In 1831, Page County was formed from areas of Shenandoah and Rockingham counties. The county was named after Governor John Page. The county city, Luray, was formed in 1812 and its other towns Shenandoah and Stanley were formed shortly after that. Luray is nationally recognized for the Luray Caverns. The caverns are an underground network of connecting tunnels and intricate rock formations. There is an abundance of stalactites and stalagmites in this cavern, which has allowed the creation of the Great Stalacpipe Organ.
Today: Beautiful forests surround the county with the Shenandoah National Park to the east and George Washington National Forest to the west. The backwoods charm is only enhanced by the fact that there are not interstate highways crossing its borders. This feature has helped to maintain the original pristine farms and mountains of the area. Unlike most areas in the Shenandoah Valley, Page County offers an array of activities ranging from vistas on the mountaintops to rivers in the valley and the underground world of caverns. Whatever level you find the most pleasing, you will be glad to call Page County your home.
Arts, Culture and Historical Sights
American Celebration on Parade- Come and see the immense collection of spectacular parade floats, props, and stage settings from presidential inaugurals, the Rose Parade, and the Thanksgiving Day Parade at the Shenandoah Caverns! The collection includes 27 full size parade floats, such as Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ship used in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade and over 100 props.
Trackside Theater- Located in Downtown Luray, the Trackside Theater is home to the Blue Ridge Youth Theater, Roundhouse Players, and Luray Opera. Visitors can catch an array of classic live theater and musical performances, such as Alice in Wonderland and William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream.
Valley Vibe- Serving as the Mimslyn Inn’s Sunday evening entertainment, the Valley Vibe offers guests a unique jazz experience while enjoying dinner at the Inn’s Speakeasy restaurant. The jazz group can also be seen performing at other local Luray restaurants around town.
Warehouse Art Gallery- Opened in 2002 by local artist Jim Mayes, the Warehouse Art Gallery acts as the town’s “Center for the Arts”. The 7,000 square foot venue showcases the over 1000 works of art created by local dancers, writers, actors, musicians, and visual artists.
Shenandoah Moon- This quaint downtown shop specializes in selling certified fair trade, locally made, and distinctive clothing and jewelry for women. Many of their fair trade products are bought from global companies in an effort to support the artisans of Asia, Africa, and South and Central America. The shop also offers private parties and well as classes on silk dyeing and beading to help you create your own work of art.
Outlander’s- Established in 2004, Outlander’s is a favorite shopping spot for Valley locals. The store specializes in selling ATVs, motorcycles, and powersport equipment as well as unique gifts, jewelry, and apparel. While shopping for a new bike, visitors can also grab a bite to eat at Outlander’s grocery store and lunch deli.
Schewel Furniture Store- With the company headquartered nearby in Lynchburg, Virginia, Schewel Furniture is one of only four furniture retailers in the US that has operated under the same name and family management for over 100 years. The family owned store carries a variety of mattresses, furniture, appliances, electronics, and lawn and garden items to best fit your home.
Bank Street Books- Jim and JoAnn Fargo first opened Bank Street Books to the town of Luray in 1998. Today, it serves as one of the “best kept secrets” in Luray, offering customers vast collections of gently used mystery novels, science fiction, and local history books as well as a children’s section for young avid readers.
Finders Keepers- For those looking for trendy and antique home décor, Finders Keepers is your ideal shop. With reasonable prices, the downtown shop displays several antique collectables, furniture pieces, clothing, and vintage jewelry.
Rainbow Hill Shops & Restaurant- This three in one stop features a gift shop full of figurines and gemstones, a wine shop with a selection of over 200 craft brews and 1500 bottled wines, and an eatery with hand dipped ice cream and homemade pies. Rainbow Hill also hosts a monthly wine tasting for all over 21 to enjoy with friends and family.
Hawksbill Bicycles- Committed to ensure that customers purchase the perfect bike to fit their taste, Hawksbill Bikes carries a variety of different brands and styles, including Specialized mountain bikes and Cannondale recreational bikes. The shop also offers bike rentals to those interested in cycling along the Luray Greenway for an hour or two or for those wanting to test their skills on the local mountain trails.
Appalachian Outdoor Adventures- Appalachian Outdoor Adventures is your go to place for all your outdoor needs. The shop sells top quality products along with top quality knowledge on all outdoor activities in the area. Whether you are looking to camp, hike, fish, run, or cycle, Appalachian Outdoor Adventures has you covered.
Appalachian Adventures- Deemed as “The Gateway to the Great Outdoors”, Appalachian Adventures offers action packed vacations for friends and family seeking an adventure. Choose from numerous packages offering activities such as ATV rentals, horseback riding, jet ski rentals, canoe rentals, kayak rentals, tube rentals, party boats, fishing, targeting, professional hunting, and much more!
Bear Mountain LLC Ziplines- For a grand view of the Shenandoah Mountains, take a ride on zipline with family and friends! All levels of experience are welcome to join this adventure as you soar across 50 acres of the forested area. Reservations can be booked online for this unique family-fun adventure.
Luray Caverns- Known across the country as Eastern America’s largest and most popular natural landmark, the Luray Caverns are a magnificent sight to see. Guests are welcome to explore the cathedral-size rooms with ceiling 10 stores high filled with prehistoric stone formations.
Luray Zoo- This privately owned facility offers animal shows, a petting zoo, educational outreach programs, a jungle gift shop, and over 120 exhibits of wild birds, animals, and reptiles. The zoo also offers Discovery Tours where owners Christine and Mark take you behind the scenes to have hands on experience with some of the animals as well as grand photo opportunities!
Mazeland Park- Located on the Luray Caverns property, Mazeland Park houses a beautiful hedge maze with fountains, tunnels, and an overlook platform perfect for taking pictures. The Garden Maze is known to be the largest of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic states covering over an acre of land.
Page Valley Aviation- To get a glimpse at the whole valley, take a ride with one of the pilots of Page Valley Aviation! The attraction offers sightseeing flights, airplane rides, aerial photography, scenic tours, and professional instruction for those wishing to fly the plane themselves!
River Hill Stables- Located just ten minutes away from historic downtown Luray, River Hill Stables is featured as one of the Shenandoah Valley’s premiere boarding, lesson, and weekend getaway destinations for horse lovers. As you gallop around the trails, you will see the scenic mountain landscapes along with glimpses of the Shenandoah River. Book your reservation today!
The Yellow Barn- This new attraction at the Shenandoah Caverns offers guests a look into the Valley’s agricultural heritage with displays of restored antique farm wagons, equipment, carriages, and vehicles. Some of the exhibits include a 25-foot long tobacco press, horse drawn wagons, early 20th century tractors, and a 35-foot-tall treehouse. Guests are also welcome to take a peek into the venue’s many gift shops selling a large selection of wine, micro-brew and specialty beers, home décor, jewelry, and specialty foods.
Valley Star Farm- Valley Star Farm provides families with all their seasonal needs. During the fall, the farm hosts a month of family fun with a corn maze and pumpkin patch for kids and adults to select the perfect pumpkin for their carving desires. By the time Christmas rolls around, the farm sells a wide selection of six different types of Christmas trees that you can “choose and cut” yourself.
Luray Triathlon- Voted as the Best Triathlon of 2013 in the Mid-Atlantic Region by Competitor Magazine, the Luray Triathlon is surely a favorite annual event among locals. It was founded in 2006 by all time triathlete David Glover. The triathlon attracts roughly 1,400 athletes over the two-day event.
Luray/Page Farmers Market- Open from May to October in the SVEC parking lot, the Farmers Market sells locally grown seasonal produce, fresh meats, baked goods, and plants. Breakfast and lunch is also served on site as well as stations full of masterpieces created by local artists and craftsmen.
Artisans Grill- As a proud member and supporter of Page County Grown, the Artisans Grill is dedicated to serving a menu crafted from local produce and ingredients from the Valley. Open for lunch and dinner, the kitchen whips up dishes of fresh calamari, juicy bistro steak, jumbo lump crab cakes, and classic hot fudge brownies with a scoop of ice cream.
Brookside- This family style restaurant is the ideal spot for those craving comfort food. The restaurant serves homemade breads and desserts, a daily buffet, an extensive menu, and a 30-item salad bar. Some of the entrées include Chicken Fried Steak, Stuffed Founder, and Chicken Teriyaki.
Gathering Grounds- Offering up the largest assortment of freshly baked pies in town, Gathering Grounds is the perfect spot to grab a rich cup of coffee and sweet dessert. The café also serves gourmet sandwiches, salads, and quiches, such as the Grilled Chicken Panini and Mandarin Orange and Pecan Salad.
Luray Southern Grill- Known all over town for their fresh and decadent seafood and steak, Luray Southern Grill is sure to please all in your party. Some of their famous dishes include Fried Scallops, 10 oz. New York Strip steaks, and Golden Fried Chicken Tenders.
Mimslyn Inn- The Mimslyn Inn is home to two restaurants, including Circa ’31 and the Speakeasy. Circa ’31 offers guests the taste of Southern Cuisine with a hint of a classical twist. The restaurant also hosts an array of specialty dinners throughout the year including “Wasmund’s Whisky Dinner” and Weekend Wine Dinners. The Speakeasy then serves as the restaurant for the night owls. Decorated and inspired by the prohibition era, the restaurant and bar features dishes such as chicken potpie, meatloaf, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade soups, and seasonally fresh salads.
Rancho Viejo- Whether you are craving a stack of steaming chicken fajitas or a large lime margarita, Rancho Viejo is the best stop in Luray for great Mexican food at a low price. Other entrées on the menu include steak tacos, shrimp cocktail, pollo loco, and taco salads.
Triple Crown BBQ- Using their onsite wood fired Southern Pride smoker, Triple Crown BBQ offers their customers authentic BBQ from recipes passed down over their family generations. Stop on in and sample the pulled pork, sliced sirloin, baby back ribs, smoked chickens, and sausage. Whatever meat you pick, be sure to top it off with your favorite sauce.
The Purple Door Café- Located in a charming house off of West Main Street, the chefs of Purple Door Café prepare an array of dishes, including Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Chicken Florentine, and Seafood Au Gratin. Be sure to also check out their special of the day and sinfully sweet desserts!
West Main Market- If you are either searching for a place to grab a quick lunch of a platter of fresh deli meat, West Main Market can be sure to help you with your search. The market features a full service deli with specialty meats, cheeses, and homemade side dishes as well as a sandwich shop serving a variety of sandwiches, salads, and freshly made soups. The market also has an extensive menu for those seeking a particular beer or wine.
With the ability to zoom in and out, pan, and identify certain parcels, the Page County GIS is similar to working with detailed version of Google Maps. A GIS is set up with several layers built into the system for example: flood plains, school districts, parks, civil war battle fields, etc … you can activate the layers you want to see that are impacting a particular property you are researching. Where the parcel boundaries are outlined on the GIS is not one hundred percent reliable so in no way should this be used in place of a survey. It does however serve as a tremendous reference and you do have the ability to use the measuring tool to get rough measurements if you need to. If the aerial photography layer is active you can see the location of structures on any particular lot.
Page County zoning districts are defined by how a particular property is intended to be used and the regulation that goes along with the district. There are ten different zoning districts throughout the town of Page County. The most common Residential Districts are listed below. If you are interested in reading more into the specifics of the entire Page County Zoning Code, click here.
Single-Family Dwellings – These districts are intended to be used for single-family detached residential neighborhoods on individual lots. The districts are differentiated primarily on the basis of minimum lot area and setback requirements.
Two-Family Dwellings – These districts are intended to be used to accommodate traditional, small lot neighborhoods primarily characterized by two-family detached dwellings and other specified, compatible housing types.
Multifamily Dwellings – The purpose of this district is to establish areas in the city to accommodate multifamily living in a higher density residential environment with due attention to existing uses, the character and suitability of areas so designated, and trends of growth and changes in the housing market.
Between the ten schools that make up the Page County City Public School District, approximately 3,624 students are enrolled in grades Pre-K through 12. With a student-teacher ratio of about 15 students per classroom, students have the opportunity to receive more face time with their teachers as well as engage with their classmates in small groups, allowing them to create personal connections throughout their grade school years. The district spending trends of the Page County Public Schools for current expenditures averages out to $9,171 per student. To see more information, such as SOL Pass rates and the attendance rates, please click here.
Residents of Page County are welcome to dispose of household bagged trash and discarded materials free of charge, except for tires, construction debris, and rough materials. Those who are commercial or industrial customers will be charged $45.00 per ton of commercial bagged garbage. A drop-off recycling facility is also onsite, where items such as cardboard, magazines, newspapers, glass, steal cans, and aluminum are eligible for collection. The landfill is located at 219 Landfill Drive in Luray, Virginia. The landfill is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM and can be reached at (540) 743-3854.
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