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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Food and Wine Tours at Old Town Winchester in Winchester, Va.

A Savory Taste of Winchester. Six different tastings will be included on each lunch or dinner tour. Evening Tours available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31. Adult Tickets: $54.95 each ages 13 years and up. Youth Tickets: $32.50 each ages 8-12 years. Child Tickets: $12.50 each ages years and under. Group rates available. Reservations required. Admission: $9.99. For more information, call 540-827-9948.


Art exhibition at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.

103 S Main St. Jewel Yoder Hertzler: Recent Paintings. Runs through August. Open Sundays through Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit oasisartgallery.org


Civil War history exhibition at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.

To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade. A special exhibit from the Library of Virginia. Exhibition runs through Sept. 25. For more information, call 540-869-2028 or visit www.bellegrove.org


Tennis lessons in Shenandoah, Va.

917 Junior Ave. Page Valley Community Tennis Association offers Tuesday and Thursday lessons, and private Lessons 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at East Rockingham High School, 250 Eagle Rock Rd., in Elkton, Va. map. Mildly competitive atmosphere. Continues through September. More information at Page Valley Community Tennis Association 917 Junior Avenue Shenandoah, VA 22849.


Historical exhibition at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Va.

I Believe in Democracy. Presidential politics from a historical perspective, comparing the 1916 U.S. presidential election. Runs through Nov. 8. For more information, visit www.woodrowwilson.org


Weekly Tuesday evening bingo in Shenandoah, Va.
Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Company, Shenandoah Community Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games start at 6:30 p.m.
Art exhibition in Woodstock, Va.

7 East Gallery, 123 S. Main St. Flowers, Birds and Such Watercolors by Gilda Allen. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 540-459-7500.


West Virginia flood relief fundraiser in Harrisonburg, Va.

Ruin to Recovery fundraiser. Pale Fire Brewing Company Tap Room. The event is sponsored by the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley CAAV and Pale Fire Brewing Company. Contributions and portion of beer sales donated to W.Va. Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster VOAD Disaster Relief Fund. For more information, call 540-209-9198.


Library exhibit at Waynesboro Public Library in Waynesboro, Va.

600 S. Wayne Ave. Discover Tech: Engineers Make A World of Difference. Runs through Oct. 7. See how engineers solve problems-like supplying clean water to villages, generating solar energy, or building an archway-using both high- and low-tech tools. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 540-942-6746 or visit www.waynesboro.va.us/354/Library


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About ShenandoahValley.com


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.

So, come and set a spell, and please also consider making a donation. Either way, we’re glad you stopped by. Come on back to see us again!

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Hugh Morrison Jr. Archives Photo: Shenandoah County Farm Family

Hugh Morrison Jr. photographed the people and places of Shenandoah County, Virginia, during the first half of the 1900s, until 1950. He compiled an immense body of work, now archived by the Shenandoah County Historical Society. The collection includes more than 25,000 digital images.

About Hugh Morrison Jr. Archives Collection

The Shenandoah County Historical Society supports historic building and site preservation as well as collects and preserves information about the history of Shenandoah County, Virginia. In parnership with Shenandoah County, SCHS operates a visitor's center and museum in the 1795 Historic Shenandoah County Courthouse in Woodstock, Virginia.

...photo by Hugh Morrison Jr. Archives Collection