Oh Shenandoah!


An Ellen Martin Photograph - Goshen Pass - Available at Virginia Born and Bred

The Valley is a World of its Own

The SHOPPER LOVES exploring the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia because it is a world of its own replete with astounding features that would take years of return visits to discover.   There is no doubt The Valley beckons since it is one of the most beautiful places on earth!  Surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains, it extends for 200 miles from Harpers Ferry to Roanoke, Virginia, and abounds with exquisite scenery, fascinating history and unlimited recreational opportunities.

March Along the Road - An Ellen Martin Photograph - Available at Virginia Born and Bred

Travelling through historic towns on scenic back roads can lead to charming, picturesque farms and rolling hills with breathtaking mountain views.  Or head up the mountains to the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway for expansive views of the valley below.  And there is history – lots of history. Visitors come back again and again, to revel in the many museums and Civil War battlefields.   And there are caverns and other natural wonders.  Plus, there is fabulous food, and entertainment galore.  Like I said, “The Shenandoah Valley is a world of its own.”


Geometric Drop Earrings - Sandage Collection at VABorn&Bred

Peter Chapman Wood Puzzle

George Washington Folk Art Nutcracker -Available at Virginia Born and Bred

Teddy Relaxing - VABorn&Bred Mascot

But of Ofcourse, The SHOPPER loves shopping, and what better place to discover the astounding works of Virginia artisans?  There is grand shopping throughout the whole 200 miles, but why look any further than Virginia Born and Bred in Historic Lexington, Virginia in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley?  Did you know they have a new mascot now?  Teddy is the great love of The SHOPPER’S life.  If you can get past Teddy, local artists and things made in Virginia are featured there too. 🙂

There is a song and the melody is haunting. This traditional American folk song of uncertain origin dating at least to the early 19th century, may tell the story of a roving trader.  He was in love with the daughter of an Indian chief, and in this interpretation, he tells the chief of his intent to take the girl with him far to the west across the Missouri River.


Writer of Lyrics Unknown

 Oh, Shenandoah, I long to hear you.  Away you rolling river!  Oh, Shenandoah I long to hear you.  Away, I’m bound away, ‘Cross the wide Missouri.

The white man loved an Indian maiden, Away, you rolling river!  With notions his canoe was laden, Away, I’m bound away, ‘Cross the wide Missouri.

Oh, Shenandoah, I love your daughter,  Away you rolling river!  For her I’ve crossed the stormy water, Away, I’m bound away,  ‘Cross the wide Missouri.

Farewell, my dear, I’m bound to leave you.  Away, you rolling river!  Oh, Shenandoah, I’ll not deceive you,  Away, I’m bound away! ‘Cross the wide Missouri.

So, if you find your way to “our neck o’ the woods” here in Virginia, be sure to stop by for a visit.  If you are as smitten with The Valley as I was, you may just decide to stay!

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One Response to Oh Shenandoah!

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Gorgeousness! And the song makes me cry…….


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