Luray is located within 15 minutes of I-81 and 30 minutes from 1-66, and just 90 minutes from Washington D.C. The town was established in 1812 and is the county seat of Page County, Virginia. It was named for a local blacksmith, Lewis "Lu" Ramey. The town of Luray grew up around Lu's original blacksmith shop, which was located near Luray Caverns
Luray Caverns is a big draw for over a half-million visitors visiting to explore the caverns each year. The Caverns attraction, which now includes a museum, was declared a National Natural Monument in the 1970s.
The Grand Old Mimslyn Inn is a classic Southern mansion style hotel built in the 1930s, is another visitor attraction.
The nearby South Fork of the Shenandoah River, offers many types of outdoor recreational activities.
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The Belle Brown Northcott Memorial was built in 1937 and is adjacent to Luray Caverns in the western end of Luray, Virginia. There is a 47-bell carillon in the tower, where public concerts are regularly held. Photo: Hank Zimmerman