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We are a Family owned and operated Campground.
Established in 1974, we are now in our second generation of management. The owner, now 89 yrs old, is our mother, although she is affectionately known as "Granny".

The property was purchased in 1961 along with an additional 42 acres as a dairy farm. The farm house along with the haybarn on the left just before the campground entrance was ours. The subdivision just before the farm house was our pasture field. The 'bottom' land was perfect for crops as it could be irragated during drought years. We started construction on the campground while we were still operating the dairy. The farm house along with 42 acres were sold in 1970. We kept 89 acres which is now the campground property.

In June of 1976 the Bicentennial Wagon Train camped with us. It was quite a sight seeing the Conestoga wagons, Prairie Schooners, and even a quaint chuck wagon coming down the hill to the campground. It was like taking a trip back 200 years walking through the encampment which took up the whole field above the lake. All the cooking was done in the chuck wagon. Farriers traveled with the group to reshoe horses as necessary. Loretta Lynn's husband Dolittle "Mooney" Lynn traveled with the group.

We have made many changes to the campground throughout the years. The addition of four indoor hot tubs, inground swimming pool, gameroom, campers kitchen, camping cabins, on-site rental campers, 18 hole mini-golf course, and cafe are some of our improvements. We have many more improvements planned for the future.

It is very heartwarming seeing our camping friends with their spouses and children staying with us while remembering them as children camping with their parents and grandparents.

These are but a few of our memories. Do you have a special memory of Shenandoah Valley Campground? Email it to us and we will add it to our 'Memories' page.

It is not just a cliche´ when we say "THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES"

Hi, I was able to pick up the wagon train at your campground with a few friends from the Middle River Farm that was right above the campground. We stayed with them and started out the day they left Verona to ride thru Harrisonburg.

I was riding my new horse and he got a little spooked with all the riders and wagons and we almost fell down the side of the mountain. My friend, Dave Harvey, grabbed my horse by his bridle and spurred his forward and my horse and I were saved! At first everyone wanted me to go home but I told them I wasn't going to miss a chance of a lifetime. I had taken off for work for that day and,  when I got into work the next day I didn't hear the end of it. Turns out that I was riding right where they were filming and I was on TV!
Dave finished the journey to Gettysburg, PA and when he came back, we spent a few nights at the campground because everyone was so nice. I really wished we had pictures of that time because it was the best time of my life.
 Rita Cannon

Hi, I was also on the wagon train, it was the most wonderful experience of my life. I was looking for some souvenirs from that time. If anybody has anything? Thank-you again for the memories.
Ms. Lang

Just found this sight and it got me remembering when I came through with the wagon train. I was on the 1st Cav wagon from Fort Hood Texas. Those were the good old days.
Regards, Bruce Tilley

I have a lot of black and white photos of the time the Bicentennial Wagon Train camped at your campground.  My husband was a photographer and took 100s of photos of the train as it passed from New Castle, VA to Staunton.
 C. Blassingham

my memories was everytime i came there my motor home never left storage and i always had a good time use are the nices people ive ever met I will see you friday the second if every thing goes well.
Donna barry with the 87 allegro im coming with a macanic lol needs water pump  see ya soon

I too was on that wagon train...what a wonderful time with many great memories!  Some where there is a picture of my sisters at the reins of that wagon from
Fort Hood...when it made the front page in Virginia, ...

I was only 9 when the wagon train came thru upstate New York, it was one of the neatest things I've ever seen or been a part of.  My daughter is studying the Oregon Trail in school and it's exciting to share this with her.

Just out of curiosity I was wondering who runs the Verona Campground now?  Every year when I was a little girl we use to camp at Verona for the Memorial Holiday.  It’s been probably about 25 years since we last came there.  I was just looking at the website, and I can’t believe how much it has changed.  When we were camping there, we use to swim in the lake that is now used for swimming.  I remember Saturday nights there was Bluegrass music and a cake walk under the Snack Shack.  I can’t remember the ladies name that ran the store, but I remember a man named Duke, and I remember Duke always had to sing the last song on Saturday nights. 
PS Missing those good ole’days.

I was a out rider on the Bicentennial Wagon Train from Texas along with a lot of other riders we made a lot of frends in the Shenandoah Valley . As I show my Grand kids the old Photos and try to explain what it was like and why some we met will be with us for ever
 We  have lost a lot of the true Temsters and Riders but that can not be helped . It is the frends that we all have lost contact with that we need help with
     Please post this From THE APACHE  Bicentennial Wagon Train Reunion @Yahoo Groups
I was Thinking about all the fun and frends I made along the way that I forgot to put in that this Fourth Of July the Show Troupe That Put on the nightley Shows for every one is haveing a Reunion Show At Pen State dought that we will be able to make it but thought that you might be able to see it   Apache

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