The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
 
In it's 67th year, Hull's Drive-in is still going strong

The evening show starts at Hulls Drive-in in Lexington, Va.

 

The nation's first drive-in theater reportedly got its start in New Jersey, way back in 1933. By the World War II years, drive-in movie theaters were popping up all over Virginia.

At the end of the 20th century, nearly all of them had faded out of existence. So many aspects of modern life had changed. Today, there there are only six still operating in the Old Dominion. Two of them can be found along historic U.S. Route 11 here in the Shenandoah Valley.

Hull's Drive-in is located a couple of miles north of Lexington, Va. in Rockbridge County. It opened in 1950 as the Lee Drive-In. That year may have been the perfect time to open a drive-in theater, seeing as it was at the start of a big decade for drive-in theaters across the country.  

Sebert W. Hull and his wife, a local couple from Lexington, purchased the drive-in theater seven years later, and changed it's name to Hull's Drive-in. Known for their friendly way of doing business, they kept it going until Mr. Sebert passed away in 1999. That year, for the first time in its history, the theater shut down.

Then, thanks to a community support group that was hastily formed to take it over as a non-profit operation, the feature film schedule was back before the year 2000 rang in. The quick action by a concerned group of people allowed the theater to hang on to its record of continuous operation since it opened.

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August in the Shenandoah Valley
Shenandoah Valley in August

The Summer music festivals are in full swing, and it’s County Fair time. Step back in time to some of the biggest and oldest county fairs in Virginia. They’ve got it all, everything from live farm animals to world-class Grandstand concerts and entertainment. Harness racing! Oldtime fun for the entire family in Virginia and West Virginia’s scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley!

  Happening today

Old Town Farmers Market in Winchester, Va.

Taylor Pavilion. Old Town Farmers Market. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. every Saturday, May 13 through September 30. Locally grown and produced items. For more information, visit oldtownwinchester.org


Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Boston Mill Road Trail near the Park Office. Explorer Outpost, August 19, 20, 26 and 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Investigate the plants, animals and history of farming at Sky Meadows State Park. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. Astronomy for Everyone. Ages 5-12. Multimedia program, celestial tours and outdoor skywatching through telescopes. Either bring your own or use one provided. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Historic Area. National Honeybee Day. Learn about beekeeping, honeybees and the Art of Apiculture. Local honey available for sale. Hosted by Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov


Theater production at Shultz Theater and Performing Arts Center in Broadway, Va.

J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, 226 Hawks Hill Dr. Jungle Book. Adventure.  Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. For more information, call 540-896-9600 or visit www.schultztheatre.com


Puppet theater show in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 West King St. Cinderellas Soc Hop. June 17 - Aug 27, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:40 p.m. For more information, call 304-258-4074 or visit www.wondermentpuppets.com


Stage show at Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington, Va.

607 Borden Road. The Frog Prince. Presented by Traveling Players Ensemble. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets: $5. $7 at the door. For more information, visit www.limekilntheater.org


Youth program at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.

103 S. Main St. Kids Activities Saturdays. Ages 5 and older. Painting, paper crafts and other projects.  First come, first served. Reservations required. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Music concert series in Page County, Va.

Cooters, 4768 US Highway 211 W. Cooters Garage Band Concerts. Cooters Garage Band on Saturdays and and Best in Bluegrass on Sundays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Free admission. For more information, call 540-843-2515 or visit www.facebook.com/CootersLuray


Winery event in Warren County, Va.

Fox Meadow Winery, Linden. Evening Wine Dinner. Five-course prix fixe dinner. For more information, visit www.foxmeadowwinery.com


Civil War history program at Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market, Va.

8895 George R. Collins Parkway. Jacob Bushong`s Birthday Party. Living history focused on local farm life during the Civil War Battle of New Market. For more information, call 1-866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war


Waynesboro Farmers Market in Waynesboro, Va.

Parking Lot alongside Arch Ave., 215 W. Main St. Every Saturday through Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.waynesborofarmersmarket.org


Civil War battlefield tours at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.

610 Battle Park Dr. Meet at Visitor Center at 11 a.m. Every Saturday, May through October. Guided tours. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your own refreshments. For more information, call 202-302-9129 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org


Civil War history festival at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.

610 Battle Park Dr. Civil War Weekend in the Shenandoah Valley. Aug. 19 and 20. Period picnic event on Aug. 19 at 1854 Pritchard House.  Battlefield, Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex tours. Special tours and presentations by Civil War historians at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Book-signing luncheon ($20). For more information, call 202-302-9129 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org


Outdoor run in Luray, Va.

Lake Arrowhead. Luray International Triathlon and Luray Sprint Triathlon. Aug. 19 and 20, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit townofluray.com


Living history program at Belle Grove and Cedar Creek National Historical Park

8th Vermont Monument. Park at 2262 Claven Lane, Middletown, Va. Members of the National Regiment encampment interprets life of the common Civil War soldier. Firing demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Life of the common soldier demonstration at 12:30 p.m. Watch for event signage for guidance. For more information, call 540-869-305 or visit  www.nps.gov/cebe


Weekly dining festival in Harrisonburg, Va.

Visitor Center at Hardesty Higgins House, 212 S. Main St. Rocktown Bites Food Regular Tour. Saturdays at 2 p.m., 2.5 hours. Sample food, drink including craft beer and Virginia wines, at five independent restaurants, food shops, and local businesses. For more information, visit www.visitharrisonburgva.com


Art workshop in Lexington, Va.

Renegade Art Glass, 142 Old Buena Vista Road. Every Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Create your now fused-glass artwork. Reservations required. Admission: $8-$80 per project. For more information, call 540-521-6128 or visit www.renegadeartglass.net


Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. Peter and the Starcatcher. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Bimonthly historical tours at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.

100 W. Piccadilly St. History and architecture tours of the library. First Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and third Saturdays at 1 p.m. of each month For more information, call 540-662-9041 or visit www2.youseemore.com/handley


Walking tours in Staunton, Va.
Staunton Visitor Center, 35 South New St. Staunton Guided Tours. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Guide available on-call daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 540-885-2430 or visit www.stauntonguidedtours.com
Rock music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va..

15 S. Loudoun St. The Reflex, The Ultimate 80s Tribute Band. For more information, visit brightboxtheater.com


Film screening in Stephens City, Va.

Sherando Park, 200 Lakeview Cir. Family Movies in Frederick County series. Space Jam. 1996. Animated live action. All screenings at dusk. Bring your own chairs, blankets for seating. Hosted by Magic Lantern Theater and Frederick County Parks and Recreation. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-678-0963 or visit www.magiclanterntheater.org


Public program in New Market, Va.

140 E Lee St. New Market Library. Shenandoah County Birding. Bird watching enthusiast Kirk Andrews. Introduction to birdwatching, including a discussion of the skills, equipment and online tools needed. Free admission


Outdoor program in Staunton, Va.

Emily Smith House porch at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library 24 North Coalter St. Guided Walking Tours. Saturdays from May to October at 10 a.m. Tour six historic districts. Approximately two hours. No reservations required. Wear comfortable shoes Hosted by Historic Staunton Foundation. Rain or shine. Free admission. For more information, call 540-885-7676 or visit www.historicstaunton.org


Farmers Market in Luray, Va.

Mechanic St. June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, visit townofluray.com


Page Valley Fair in Luray, Va.

Page County Fairgrounds. Aug 19-26, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit townofluray.com


Guided downtown tours in Staunton, Va.

Staunton Visitor Center, 35 South New St. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Guide on call every day from 10 a.m, to 4 p.m. For more information, call 540-885-2430 or visit www.stauntonguidedtours.com


Downtown festival in Staunton, Va.

Ghosts of Staunton Ghost Tours. Weekend Ghost Tours around Downtown Staunton.  Runs through October. For more information, call 540-448-2743 or visit www.ghostsofstaunton.com


Outdoor festival in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Queen St. Annual Martinsburg Bike Night for motorcyclists. Backroad tours. Live music. Specialized shopping for bikers, beer gardern, street party. Hosted by Main Street Martinsburg and Blue Knights W.Va. Chapter V. For more information, visit mainstreet.martinsburg.com


Civil War history program in Winchester, Va.

Old Town Winchester. Historical Cemetery Tours every Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit oldtownwinchester.org


Outdoor music concert in Luray, Va.

Luray Singing Tower: Northcott Dr. Carillon music. Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8 p.m. through the end of August. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/LuraySingingTower


Youth nature program in Luray, Va.

Luray Zoo, 1087 US Highway 211 West, Educational shows are every Saturday and Sunday: Close Encounters at 11 a.m., Alligator Feedings at 1 p.m., and Venomous Snake shows at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-743-4113 or visit lurayzoo.com


Public program in Shenandoah, Va.

Shenandoah Computer Center, 411 Second St. Geology Workshops. Spreading Branches. Materials included. Limited availability. Reservations required. Admission: $10 per workshop. For more information, call 540-652-8773


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About ShenandoahValley.com


You’ve just landed in the scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia, USA.
“The daughter of the stars.”

ShenandoahValley.com is owned and operated by Shenandoah Valley Productions, a little “mom-and-pop” business, but one that’s located right here in the region. Our mission has long been to showcase the area’s visual beauty, unique “Valley” people and culture and, of course, some really, really rich history.

We first fell in love with Virginia in 1970, courtesy of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk. That was the year Virginia officially declared itself “for lovers.” But for us, the real love affair started in 1977, when we first visited the Shenandoah Valley on our wedding night. We moved here a year later, and well ...we are still here!

So it’s kind of a long story how we got from 1978 to this website, but here it is.

Website background photos are provided by a select group of photographers from across the region who share their own love of the Valley through the lenses of their cameras. Words alone may not really describe the place.

Our regional events listings are always up to date, and we’re not really selling anything on here. In fact, we get no outside funding, but are wholly independent. Like many of our friends and neighbors who also feel blessed to live here, free and independent, surrounded by peace and beauty.

Each month we head out to some part of this diverse region and do a feature story and travel video about it -- some cool event, piece of history or special place that makes the name "Shenandoah" so uniquely known worldwide.

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Hot Air Balloon at Long Branch Plantation in Clarke County, Virginia

Hot air balloons were once a feature of the annual mid-October Shenandoah Wine & Music Festival, held at Historic Long Branch Plantation, located near Millwood, Va.

About William I. Spinrad, Jr - Land Matters Photography

William I. Spinrad, Jr. resides in Frederick County, Va. and is a former Park Ranger with the National Park Service, as well as a Land Resources Officer. He has a degree in Geology and working towards a Masters in Recreation Resources Management. He works part time as a Visitor Assistant at the Virginia State Arboretum/Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia, and believes in conserving land and natural and cultural resources. Photography is both a hobby and a professional pursuit. Mr. Spinrad owns and operates Land Matters Photography.

...photo by William I. Spinrad, Jr - Land Matters Photography