SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 • 9AM • RALPH H DEAN RECREATION PARK • 625 SIXTH STREET • LURAY, VA 22835
Luray Visitor Center Train Depot and Museum
Was chosen as ‘Best Historic Preservation’ in the Valley Conservation Council 2011 Better Models for Development Awards. The restored train depot is home to the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center as well as the Luray Downtown Initiative. The former Norfolk & Western passenger station represents Luray’s prosperous railroad era of the late nineteenth century, with more historical exhibits coming soon.
Page County Grown
Formed in 2011 at the Chamber, celebrates what is locally grown and produced. Our agriculture leaders, farming retailers and restaurateurs work with the local school nutritionist, beekeepers, winery and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service – drawn by a common passion — local food, proudly produced by local hands. Look for their logo on menus and online at www.pagecountygrown.com.
TLC Network chose Luray as its No. 2 Most Beautiful U.S. Destination Wedding Locale. From a working dairy goat farm, the underground Luray Caverns, a scenic pavilion or historic properties, couples come to picturesque Page County for their dream weddings! To assist with planning, the Chamber has developed a website: www.luraypageweddings.com.
The American Civil War Sesquicentennial
Marks 150 years after several major milestones, including the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg and Vicksburg. While no battles took place within Page County, Virginia Civil War Trails has designated nine noteworthy sites, including two regarding visits by Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. To download a PDF of the Page County Civil War Driving Brochure visit www.pagecountyinthecivilwar.yolasite.com
A U.S. National Landmark, Luray Caverns features a profuse variety of formations and unsurpassed natural color. Explore cathedral-sized rooms filled with towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools. Hear the world’s only Stalacpipe organ. Topside, experience the history of American transportation, with vehicles dating back to 1725. Outdoors, enjoy the oneacre of the famed sculptor William Randolph Barbee. Though its origins are much older, the country store is set in the 1940s. Dating from around 1770, the Mauck Meeting House is a Virginia and National Historic Landmark. www.pagecountyheritage.com
Luray Singing Tower
The 117-foot Belle Brown Northcott Memorial Carillon contains 47 bells and is one of the nation’s major carillons. Free recitals are held spring through fall in this scenic park opposite Luray Caverns.
Stevens Cottage and the Town of Shenandoah
Listed on the National and Virginia Historic Landmarks registries, Stevens Cottage is the original office of the Shenandoah Land & Improvement Company of the late 1800s. The Town of Shenandoah also boasts beautiful Big Gem Park, WigWam Village playground, a riverfront area, a skate park and tennis courts. www.townofshenandoah.com
Hawksbill Recreation Park
The Town of Stanley operates this lovely park, offering a large swimming pool, picnic shelters, cabin rental, a spacious community center, skate park, playground, volleyball nets and horseshoes. The facility is popular as an event rental. www.townofstanley.com
Lake Arrowhead and the Town of Luray
This picturesque 34-acre lake, filled with a variety of game fish, features a wooded picnicking area and a white sand beach for summer swimming. Six shelters, paddle boats and canoes are available for rent. State/ county fishing licenses must be obtained to fish anywhere in the county. Additional parks include the Ralph H. Dean Memorial Park, which hosts major tournaments on its world-class athletic fields, as well as several pocket parks and Ruffner Plaza, home to the popular ‘Evenings on Main’ summer music series. www.townofluray.com
This award-winning linear park features a ten-foot wide paved walking and biking trail, which extends more than two miles along Hawksbill Creek in the Town of Luray. The Greenway is a designated Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail and an Urban Wildlife Corridor. The Greenway
Foundation is charged with preserving this treasured park. www.hawksbillgreenway.org
Enjoy several divisions of auto racing competition, including Motocross, Late Models, Street Stocks, Legends, Ucars and MiniCups. Featuring a 3/8-mile oval track, grandstand seating for 4,000+, VIP and tent areas, the Speedway also offers pit tours and catering for parties. www.shenandoahspeedway.com
This rescue zoo provides homes for unwanted and/or abused exotic animals as well as injured game birds and mammals. Visitors enjoy the interactive petting zoo, live shows and one of the largest snake collections on the East Coast. www.lurayzoo.com
Garden Maze, Rope Adventure Park and the Luray Valley Museum, a living history museum. www.luraycaverns.com
Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive
Our own beautiful ‘backyard’, we share this historic mountaintop park each year with 1.3 million visitors. Adventure seekers enjoy more than 197,000 acres of land and in excess of 500 miles of hiking trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Along the 105-mile Skyline Drive - a National Scenic Byway – visitors have access to 75 scenic overlooks, four campgrounds, three lodging facilities, restaurants, shopping and educational features. www.nps.gov/shen
The south fork of the Shenandoah River flows through the entire length of Page County, offering a water playground for canoeing, tubing, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing and swimming.
George Washington National Forest
On the county’s western border, the George Washington Forest, extending into West Virginia, is the largest publicly-owned land base for recreation in the eastern United States. It features more than 100 recreation sites ranging from picnic and camping areas to scenic overlooks and ATV trails. Deer, bear and small game hunting and trout fishing are permitted.
Page County Heritage Association Historic Properties
The Association maintains four properties significant to the history of the county. Massanutten School is a restored one-room school next to the Page Public Library in Luray. In the nearby village of Hamburg, Calendine, Hamburg Country Store and the Mauck Meeting House are located. Calendine, c. 1852, was the residence …….