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. National Theatre Live: The Audience. Two-night screening of the recorded live production of The Audience - featuring Helen Mirren's multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II. Aug. 24-25 at 7:35 p.m. Members save 20 percent off admission price and get free popcorn. Tickets: $14, seniors and students, $12. Ages under 13, $10. For more information, visit valleyarts.org/cst
121 S. Main St. Professional guidance for casting, reading the stream and fishing techniques. Session schedule continues on Aug. 24 and 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
18 North Coalter St. Library and Research Center. Shenandoah National Park Interpretative Park Ranger, Michael Punches presents Celebrating 100 Years of Service, a Century of Stewardship of America`s National Parks. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-885-0897, or visit www.woodrowwilson.org.
Blue Sky Bakery, 16 Lee Ave. Live bluegrass music every Wednesday morning. Bring a musical instrument to jam with, or just listen.
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
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
10 S. Market St. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com
116 North Queen St. Boys and Girls Club annual photography competition. Aug. 17 through Aug. 27. Open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reception on Aug. 19 from 4-6 p.m. includes 5 p.m. gallery talk by photographer and artist Gary Bergel: The Eye of the Photographer. Free admission, open to the public. lic.
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. 22-26, Aug 29-31 at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 28 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.
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Wades Mill, or Kennedy-Wade Mill, is situated in northwestern Rockbridge County and is still in operation as a water-powered grist mill. It was originally built in 1750 and includes a 21-foot overshot water wheel.