mile-long scenic roadway, which now stretches from Front Royal to Waynesboro, Virginia. — — Map (db m45690) HM
In Coastal areas, this tree is called Shadblow or Shadbush because it blooms when the shad migrate upstream to spawn.
Another name for this tree, Juneberry, is fitting because the flowers become reddish purple . . . — — Map (db m159061) HM
The Eastern Redbud tree is most beautiful in early spring when the naked branches are covered with purplish pink or magenta blossoms.
An unremarkable tree in summer and winter, the redbud flowers in spring show us how common the tree really . . . — — Map (db m159066) HM
During the 1800's farmer’s took everything from a from a simple hoe to a thresher “snorting black smoke” into the ﬁelds in pursuit of better harvest.
Machines were run by hand, by oxen or horses, and ﬁnally by steam . . . — — Map (db m100662) HM
In September 1864, Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan detached two cavalry divisions under Gen. Alfred T. A. Torbert to move into the Page Valley. While the bulk of Sheridan’s army would strike Gen. Jubal A. Early’s Confederates at Fisher’s Hill, . . . — — Map (db m155818) HM
Trees in Trouble
Currently these trees are fighting dogwood anthracite fungus.
It is spread by birds and rain and kills dogwood trees at or above 2,000 feet in elevation.
The Toothpaste Tree
Did you know…the Flowering . . . — — Map (db m159062) HM
Six miles south, near Alma, stands Fort Philip Long, a small Germanic stone dwelling with a massive end chimney. Constructed on the edge of a bank, the house is unusual in having two cellar levels, one below the other. A tunnel leads from the lower . . . — — Map (db m802) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m134296) HM
You are retracing the footprints of many people who have created history on the Massanutten Mountain.
During the Civil War, General Stonewall Jackson marched with his troops across this very spot. This trail has changed form many times and . . . — — Map (db m159059) HM
"The hand-cut walls have stories to tell for those willing to listen." Reed Engle, The Greatest Single Feature… A Sky-line Drive
May 15, 1933 saw the first Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps established in Shenandoah at . . . — — Map (db m145386) HM
Having remained with his command
in the vicinity of Winchester since the
Battle of Sharpsburg/Antietam, by
November 22, 1862, Gen. Thomas J.
“Stonewall” Jackson was again on
the march. With more than 32,000
soldiers, Jackson’s force made . . . — — Map (db m16453) HM
The Town of Luray was originally surveyed and platted in 1811. On February 8, 1812, the Town was established. People who live and work in the area continue to marvel at its rolling hills, clear streams, and breathtaking views. Luray has evolved . . . — — Map (db m159093) HM
Near This Spot
Andrew Campbell, feeling the cool air of newly found natural wonder Luray Caverns, is shown here very shortly after this "discovery of the century" was made. Photo was most likely taken by co-discoverer Benton . . . — — Map (db m106463) HM
On this site was lot number 1 of a town made up of 18 lots conveyed by deed from Isaac Ruffner and his family, descendants of the original homesteaders in 1739, Peter and Mary (Steinman) Ruffner, owners of most of the land on both sides of the . . . — — Map (db m154446) HM
A few hundred million years ago, geologic forces deep in the earth folded, faulted and uplifted the flat-lying rock layers, displacing the seas.
Erosion cut into the uplifted and folded rock layers. The easy-to-erode rocks, such as shale and . . . — — Map (db m230640) HM
This one-room school was originally located in the Massanutten section, west of Luray. Donated to the Page County Heritage Association by Thomas and Barbara Jenning, the c. 1880 building was moved to this site in 1974. Extensive renovation . . . — — Map (db m800) HM
The Wildflower Trail is a 0.5 mile (one-way) trail that is rocky and steep in places.
Enjoy your wildflowers of spring and summer as you trace the footsteps of Stonewall Jackson who marched his troops across this mountain during the Civil . . . — — Map (db m159058) HM
To the Founders of the Massanutton Settlement, 1729. Jacob Stover, Leader and Patentee of 5000 acre tract. Adam Miller, settler on the Shenandoah River 1727. Purchasers from Stover: Christian Clemon, Henry Sowter, Mathias Selzer, John Brubaker, . . . — — Map (db m650) HM
Built for religious purposes by the “Neighbors”, mainly Mennonites from Switzerland and southern Germany.
The outside of the one log walls were covered in 1851 with white weatherboards and the structure was roofed with chestnut shingles. A . . . — — Map (db m174316) HM
This millstone was found in the forest a short distance from here.
It appears to have cracked under the shock of many hammer blows.
When used in a grist mill it would have ground grain for hot bread and buckwheat cakes.
Millstones . . . — — Map (db m159075) HM
Organized 1812. Called Old School Baptist since 1832 when there occurred a division in the Baptist Churches of the United States.
Mt. Carmel Church Buildings. First, a frame building in West End. Second, a brick building at the head . . . — — Map (db m36327) HM
Stony Man, the old man in the mountain, is a Shenandoah National Park icon. It only takes a little imagination to see the profile of a man’s face in the mountain from here. Stony Man has lent his name to a summit, an overlook, a hike, a camp . . . — — Map (db m96224) HM
Those who have long enjoyed such freedoms as we enjoy forget in time that man has died to win them
Dedicated to those who serve their country in times of war and peace especially dedicated to those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice in order . . . — — Map (db m159126) WM
Nearly three weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg, and in the wake of a sharp fight near Front Royal at Wapping Heights (Manassas Gap) on July 23, 1863, Confederate troops from Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s corps withdrew to the Page Valley. On July 25, . . . — — Map (db m13111) HM
Pignut Hickory was coined in early colonial days when hogs ate the nuts with great relish.
During the War of 1812 Andrew Jackson earned the nickname "Old Hickory" when he showed strength, stamina and energy as the leader of a rowdy troop of . . . — — Map (db m159064) HM
"This is no fancy Camp or fashionable resort, and we claim this as one of the greatest advantages we can offer. We do not cater for fashionable patronage, but if you want health, recreation, and rest, these we can give you in abundance." . . . — — Map (db m230887) HM
Starting about 350 million years ago, these mountains were being shaped by movements deep within the earth's crust. The pressure was intense. Loose sands were tightly compacted and cemented; buried rock was compressed, folded, buckled and . . . — — Map (db m230635) HM
Rappahannock County. Area 274 Square Miles. Formed in 1833 from Culpeper and named for the Rappahannock River, headwaters of which are in this county.
Page County. Area 322 Square Miles. Formed in 1831 . . . — — Map (db m1570) HM
Shenandoah National Park Shenandoah National Park was established in 1935 using lands donated by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The forest was once devastated by logging and farming, but has now returned, and covers more than 95 per cent of the . . . — — Map (db m13249) HM
Decades before Shenandoah National Park was established, vacationers traveled to Skyland Resort seeking respite from urbanized, mechanized city life. Just as you have, they found rustic, natural surroundings, a slowed pace, and a chance to reconnect . . . — — Map (db m134294) HM
Can you see a man's stony face in the rock outcrop on the high peak directly to your left? Someone thought they could, thus the peak's name, Stony Man. Stony Man is Shenandoah National Park's second highest peak at 4,011 feet. To enjoy views . . . — — Map (db m13242) HM
Did You Know?
Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself
The Park's resource protection mission makes it a superb place to reintroduce wildlife. In 1989 Shenandoah first tried to bring endangered peregrine falcons-once permanent . . . — — Map (db m230838) HM
The Discovery of the Century
On August 13, 1878, town tinsmith Andrew Campbell, Campbell's 13-year-old nephew Quint, and three other men were exploring for a cave. With the help of a companion, photographer Benton Stebbins, they dug away . . . — — Map (db m159107) HM
Immigrant Peter Ruffner built this house about 1739. Before the Civil War, William A. Chapman bought it, and three sons reared here later fought for the Confederacy. For their exploits as members of Col. John S. Mosby’s Rangers, two of them, Lt. . . . — — Map (db m17210) HM
“The greatest single feature is a possible sky-line drive along the mountain top. . .Few scenic drives in the world could surpass it.” —Southern Appalachian National Park Committee, 1931
By 1929, more than 23 million . . . — — Map (db m100663) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m159108) HM
Sassafras is best known for the spring tonic made from dried roots.
Although the tea from Sassafras is still used today. It is now known to contain cancer causing ingredients.
Smitten with Mittens
Sassafras leaves are very unique. . . . — — Map (db m159065) HM
The World's First Bluegrass Festival was held at Oak Leaf Park, Luray, Virginia on July 4, 1961. Featured bands: Bill Clifton & the Dixie Mountain Boys, Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys, Mac Wiseman, the Stanley Brothers, the Country Gentlemen, . . . — — Map (db m159124) HM
During the Civil War, this gap in the Blue Ridge was of significant tactical importance for the movement of troops, artillery, and supply wagons. The Thornton’s Gap Turnpike, a macadamized (hard-surfaced) road, passed through the gap and linked . . . — — Map (db m100651) HM
In the valley below, Highway 211 snakes its way through the town of Luray and connects Thornton Gap, 1/2 mile to your left on Skyline Drive, with New Market Gap, the low point in distant Massanutten Mountain. Luray and Route 211 illustrate how . . . — — Map (db m13228) HM
Just west of here is White House, a fortified stone dwelling constructed ca. 1760 during the Seven Years' War. Built in the Rhenish style, it was the home of Mennonite minister Martin Kauffman II, whose family arrived in the Shenandoah Valley in the . . . — — Map (db m159078) HM
On May 21, 1862, Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s Valley Army plodded north
along this road to threaten Front Royal and outflank Union Gen. Nathaniel Bank’s position at Strasburg. With the addition of Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s . . . — — Map (db m230250) HM
Operated from 1870–1910 about ¼ mile north of U.S. 211 over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River with its approach road close to the existing White House. You can easily see the White House, on the east side of the river, as you drive to the . . . — — Map (db m573) HM
Here stood “Hawburg,” birthplace of the eminent Virginia sculptor William R. Barbee (1816–1868). He studied in Florence, Italy, where he carved his famed “Coquette” and “The Fisher Girl.” Returning to the United States in 1858 he was at work on a . . . — — Map (db m1571) HM
On October 2, 1864, elements of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry Division under Col. William H. Powell reached this area near Luray and quickly laid waste to the Willow Grove Mill. Amanda Moore, wife of the mill’s owner, later recalled, "We had the Mill, Saw . . . — — Map (db m11034) HM
This mill was originally built of logs on a high rock foundation in 1797. It was powered by a 18' overshot with an up and down sawmill. Steam engines were used in late 1800's. In 1871 William Richards Renalds began working at this mill and operated . . . — — Map (db m159109) HM
To travel this forest trail. Discover a two horse power tree, a boulder with living skin, and a stone that almost ground grain for grandfather's bread. Your half hour walk of discovery and adventure begins and ends here. — — Map (db m159077) HM
Page County. Area 322 square miles. Formed in 1831 from Shenandoah and Rockingham, and named for John Page, Governor of Virginia, 1802–1805. Luray cave is here.
Shenandoah County. Area 510 square miles. . . . — — Map (db m791) HM
The Brick Church School, a wooden one-room school, stood on this site in the late 1890s. In the photograph on the left, a row of stones that formed part of the foundation is still visible. Within this one-room structure, the teacher provided . . . — — Map (db m226132) HM
Built in 1846, Catherine Furnace was one of three Page County furnaces in operation during the Civil War. The 30-foot-tall main stack is nearly all that remains of the cold blast furnace and once-huge operation here, when 22,500 acres supplied wood . . . — — Map (db m15892) HM
On 22 May 1865, after the Civil War ended, Capt. George W. Summers, Sgt. I. Newton Koontz, and two other armed veterans of Co. D, 7th Virginia Cavalry, en route to obtain their paroles, robbed six Federal cavalrymen of their horses near Woodstock. . . . — — Map (db m15902) HM
Rockingham County Area 876 square miles
Formed in 1778 from Augusta, and named for the Marquis of Rockingham, British Statesman. John Sevier, of Tennessee, was born in this county. In it took place the battles of Cross Keys . . . — — Map (db m234636) HM
has been registered as a
pursuant to the authority vested in the
Virginia Board of Historic Resources
• • •
has been . . . — — Map (db m236751) HM
In 1836, brothers Daniel and Henry Forrer, in partnership with Samuel Gibbons, purchased land here for an ironworks and built a cold-blast furnace, called Furnace #1. Some 6,249 acres provided trees for charcoal, quarries and mines for limestone and . . . — — Map (db m16641) HM
In memory of these men from the Shenandoah Iron Works District who paid the supreme sacrifice during World War I, World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam
Ray W Biedler •
William C Burwell •
Jesse W Campbell Jr •
Avis O Comer •
Ervin E Comer • . . . — — Map (db m236675) WM
This park is dedicated to these men of the
Shenandoah Iron Works District
who paid the supreme sacrifice during
World Wars I and II
William C. Burwell •
Ray W. Biedler •
Stewart Comer •
Avis O. Comer •
Ervin E. Comer • . . . — — Map (db m236611) WM
Early in May 1862, Gen. Stonewall Jackson moved most of his army east over the Blue Ridge toward Charlottesville, leaving Gen. Richard S. Ewell's division at Conrad's Store (present day Elkton) to hold the Federals in the Shenandoah Valley. The . . . — — Map (db m12086) HM
Nearly a month after the battle of Kernstown, Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's command had worked its way south "up" the Valley to join Gen. Richard S. Ewell's division near Conrad's Store (Elkton). To secure this haven for reorganization, on . . . — — Map (db m12085) HM
The Stevens Cottage, located ¼ mile west, was built in 1890 to house the offices of the Shenandoah Land and Improvement Company. This restored post bellum building was designed by William M. Poindexter, in the shingle style of the Edwardian Period. . . . — — Map (db m86243) HM
"Laws and generally accepted customs" When Shenandoah first welcomed visitors in 1936, Virginia was a "Jim Crow" state, its laws requiring segregation of the races. This created a dilemma for the National Park Service and the Department of the . . . — — Map (db m134300) HM
On November 24, 1862, Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson moved through Page County toward Fisher’s Gap to rejoin the main body of the Army of Northern Virginia, then near Fredericksburg. Jackson was in command of the newly organized Second Corps, . . . — — Map (db m214992) HM
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