The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
 
In it's 66th year, Hull's Drive-in is still going strong

The evening show starts at Hulls Drive-in in Lexington, Va.

 

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.

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August is Fair time!
Heritage Museum in Dayton, Virginia

The oldest, biggest, most unique and nostalgic Shenandoah Valley county fairs happen this month. Shenandoah County Fair, the oldest in the Valley, adds parimutuel harness racing this year. The Rockingham County Fair is another big August event. Experience an exciting and nostalgicValley vibe on a warm summer evening at the fairgrounds!

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Historic House Tours in Dayton, Va.

Fridays and Saturdays: Guided tours of Fort Harrison, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 540-879-2616.


Bluemont Concert Series concert in Winchester, Va.

Old Frederick County Court House Old Court House Civil War Museum on the downtown mall. Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, optional picnic. No pets, alcohol or smoking. Bad weather location: Winchester First Presbyterian Church, 116 S Loudoun St. Admission: $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont friends and seniors, $2 for ages under twelve. For more information, visit www.bluemont.org


Music and Dancing in Raphine, Va.

Clarks Ole Time Music Center, located at Clarks Lumber Co., 1288 Ridge Road. longtime Friday-night tradition of old-time music and dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission: $8 per person, $15 per couple. For more information, call 540-377-2490.


Guided walking tours in downtown Lexington, Va.

Meet at the Lexington Visitor Center. Every Friday at 3 p.m., from April through November. Rain or shine. No reservations required. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, call 540-463-3777.


New Market Farmers Market in New Market, Va.

Behind the 7-Eleven store at I-81 interchange. Fridays from May 13 through October from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 540-740-3432 or visit newmarketvirginia.com


Guided Civil War Walking Tours in Winchester, Va.

Loudoun St. Walking Mall. Meet guide at 2 N. Cameron St. Hosted by Old Town Winchester. Every Friday through October, excluding Aug. 19, and Oct. 14. Reservations required. Admission: $5. For more information, call 540-542-1326 or visit www.visitwinchesterva.com


Americana music concert at Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington, Va.

607 Borden Road. An Evening with Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For more information, visit www.limekilntheater.org


Equestrian event at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.

C rated breeding show as part of the Virginia Young Horse Festival on Aug. 26. Sallie B. Wheeler/U.S. Hunter Breeding East Coast National Championship on Aug. 27. For more information, visit virginiahorsecenter.org.


Night Skies skygazing program at Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadows Area mile 51, inside Rapidan Camp Gate. Learn about light pollution from amatuer astronomers, view stars through a telescope. Bring a blanket, chair, and flashlight. Weather permitting. Free admission for park visitors. For more information, call 540-999-2222 or visit www.goshenandoah.com/activities-events.


Music In The Garden at Boxerwood Nature Center in Lexington, Va.

Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden. 963 Ross Road. Outdoor music concert series every second and fourth Friday, April through September. Picnicking starts at 5:30 p.m., live music from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 540-463-2697.


Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. Twelfth Night performance at 2 p.m. Mary Baldwin College performance. King Lear performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Guided tours in Staunton, Va.

Meet at Staunton Visitors Center. Guided trolley and walking tours. Year-round. For more information, call 540-208-1741 or visit www.stauntonguidedtours.com


Art exhibition in Winchester, Va.

Gray Gallery, 43 S. Cameron St. Guide Lines exhibition runs from Aug. 5 through Sept. 10.  For more information, visit www.the-gray-gallery.com


Battle of Cedar Creek Battlefield Tour in Middletown, Va.

Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main St. Aug. 26, 28 and 29. 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. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit nps.gov/cebe


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You’ve just landed in the scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia, USA.
“The daughter of the stars.”

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.

Each month we head out to some part of this diverse region and do a feature story and travel video about it -- some cool event, piece of history or special place that makes the name "Shenandoah" so uniquely known worldwide.

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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is located on the historic Glen Burnie estate and offers outdoor gardens, a fine art collection and a changing exhibition gallery that interprets Valley history.

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