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September
27

How to Prepare for Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

If you've been exploring Elkton homes for sale, you probably already know how proud this community is to be a part of the Appalachian Trail. In fact, we recently celebrated becoming the 50th designated trail community. Other designated communities span all the way from Georgia to Maine. 

Close to four million hikers head out on the trail each year. If you've ever dreamed of joining them, you'll need to spend some time getting yourself prepared. Our real estate agents have had the opportunity to speak to many hikers over the years and have learned a lot from them. Here are a few of the most important tips they've shared with us. 

Appalachian Trail Rest

  • Budget Wisely
    You don't just have to be physically fit to hike the trails, you also need to make sure you're in good financial shape. You may think that being away from civilization means you won't need money, but that's not true. Making sure you have enough money will make your adventure far more comfortable. There will be times when you want to stop at one of the trail communities for a hot meal or a cold beer or pay for a shower. When you do, you'll want to make sure you can afford it without worry. 

  • Don't Forget Your Sunscreen
    Even though there's lots of cover over much of the trail, it's still far too easy to get a sunburn. If you do, your hike will be uncomfortable, and it could even make you sick. Do yourself a favor - pack plenty of high-quality sunscreen and remember to reapply it often. 

  • Rain-Test Your Gear
    There's nothing worse than getting out on the trail only to find out that your gear doesn't stand up to rain as well as you think it will. Make sure this doesn't happen to you by setting up your tent and gear in the backyard, turning on the sprinklers, and sitting inside to see how it performs. You may feel pretty silly doing it, but it's much better to find out you have a problem when you're just a short drive away from the store rather than when you're out on the trail.

Appalachian Trail Marker

  • Pack Lightly
    It's critical to make sure you pack all the essentials, but you'll also want to remember that the less weight you have to carry, the better off you'll be. Before you add anything to your pack, make sure to consider whether it's really important. As a rule of thumb, you should try to carry no more than 25% of your body weight throughout your hike. 

  • Prepare "Bump Boxes"
    A "Bump Box" is a box you pack with essentials like clean clothes, a new book, or anything else you think might give you a boost while you're out on your journey. You'll want to mail these to the towns you're planning to travel to so they're waiting for you when you arrive. Sometimes, knowing you have a bump box waiting for you is the extra push you need to make it through when you feel like giving up.

    Hiking Trails

    • Practice Makes Perfect
      Before you hit the trail, it pays to take some time to get familiar with all your gear. Make sure you know basic things like how to start your stove and how to set up your tent. You'll also want to practice hiking with your backpack. This way, you can make sure it fits comfortably and that you can handle the amount of weight you're planning to carry. 
    • Bring Duct Tape
      There's a reason why it's a long-standing joke that duct tape can fix anything. Having a roll with you on your hike is sure to come in handy. From repairing broken equipment to taping a broken finger, there are countless ways this little trick may save your tail. 
    • Designate a Support Person
      At some point along the way, chances are you're going to need the help of someone back home. Make sure you know who you can count on before you head out. You may need something physical - like having them mail you a new pair of hiking shoes - or you might just need some moral support.

    Appalachian Trail Tips

    • Believe in Yourself
      Doubting yourself will make the hike less fun and may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Head out on the trails committed to doing your best, and remember that even if you don't get as far as you had hoped, you will still have done something that many people never will. 

    If you want to live along the Appalachian Trail, consider purchasing one of the beautiful Elkton or Luray homes for sale. The experienced agents at Old Dominion Realty would love to help you find your dream home. Contact us today to get started. 

    August
    10

    Shenandoah Valley Antique Stores: Find that Special Treasure

    Shenandoah Valley Local Business
    Supporting Local Businesses in the Shenandoah Valley

    Whether you're decorating a new home or searching for the perfect finishing touch for your long-time abode, our real estate agents are happy to report that the antique stores of the Shenandoah Valley are sure to have unique items that you won't find anywhere else. The best antique stores offer a little bit of everything, from home décor to memorabilia, furniture, art, toys, and historical treasures. Start searching for your next one-of-a-kind treasure, with our guide to five great antique shops located in the Shenandoah Valley.

    1. Factory Antique Mall – 50 Lodge Ln., Suite 106, Verona, VA 24482
      The Factory Antique Mall isn't just one of the biggest malls located near Virginia homes for sale – it's one of the largest antique malls, period, in the entire country! The Factory Antique Mall covers more than 135,000 square feet, and the setting is so unique that it has been used as a filming site for television shows on major networks. When you visit the mall, you'll find an endless selection of booths to explore, featuring every niche of antiques you can imagine and so much more. The mall is so large that aisles are divided into "streets" and "boulevards," so be sure to pick up a map when you arrive to make sure you don't miss anything.

    2. Shenandoah Heritage Market – 121 Carpenter Ln., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      If you believe that variety is the spice of life, then you'll fit right in with the folks at the Shenandoah Heritage Market. This market is made up of a collection of more than 20 individual, locally-owned shops, offering everything from antiques to fabrics, hand-made furniture, and gourmet food. Dedicated shoppers can easily spend a whole day exploring the shops, scouring the shelves, and stopping for a delicious meal at the quaint, country cafe located on-site.

    3. Rolling Hills Antique Mall – 779 E Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801Located just a short trip over the state line from West Virginia homes for sale, the Rolling Hills Antique Mall has been a popular stop for antique lovers for more than 20 years. This mall specializes in collectibles, including military items, advertisements, glassware, and decorative items. You'll also find a wide selection of high-quality antique cookware, furniture, and tools. Rolling Hills Antique Mall is a pet-friendly store and offers ample parking if you're visiting with your RV.

    4. Shenandoah Valley Flea Market – 3549 Old Valley Pike, New Market, VA 22844
      With more than 70 individual booths stocked by local vendors, the Shenandoah Valley Flea Market is sure to have something special for your home. As with all great flea markets, you can find a little bit of everything here, with great prices, friendly service, and more than a few treasures to be uncovered. There are frequent sales and vendors restock their booths regularly, so be sure to stop by often.

    5. Stumps Old Town Antiques – 10279 McGaheysville Rd., McGaheysville, VA 22840
      Serving the area since 2007, Stumps Old Town Antiques may not be the largest antique mall in the Shenandoah Valley, but more than makes up for it with great prices, a diverse selection, and friendly, personal service. Whether you already have the perfect item in mind or need a little inspiration, the staff here will be happy to help you find everything that you need.

    Are you searching for the perfect home to display all of your unique treasures? Our team would love to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Central Shenandoah Valley.

    July
    6

    Harrisonburg Home Stores: Give Your Living Space a Boost

    Harrisonburg Home Stores

    Embrace your home this season with dazzling décor and dynamic designs. Sprucing up your home by painting the walls and adding in complementary colored decorations works wonders in any space. Whether you're getting ready to list or if a few of your rooms need a makeover, our real estate agents encourage you to let your creativity flow with the fabulous finds at these Harrisonburg home stores.

    • Grand Home Furnishings — 2080 Evelyn Byrd Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
      A staple of Harrisonburg since the 1960s, Grand Home Furnishings should be your first stop during National Decorating Month.  They're ready to help you find you're happy by discovering the Grand Difference — a total satisfaction guarantee, the lowest price guarantee, and a 125 percent mattress guarantee. Their professional design consultants will help you every step of the way until you find décor or furniture that your home needs.

    • Ferguson — 44 Reedy Cir., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      The professionals at Ferguson invite you to experience The Ferguson Difference. For years, they've implemented a variety of high-quality designs into residential, industrial, and commercial spaces. Their Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery is stocked with world-class products for the kitchen, bathroom, living room, laundry room, garage, and outdoor entertaining spaces. Use their Home Ideas section to get your creative juices flowing or speak with one of their knowledgeable associates to turn your vision into a reality.

    • Dayton Interiors — 160 Carpenter Ln., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Dayton Interiors
      understands that a one-style-fits-all approach is not ideal for homeowners in the Shenandoah Valley. Instead, they bring a mix of traditional, contemporary, and transitional home furnishings to their showroom to fit anyone's design preference. Best of all, they offer free local delivery to conveniently get your favorite piece from their store to your home.

    • Schewels Home — 2091 Evelyn Byrd Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      As one of the oldest furniture retailers in the nation, Schewels Home has a level of experience that few others possess. Since 1897, they've provided generations of families with quality furniture that stands the test of time. Although their inventory has changed from decade to decade, their commitment to their customers is stronger than ever. Take their Design Style quiz to identify pieces that match your lifestyle needs. Along with furniture and décor, Schewels Home can also fill your home with the latest appliances and electronics, allowing you to tie the aesthetic of a room together in every piece possible.  

    • Roses Flooring & Furniture — 450 N. Mason St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
      If you're interested in redecorating your home from top to bottom, let Roses Flooring and Furniture outfit you from floor to ceiling. Roses Flooring & Furniture sets the standard for quality products at competitive pricing. Perfect for the homeowner looking to maximize their budget, Roses sells new furniture that's been discontinued by manufacturers, which enables you to take home stunning pieces for a fraction of the showroom price. From large pieces like sofas, armoires, and buffets to office furniture, kid's furniture, accents, and outdoor sets, Roses will fill your home with style without emptying your wallet.

    Ready to fill one of our Harrisonburg homes for sale with your new décor? Contact us today to start your search!

    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

    February
    10

    Best Wineries and Vineyards Around the Valley for National Drink Wine Day

    Shenandoah Valley Local Wineries

    Some say that wine is the nectar of the gods, but we think that a glass of vino is simply the secret ingredient for a good time. Whether you consider yourself an amateur sommelier or if you're not picky when it comes to color, taste, or body, National Drink Wine Day is a great opportunity to pour yourself a glass of wine straight from the Valley. 

    What's the best way to celebrate National Drink Wine Day on February 18th? By uncorking a delightful bottle in the vineyards of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab life by the stem and enjoy National Drink Wine Day with a glass of red or white at one of these local wineries.

    • Yelping Dog Wine — 9 E. Beverly St., Staunton, VA 24401
       
       
       
       
       
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      If you're tight on time and can't make it to a vineyard, we suggest heading straight to Yelping Dog Wine. This wine, cheese, and gourmet shop have more than 1200 different bottles of wine from over 200 vineyards. A cozy space to hang out with your partner or your closest group of friends, their free wine, cheese, and Greek olive oil samples allow you to explore a world of flavor without ever leaving your seat. Come hungry on National Drink Wine Day and pair a glass with one of their gourmet grilled cheeses.

    • CrossKeys Vineyards — 6011 E. Timber Ridge Rd., Mt. Crawford, VA 22841
       
       
       
       
       
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      Located in the shadow of the Massanutten Mountain, CrossKeys Vineyards transformed 125-acres of unspoiled Virginia forest and created a truly tranquil vineyard. With hospitality and excellence, they open their tasting room doors for all to savor their twelve different grape varieties in favorites like the Cabernet Franc, Tavern, and Apple D'Vine. Luckily for you, National Drink Wine Day falls on a Sunday which means their bistro is also open for you to sample their delicious signature items.

    • Barren Ridge Vineyards — 984 Barren Ridge Rd., Fishersville, VA 22939
       
       
       
       
       
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      Barren Ridge Vineyards welcomes you to simply stop in and enjoy a glass of wine that reflects the serenity found in the Valley. Their cozy rustic tasting room and charming patio offer you, your friends, and even your dog an amazing space to sip their dry and sweet reds and whites. Swing by to tour the vineyard before sampling their rotating tasting list.

    • Veritas Vineyard & Winery — 151 Veritas Ln., Afton, VA 22920
       
       
       
       
       
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      With a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it's no wonder why so many weddings and special events take place at Veritas Vineyard & Winery. A perfect place to bring a picnic and enjoy the outdoors, bundle up and take a stroll through their vineyard with your four-legged friend. The Terrace restaurant, located next to the tasting room, will provide you with casual eats and farmhouse fine dining for those who desire an intimate wine pairing experience.

    • Ox-Eye Vineyards — 44 Middlebrook Ave., Staunton, VA 22401
       
       
       
       
       
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      With a tasting room located in the Historic Wharf District of Downtown Staunton, Ox-Eye Vineyards brings the farm to you. Delicious whites and reds retain their sugary and acidic taste thanks to diurnal farming high on the sloped vineyards of Augusta County. Visit on National Drink Wine Day and you may be lucky enough to catch one of their unique art shows featuring reduced prices on wine.

    • Bluestone Vineyard — 4828 Spring Creek Rd., Bridgewater, VA 22812
       
       
       
       
       
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      In case you haven't heard, the Shenandoah Valley is becoming an increasingly popular region for grape growing and the Bluestone Vineyard is taking full advantage of the climate by producing nationally recognized wines. This family-owned vineyard specializes in small-batch wines that evolve from year to year to capture the true taste of the Valley. Their tasting room wine list dwindles by the day as older red, white, sweet, and reserve wines are uncorked for visitors from around the country. We recommend heading in on National Drink Wine Day to taste the 2013 Houndstooth Bordeaux blend, the 2016 Chambourcin Steep Face, and the 2013 Petite Verdot before they're gone.

    • Muse Vineyards — 16 Serendipity Lane, Woodstock, VA 22664
       
       
       
       
       
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      Science, passion, and deep respect for traditional winemaking have helped the family-owned Muse Vineyards produce award-winning bottles. Their care, patience, and expertise dictate that they always use low-impact materials and work by hand to allow the grapes to tell the story of their growth through taste. Explore their food and wine tasting menus, or let National Drink Wine Day turn into a three-day weekend by booking an overnight stay at their 225-year-old farmhouse.

     

    Buy a House Old Dominion Realty

    Are you searching for homes for sale in Virginia close to a vineyard — or better yet, with your own personal wine cooler? Contact us today and we'll help you begin your search.

    October
    28

    All Aboard the North Pole Express for a Country Classic Christmas

    Moorefield WV North Pole Express
    It's hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner, but they'll be here before you know it! There are a lot of fun holiday events in or area, and our REALTORS® love helping residents find the most exciting ways to celebrate the season. One of our favorite activities is the Potomac Eagle's Country Classic Christmas featuring the North Pole Express.

    Take a Train Ride with Santa 

    Hop aboard the train and ride the rails to the North Pole. Once onboard, there will be sing-along Christmas caroling with musicians and tasty milk and cookies. The most exciting part of the entire ride, however, is the SURPRISE you'll see on your kids' faces when the big guy himself climbs on board. That's right, SANTA will join you and your family for the ride. Not everyone can see him, though. He will only appear to those who truly believe! 

    The entire family will love hearing the endearing story of how a train saved Christmas. You'll also enjoy the stunning views as the train makes its way through the gorgeous countryside. After you experience this for the first time, you'll want to adopt it as a cherished family tradition that you can carry on for years to come. 

    Arriving at the North Pole from Moorefield 

    The North Pole Express runs each weekend from Friday, November 22nd until Sunday, December 22nd. Shows run at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. (check the schedule to confirm dates and times). This top-rated event will sell out, so you'll want to book your tickets as early as possible. 

    The train ride departs from Moorefield, which is a gorgeous place to live and work. You may want to plan to arrive a couple of hours early so you can drive around and take a look at some of the beautiful Moorefield homes for sale

    Adults can purchase their tickets for just $35 during the day and $52 for evening rides. Children aged 2 to 12 years old are $25 during the day and $42 in the evening. Infants and children under two years old are welcome to ride your lap and are not charged. However, you will still need to reserve a ticket for each child who will attend. 

    Find Your Dream Home Before the Holidays 

    Are you ready to spend the holidays in your dream home? Old Dominion Realty can help! Our REALTORS® are ready to listen to your goals and work with you to find the perfect property. Contact us today to get started. 

    October
    14

    10 Ways to Build Community In Your Neighborhood

    Build Community in Your Neighborhood
    Home is much more than what you get when buying a house — it's your neighbors and neighborhood as well. When those that live in a neighborhood look out for one another, socialize as more than neighbors and sincerely care about their surroundings, everyone wins. If you're eager to cultivate a sense of community in your neighborhood, our REALTORS® want to help. Here are ten effective ways to build strong bonds with your neighbors.

    1. Take Pride in Your Home
      Building your community starts right after buying a house. Take pride in your home by keeping your exterior looking presentable. Repair or renovate eyesores and keep up on your lawn maintenance. This includes keeping your sidewalk, driveway and curb free of debris and garbage.
    2. Lend a Helping Hand
      Now that your home is taken care of, you want to help others care for their properties. Offer your neighbors help with any issues on their property. This can be as simple as mowing an aging neighbor's yard to helping a family of five install a new swimming pool.
    3. Help Improve Your Surroundings
      You can also help the neighborhood as a whole by caring for community amenities. If a park or shared pool area is dirty, help clean it up. If you have an HOA or dedicated neighborhood group, volunteer to help with whatever they need.
    4. Be Sociable
      How well do you know your neighbors? If your knowledge of their lives doesn't extend passed their first name and profession, then you might not know those you live near too well. Be sociable and take the time to get to know them on a personal level. Don't be afraid to share personal information and take an interest in their lives.
    5. Attend or Host Events
      If your community hosts holiday events, weekly get-togethers or seasonal activities, attend them and take this opportunity to meet as many people as you can. You also don't need to wait for an invitation to get to know your neighbors. Invite them over for a gathering at your home like a barbeque or dinner party. Tell them to bring their children so the younger residents of the community can get to know each other as well.
    6. Develop Trust
      Trust is an important element of building a strong community. Ask your neighbors to pet sit or babysit your children when you need a little help. Once you feel like you know your adjacent neighbors well, you may also ask them to collect your mail or water your plants while you're on vacation.
    7. Get Involved
      You can do a lot for your community by getting involved in the larger organizations that make decisions for your town. Join community action organizations or consider running for a position within the town's government. You can effectively represent your neighborhood and the interests of your neighbors while bettering the entire town.
    8. Report Problems
      If you see something, say something — the motto of many neighborhood watches applies to all members of the community. Always report any health or safety hazards you may discover. This includes all public property like broken sidewalks and private property such as dead tree limbs extending from a neighbor's yard into the main street.
    9. Treat the Entire Neighborhood Like It's Your Property
      Be considerate as you live within your neighborhood. Drive slowly and cautiously as if your children may be playing around any corner. Help find lost animals as if you lost a pet yourself. Never litter and remove hazards from the road to keep your area safe and clean for all to enjoy.
    10. Be Sincere
      Just be your caring self, acting with compassion and respect to those around you, and you'll be surprised how much any gestures of kindness can unite the community.

    For more tips on how to build community in your neighborhood or help to buy a house in a tight-knit community, contact us today!

    September
    23

    Why Homeownership Matters

    Homeownership matters - Family and community

    Homeownership Matters to Families and Communities

    No matter the generation, time and again it's proven that homeownership remains a key ingredient in the American Dream. Owning a home provides financial stability, makes it easier to build personal wealth, helps in establishing social stability, and gives you the freedom to plot your own course in life. The community also benefits from homeownership by gaining active, engaged residents who have a stake in the future of each neighborhood. Our REALTORS® know the benefits of homeownership for people, and why it's so important for communities to have a strong base of homeowners.

    • The Perks of Owning Over Renting
      The initial investment required to own a home can be scary for first-time buyers, but there are many long-term financial benefits to owning over renting. Both rent rates and the value of homes tend to rise over time. When rent goes up, only the landlord benefits. When the value of a home that you own goes up, you're the one to benefit. With the variety of assistance programs available for people who want to own a home, the upfront investment isn't nearly as daunting as it seems. Over time, as you make your mortgage payments, your equity in the home and personal wealth build. Add it all up, and homeownership just makes more financial sense than renting.

    • A Place to Call Your Own
      Of course, owning a home is about far more than financial benefits. When you buy a home, you can customize it to suit your needs and make it your own in ways that you never could with a rented dwelling. Your home is your own personal space in the world, where you can be comfortable and enjoy time with the people you care about most. It's a place where you can host family, friends, and neighbors while creating memories that last a lifetime.

    • How Homeownership Builds Strong Communities
      Buying a home also provides a chance to lay down roots, and truly become a part of the community. When people own homes, they're more likely to care about the future of the neighborhood and do what they can to add to the community. Homeowners become active in community organizations and provide many benefits to the local economy. When more people have a stake in the future of the community thanks to homeownership, the whole community ultimately benefits.

    • Social Stability Benefits Families
      Your home is both a gathering place for your extended family and a place to lay down roots for immediate family members living under your roof. Kids benefit by being able to attend the same school throughout their education, build relationships with community members, make friends, and participate in community events. Everyone in the home benefits from having a place in the neighborhood to call their own, and being able to build a life in the community.

    • Building Your Own Dream
      While there are many similarities, everyone has their own reasons for pursuing the dream of homeownership. Whether you want a place that you can customize to your heart's content or an opportunity to build a life in the community of your choice, homeownership simply offers benefits that renting can't match. Owning a home gives you the freedom to pursue the life you want, and that's the real dream!

    Whether you're a first-time buyer or a homeowner looking for a new place to call your own, our team is here to help you achieve your homeownership dreams. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Central Shenandoah Valley and Eastern West Virginia.

    September
    20

    A Place to Call Home: Micah Branson

    Micah Branson - A Place to Call Home

    Micah Branson, REALTOR® and Associate Broker, talks about why she loves living in Virginia's western Rockingham County.

    Fulks Run | Western Rockingham County | Mountain View Elementary School

    We've asked our agents at Old Dominion Realty to share with you what they love best about the place they've chosen to call home.  

    One of the things I love most about living in my community is my drive home at the end of the day. In the evening, the sun is setting over the mountains west of Harrisonburg, and I drive home right into the sunset. The colors, sunlight, and views are amazing. The four seasons are on full display as you drive west to where we live. The winter sunsets have the most beautiful array of colors, in the spring you see forsythia, daffodils, dogwoods, and redbuds blooming first, summer flowers, crops, and sun give way to fantastic fall foliage and shorter days to go home and spend time together in the evening. Our neighbors are friendly, helpful, and offer smiles and a hand regularly.

    Micah Branson
    Rockingham County Schools

    I enjoyed many opportunities and good memories growing up in our Rockingham County Schools here locally. This year my daughter went to Kindergarten, and we are so blessed by and thankful for the opportunity to send her into a vibrant, caring, and fun learning environment at Mountain View Elementary School. Our back to school night featured upbeat music with the staff and faculty lining the halls to welcome us into the school. We shared a meal and got to know our teachers, classroom, and even got to go on a bus ride to familiarize our daughter with all facets of school life before the first day. The first week on Friday she asked why she could not go to school on Saturday. Her teacher posts pictures and video for parents to see and interact with their child's learning, and there are ample opportunities to eat lunch with the kids and volunteer in the school. Our experience has been welcoming, unifying, and a blessing.

    Local Sports Teams

    My favorite local sports team would have to be the Clover Hill Bucks of the Rockingham County Baseball League. I grew up going to Bucks games in support of my two stud cousins, Addison and Dustin Bowman, and their cohort of a core of talented, competitive and fundamental baseball players who were an exceptional group to take the field together for many years. They were a joy to watch and learn from! Bucks games are a vibrant community event. The RCBL is the oldest continuous wooden bat league in the country. It has a rich history, and the challenge of hitting a moving, tiny baseball with a wood bat is still, in my opinion, one of the hardest feats in sports. The good players are successful 3/10 times at the plate. These players handle failure and move on to the next guy, the next opportunity. Our Bucks have always been hustlers, always been fundamental ballplayers, always been competitors and therefore have competed for many championships! Love going out to ball games at "the Clover Dome" where you can see many familiar faces, get a burger or hot dog fresh off the grill and catch some talented ballplayers competing for the love of the game!

    Favorite Restaurant

    My favorite local restaurant is the Thomas House in Dayton. My grandparents started taking me there before I can even remember. I always remember it looking the same and being the youngest person in the room. (This rarely happens now!) I take out of town friends to enjoy this local cultural experience! The food is unfailingly wonderful comfort food that feeds the stomach and the soul! You will find me ordering poor man's steak, baked chicken, their chicken casserole and scalloped potatoes and green beans. Not to mention the lettuce salad has some kind of homemade dressing that is honey mustardy but better! The sweet tea and mint tea are on point, and when I feel like I can handle more food, the peanut butter pie is my favorite dessert!

    Local Coffee Shops

    Local coffee shops are all pretty amazing. I like Shenandoah Joe's for their sweet artwork atop their drinks, Black Sheep for their pour-overs with chocolate undertones and poster that says, "Work hard and be nice to people." What more could you need?

    Where I Go for Happy Hour

    Favorite place for happy hour. I love the Cracked Pillar in Bridgewater. Always sure to find some family and friends there! The owners are super sweet and have an excellent selection that would appeal to anyone. Love sitting on their outdoor deck and enjoying beautiful weather and delicious fare!

    Grocery Store

    A favorite local grocery store would be the Sunrise Bakery on 257 (Ottobine Road) in Dayton. They have homemade goodies, a full deli and my friend Zane Wenger of Fat N Sassy BBQ always supplies some sort of smoked meat goodness that can make anyone's day!

    Local Event Not to Miss

    The favorite local event would be the Rockingham County Fair. I grew up very active in 4-H and FFA and showed market lambs and steers at the fair as a youth. One of my favorite ways to give back is to come full circle and attend the County Fair as a market animal buyer. Our community shines at this event. I love to see all the business owners and operators out together in support of our youth and programs that give them so many opportunities. Seeing so many folks I know and getting to be a small part of supporting this for our youth stirs my soul every year! Not to mention I love the real squeezed lemonade, fries from the fry shack, and the Young Farmers ice cream booth will see me every year!

    Micah Branson Outdoors

    Spending Time Outdoors

    I cannot pick a favorite local activity. I am an outdoor junkie and love everything this area can offer. When I retire, I might lead trips to do all of these things. Here are some favorites. Love to fish from my kayak on the North and Shenandoah Rivers for anything that will bite. I like catching not fishing. My favorite hike is Old Rag in Madison County. It is so high up the vegetation changes, and the boulders up top are the size of cars. You have to scramble through rocks, so cool! Biking I like the Blueberry Trail in Union Springs. Swimming, I love Blue Hole, but it better be 100 degrees that thing is cold! Horseback riding my favorite trail is the North River Gorge. Winds along the river and through the woods. This is fun to do on a bike too or on foot and take a fishing pole but be prepared for lots of river crossings. Hunting my favorite is the beginning of bow season when it's not so cold on family land in Pendleton County, WV with a younger kid along with me and lots of snacks! Fishing my favorite spot is fly fishing at Big Run in Pendleton County, where my grandfather taught me to fly fish.

    Dayton Virginia

    Local Businesses I Love

    Local businesses I love. There are so many. Premier Auto Body. Yes, I have needed them a few times. So fast, so sweet and so welcoming. Blessings Christian Bookstore. If they don't have it, they will order it. They remember my name and are such a sweet, family-run business. Dry River Tree Service. Hardworking guys that take care of each and every customer! Strickler Carpet and Floorcovering. Treat people right and are always reasonable, fast, and professional. The Dayton Farmers Market and all the businesses in there. A local icon for years. Whether it's for a gift, for lunch or just looking I love to walk into the Farmers Market. The Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction. I don't always need a pallet of veggies, but it is always fun to watch them auction off and eat at the local run food stand with homemade goodies!

    Micah Branson Local Park
    Three words that describe why I love living in our community. Values. Unity. Creation.

    My favorite part of working in real estate is being a part of the process of dreaming with clients! Hearing what stirs the heart of my clients in what they are looking for and working through the process of finding a way to make it happen and navigating the steps to make it come true!

    Find out more about Micah Branson on her website.

    April
    1

    Garden Week Shenandoah Valley - Begins April 27

    Garden Week - Virginia
    In Virginia, springtime brings warmer weather, plenty of sunshine, and thousands of beautiful flowers. Our real estate agents love showing properties this time of year, as potential buyers are often blown away by the gorgeous homes with stunning gardens. 

    Every year, the entire state celebrates the beauty of springtime during Historic Garden Week. This year's event takes place from April 27th through May 4th. It includes 31 tours across the state and is expected to draw close to 26,000 visitors.

    This annual event has grown in popularity during its 85 years and now features over 250 gardens, homes, and landmarks. Although all of the events are wonderful, the Staunton and Harrisonburg tours stand out from the rest. Here's why.

    Staunton 

    Hosted by the Augusta Garden Club, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Staunton tour features five architecturally-renowned homes, four of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the houses is a presidential birthplace, and another is a recently restored and rarely-opened residence designed by famed architect William Bottomley. During the tour, you'll also get a chance to view some gardens created by well-known landscape architects Arthur Shurcliff and Charles Gillette.

    This tour takes place on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. While you're in the area, we suggest taking a drive around so you can look at some of the great Staunton Homes for Sale. We think you'll be impressed by what you see! 

    Harrisonburg 

    The gorgeous mountain views and rolling landscapes of Harrisonburg make this area a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The Harrisonburg Tour includes a 1840s farm where visitors can tour the Farmhouse, Bellhouse, and Smokehouse. It also features several other homes on the outskirts of town, each of which has a unique design and architectural components. At each location, tour participants will also have the opportunity to learn about specific styles of flower arranging.

    This tour is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It begins at the Spotswood Country Club where there will also be a "meet and greet" and book signing, light refreshments, and unique items for sale by local vendors. 

    While you're driving through town, keep an eye out for Harrisonburg homes for sale. If you see some that appeal to you, contact us so we can arrange a tour. 

    Your Local Real Estate Pros

    At Old Dominion Realty, we're well-versed in all of the things that make the Shenandoah Valley area a great place to live. If you're interested in learning more about potential neighborhoods, contact us. We'll show you around and help you find the perfect place to call home. 

    March
    4

    Attend the 61st Annual Maple Festival in Monterey

    Monterey Maple Festival
    Monterey homes for sale
    are some of the most desirable in Virginia, and our real estate agents have them. This town of only about 150 people is one of the state's best-kept secrets. It has a land area of only about a third of a square mile, yet it sees thousands of tourists a year.

    How does such a tiny town attract so much interest from around the country?

    Its many unusual traditions make Monterey a fascinating place to visit or live. One of the biggest and best local events that takes place every year is the Highland Maple Festival. Highland, of course, is the beautiful county where little Monterey is located.

    If you're checking out local homes, you won't want to miss this unforgettable fun!

    The 61st Annual Highland Maple Festival is Almost Here

    Held on the weekends of March 9-10 and March 16-17, the Highland Maple Festival is a truly special showcase celebrating Highland County "Virginia's Sweet Spot."

    It has been held every year since 1958 and has even been recognized by the Library of Congress as one of the most important cultural events taking place in the local area.

    Thousands of visitors make the annual trek to this rural paradise to celebrate the opening of the maple trees, a staple of industry here for many decades.

    Fascinating events will keep you entertained all throughout the festival:

    • Maple Festival Food
      What would a street festival be without delicious food? Treats infused with maple syrup are the cornerstone of a delightful culinary experience. Pancake dinners – your choice of regular or buckwheat – are held on festival days. Many local restaurants have a limited-time festival menu, too.
    • Juried Arts & Crafts Show
      Hosting more than 100 local artisans and artists, this juried show will give you the opportunity to peruse mementos like jewelry, glassware, photography, pottery, textiles, and carvings. With six locations to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect treasure to bring home.
    • Live Entertainment
      Local bands will bust out their best all throughout the festival. Artists including the Southern Rail Express, Tyler Hughes, Delta Junction, and many others will be playing. Some will be situated in Highland Center, the chief local venue, while others will play at nearby restaurants.
    • Highland History Museum
      You shouldn't pass up the chance to see the Highland History Museum, the place to see local history come to life. Many artifacts from the Civil War's Battle of McDowell are found here, as well as exhibits dating back to the county's formation in 1847.

    Highland County Could Be YOUR "Sweet Spot" for the Perfect Home

    If you want to explore homes in Monterey or the surrounding area, Old Dominion Realty is here for you. Our team of experienced and courteous real estate agents know Highland County inside and out. No one else has the insights into the unique Monterey real estate market that we do.

    Contact us to find out more about homes in Monterey. We look forward to helping you soon.

    February
    4

    Polar Bear Plunge in Luray Virginia

    Luray VA Polar Bear Plunge
    Are you ready to dive into some freezing-cold fun?  Join your family, friends, and neighbors on February 16 for the inaugural Luray Polar Bear Plunge.

    Our real estate agents share details about taking "the plunge"  and how to find your perfect home for sale in Luray, Virginia.

    About the Luray Polar Bear Plunge

    The Polar Bear Plunge is yet another exciting event hosted by the Page Alliance for Community Action benefiting the Luray community. Participants take the plunge in the waters of Lake Arrowhead spending several shivering raising awareness for the many local causes the PACA supports.

    All participants are kindly asked to help make the inaugural Polar Bear Plunge a huge success by raising funds individually or as a team. Whichever person or group can raise the most money will be awarded a cash prize of $500 that will be donated to a charity of their choice.

    All plungers will receive an event t-shirt, warm blanket and their choice of hot chocolate or coffee when they exit the lake. Costumes aren't just encouraged either — the participant with the best costume will go home with a prize.

    This event begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Event day registration is $35 per person, or advanced registration is $30 per person.

    Dry Off & Dash Over to These Other Great Events

    After the plunge, dry off and check out some of these other exciting events happing in Luray and Page Counties from President's Day weekend through the end of February!

    • Stone Rollin in Concert, February 16th: Head over to the Virginia Dreams Center Stage for a night of lively rhythm, blues and soul music. Stone Rollin features a talented group of musicians who've opened for renowned acts like Clint Black, Lonestar, Leon Russell, and The Guess Who.
    • Monday Night Madness, every Monday until February 25th: Hit the slopes at Massanutten Resort for their winter Monday Madness event. Each week, proceeds from the night are donated to one of eight local charities including the United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. There are also free group lessons early in the evening for ages seven and above.
    • Murder Mystery Dinner, February, 23rd: There's been a murder at a Valentine's Day Party… can the killer be stopped? Make it a date night at the Mimslyn Inn and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner and dessert for two while watching Cindy Valentine's fate unfold before your eyes. The show starts at 6 p.m. but your night doesn't have to end when the curtain drops. Book a dinner and room suite combo to stay the night at this historic hotel.  

    Dive into a New Luray Home with Old Dominion Realty

    Luray homes for sale connects you to a community that prides itself on helping their neighbors. Throughout the year, Luray sponsors a number of equally exciting events for the whole family. Contact us today and speak with one of our real estate agents to learn more about Luray or to get you on your way to finding the perfect Virginia home.

    January
    14

    Ski, Tube & Snowboard at Massanutten Mountain Resort

    Harrisonburg Rockingham County Outdoor Fun
    There are a hundred reasons to consider Harrisonburg homes for sale. Our real estate agents love showing homes in Rockingham County thanks to the excellent amenities and picturesque locale.

    Here's one thing many people don't realize about our area of Virginia: It has some of the best skiing opportunities around. If you want to enjoy a winter sports season you won't forget, Rockingham has it.

    When it's time to go skiing, tubing, or snowboarding, one name delivers it all:  Massanutten Mountain Resort, and it's waiting for you.

    Massanutten Mountain Resort Attracts Visitors Who Love the Slopes

    Many people wait all year long for the chance to hit the ski slopes. Whether you're a triple diamond skier, just starting or prefer to lounge in the lodge, Massanutten's the place to be.

    Massanutten's snow sports season runs from early December through March, with specific dates depending on weather conditions. The resort provides over a dozen trails for skiing including easy, moderate, and fiendish challenges. There's even a freestyle terrain course.

    Massanutten is especially kind to beginners who want to explore skiing for the first time. With its dedicated instructors, you'll be able to learn everything you need to know quickly. You can attend tailored lessons and rent quality ski equipment perfect for first-timers.

    Skiing is one of the main attractions, but it's hardly the only winter sport out there.

    There's something for everyone at Massanutten Mountain Resort, even the kiddos. You can skate at the rink, go snowboarding or snow tubing, or drink in a scenic ride around the territory. There's also a team racing option for experienced skiers.

    And, of course, you'll witness amazing views any time you head up on the lifts.

    Delectable Dining and Premium Rooms Round Out Your Ski Resort Stay

    When you visit Massanutten, you're getting the whole ski resort experience!

    After a fun day out in the cold, it's a grand time to warm up with hot cocoa by a roaring fire. Dining includes selections from the Campfire Grill, Virginia BBQ & Pizza Co., the Hideaway Lounge, or the Base Camp. You'll find options ranging from casual classics to gourmet.

    If you want to treat yourself to something special, don't pass up the full spa.

    The spa menu features a full selection of services like massages, body treatments, skin care, nail care, and more. There are options for men, women, and young guests. Plus, the spa also holds an assortment of classes. The couple's massage course is especially popular.

    Last, but certainly not least, is the shopping. Massanutten incorporates seven distinctive boutique shopping experiences. The General Store will meet all your needs, while the Market showcases wonderful treasures from all over the state of Virginia. There's also a dedicated gift shop – Piney Mountain Gifts – as well as a Teddy Bear Factory where kids can find their perfect souvenir.

    Will You Be a Harrisonburg Local in Time for Next Year's Ski Season?

    Ski season in Virginia is something you have to see to believe – and Massanutten Mountain Resort lets you do it in style. But, although skiing lasts only until the snow melts, the joy you can get from living in Rockingham County lasts all year long.

    Old Dominion Realty has built up an experienced team of leading real estate professionals. We make the process of finding, choosing, and making an offer a home simple. Before you know it, you could be moving into a dream home just a short hop from your favorite ski resort.

    Contact Old Dominion Realty today. We look forward to helping you.

    January
    7

    Wintertime Adventures in West Virginia

    West Virginia Wintertime Outdoor Adventures
    What could be better than a quiet, snow-covered scene, filled with the sort of natural beauty that you can only find in West Virginia? Enjoying your favorite winter sports while taking in all of that scenery, of course! Whether you love skiing, hiking, tubing, sledding, or snowshoeing, you'll find a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun throughout the winter in West Virginia. And you won't have to travel far to enjoy all of the outdoor excitement that our state has to offer. Our Moorefield real estate agents have the details, in our guide to wintertime adventures in West Virginia.

    Outdoor Wintertime Adventures in West Virginia

    • Timberline Four Seasons Resort – 254 Four Seasons Drive
      No matter what winter sports you enjoy the most, you're sure to find a fun way to spend the day at Timberline Four Seasons Resort. The mountain features 40 ski/snowboard trails with something for every experience level, a vertical rise of 1000 feet, and the longest ski run in the area on the Salamander trail, which stretches for more than two miles. Timberline Resort also offers a host of other opportunities for outdoor wintertime adventures, including ice skating, and snow tubing. You can purchase daily lift tickets on the day that you visit Timberline, or pick up an affordable season pass for a full winter of West Virginia fun. The resort averages more than 150 inches of snow per year, so you can expect great conditions no matter when you visit throughout the winter.

    • White Grass Cross Country Skiing – 643 Weiss Knob Ski Road
      If you're looking for Moorefield homes for sale, know that you'll be able to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, throughout the winter. The White Grass Cross Country Skiing area features more than 25km of groomed trails, with areas fit for skiers of every skill level. With an average of more than 13 feet of snow each year, White Grass is a great place to visit throughout the winter for all of your cross country skiing adventures.

    • Blackwater Falls – 1584 Blackwater Lodge Road
      Do you prefer your favorite outdoor winter adventures to include a healthy dose of stunning West Virginia scenery? Then head to beautiful Blackwater Falls State Park, where fun and natural beauty go hand-in-hand. Spend the day traversing the trails with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, or find a quiet place to enjoy the scenery. Kids also love visiting Blackwater Falls State Park, because it is home to the longest and fastest sled run on the East Coast! Visitors of all ages often flock to the sled hill to feel the wind in their hair. Blackwater Falls State Park also features more than 20 miles of hiking trails, along with the opportunity to see the gorgeous, iconic 60-foot Blackwater Falls in person.

    Are you still searching for a home close to all of the outdoor adventures that await you throughout the year in West Virginia? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Moorefield, WV area.

    December
    31

    6 Spots in Harrisonburg to Cheat on Your Diet

    Harrisonburg Places to Cheat on Your Diet
    Dieting or not, sometimes you just need to indulge your taste buds. If you're in town shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale, this may just be one of those times. After all, shopping for a new home is hard work, and it can be a bit stressful. If you are new to the area, you might be wondering just where the best places are to find that satisfying treat you crave. Here are six spots in Harrisonburg to cheat on your diet:

    1. Bella Gelato & Pastries - 49 W. Water St., Harrisonburg
      This popular spot has a lot to offer. There is an array of baked goods, including fresh bread, croissants, and other pastries and treats prepared daily. They also serve their award-winning gelato, made by hand with milk sourced from a local creamery. You can also treat your taste buds at the Bella Gelato & Pastries espresso and coffee bar, with coffees made from locally roasted beans, or enjoy specialty teas, like their house-made spicy chai.

    2. Heritage Bakery & Cafe - 212 S. Main St., Harrisonburg
      Stopping by this spot is sure to yield a tasty treat. You'll find a different selection of freshly baked pastries every day at the Heritage Bakery & Cafe, as well as a delicious selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups, a variety of quiche options, and many other offerings for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. Beverage options include a selection of quality coffees and teas, Kombacha, traditional and dairy-free hot chocolates and much more.

    3. The Cupcake Company - 39 Burgess Road, Harrisonburg
      You'll find delicious cupcakes at this popular stop, with a list of up to 12 different flavors made daily – and that list changes every day throughout the week. They offer traditional, gluten free, dairy free, egg-free and vegan options, and cupcakes can be purchased in standard, jumbo or mini sizes. The Cupcake Company also features a cookie dough bar, where a variety of flavors are offered by the scoop in cones or cups.

    4. J-Petal - 1645 Reservoir St., Suite 170, Harrisonburg
      J-Petal
      offers a unique variety of tasty treats, all made fresh onsite. Japanese crepes are one of their specialties and are offered in a wide range of flavors, including beef, chicken, seafood and vegetarian options, as well as fruit, berry and truffle crepes, among many other varieties. Other specialties include a variety of handmade Thai ice cream treats and an array of delicious milkshakes.

    5. Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli - 600 University Blvd., Suite E, Harrisonburg
      Whether you're looking for a meal or a snack, Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli has you covered. Breakfast is served all day, including delicious wraps, burritos, breakfast sandwiches, and bagels, along with a variety of specialty coffees and teas. Lunch offerings include hot and cold sandwiches, wraps and melts, salads, and desserts. You'll also find fresh baked goods, including muffins, cookies, cakes, pies and much more.

    6. Bittersweet Bakery - 120 W. Wolfe St., Suite 103, Harrisonburg
      Specializing in small-batch sweet and savory baked goods, the Bittersweet Bakery has a lot of tasty treats to offer, all made from scratch. They have a vast array of sweet treats, including cookies, eclairs, tarts, cheesecakes, danishes, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns and much more, and savory treats, like biscuits, bread, soft pretzel nuggets, quiche, and specialty crackers, to name just a few.

    When you're ready to start your search for Harrisonburg homes for sale (or to indulge in a local sweet treat), our real estate agents are here to satisfy your needs.  Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.

    December
    11

    Hardy County Library Renovation Recap

    Hardy County Library Renovation Recap
    Just like most residents of Hardy County, our real estate agents anxiously awaited the unveiling of renovations to the Hardy County Library.  At its Grand Re-Opening Celebration earlier this year, what attendees found was a beautiful Hardy County Library ready for the future with its new bright, spacious, airy, and clean new look.  

    A New Beginning for the Library

    The Hardy County Public Library has been at the heart of Moorefield, WV for decades, but by the turn of the millennium, this treasured institution had begun to show its age. The library celebrated its 75th birthday in 2014, and just three years later, the ground was broken on a new renovation project that would revamp and extend the current library to include the neighboring property – formerly Puffenberger Jewelry.

    The much-needed renovation would result in expanded public work areas, new staff offices and storage space, improved handicap accessibility, a new room for the Children's books collection, better natural lighting, and the addition of roughly 1,000 square feet of space. That said, it wasn't always easy going. 

    The construction crew faced some challenges, such as connecting two buildings at different elevations and having to relocate the library's HVAC system. The project tested the public's patience as well, forcing nearby sidewalks to be closed off, to say nothing of the temporary closure of the library itself. 

    Of course, all the work paid off. Now that the Hardy County Public Library is once again open to the public, it's clear that the renovations have resulted in a remarkably improved and expanded space. Bright, clean and spacious, the new library offers Hardy County residents and visitors a beautiful place to meet, learn and connect. 

    An Ongoing Legacy

    Perhaps the most surprising thing about the library renovation project is its origin. The entire project, including the acquisition of the neighboring property, was funded by an endowment from Margaret P. Allen, a former library board member and president who was a driving force behind the library system.

    Mrs. Allen passed away in 2000 at the age of 101, having bequeathed $50,000 plus the rest of her estate to the library. This money was invested and grew over the years until it was enough to finance the entire $1.6 million renovation project. Not one penny of public or government money was spent.

    Of course, Margaret P. Allen's contribution to the Hardy County Public Library was more than her money – it was also her time, effort, energy, and belief that education and reading are for everyone. It is thanks to her contributions, financial and otherwise, that residents of Hardy County have such a remarkable resource in the Hardy County Public Library. 

    The Hardy County Public Library is located at 102 N. Main Street in Moorefield, WV. 

    Contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about life in Hardy County, WV! With cozy, welcoming communities and spectacular mountain scenery, it's a beautiful place to call home, and our agents are here to help you find the perfect Hardy County homes for you and your family. 

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