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!
Taylor Pavilion. ld Town Farmers Market. May 14 through September on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Local food vendors and musicians. In-season fruits, vegetables, artisan breads, cookies, cheese, grass fed beef, gluten free bread, cured meats, jam, eggs, honey and more. All items grown or produced within a 60-mile radius of Winchester. Restrooms available.
Fridays and Saturdays: Guided tours of Fort Harrison, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 540-879-2616.
11012 Edmonds Ln. Astronomy for Everyone. Evening program. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows
Cole Hall. Bob Harris has entrepreneurs in 68 countries, shares stories of inspiring and enterprising people, while motivating listeners to help fight poverty globally. Free admission, open to the public.
382 High St. Historic Cromer-Trumbo House c. 1840 on the grounds of the Heritage Museum. The last Saturday that the house will be open this summer. Future visitations may be made by appointment. Joan Shaver, Fraktur and folk artist, will be demonstrating in the kitchen, and Kathleen Conery of the Shenandoah Valley Textile Guild will be spinning on the front porch. Victorian collection of household antiques donated by Harrisonburg native Mary Spitzer Etter. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-879-2616.
Winchester-Frederick County Walking and driving tours of battlefields and historic towns of Winchester, Kernstown, Stephens City, and Middletown. Aug 5 through Aug. 27. For more information, call 540-542-1326 or visit www.visitwinchesterva.com
41 Court Square. Captain Fantastic. Drama. Shows on Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. Aug. 28 and Aug. 31 at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Aug 29-30 at 4:30 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
Summer`s End Cruise-in. Annual event. Classic car lineup on Main St. Prizes.Live music, door prizes. Hosted by Berryville Main Street. Weather permitting. For more information, call 540-955-4001 or visit berryvillemainstreet.org
901 Amherst St. Shenandoah Valley TasteFest. Cooking demonstrations, fresh local products and food-related items available for purchase, guided garden walk, live music, lectures, youth activities, gallery tours, antique tractor display. Lunch available for purchase from vendor. Free admission. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.theMSV.org.
Paw Patrol Themed Back To School Scavenger Hunt. Runs through Sept. 1. Collect school supplies and more, turn in map for a prize. Admission: $9.99. For more information, call 540-827-9948.
Extreme Mustang Makeover and Adoption. Aug. 25-27. 100-day-trained Mustangs. Adult Mustangs will be available for adoption. For more information, visit virginiahorsecenter.org
Visitor Contact Station 7712 Main St., Middletown, Va. Battlefield Series: Don`t run until the Vermonters do. Ranger-led program. Car caravan to various locations on the battlefield follows presentation. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe
336 Belle Grove Rd. Annual Wine Fest. Wine, beer, whiskey and cider tastings, purchases available. Live music. Cooking, sheepdog handling demonstrations. Food trucks, and area food vendors. Artisan vendors. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at gate for tastings. $10 for all others. For more information, visit www.bellegrove.org
1126 Marksville Rd. Blessing of the Vines, help harvest first grapes of the season. Grape stomping activities. Complimentary unch available for volunteers. Harvest date may vary. For more information, call 540-742-1489 or visit wisteriavineyard.com
National Park Service Birthday Weekend Aug. 25 - 28. Entrance fees will be waived to celebrate and honor the National Park Service 96th Birthday. For more information, visit nps.gov/shen
Meet at the Visitor Contact Station 7712 Main St., Middletown. Car caravan to various locations on the battlefield. Don`t run until the Vermonters do: The Vermont Brigade at Cedar Creek. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe
Parking Lot alongside Arch Ave., 215 W. Main St. Saturdays, May 7-Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.waynesborofarmersmarket.org
121 S. Main St. Professional guidance for casting, reading the stream and fishing techniques. Session schedule continues on Aug. 27. Sept. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sessions held on the Shenandoah River. Fly rod and reel outfit provided for use, fly lure purchases required. Bring your own food or drink, and provide your own transportation. Fishing license required. Limited to up to four people, for ages 12 and up. Admission: $98 per person. For more information, visit www.murraysflyshop.com
10 S. Market St. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson performance at 2 p.m. Twelfth Night performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com
Robert E. Lee Hotel lobby, 30 S. Main St. Lexington Food and Cultural Tour. Every Saturday, year round, at 11 a.m. Three-hour walking culinary tour of historic downtown area. For more information, call 540-309-1781 or visit www.roanokefoodtours.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
Mechanic St. Every Saturday, May 14 - Sept. 24. For more information, visit luraypage.chambermaster.com/events/calendar
Rockbridge Community Festival. 40th year, arts and crafts festival with food, adoptable pets, Bookmobile, and more. Free admission.
5 Fairlane Dr. Aug. 21 - Aug. 27. Food, rides, and games. Booths in commercial and livestock buildings. Gates open 4 p.m. 4-H exhibits. Horse show Aug. 20, Kids night Aug. 22, Aug. 24 tractor pull. Live music concert on Aug. 25. Demolition derby Aug. 26-27. For more information, visit pagevalleyfair.org
Butlers Farm Market, 1793 Dry Run Rd. Open through November 10, Mondays through Saturdays from 9 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.gowhereitgrows.com
Wharf Lot. Runs every week through 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
Emily Smith House porch at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library at 24 North Coalter St. Saturdays from May to Oct. 10 a.m. Hosted by Historic Staunton Foundation. Includes four of six historic districts, with volunteer guide. Covers history and architecture. Approximately two hours. No reservations required. Casual dress, wear comfortable walking shoes. Rain or shine. For more information, call 540-885-7676 or visit www.historicstaunton.org
Weekend Ghost Tours around Downtown Staunton. Weekends through October. For more information, call 540-448-2743 or visit www.ghostsofstaunton.com
131 W. German St. The Larry Groce Trio. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit www.operahouselive.com
Gypsy Hill Park. Superhero 5k and Family Fun Day. Hosted by CASA for Children. 5k at 8 a.m. and the Children`s 1 mile Fun Run at 8:45 a.m. Benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA for Children who advocate for abused or neglected children in the area. For more information, call 540-213-2272 or visit www.casa4children.com
Blanc on Blanc Dinner Party. Evening dinner party includes dinner, music, glass of wine and cash bar. White attire required. For more information, visit www.jamescharleswine.com
CrossRoads Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. Variety of performances by bluegrass, faith-based and Americana music groups. Artist displays, quilt raffle, food tents, homemade ice cream, youth activities, campfire sing-along with s`mores for purchase. Benefits the VBMHC. Tickets: $12 in advance for adults or $15 at the gate, and $6 for ages 6-18 $8 at the gate. Ages under 5, free admisison. For more information, visit www.vbmhc.org
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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.
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An old cabin dots the landscape at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, just outside of Millwood, Virginia.