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Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads (Touring the Backroads)

by Andrea Sutcliffe

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Although travel guides become quickly dated, this one is still worth the price for the traveler--actual, armchair or virtual--who wants to explore the beautiful area that can be called "the first western frontier"--at least west from coastal Virginia. The Shenandoah Valley was also called the "breadbasket of the Confederacy" with very good reason. In addition to the "Stonewall Jackson" slep here signage, the area excels in photogenic beauty including scenic mountains, rugged trails, bucolic farms and natural one-of-a-kind oddities. Geographically the book covers from Harpers Ferry (WV) in the north to Lexington (VA) in south and chronologically from George Washington sites to current cultural events. Each chapter describes a tour, averaging 100 miles or so, that is easily manageable in day. My wife and I have taken each tour once and want to repeat the experience, lingering longer along with tour. ( )
  DrSmeeton | May 4, 2009 |
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The Shenandoah Valley, which stretches some 200 miles from Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, to Roanoke, Virginia, is rich in both history and natural beauty. Highlights from the 14 day-trips in this book include such sites as the New Market Battlefield, where 247 teenage cadets from VMI halted advancing Union troops; 6,000 acres of rare virgin forest in Ramsey's Draft Wilderness Area; the Mennonite towns of Dayton and Bridgewater, where the horse and buggy is still a primary mode of transportation; Highland County, where sheep outnumber people; and Fort Valley, which was the planned route for George Washington's final retreat had the Revolutionary War turned out badly for the Americans.

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