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Virginia's Shenandoah

The Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia runs for some 200 miles between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains in the westerrn part of Virginia and eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains are part of the Appalacian range of mountains in eastern North America. In total the Appalacians run through 18 states and into Canada. The Blue Ridge mountains cover portions of Georgia, North Carolina, Tenessee, Virginia, Pensylvannia and Maryland. The Allegheny mountains cover portions of Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. This whole big area out in the west part of the state of Virginia is generally referred to as Shenandoah country. Geologically it was once part of an inland sea, which laid down limestone beds and it the origin of many of the limestone caverns found in the area.

Map of Virginia Regions
It is generally believed that Shenandoah is an indian word meaning 'Daughter of the Stars', though not much is known today about those Indians that lived here. The settlement of the area was mainly due to Germans coming down from Pennsylvania as the lands are very fertile for agriculture. This is some really splendid landscape in valleys and mountains to see here, making is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year, but especially in the autumn when when the leaves change color and the place is lit up with brilliant colors of red, orange and yellow in various shades of each. Over the years since I have lived in the state of Virginia I have visited this area of the state maybe a dozen or so times. I don't have photos for all the visits there, but can share a few visits there with photos - 2000, 2005, 2016.
Shenandoah - Film Poster (1965)


If you like old films there is a good one called Shenandoah (1965), starring Jimmy Stewart. It takes place during the Civil War and follows a family (living in the Shenandoa region of Virginia) and how the war affects their lives. If you've even seen The Patriot (2000), starring Mel Gibson, it has many of the same antiwar themes and challenges ideas of humanitarian values when people are faced with conflict. The filming of Shenandoah was actually done near Eugene, Oregon, however, so there are no scenes of Shenandoah in the film unfortunately. For a film with scenes on location in the Shenandoah region of Virginia, then a good one would be Gods and Generals (2003), a Civil War film and a prequel to Gettysburg (1993). The film Gettysburg is based on the 1974 novel 'The Killer Angels' by Michael Shaara, while Gods and Generals is based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Jeffrey Shaara, the son of Michael Shaara. Jeffrey Shaara also wrote a sequal to his father's novel called 'The Last Full Measure' in 2000. There were plans to make this into a film also, but Gods and Generals did poorly at the box office and the film was never made.

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Virginias Shenandoah
Virginia's Shenandoah
Map of Virginia Regions
Map of Virginia Regions
Shenandoah - Film Poster (1965)
Shenandoah - Film Poster (1965)
Shenandoah
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