Shenandoah County, Virginia, formerly known as Dunmore County features a string of towns along the historic Valley Pike, US Route 11: Strasburg, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock (the county seat), and about two dozen unincorporated communities.
Some historians attribute the name Shenandoah to the the Senedo American Indian Tribe that inhabited the area up until the 17th century. Others believe that George Washington named the county after John Skenando, an Oneida Indian chief who helped the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. The land that forms Shenandoah County was purchased from the Iroquois Indian tribe to becomme established in 1772.
The scenery of the of the mountains and views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River have long attracted visitors. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Valley cave that offers elevator access for visitors.
Others come for the local Civil War history. There are annual reenactments at preserved battlefields, such as the Cedar Creek and Fishers Hill Battlefields near Strasburg and at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.
The county is rich in local arts and culture, home to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, various other town and villiage festivals, artisan shops and museums. Many local artists are part of the O Shenandoah Artistans Trail. Local wineries offer award-winning Virginia wines. Bryce Resort is a four-season, family-friendly getaway destination.
Shenandoah County celebrates it's farm community heritage each August during the Shenandoah County Fair. And, the huge Route 11 Yard Crawl draws thousands each summer, offering more than 30 miles of yard sales along the Valley Pike.
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Living history at the privately-endowed Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum that is occasionally open to the public for festivals and other events that commemorate the early German settlers of Shenandoah County, Virginia. Photo: Hank Zimmerman