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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Luray, Virginia

Clickable Map of Page County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Page County, VA (86) Greene County, VA (7) Madison County, VA (45) Rappahannock County, VA (44) Rockingham County, VA (81) Shenandoah County, VA (205) Warren County, VA (43)  PageCounty(86) Page County (86)  GreeneCounty(7) Greene County (7)  MadisonCounty(45) Madison County (45)  RappahannockCounty(44) Rappahannock County (44)  RockinghamCounty(81) Rockingham County (81)  ShenandoahCounty(205) Shenandoah County (205)  WarrenCounty(43) Warren County (43)
Location of Luray, Virginia
    Page County (86)
    Greene County (7)
    Madison County (45)
    Rappahannock County (44)
    Rockingham County (81)
    Shenandoah County (205)
    Warren County (43)
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1Virginia (Page County), Luray — A Home Away From Home?Shenandoah National Park
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
2Virginia (Page County), Luray — A Slave Auction Block
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
3Virginia (Page County), Luray — Appalachian Trail High Point
This trail intersection is highest point of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park. Elevation 3837 — Map (db m45735) HM
4Virginia (Page County), Luray — 8 — Bell House
Circa 1835 Yellow Pine Log Construction Kimball Springs Va. — Map (db m159119) HM
5Virginia (Page County), Luray — 3 — Blacksmith Shop
Circa 1850 Chestnut Log Construction from the Lee Plantation Lynchburg VA. — Map (db m159112) HM
6Virginia (Page County), Luray — 6 — Burner Barn
Circa 1860 Switzer Style Heart Pine Log Construction Page Valley VA. — Map (db m159115) HM
7Virginia (Page County), Luray — Car & Carriage Caravan Museum
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
8Virginia (Page County), Luray — C-3 — Cavalry Engagement
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 . . . — Map (db m591) HM
9Virginia (Page County), Luray — Civilian Conservation Camp
During the 1930's, CCC Camp NP-1, Company 334, Camp Dern was placed in the area across the Skyline Drive and 1/4 mile to the south. — Map (db m13244) HM
10Virginia (Page County), Luray — Confederate Heroes Monument
(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
11Virginia (Page County), Luray — Confederate Memorial
CSA Confederate Soldiers 1861 - 1865 — Map (db m159128) WM
12Virginia (Page County), Luray — Construction of the Skyline Drive
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
13Virginia (Page County), Luray — Corn Crib
Circa 1850 from the Lee Plantation Lynchburg VA. Chestnut Log Construction Used for the storage of corn. — Map (db m159120) HM
14Virginia (Page County), Luray — 5 — Elk Run Meeting House
Circa 1800 Mennonite and Brethren Moravian Style Constructed of Heartpine & Brick Millcreek Va. — Map (db m159117) HM
15Virginia (Page County), Luray — Farm Machinery From The Past
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
16Virginia (Page County), Luray — Fisher’s Hill and Yager’s Mill“We would have captured the entire rebel army.” — 1864 Valley Campaigns —
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, Torbert . . . — Map (db m155818) HM
17Virginia (Page County), Luray — C-31 — Fort Philip Long
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
18Virginia (Page County), Luray — Gaps in the StoryShenandoah 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 . . . — Map (db m134296) HM
19Virginia (Page County), Luray — 4 — Hamburg African American Regular School
Circa 1885 Pine & Chestnut Construction Hamburg VA. — Map (db m159113) HM
20Virginia (Page County), Luray — 7 — Heartpine Cafe
Lower Level Burner's Bank Barn Switzer Style Circa 1860 Heart Pine Log Construction Page Valley VA. — Map (db m159122) HM
21Virginia (Page County), Luray — If These Walls Could Talk
"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
22Virginia (Page County), Luray — LurayWhere the Caverns meet the Sky
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
23Virginia (Page County), Luray — Luray Caverns
(front) 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
24Virginia (Page County), Luray — Luray, Virginia Established 1812
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
25Virginia (Page County), Luray — Massanutten School
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
26Virginia (Page County), Luray — Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
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
27Virginia (Page County), Luray — Old Man in the MountainShenandoah National Park
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
28Virginia (Page County), Luray — Page County Veterans Memorial
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
29Virginia (Page County), Luray — Pass Run and Thornton GapBetween Campaigns — Gettysburg Campaign —
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
30Virginia (Page County), Luray — Revolutionary War Memorial
In memory of the Revolutionary Soldiers of Page County — Map (db m159127) WM
31Virginia (Page County), Luray — Shenandoah At WarOne story… a thousand voices
If this Valley is lost, Virginia is lost! — General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
During the American Civil War, control of the Shenandoah Valley was critical to the fate of Virginia and . . . — Map (db m159096) HM
32Virginia (Page County), Luray — Shenandoah National ParkSkyline Drive
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
33Virginia (Page County), Luray — Shenandoah's CenterpieceShenandoah National Park
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
34Virginia (Page County), Luray — The Beautiful Caverns of LurayWelcome to Luray Caverns
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
35Virginia (Page County), Luray — The Chapman-Ruffner HouseBoyhood Home of the “Fighting Chapmans” — Mosby's Confederacy —
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
36Virginia (Page County), Luray — The Greatest Single FeatureShenandoah National Park
“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
37Virginia (Page County), Luray — The Luray Valley Museum"Oh, Shenandoah, I long to hear you…"
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
38Virginia (Page County), Luray — 10 — The Rev. Bernard Willy House
Circa 1760 Woodstock Va. Constructed of Heartpine Logs 1760 Willy Cabin Kitchen — Map (db m159121) HM
39Virginia (Page County), Luray — 2 — The Shenk Farm
Original to the site Back Of House Circa 1876 Front Of House Circa 1901 Common Sawed Timber Construction — Map (db m159111) HM
40Virginia (Page County), Luray — The World's First Bluegrass Festival
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
41Virginia (Page County), Luray — Thornton GapTactical Mountain Pass
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
42Virginia (Page County), Luray — White House Ferry
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
43Virginia (Page County), Luray — Willow Grove MillBurning the Bread Basket
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
44Virginia (Page County), Luray — Willow Grove Mill In Olden Days
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
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Feb. 28, 2021