October 18, 2016

Autumn Arrives in Fort Valley

road in forestIt's still warm here and we're seeing touches of fall color, but not far away the leaves are turning more. Fort Valley in the Massanutten Range is always pretty, but in autumn it looks spectacular.

There are farms and rural homes surrounded by George Washington National Forest. I recently learned that there was another old iron furnace there and went looking for it yesterday. Unlike Elizabeth Furnace, this one is on private property but you can see it from Mine Mountain Road. I almost missed it because my eye was caught by a national forest sign across the road.

Behind the big stone structure there is a substantial stone wall visible through the trees. If you tour nearby Elizabeth Furnace you will find signs explaining how these furnaces were used for making iron before the Civil War. Since iron was used for making cannons in Richmond, Federal troops came through and destroyed these factories. Later some of them were rebuilt but they never fully recovered. 

Our car's map shows the approximate location. I'll try to remember to photograph this feature when I take photos of places of interest.

Here's a couple more farm photos from the area. I'm sharing these pictures with Tom's "Backroads Traveller" linkups.


  1. Linda. what a beautiful "history land" that you live in! Seems like there is a photo op at every turn, Thanks for joining the party, please stop back again.

  2. This is a beautiful area and I loved all your images, the countryside and the old furnace and that pretty house. Thanks for the map too.

  3. Beautiful landscape photography ~ enjoy ~ thanks

    Wishing you a Happy Week ^_^

  4. Your photos are lovely. It's interesting to see the old iron furnace.

  5. remnant like this are very interesting :) Great history comes with them.

  6. Looks so peaceful ...

    All the best Jan

  7. that first image is a beauty.


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