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!
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.
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
Wiley Arena. Bucky Reynolds - Jack Towell Hunter Performance Clinic. Aug 22-23. Clinic includes discussion on theory and technique. Auditors welcome. Weather permitting, otherwise will be held indoors at Wiley Arena. For more information, call 540-464-2960.
901 Amherst St. Meet at the garden entrance. Pop-Up Tropical Gardens. Learn how to grow tropical plants in this non-tropical climate zone. Weather permitting. Admisison fee for visiting gardents and galleries. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.theMSV.org.
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
116 North Queen St. Square Seasons by Gary Bergel. Runs through Aug. 27. 20 square-format photographs reflecting, documenting, and exploring squared-off seasons, days, and moments natural, cultural, psychological, and spiritual. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks
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
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
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.
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
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.
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The Blandy ginkgo grove is one of the largest collections of ginkgos outside the tree’s native China.