The Valley Turnpike

The ancient trail stretching from Philadelphia to Georgia, known by the English colonists as the Great Wagon Road, was utilized by Native Americans for generations, serving as a vital route from Canada to Georgia long before it acquired its English name.

Newtown Heritage Festival returns to Stephens City

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Newtown Heritage Festival kicked off in Stephens City yesterday with the marquis events set for today.

The Newtown Commons open at 10 am with food, craft vendors, and the Festival HQ.

History lovers should check out the Newtown History Center which will be hosting four other local museums or take a free guided trolley tour of the town.

Tickets through the HQ are free but required due to limited seating on the trolley.

Live music starts at noon with the Newtown String band and continues into the evening with Gunner Heathe, A Little Too Serious, and Dunlap & Mabe.

The festival parade starts at 2 pm and will shut down a portion of Route 11 for the duration of the event.

If heading to the festival earlier, do not park along Main Street or you will be towed before the parade.

The festivities will conclude at 9 PM with a bang thanks to a fireworks display.

For a full list of events, click here.

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Cedar Creek and Belle Grove host trench tours

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Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park announced they will offer ranger-guided tours of Civil War trenches on Sunday mornings beginning May 21st.

The walks will start at 10 AM and last about an hour.

Walks will follow a half mile of the trenches which were dug days before the Battle of Cedar Creek to fortify the United States position south of Middletown and stretched about a mile north of Valley Pike.

Rangers recommend bringing water, suitable walking shoes, and insect repellant.

Participants should meet at the entrance to the 19th Corps Trails on Route 11 2.4 miles south of the NPS Visitor Center in Middletown.

Additional dates for the walks include June 4th, September 17th, and October 4th.

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SCSO warns of counterfeit money

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has already received calls about the use of counterfeit bills during the Yard Crawl.

They are encouraging the community to check their money by:

  • holding the bill up to light
  • looking for watermarks
  • comparing it to another bill of the same denomination
  • using an ultraviolet light
  • feeling for texture or thinness
  • inspecting borders and printing quality

If you believe you have received counterfeit money, contact the Sheriff’s office non-emergency number at 540-459-6100. 

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VDOT plans sinkhole repairs in Shenandoah County

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is urging motorists to make plans for upcoming sinkhole repairs in Shenandoah County.

According to an email from VDOT permanent repairs to the sinkhole at mile marker 268 will begin Wednesday at 7 p.m. and may extend into Thursday June 9.

The work may temporarily shut down northbound lanes between New Market and Mount Jackson.

Timing of the work is unknown until crews begin excavation.

No detour route is planned but should traffic backups occur VDOT recommends using Route 11 at exit 257 and rejoining 81 at exit 269.

A temporary patch has been in  place at the location since May 27 and has been monitored.

The work zone will begin at mile marker 266 to marker 269 starting Wednesday at 7 p.m. and remain in place until work is complete.

The exit at 264 will be closed at Route 211 in New Market due to tight turning areas for trucks trying to access Route 11 north.

Up to the minute travel information is readily available at all hours here.

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Park Day at Cedar Creek Battlefield

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The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation is participating in Park Day today from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.

The American Battlefield Trust is hosting today’s event which is dedicated to preserving and maintaining battlefields and historical sites nationwide.

Projects planned for Cedar Creek Battlefield today include trail maintenance, litter clean up along their adopted portion of Route 11, tree trimming, fence repair and other general site care.

Volunteers will help to leave a lasting impact for future generations to enjoy and learn from these historical sites.

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ShenGo transit bus service is available today Oct. 4 in Shenandoah County

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The new ShenGo transit bus service launches today Oct. 4.

The new bus service offers transportation from New Market to Strasburg and stops in all towns in between.

The service utilizes Route 11 offering rides for a dollar Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m..

The bus service will have several stops in each town north and south on Route 11.

Their schedule and times are available at shengotransit.com.

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Public transportation is coming to Shenandoah County

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Public transportation is coming to Shenandoah County.

The Shenandoah office of Economic and Community Development along with local governments of New Market, Woodstock, Toms Brook and Strasburg will bring transit service to the region.

The service begins October 4 with a ribbon cutting at the Shenandoah County Government Center Oct. 1 at 2 p.m..

ShenGo Transit will bring reliable bus service to the citizens of Shenandoah County for work, medical appointments and shopping.

The buses will travel along the Rt. 11 corridor 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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