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Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Retreat

Monticello might get its fair share of visitor action up in Charlottesville. But just down the road lies Poplar Forest, the retreat home of none other than Virginia’s favorite son, Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the country’s third President, was looking for privacy, solitude, and renewal in this location. He sought to have his own Roman rural villa in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (more…)

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Tips

The Blue Ridge Parkway provides natural beauty, history and the opportunity for adventure for tens of thousands of visitors every year.

The parkway is a must-see for all ages. It is a slow-paced drive that enables visitors to see amazing vistas, rugged mountains, pastoral landscapes and unimaginable natural beauty that can only be found in the highlands of Appalachia. (more…)

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Roanoke Festival in the Park

Roanoke Festival in the Park

Roanoke Festival in the Park is an annual event that has taken place every Memorial Day weekend since 1969. The event location is Elmwood Park.

Musicians perform at the Elmwood Park amphitheater. (more…)

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Appalachian Trail

Shenandoah Valley Attraction Guide

The Shenandoah Valley is a beautiful area of Virginia to visit for its many attractions.

Stretching some 200 miles across both the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny mountains, it not only features natural beauty but also has multiple sites that have played significant roles in the heritage and history of not only the region but of the state and the nation as well. (more…)

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Rockingham County Fair

Rockingham County Fair

The Rockingham County Fair is an annual event in Harrisonburg every mid August. This year’s fair takes place Aug. 16 to 21.

Since 1949, the county fair has been an integral and exciting part of the Rockingham community. (more…)

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Augusta County Fair

The traditional county fair has been a part of Augusta County history for more than 140 years. The initial effort to establish a county fair began in 1811 when the Augusta Agricultural Society was organized. It takes place every July.

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Crabtree Falls top cascade. © 2021 Scott S. Bateman

Crabtree Falls Hike in Nelson County

Crabtree Falls in Nelson County is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia — certainly one of the top three along with Cascade Falls in Pembroke and White Oak Canyon Falls in Syria.

The rank for beauty may be debatable, but Crabtree is ranked No. 1 east of the Mississippi River for tallest vertical-drop, cascading waterfall in the United States. (more…)

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