There is a definite tendency towards industriousness among the people of Rockbridge, Augusta, and Rockingham counties, perhaps due in part to its stolid Mennonite farming population. The Valley’s residents love outdoor recreation, and they have ample access to it on the Shenandoah River, in Goshen Pass, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and in vast George Washington National Forest acreage.
Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley has been the breadbasket of the Commonwealth since well before the American Civil War. Today the region is rich with dairy, beef, and poultry operations, and has a growing produce market as well. Bounded by the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, the Shenandoah Valley is rich in history, and many of its towns and cities have whole districts on the National Register, including Staunton and Lexington.
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Headquartered in the Blackfriars Playhouse, the only interior model of the Globe Theater outside London, Shenandoah Shakespeare regularly puts on performances by the famous English bard to the delight of Staunton residents and visitors.
This historic military college has hailed among its alumni both General George Patton and comedian Mel Brooks. The campus, its George C. Marshall Museum, and VMI Museum are all open to visitors who can easily walk to the institute grounds from equally historic downtown Lexington.
The Middlebrook-Brownsburg Corridor is a priceless example of the rural landscape of the Valley of Virginia. Winding its way through historic and pastoral southern Augusta and northern Rockbridge counties, the area is known as one of the most beautiful and well-preserved farming regions in the commonwealth.