The nation's first drive-in theater reportedly got its start in New Jersey, way back in 1933. By the World War II years, drive-in movie theaters were popping up all over Virginia.
At the end of the 20th century, nearly all of them had faded out of existence. So many aspects of modern life had changed. Today, there there are only six still operating in the Old Dominion. Two of them can be found along historic U.S. Route 11 here in the Shenandoah Valley.
Hull's Drive-in is located a couple of miles north of Lexington, Va. in Rockbridge County. It opened in 1950 as the Lee Drive-In. That year may have been the perfect time to open a drive-in theater, seeing as it was at the start of a big decade for drive-in theaters across the country.
Sebert W. Hull and his wife, a local couple from Lexington, purchased the drive-in theater seven years later, and changed it's name to Hull's Drive-in. Known for their friendly way of doing business, they kept it going until Mr. Sebert passed away in 1999. That year, for the first time in its history, the theater shut down.
Then, thanks to a community support group that was hastily formed to take it over as a non-profit operation, the feature film schedule was back before the year 2000 rang in. The quick action by a concerned group of people allowed the theater to hang on to its record of continuous operation since it opened.Read more...
The Summer music festivals are in full swing, and it’s County Fair time. Step back in time to some of the biggest and oldest county fairs in Virginia. They’ve got it all, everything from live farm animals to world-class Grandstand concerts and entertainment. Harness racing! Oldtime fun for the entire family in Virginia and West Virginia’s scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley!
Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Visitors Center. Save the Monarch Exhibit. Celebrates the National Save the Monarch initiative. Aug. 21 through Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov
Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden, 963 Ross Rd. Eclipse Viewing Party. Bring your own solar eclipse glasses. Park in the field. Reservations requested. For more information, visit www.boxerwood.org
Blandy Experimental Farm library. Solar Eclipse Party. Free protective eclipse glasses to the first 100 registrants. Bring a blanket or chair for your own seating. Family friendly. Weather permitting. Reservations requested. Free admission. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu
Route 11 at the old Foamhenge location. Bring proper eye protection. Bring a blanket or chair for your own seating. For more information, visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks
Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Monday at the Movies series. Doors open every Monday at 6 p.m., all films roll at 7 p.m. Also offering a 2 p.m. Monday matinee. Discussion follows 7 p.m. film. Hosted by Classic Cinema Club. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.org
Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main St.Two-hour, guided car-caravan tour led by ranger vehicle: Chronological interpretation of the Battle of Cedar Creek. Stops at key landmarks. Presented by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. Aug. 21, 25, 26 and 28 at 2 p.m. Sept. 2, 4, 16, 23, 27, 29 and 30 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit nps.gov/cebe
Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Ave. Solar Eclipse Viewing Party 2 to 4 p.m., follows NASA live streaming, and other activities. Solar glasses available in limited quantities for use, first come, first served. Limited parking at library. For more information, visit www.stauntonlibrary.org
Hawksbill Recreation Park and Pool, 205 Pool Drive. Solar Eclipse Event. The first 25 swimmers receive a free pair of solar approved glasses. Others available at $2 each. All swimmers in pool during the eclipse, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. receive free drink and slice of pizza. Hosted by Town of Stanley, Va. For more information, call 540-778-4073
ShenandoahValley.com is owned and operated by Shenandoah Valley Productions, a little “mom-and-pop” business, but one that’s located right here in the region. Our mission has long been to showcase the area’s visual beauty, unique “Valley” people and culture and, of course, some really, really rich history.
We first fell in love with Virginia in 1970, courtesy of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk. That was the year Virginia officially declared itself “for lovers.” But for us, the real love affair started in 1977, when we first visited the Shenandoah Valley on our wedding night. We moved here a year later, and well ...we are still here!
So it’s kind of a long story how we got from 1978 to this website, but here it is.
Website background photos are provided by a select group of photographers from across the region who share their own love of the Valley through the lenses of their cameras. Words alone may not really describe the place.
Our regional events listings are always up to date, and we’re not really selling anything on here. In fact, we get no outside funding, but are wholly independent. Like many of our friends and neighbors who also feel blessed to live here, free and independent, surrounded by peace and beauty.
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The State Arboretum of Virginia (also known as the Orland E. White Arboretum) occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm. Started in the 1930s, it now contains over 5,000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world.