March 3, 2013

Farm in Fort Valley

Valley Scene, March 2013

Fort Valley was named for Powell's Fort, which was there in colonial times. Legends abound about Mr. Powell, sometimes referred to as Lord Powell, the most popular being that he buried a treasure that's never been found.

Before Powell and other settlers came to the valley, it was occupied by Native Americans, at least seasonally. Around 1748, young George Washington surveyed the valley for Lord Fairfax. During the American Revolution he considered using the valley as a last-ditch defensive position for his army should the need arise. There are only a few passes that an army could use to enter the valley and since they are surrounded by steep cliffs, they could easily be defended.

The valley lies within the Massanutten Mountains, which in turn lie within the Shenandoah Valley, so it's a valley within a valley.

12 comments:

  1. love the mountain views. just don't get to see them here. :)

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  2. Beautiful. It would sure be nice to find that buried treasure.

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  3. The biggest treasure for your photos. Landscape beauty. With best greetings

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  4. I love the delicacy with which it has reflected this beautiful landscape.
    Yes, beautiful photos.

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  5. oh i could be very happy on that little farm in the valley!

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  6. What a view! I always thought this one of the loveliest corners of the world. (Nothing like that here either:)

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  7. Love that farmhouse nestled in there. I expect it would be lonely sometimes though.
    Wonder if there really is a treasure. :)

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  8. I enjoyed learning about Fort Valley. It looks like a beautiful area.

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  9. It is a beautiful valley and farm. I would love to live on a farm. I would be surrounded with animals. Have a happy day!

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  10. I love the history of Virginia so much...being it is my husband's home state and my adopted one. I think I told you we had planned to retire there but our plans were changed. LOVE it there, though, and the history is part of that. Wonderful place, this farm!

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