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 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!
5998 Main St. Runs August 1-31. Presented by The Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild. Locally made quilts of all sizes will be displayed for sale along with other items by local artists. Open 12 p.m. To 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. For more information, visit theartgroup.org
41 Court Square. Captain Fantastic. Drama. Shows on Aug. 31 at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., Sept. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: Adult: $9.50, seniors and students: $8.50. Matinee: $8. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit www.valleyarts.org/cst
10 S. Market St. Our Town performance at 7:30 p.m. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com
300 Fairground Rd. Aug. 26-Sept 3. Oldest and largest fair in the Shenandoah Valley. Grandstand entertainment, harness racing, agricultural and community exhibitions, beauty pageant, midway entertainment and more. For more information, call 540-45-3867 or visit www.shencofair.com
Blue Sky Bakery, 16 Lee Ave. Live bluegrass music every Wednesday morning. Bring a musical instrument to jam with, or just listen.
Orrs Farm Market, 682 Orr Dr. Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fresh produce and fruit, homemade goods, jams and local and state wines and spirits. For more information, visit www.orrsfarmmarket.com.
Wharf Lot. Runs every week hrough November. Saturdays: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesdays: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Producer-only market with fresh foods, baked goods, plants and more. Free parking available. For more information, visit www.safarmersmarket.com
Shenandoah County Government Bldg., 600 N Main St. Fur and Feathers Art Show and Sale. Open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Sept. 9. Benefits Humane Society of Shenandoah County. For more information, call 540-984-9299 or visit www.vecca.org
336 Belle Grove Rd. Belle Grove Plantation front yard. Belle Grove in a Box. 30 minute interactive orientation for all ages about the history and settlement of the Shenandoah Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War on the Valley. Various props from a box to visually interpret surrounding landscape features. Aug 29-31 at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 1-3, 6-10, 12-17, 19-24, and 26-30 at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m.
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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The rising sun tints the fogbanks a soft and pretty pink on a morning drive along Route 64. The term "Scenic Overlook" seems particularly apt this morning.