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About the Area


Area Overview

  Front Royal - a name which reputedly came about during colonial times when a British officer helped his men with their drill by using the command "Front the Royal Oak". Whether or not that is true, the tree still finds a place on the town's plaque. The town was also once called LeHewtown after the founding LeHew family, and in the mid 19th century had the nickname "Helltown", when it was still regarded as a distant outpost from more civilized parts of northern Virginia, and was apparently infamous for its wild and unruly inhabitants!

  The modern Front Royal is a delightful town which has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, while offering so much to residents and visitors alike. It is at the top of the northern Shenandoah Valley,  
  where the North and South Forks of the river join. The Blue Ridge Mountains run south, embracing the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest, both famous for their natural beauty, and their varied wildlife and flora. The Appalachian Trail passes through the county; Skyline Caverns offer a wonderful subterranean experience just south of the town; and Skyline Drive starts here, winding its way southwards, later becoming the Blue Ridge Parkway, and ending almost 600 miles away in Georgia.

  For recreation, the area is renowned for its hunting and fishing, its canoeing and kayaking (the town has been named Canoe Capital of Virginia), its horseback riding and hiking trails, and of course its scenery. Golfers have the choice of five quality golf courses in the county, while indoor types have bowling, martial arts, a host of clubs and societies, and of course the movie theater.

Front Royal and the surrounding area was at the heart of Civil War activity, changing hands several times during the conflict, and all

  enthusiasts of the war can have a field day around the town. The Confederate spy Belle Boyd lived here, and her former home in Chester Street is now a museum.  
Just a few hundred feet away is the town's gazebo, next to the former railroad station, which has been preserved and now houses the local town's Visitor Center. Alongside is East Main Street, the original shopping street which still retains its old character, though modern trends in shopping led first to more recent plazas away from this area, and more recently the new retail parks on the north side of town featuring major retailers.

But for all the town's history, charm and beautiful location, all the major conurbations are within easy reach. Washington, DC is only

  70 miles away right down Interstate 66; Dulles International Airport is just 54 miles, or 1 hour, away; the town is also 6 miles from Interstate 81, giving excellent road access both north and south. In fact, Warren County has overnight access to 60% of all United States industrial activities, a fact no doubt reflecting the location of the Virginia Inland Port in the north of the county.

Front Royal and Warren County have seen substantial growth over recent times (see Local Information), and the area is rapidly becoming a focus of attention for residents of DC and northern Virginia, looking to relocate and get away from the pressures of city dwelling. Many local residents commute back to those areas, realizing that quality of life is worth

  the extra gas to travel down the highway. For all that, local planners are thankfully exerting tight control, determined that we do not see the urban sprawl that has developed around the likes of Manassas further to the east. The town still retains its character, and hopefully will do so for many years to come.

Front Royal and Warren County have a lot to offer - come see for yourself, and let me show you around!!


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