The Luray Valley Museum is located on the sprawling campus of Luray Caverns, one of the largest Shenandoah Valley tourism attractions. In terms of number of annual visitors to this region, it's perhaps only second in size to nearby Shenandoah National Park. The entire attraction covers several hillside acres rising on the west side of the town of Luray, Va., along U.S. Route 211.
The caverns themselves are clearly the main attraction. Smaller venues are also located there, including antique toy and automobile museums, an outdoor garden maze and rope course, interactive mining sluice activity, carillon tower and others. In 2010, the heritage museum was added.
The heart of the Luray Valley Museum is a visitor center that houses a number of galleries interpreting centuries of Shenandoah Valley history. A collection of authentic 19th century buildings have been painstakingly relocated here from various parts of the county.
Historic artifacts, folk art and other artwork, and old tools, as well as antique furniture, clothing and other items are on display. Various historical periods are represented, ranging from pre-Colonial days to around 1925.
The galleries certainly have something to offer for any age level. There also is a lot there for serious historians.
“The museum is about the everyman,” says Luray Caverns Corp. Senior Vice President, Rod Graves.
“It's about the little guy. And there are a few famous people in here, but even those famous people were everyday people that made America what it is today. And a lot of American culture. This was kind of a gateway to the West. And a lot of that culture was brought out of this place, right here.”
Mr. Graves says that the museum‘s “cornerstone” is a 1536 Bible that had been printed in Switzerland and later accompanied a group of Mennonite immigrant families when they traveled to the American colonies in the early 1700s. The Mennonites were a group associated with the Christian Anabaptist denomination.Read more...
March winds always bring the promise of a new season. The days are longer and warmer, even if the weather is still a bit fickle. We can want to be indoors one moment, outdoors the next. But with each lengthening day, the promise of Spring grows stronger. Indoors or out, there is always something new to discover in the Shenandoah Valley. And so it goes during March!
121 S. Main St. Learn to Fly Cast and Rig Tackle Workshop. March 25, and April 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Outdoor casting lawn session: Learn all of the standard and specilized casts as well as roll casts, curve casts and shooting line. This part of the workshop is taught on our casting lawn. Indoors: Learn to rig your tackle, including special knots. Practice gear provided, or bring your own. Admission: $20. For more information, call 540-984-4212 or visit www.murraysflyshop.com
Cocke Hall. 2017 USIBA Boxing Nationals. Finals March 25 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 540-464-7852 or visit www.vmi.edu
Luray Fire Department, 1 Fire House Ln. Bluegrass Night. For more information, call 540-743-5585 or visit lurayfiredept.org
Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St. 9th anniversary party follows puppet show. March 25-26. Doors open 12:40. Show Time 1 p.m. Reservations requested. For more information, call 304-258-4074 or visit www.wondermentpuppets.com
14 Court Square. A United Kingdom. Documentary. PG-13. Shows on March 25 at 5:45 p.m. 8:15 p.m. March 27-30 at 4:35 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Members: 20 percent off and free popcorn. Tickets: $9.50. Seniors and students, $8.50. Matinees before 5 p.m., $8. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit www.ValleyArts.org
14 Court Square. Reel Change Documentary Film Festival. Through March 25. Free admission. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit www.ValleyArts.org
610 Battle Park Dr. 155th anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown. March 25, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Historical programs at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on March 26. Guided tours of battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, the museum and the artillery annex. Living history reenactors. Gift shop. For more information, call 202-302-9129 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org
871 Tasker Road. Chess at Bowman Library. For teen and tween ages, all skill levels. Play chess and strengthen your skills of the game. Student volunteer-run program. Chess sets and space provided. For more information, call 540-869-9000 or visit www.handleyregional.org
Lewis Creek Market, 300 Church St. CASA Rocks Benefit Concert and Dinner. The Judy Chops, The Findells, and Moore Lex Park on stand up base and Nathan Moore on electric guitar. 10% of proceeds benefits CASA for Children. Admission: $10.
9357 N. Congress St. Rose and Walsh. Neil Simon comedy. Performances March 25 at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For more information, call 1-888-341-7313
336 Belle Grove Road. Plantation History Hike and Luncheon, led by archaeologist Dr. Clarence Geier. Hike covers grounds not normally open to public. Catered BBQ lunch follows hike. Outdoor photo opportunities. Admission: $50 per person. For more information, call 540-869-2028 or visit bellegrove.org
382 High St. Mobile exhibit by the Virginia WWI and WWII Centennial Commission. March 24-25. Regular museum hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 540-879-2616 or visit www.valleyheritagemuseum.org
95 Chalmers Ct. Winslow McCagg Exhibit Opening and The Sugar Clouds Concert. Reception at 7 p.m. and music at 8 p.m. The Sugar Clouds are an Electro Psychedelic Folk Ensemble from Detroit. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org
10 S. Market St. Coriolanus performance at 2 p.m. The Merchant of Venice performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com
Performing Arts Luray, 1 E. Main St. Poetry Slam. For more information, visit performingartsluray.com
Staunton Makerspace, 222 South Washington St. Arts and Artisan Maker Faire.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. First Battle of Kernstown Commemorative Walking Tour: Kernstown Battlefield on the Pritchard-Grim Farm and the MSV Rose Hill Park. Morning and afternoon walking, break for lunch. Hosted by Kernstown Battlefield Association. Free admission. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.themsv.org
8895 George Collins Parkway. Family History Day. Youth-oriented activities and special programs interpreting the Civil War. Outdoor activities. Living history demonstrations. Film screening. Family friendly. For all ages. Admission: $3 per person, ages 6 and older. For more information, call 1-866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/newmarket
168 N. Dry Well Rd. Test and Tune. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.com
15 N Loudoun St. Upstairs - Out Of The Box. Matt Hires and Kyle Cox. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com
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
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Orchid Show and Sale: Orchids Galore. March 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about growing and caring for orchids from experts in the Lord Fairfax Orchid Society. Show and sale. Bring your own orchids. Special beginners class at 1 p.m. March 25. Call 540-247-1052 to register. Admission: Admission: $20. Galleries access included in museum admission fee. Free admission. For more information, visit www.themsv.org
131 W German St. Colebrook Rd. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $7. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit www.operahouselive.com
Shenandoah River Park, Morrison Rd. James Madison University Crew Club Mock Regatta. Free admission.
301 Precision Road. Speedway Open Practice. For more information, visit www.shenandoahspeedway.com.
Robinson Auditorium at Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St. Book reading by area poet Nicole Yurcaba, an English instructor at Bridgewater College. Hosted by Friends of Handley Regional Library. For more information, call 540-662-9041, extension 31 or visit handleyregional.org
315 W. Boscawen St. Absolutely Dead. March 10-25. Showtimes: Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m. , 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday For more information, visit www.wltonline.org
107 Center St. Theatre Shenandoah presents Evita. Musical. Performances run March 24-26, March 31 and April 1-9. Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets available locally at the Edinburg Mill, and online. Tickets: $15 for adults and $12 for senior and students. For more information, call 540-984-3972 or visit www.theatreshenandoah.org
Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen St. Taking Control of Your Digital Camera, digital photography workshop. March 25, and April 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $90, pre-registration required up to three days before start of class. Limited availability. Hosted by Berkeley Arts Council. For more information, visit www.berkeleyartsWV.org
8895 George R. Collins Parkway. Family History Day. Hands-on Civil War living history. Historical film presentations. Education-oriented booths. Food, baked goods available for sale. Books for sale. Family friendly. Advance tickets: $ 3 per person. For more information, call 1-866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war
Ralph H. Dean Rec. Park. PCSO Easter Egg Hunt For more information, visit townofluray.com
Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center, 15 Appledore Lane, Jefferson Room. Reverse Raffle Benefit. Dinner for two, cash bar. Win $10,000 and valuable prizes. Overnight lodging available. For more information, call 770-714-6206 or visit rotarylexvalunch.org/reverse-raffle.php
Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Wilson Fairchild. Tickets: $35. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.org
336 Belle Grove Rd. Belle Grove Plantation front yard. Belle Grove in a Box. 30 minute interactive orientation for all ages about the history and settlement of the Shenandoah Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War on the Valley. March 25 and 26 at 11:30 a.m. April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 2:30 p.m. Various props from a box to visually interpret surrounding landscape features. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe
Walk for Hope, hosted by Eastern Mennonite University and co-sponsored by the Austin Frazier Memorial Fund, Eastern Mennonite University, James Madison University, Bridgewater College and Blue Ridge Community College. Honors death of a junior at James Madison University For more information, visit www.emu.edu per studentlife/coachlink/austin-frazier
Armstrong Concert Hall, 702 University Dr. Shenandoah Singers spring concert. Tickets: $15. For more information, call 1-800-432-2266 or visit www.su.edu/performs
St. Thomas Chapel, 7854 Church St. Dr. Deborah Lee: Religion and the Anti-Slavery Movement. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Coming to the Table. For more information, call 540-869-3051.
Melrose Caverns Lodge, Harrisonburg. 5th Annual Red, White, Blue, and Gray Ball. Music by the Shenandoah Valley Minstrels. Social hour at 6 p.m. Ball 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Semi Formal, Period attire or appropriate dress. Benefits Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers. $20 singles, $35 couples at the door. For more information, visit www.shenandoahatwar.org
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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!
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A Friday-evening downtown art walk is held once a month in Lexington, home to the Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University.