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June
13

Summer Learning: Augusta County Historical Places

Augusta County

Shhh! Don't tell the kids, but learning can be fun. Our real estate agents love to combine culture and entertainment at these impressive historical attractions near Augusta County homes for sale.

  • Frontier Culture Museum - 1290 Richmond Rd., Staunton, VA 24401
    How did the early immigrants blend their histories to create a new culture in the colonies? Learn about their fascinating stories at the Frontier Culture Museum. Permanent exhibits include replicas of West African, Irish, English, German, and Native American farms from the 1700s along with an 1820s American farmhouse and early American schoolhouse. The museum also hosts lectures, concerts, and special holiday events. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for high school and college students, and $7 for ages 6-12. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through December 1.

  • Bare House and Mill - 157 Wilda Rd., Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
    Bare House and Mill, situated on scenic fields not far from Stuarts Draft homes for sale, are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While the original home was destroyed by fire in the mid-1850s, it was soon replaced by a Greek Revival/Italianate two-story brick home that still stands. The mill, which was shut down after the 1870 floods, has been ravaged by time, although the limestone ruins hold evidence of a rare undershot wheel.

  • Valley Railroad Stone Bridge - Jolivue, VA 24401
    As air travel has taken over as the preferred method of transportation, structures such as the Valley Railroad Stone Bridge have become a rare sight. The four-arch bridge, which spans Folly Mills Creek, was constructed in 1884 as part of the Valley Railroad line connecting Staunton and Lexington. While the line was discontinued in 1942 and the tracks were subsequently removed, the stunning bridge has been maintained as a charming landmark for area travelers. The remarkable masonry engineering displayed by the bridge landed it on the National Register of Historic Places. 

  • The Stonewall Brigade Band - Gypsy Hill Park, 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
    Art meets history with the Stonewall Brigade Band, the oldest continuous community band in the country. In 1855, the band started with all brass instruments as the Mountain Saxhorn Band. Since then, it's grown into a full band, adding woodwind and percussion instruments. The Stonewall Brigade Band performs free summer concerts at 8 p.m. each Monday night from June through August. Their Gypsy Hill Park bandstand, built expressly for the band, dates back to 1889.

  • R.R. Smith Center for History and Art - 20 S. New St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Local culture is showcased at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, housed in an 1894 hotel in Staunton's Beverley Historic District. The building is home to the Staunton Augusta Art Center, with exhibits that change every six weeks, and the Augusta County Historical Society, which holds archives that can be used for ancestral research. Be sure to stroll the adjacent Mevluda Tahirovic Memorial Garden, a lovely tribute to the donor's late fiancée. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

  • Harnsberger Octagonal Barn - Weyers Cave, VA 24486
    Built around 1867, the Harnsberger Octagonal Barn is a significant departure from the classic red-sided rectangular barns. The unusual design was influenced by architectural theories that were in fashion after the Civil War. Local carpenter William Evers supervised construction, and the barn is still in use, not far from Weyers Cave homes for sale.

  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum - 20 N. Coalter St., Staunton, VA 24401
    As the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson helped lead our country during the early years of the 20th century. Today, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum is located in the city of his birth, right down the street from Staunton homes for sale. Tour his family home, and explore seven galleries featuring artifacts from Wilson's life and times. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for ages 6-17. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon.

Summer is a perfect time to buy or sell your Augusta County home. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.

March
21

Augusta County Spots That Are Fun For the Whole Family

Family Friendly Spots

Does your family have a hard time agreeing on things to do together? Our real estate agents are here to help. These family-friendly activities around Augusta County homes for sale offer something for everyone to enjoy. 

  • Visulite Cinemas - 12 N. Augusta St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Looking for a weatherproof activity on a rainy day? There's nothing like hunkering down with a bucket of popcorn to watch the latest hit movie on the big screens at Visulite Cinema. The vintage 1930s exterior holds a modern movie house with state-of-the-art digital projection and surround sound, highbacked rocker chairs, and stadium seating tiers. In addition to popcorn and candy, refreshments include beer and wine as well as nachos, taquitos, and chimichangas delivered right to your seat. Visit the website for schedules and tickets. 

  • Crack the Code Escape Room - 300 Church St., Bldg. B, Staunton, VA 24401
    Today's hottest group activity comes to Staunton and Augusta County with Crack the Code Escape Room. Each room has an engaging story involving a puzzle to be solved in order to "escape." In one room, "Subway NYC," the group must work together to regain control of a hijacked train that's hurtling on a collision course. Rooms accommodate groups of six to eight players, ages 10 and up, and playing time is 60 minutes. Admission is $27 per person. Crack the Code is open 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Grand Caverns - 5 Grand Caverns Dr., Grottoes, VA 24441
    Play Indiana Jones in the fascinating depths of Grand Caverns, a National Natural Landmark not far from Grottoes homes for sale. First opened for tours in 1806, Grand Caverns is the oldest continually operating show cave in the United States. There's plenty of fun above ground also, with picnic shelters, hiking and fitness trails, mini-golf, fishing, and a playground. All-ages walking tours of the caverns run 70 minutes. Visit the website for full schedule and pricing. Grand Caverns is open daily year-round. 

  • Natural Chimneys Park and Campground - 94 Natural Chimneys Ln., Mount Solon, VA 22843
    Whether you and your family want to get away for a day or a weekend, Natural Chimneys Park and Campground is the place to go. The park name refers to the majestic rock formations created when the inland sea that once covered the area near Mount Solon homes for sale receded. More than 2.5 miles of trails provide opportunities for viewing beautiful flowers and spotting wildlife such as deer, turkeys, and owls. Fish for trout or enjoy a lively game of basketball or volleyball. Natural Chimneys is open from dawn to dusk for day use, while camping is available in season.

  • Pufferbellies Toys & Books - 15 W. Johnson St., Staunton, VA 24401
    A visit to Pufferbellies Toys & Books brings out the kid in everyone. The shop itself is a family venture near Staunton homes for sale and is run by Susan Blanton and her daughter Erin. Shelves are filled with books, games, and toys that appeal to a child's sense of wonder while promoting the development of physical and mental skills. Categories include STEM, Outdoor & Active Play, Blocks & Building Toys, and LEGO. They even have Fun Things for Grownups! Store hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

  • The Split Banana Co. - 7 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401
    No matter what you have planned for the day, there's always time for ice cream. The Split Banana Co. serves up luscious gelato, handmade from fresh local milk for the highest quality. Choose from 24 rotating flavors such as Caramel Peanut Butter, Cherry Cheesecake, and M&M Birthday Cake. Scoops are available in cups, cake cones, and waffle cones. Be sure to pick up a pint or quart of your favorite flavors to take home. Store hours are noon - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Want to learn more about what makes Augusta County such a great place to raise a family? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable real estate agents. 

January
17

Getting Married in 2022? Wedding Venues in Augusta County

Wedding Venues

Our real estate agents know many people are excited about all the things 2022 has in store. For some, that means exploring the best Augusta County homes for sale. Others will be taking big steps in different ways. If wedding bells are ringing, Augusta County has plenty of options for you.

With its combination of natural beauty and historic buildings, Augusta County offers a stunning selection of wedding venues in rural, suburban, and city settings. No matter what your vision is for your gathering, there is something here for you. You can create memories that will last a lifetime.

Virginia stands out for its tradition of big weddings! Many couples select a venue out in the countryside where they can get away from it all. Surrounded by breathtaking natural wonders, you can have the best of both worlds: Unbelievable historic locales backed by some of the best luxury amenities in the state.

Let's look at some popular options for your special day in Augusta County:

  • Red August Farm – 1171 Hermitage Road, Waynesboro, VA 22980
    With a beautiful Shenandoah Valley location, Red August Farm sits nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing for incomparable views. For your event, you have the opportunity to fully customize the 15-acre property according to your desires. Parties of up to 300 guests are welcome. Other special events and photoshoots are also held throughout the year near Waynesboro homes for sale.
  • Cana Barn – 339 Walnut Hills Road, Staunton, VA 24401
    Billing itself as the place "Where we never run out," Cana Barn was originally a historic bank barn just under a century old. It was painstakingly disassembled and reassembled to its current location near Staunton homes for sale, which allows it to combine the authenticity of the original structure with all-new modern amenities. One advantage is that the entire venue is now ADA accessible for all of your guests.

  • Hotel 24 South – 24 South Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401
    Hotel 24 South is known for a variety of things, among them being one of the oldest surviving hotels in vibrant downtown Staunton. Built in 1924, it was restored in 2005 and renovated in 2018. Replete with historic charm and character, its principal wedding venue is the Colonnade Ballroom, featuring majestic columns and sweeping ceilings. The much larger Shenandoah Ballroom is also available.

  • Fairfax Hall – 1101 Reservoir Street, Waynesboro, VA, 22980
    Fairfax Hall will dazzle you with one of the oldest and most storied historic wedding venues anywhere in Virginia. It was built in 1890 and was originally known as the Brandon Hotel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it perches on a pristine hillside that overlooks Waynesboro. In addition to weddings, it's been known to host banquets, civic events, and large parties of all different kinds.

  • The Event Center at Turk Mountain – 1358 East Side Highway, Waynesboro, VA 22980
    The Event Center at Turk Mountain is one of the best places to consider if you need to welcome many hundreds of guests. The astonishing 9,000-square foot space can be transformed to suit almost any kind of need. Wedding packages come complete with a two-day venue rental, and the space is available from 8 a.m. through 11 p.m. – including a catering kitchen, easels, sound system, and outdoor space.

  • American Shakespeare Center – 10 South Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401
    For a unique experience, American Shakespeare Center is not to be missed. Of course, the ASC provides the community with performances and special insights into the work of "the Great Bard," William Shakespeare. But you can also rent the Blackfriars Playhouse – a recreation of the English playhouse where many of Shakespeare's works were first seen. Open since 2001, it has a 300-seat capacity.

  • The Club at Ironwood – 62 Country Club Circle, Staunton, VA 24401
    For golf lovers of all backgrounds and skill levels, The Club at Ironwood is sure to please. This full-service golf course introduces 18 splendid holes with a range of different challenges. Choose to hold your wedding here and you will enjoy sumptuous dining at the beloved 19th Hole Restaurant located in the exclusive clubhouse. Tennis and aquatics at the pool are also available for you and all of those celebrating.

Ready to learn more about life in Augusta County? Contact us today to find out more about Augusta County real estate.

December
13

Holiday Helping Hands - Give Back This Holiday Season

Holiday Giving

Local non-profit organizations work hard to provide needed services and support throughout our area. The holiday season is the perfect time to show those organizations some love by giving back through a donation or volunteering your time to lend a helping hand. This is an especially busy time of year for non-profits, so your support makes a big difference. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 7 local non-profits where you can lend a helping hand this holiday season.

  • Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Habitat for Humanity – 800 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401
    In addition to opening a new ReStore near Staunton homes for sale, the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Habitat for Humanity works all year long to provide safe, affordable housing to community members in need. There are many ways to get involved, whether you make a financial donation or volunteer to be part of one of the organization's many programs. Volunteers are always needed for home builds, home repairs, volunteering in the ReStore, working on community outreach, and partnering with local families to provide valuable support.

  • Ride With Pride – 2435 Shutterlee Mill Rd., Staunton, VA 24401
    The Ride With Pride non-profit is a unique organization that offers therapeutic horsemanship training and services. Therapeutic horsemanship is used as a tool to help people with physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges through the joy and practice of riding horses. Donations are always welcome, and this is also a great place to volunteer your time. Volunteers are needed to tend the stables, care for the horses, teach lessons for clients, provide support during lessons, and help with fundraisers, so there are many roles available even if you're new to riding.

  • Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition – 85 W. Gay St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    While the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition is located near Harrisonburg homes for sale, the organization has an impact on communities throughout the region. Their mission is to make communities more accessible for bicycle riders by creating trails, developing safe routes for riding to school, creating greenways, encouraging communities to develop safe road riding routes, and empowering new riders. You can contribute by making a donation, volunteering to support events, becoming an advocate, adopting a trail, or even helping create brand new trails in the area.

  • Augusta County Library – 1759 Jefferson Hwy., Fishersville, VA 22939
    In addition to the main branch in Fishersville, the Augusta County Library operates six smaller branches in communities throughout the region. Charitable gifts are always welcomed by the library, and you can also join the Friends of the Library organization to provide support in a variety of ways. Volunteers are needed at many branches to help with stocking the shelves with books, teaching classes for the community, providing support at charitable events, and many other tasks around the library.

  • The Arc Augusta – 1025 Fairfax Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980
    Dedicated to offering assistance to people with developmental disabilities (DD) near Waynesboro homes for sale and throughout Augusta County, The Arc of Augusta provides a variety of vital services. Those services include advocating for the rights of people with DD and operating two-day support programs for adults with DD. This is a membership-based non-profit, and by purchasing a membership, you help to sponsor adults with DD who wouldn't otherwise be able to financially manage to attend the day programs. Members also have the opportunity to lend their support by volunteering.

  • Martha's Meals on Wheels of Staunton – PO Box 2354, Staunton, VA 24402
    Established in 1973, Martha's Meals on Wheels of Staunton has been providing fresh, hot, delicious meals to people in need for nearly 50 years. Meals are provided to homebound people and those who cannot prepare their own meals, with no age or income requirement. The organization is supported entirely by donations and relies on volunteers to deliver meals. Volunteers can give their time once per week or once per month to deliver meals in the Staunton area.

  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank – PO Box 937, 96 Laurel Hill Rd., Verona, VA 24482
    The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank works to feed the hungry throughout central and western Virginia. Every donation makes a big difference, with each dollar donated providing four meals to people in need. The organization is always in need of volunteers to recover food, work in the warehouse, and work in a variety of support roles at the food bank. You can also host a food drive or a fundraising event for the food bank.

Are you searching for your next home in an amazing Shenandoah Valley community? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Staunton, VA area.

March
22

Your Guide to Historic Augusta

Historic AugustaDid you know that the borders of Augusta County once stretched all the way to the Mississippi River? The county was established in 1738 and has played an important role in American history ever since. While the size of the county is slightly smaller than it was back in those days, today's Augusta County remains one of the most historic places in Virginia. You can still visit many historic destinations and see how the county has evolved in its nearly 300 years of existence. Our REALTORS® are here to help you discover the unique history of the region with our guide to historic Augusta County.

Your Guide to Historic Augusta

The Earliest Days of Augusta County
When Augusta County was founded in 1738, settlers from Europe were just beginning to push into the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The territory included land that would eventually be carved into seven states. So while the border of the county really did include lands up to the Mississippi River, most of those lands hadn't been settled or explored. Still, Augusta County represented the frontier at the time, attracting a wide range of settlers and some notable names who would eventually write their names in the history books. Eventually, as more counties were established in the region in 1790, Augusta County was reduced to its current size – which still makes it the second-largest county in Virginia.

Augusta County Historical Society – 20 S New St., Staunton, VA 24401
There's no better place to discover the history of the region than the Augusta County Historical Society, which can be found in downtown Staunton at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. The dedicated volunteers at the Augusta County Historical Society work hard to record, preserve, and present local history for anyone who's interested in learning about the area. When you visit, you can find information on historic buildings, forgotten communities from Augusta's earliest days, and the many historic figures with ties to the area. Because Augusta County was so large when it was first founded, the Augusta County Historical Society also has early records from other Shenandoah Valley communities, which would eventually become part of other nearby counties in Virginia.

Discover Augusta County History through the Words of Those Who Created It
Among the many archives at the Augusta County Historical Society, you will find a vast collection of letters, journal entries, and personal writings from throughout the area's history. If your family has deep roots in the area, you may even find writings from your own ancestors! All of these writings provide a unique view of local history, recorded by the people who shaped it. Find out what it was like to live here when Augusta County was on the frontier, and see how the area developed over time into the place that we all love so much today.

Enjoy a Driving Tour of Historic Augusta County
The history of Augusta County can be discovered in many towns throughout the area, and the Augusta County Historic Society has created a self-guided driving tour of Augusta County to help you explore some of the county's most prominent historic sites. It's a great way to learn about the history and see some unique Virginia homes for sale along the way. As you travel, you'll have the chance to see historic churches, schools, cemeteries, businesses, homes, and much more. Download the guide to the driving tour to learn more about each historic site as you pass. And local history doesn't end in Augusta County! As you head north and pass beautiful Bridgewater homes for sale, you'll soon find yourself in historic Harrisonburg, where you can learn even more about Virginia's history.

Ready to find a home that allows you to discover the fascinating history of Augusta County first-hand and write your own name in the local history books? Our team is here to help you find a home you'll love, but making history is up to you. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Augusta County, VA area

January
18

National Cheese Lovers Day: Where to Find Locally Made Cheese in Augusta County

Augusta County Cheese ShopsEvery once in a while, a holiday comes along that our real estate agents can really get behind. Case in point: National Cheese Lovers Day is coming right up on January 20th!

If you happen to be in Virginia looking for Augusta County homes for sale, then you're in luck. Our neck of the woods happens to be home to some amazing local cheese shops, creameries, and farmers markets, and we're thrilled to give a shout-out to some of our favorites in honor of the upcoming holiday!

  • Nu-Beginning Farm Store - 221 N Lewis St, Staunton, VA 24401
    Nestled in the heart of Staunton, the store at Nu-Beginning Farm is your one-stop-shop for all things local, healthy and handmade. Just minutes from these Staunton homes for sale, the store offers everything from homemade grab-and-go meals and handmade crafts to a fine selection of local meats, produce, baked goods, and, of course, cheese. Among their many offerings are a variety of local cheeses from Mountain View Farms and Shenandoah Valley Family Farms. Store hours may vary due to COVID-19, but the Nu-Beginning Farm Store is currently offering online ordering and curbside pickup.

  • The Cheese Shop - 2366 Tinkling Spring Rd, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
    There's always something new and delicious to discover at the Cheese Shop. Nestled in the cozy community of Stuarts Draft—about 20 minutes from Staunton, VA—this local cheese shop has more than earned its place among the best local purveyors of fine cheeses. They've certainly grown since they started out as a front porch farm stand more than 50 years ago! You'll find an amazing selection, including specialties like bacon cheese, aged six-year cheddar, and horseradish cheese. The Cheese Shop also has goodies of all kinds, from local candies, nuts, and dry goods to soups, spices, and teas.

  • Staunton Farmers Market - Byers St, Staunton, VA 24401
    A staple of the Staunton community since 1993, the Staunton Farmers Market is the perfect place to stock up on local goods. Cheese lovers will usually find several tempting options here, including local products from Ballerino Creamery and a variety of local farms. Hours also vary by season, but the winter market is now open every Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm. For everyone's safety, organizers of the farmers market are asking that all shoppers wear face coverings and maintain at least six feet of social distancing at this time. 

    • Ballerino Creamery - Staunton, VA
      Focused on making perfectly crafted fresh and aged cheeses using milk from local dairy farms, Ballerino Creamery is, without a doubt, one of Augusta County's finest cheesemakers. This Staunton creamery makes styles ranging from mozzarella and camembert to ricotta and farmers cheese, and every last one is worth tasting. Ballerino Creamery doesn't currently have their own brick-and-mortar store where you can shop for cheeses. But their products are available at numerous shops and stores locally, including Newtown Baking in Staunton and Greenwood Grocery in Crozet. You'll find them set up at several local farmers' markets as well, including the Staunton Farmers Market. 

    • Harrisonburg Farmers Market - 228 S Liberty St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      There's no end to the unique local products you might find at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. Local artisan cheeses are always on the menu, along with fresh eggs, honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, arts and crafts, and a wide range of locally grown fruits and vegetables that change with the seasons. The market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm during the winter season (December through March), and every Tuesday and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm throughout the rest of the year. Harrisonburg Farmers Market is just footsteps away from many Harrisonburg homes for sale

    • The Cheese Place - 3105 John Wayland Hwy, Dayton, VA 22821
      When a store has a name like The Cheese Place, you just know you're going to find something good there. This cozy family-owned shop in Dayton, VA offers dozens of cheeses from some of the best creameries in Virginia and all over the country. You'll never run out of new varieties to try. The Cheese Place is also a great place to shop for spices, dry goods, nuts and baking supplies, local jam and honey, and much more. Plus, they have the best selection of candy around, and they're located just minutes from these Dayton homes for sale

    Contact us today to learn more about all the great opportunities in Augusta County, and ask our team about finding the perfect Virginia homes for sale. We're here to help you and your family find your dream home in Staunton, VA, and the surrounding areas. 

    November
    9

    National Hiking Day: Where to Take a Hike in Augusta County

    Hiking Augusta County

    November 17th is National Hiking Day, and our real estate agents couldn't think of a better time to enjoy the great outdoors! The weather in Augusta County during November is perfect for trail hiking. With sunny skies and crisp autumn air, now is the perfect opportunity to spend a few nice days outside before the winter comes. Whether you need a relaxing walk or want to take your workout outdoors, head to these trails throughout Augusta County for National Hiking Day.

    • South River Greenway – Arch Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980
      There are few better ways to enjoy a day outside in Waynesboro than along the South River. The South River Greenway is a 1.2-mile trail that runs along the South River from the Loth Springs parking lot to the Port Republic neighborhood. Eventually, the South River Greenway will be extended to connect to other popular greenspaces, including Sunset Park, Basic Park, and Ridgeview Park. Until then, you can enjoy the exercise station on the trail and reserve the facilities at Dominion Shelter if you want to invite friends for a brisk walk followed by a picnic.

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    • Humpback Rocks – Milepost 5.8 on Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesboro, VA 22980
      One of the most popular and shortest hikes we suggest is up Humpback Rocks. Named for the rock formations atop the viewpoint, the Humpback Rocks trail requires fewer than three hours of hiking time, making it perfect for those who aren't interested in spending the entire afternoon in the wilderness. Although the elevation only climbs by 1,240-feet, the first mile takes you up 800-feet rather briskly. If you'd like to spend the night and enjoy an amazing sunset, you can follow the A.T. South trail (instead of the A.T. North to the Humpback Rocks viewpoint) and enjoy a campsite with room for six.

    • Dobie Mountain – Milepost 5.8 on Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesboro, VA 22980
      Neighboring Humpback Rocks, the Dobie Mountain hike is a little longer but just as remarkable. It's also less popular than Humpback Rocks, offering you the opportunity to enjoy a more intimate journey. The total hike should take around three-and-a-half hours, though you could extend it from a 4-mile hike to a 6.8-mile hike if you head to the shelter for a lunch break. Those afraid of heights should know that there is a series of switchbacks on the trail with drops of 700-feet.

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      • Dripping Rocks via Appalachian Trail – Lyndhurst, VA 22952
        Another fantastic out and back hike that you can easily tackle on National Hiking Day is the Drippings Rocks trail. Part of the Appalachian Trail, you can quickly conquer this trail in fewer than two hours. In fact, it's a quieter and shorter alternative to the Humpback Rocks trail. Dripping Rocks is 1.7-miles total and only has an elevation gain of 564-feet. Very close to Lyndhurst homes for sale, this rocky trail is great for walks with friends, older children, and dogs. Be prepared for a few steep areas that are well worth the few.

       

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      • Riprap Hollow – Shenandoah National Park, 3655 U.S. Highway 211 East, Luray, VA 2283
        For a change of scenery outside of George Washington National Forest, head over to the Shenandoah National Park to hike the Riprap Hollow trail. Located just outside of many wonderful neighborhoods with great Augusta County homes for sale, the Riprap Hollow trail is a circuit hike for novice and experienced hikers. Factor in around five hours for the hike, longer if you plan on shooting some wildlife photography.  

      Are you searching for a house close to the great outdoors? Let us help! Contact us today to schedule tours of our Waynesboro homes for sale.

      May
      26

      Augusta County: Best Fishing for Local Anglers

      Augusta County Virginia Best Fishing for Anglers
      In a world of high-tech entertainment, fishing retains a nostalgic charm. The appeal of spending a pleasant summer day with a sandwich, cold beverage, and fishing pole never seems to grow old.

      If you promise not to tell, our real estate agents will share the secrets of their favorite fishing spots in Augusta County.

      • Lake Tams - Gypsy Hill Park, 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
        The rustic beauty of Lake Tams, down the street from Staunton homes for sale, would be a perfect subject for a landscape painting. Its location, Gypsy Hill Park, resulted from the efforts of Captain William Purviance Tams, for whom the lake is named. Lake Tams is a 2.5-acre storm retention pond that features a stocked trout program. While boats are not permitted, there is an asphalt walking path that provides fishing access for everyone, including those with limited mobility. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 11 p.m. and fishing is available year-round.

      • Crimora Park - 1648 New Hope-Crimora Rd., Crimora, VA 24431
        Crimora Park is an 18-acre facility divided into two levels. The lower level features 1,000 feet of frontage along the South River, one of the more popular fishing spots near Crimora homes for sale. Both warm water and coldwater trout fishing is available in the South River, which also holds bass, sunfish, and bluegill. Crimora Park is open from sunrise until sunset.

      • Mossy Creek - 372 Kyles Mill Rd., Mount Solon, VA 22843
        There's a reason why anglers across the country sing the praises of trout fishing at Mossy Creek. It's not unusual to come away with a 20-inch fish weighing six pounds or more. Brown trout are the main attraction, but rock bass, eels, and suckers are also plentiful. Bring your patience, as Mossy Creek can challenge even experienced fly fishers. The water's path runs alongside private property, so be sure to get a free landowner's permit online. There is a public parking lot at Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church, just minutes from Mount Solon homes for sale.

      • Lake Arrowhead - 725 Lake Arrowhead Rd., Luray, VA 22835
        When you fish at Lake Arrowhead, you'll feel as though you're in a picture postcard come to life. The scenic 34-acre lake, located in the recreation area of the same name, is a favorite spot to catch largemouth bass, crappie, Northern pike, and channel catfish. This stunning example of nature's glory is conveniently located a short distance from Luray homes for sale. Please note that a Town of Luray fishing permit is required in addition to the state-issued fishing license. Park hours are sunrise to sunset.

      • Purcell Park - 41 Monument Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Looking for an easy afternoon getaway? Purcell Park is easily accessible to the area around Harrisonburg homes for sale. Enjoy a relaxing day of catch-and-release fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish in the park's shallow but well-stocked pond. Purcell Park is open daily from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

      • Edgebriar Park - 101 E. Riverside Dr., Bridgewater, VA 22812
        Edgebriar Park is a lovely oasis sitting alongside the fish-rich North River, close to Bridgewater homes for sale. In addition to a handicap-accessible fishing pier, the park includes amenities such as benches, inlaid game tables, and a waterfall garden. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

      Are you randomly casting about for a new home? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty for the most up-to-date information on Augusta County homes for sale

      May
      28

      Augusta County's Summer 2019 Festivals

      Augusta County Summer Festivals & Events
      If you'll be working with our real estate agents to find your dream home in Augusta County this summer, you surely won't want all of the time you spend with us to be about business. Fitting a little fun into that trip won't be a problem in our area. There's a lot going on around here in the summertime, given that this time of year is the festival season. Here are a few of Augusta County's Summer 2019 festivals that you may want to check out while you're in the area:

      • Sweet Dreams Festival - 96 Edgewood Ln, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
        If you plan to spend some time looking at Waynesboro homes for sale in June, attending the 16th Annual Sweet Dreams Festival is a great way to fit a little fun into your trip. This festival is happening at Stuarts Draft Park, just 15 minutes from Waynesboro, on June 1st, and runs from 9 am to 4 pm. This event will feature a wide range of family-oriented entertainment and activities, including train rides, sports tournaments, concessions, contests, live music, and much more.
         
      • Red Wing Roots Music Festival - 94 Natural Chimneys Ln, Mt Solon, VA 22843
        If you'll be shopping Bridgewater homes for sale, the Red Wing Roots Music Festival is a local event you won't want to miss. Getting there from Bridgewater is just a 15-minute drive. This festival offers great music in the great outdoors, with more than 40 artists participating, and runs for three days – July 12th, 13th, and 14th. The festival will also feature a wide range of food and craft vendors, children's activities and many other activities and attractions. A variety of camping areas and other lodgings are available to music lovers who plan to enjoy the entire three-day experience.

      • Virginia Cider Festival, Valley Pike Farm Market, 3494 Lee Hwy, Weyers Cave, VA 24486
        If you'll be looking for your new home among Weyers Cave homes for sale this summer, the Virginia Cider Festival may be just the event you need for a bit of fun. This event is for people 21 years of age or older, and it's happening on July 20th, from noon to 6 pm. More than 18 Virginia cideries will be featured at this event, presenting over 50 hard ciders. Patrons can participate in 10 cider tastings and will receive Virginia Cider Festival commemorative glasses. There will be food and live music, with three concerts throughout the day.
         
      • Staunton Music Festival, 214 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401
        If you'll be focused on Staunton homes for sale during your visit to our area, the Staunton Music Festival offers a great distraction from home shopping. It runs from Aug 16th through Aug 25th and is hosted by historic venues throughout downtown Staunton. The 2019 event will feature 75 of the world's most acclaimed musicians performing in more than 30 concerts.
         
      • Augusta County Fair, 13 Government Lane, Verona, VA 24482
        If you'll be perusing Augusta County homes for sale in late July or early August, you'll be right on time for the Augusta County Fair. This event runs from July 30th through August 3rd and has something for everyone. Attractions include a circus, magic shows, the West Texas Rattlesnake Show, a wine festival, live music, tractor pulls and other track events, a beauty pageant, laser tag, midway games and rides, and much more.

      To see homes for sale in Augusta County, please contact us. Our team of experienced real estate pros is ready to introduce you to the right Augusta County area for you.

      May
      29

      Best Summer Camps for Augusta County Kids

      Augusta County VA Camps
      The warm, wonderful days of summer are just around the corner, and that means children throughout Augusta County will be looking for fun activities to keep busy when school is out. Fortunately, there are plenty of great summer camps in the area that allow your kids to enjoy the season in a safe, active setting, make new friends, and pursue their passions. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for the season, with a guide to five of the best summer camps in the Staunton, VA area this year.

      Summer Fun: Where to Find 5 Great Camps for Augusta County Kids

      1. Staunton-Augusta YMCA – 708 N Coalter St., Staunton
        If you researched the area while shopping Staunton homes for sale, you may have already heard about some of the great programs that the local YMCA has to offer. Throughout June and July, kids can enjoy summer day camps at the Staunton YMCA, which include swimming, sports, games, field trips, and plenty of opportunities to make new friends. YMCA summer camps also offer affordable weekly fees, with eight weeks of camps this summer.

      2. Boys & Girls Club of America – 302 E Wayne St., Waynesboro
        Any family searching for Waynesboro homes for sale will love having the local Boys & Girls Club of America close to home, in part thanks to all of the great summer activities that the club provides. Boys & Girls Club camps balance fun and education, with programs geared toward both younger children and teens. Kids will have the opportunity to participate in physical activities, experience the arts, learn more about healthy living, and even prepare for potential future careers.

      3. Camp LIGHT – 107 Creative Works Rd., Waynesboro
        The team at Camp LIGHT has a simple but powerful mission – to love, inspire, give, hope, and teach to both at-risk youth and children with special needs in the Staunton area. Camp LIGHT offers seven camps throughout the summer, where kids will have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow in a safe, supportive setting. Activities include gardening, time with animals, art, aquatics, theater, sports, and so much more. Camps here have no enrollment fee, and adults are welcome to get involved as volunteers.

      4. Fisherville UMC Child Development Center – 1600 Jefferson Hwy., Fisherville
        The Fisherville United Methodist Church Child Development Center is a big attraction for families shopping for Fisherville homes and provides plenty of fun activities for kids once you move to the area. Fisherville UMC summer camps offer 13 weeks of programming, with a unique theme for each week of camp. Some of the most popular themes include Summer Science, Junior Detectives, Master Builders, and Hysterical Histories & Other Tall Tales.

      5. Staunton Recreation and Parks Summer Camps – 1000 Montgomery Ave., Staunton
        Simple, safe summer fun is the name of the game at Camp Staunton, run by the passionate team at the Staunton Parks and Recreation department. These affordable, local summer camps offer a mix of outdoor exploration, physical activities, learning, and field trips to fun, unique local destinations. Camps are divided by age, to ensure that each child can make the most of their favorite activities. You can choose to pay Camp Staunton's affordable fees by the week or pay a one-time fee for eight weeks of action-packed summer fun.

      Still searching for the perfect home that allows you to enjoy all that the Staunton area has to offer year-round? Our team would love to help! Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout Augusta County.

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