The Southern Longleaf Pine Tree

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The 160 mile long Shenandoah Valley is located in northwestern Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Ten counties are located in this famous valley. They are (south to north) Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick and Clarke Counties in Virginia, plus Berkeley and Jefferson Counties in West Virginia. The main Shenandoah River is formed by the North Fork of the Shenandoah and South Fork of the Shenandoah that join in Front Royal, VA. They are created by tributaries in the central mountains of Virginia. The Shenandoah River and all its tributaries flow northeastward through the Great Appalachian Valley to join the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, WV. Most creeks, feeding these rivers flow from west to east or east to west. Throughout its entire path, the Shenandoah is clear and relatively shallow. In between the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River is the Massanutten Mountain Range and Fort Valley. This football shaped valley is surrounded on all sides by steep slopes. George Washington planned to make his last stand here, if the British Army conquered most of the colonies. Fort Valley has few permanent residents other than retirees, because it is so difficult for children to attend public schools. Very few tourists are even aware that isolated window into the past...

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