Shenandoah is an Indian name and it means 'Daughter of the stars".
The Virginia House built in 1873 was formerly known as the Orkney Hotel. There is large Dining Hall , meeting rooms and offices, and a winding staircase. There is also a large ballroom on third floor and is 5.000 square feet. Beautiful wrap around porches with rocking chairs. We enjoyed sitting on the second floor balcony with a cup of complimentary coffee or tea from the lobby of the Virginia House.
When work began on Orkney Springs hotel in the 1800's, it soon became a tourist attraction, because of the seven natural springs, people would visit to take in the waters . Three springs today are visible on the property.
In 1925 the open air Cathedral was consecrated. Each of the stones were rolled or taken from the mountain by horse. The baptismal font was once used by Indians to grind corn. A truly beautiful and spiritual place.
Great place for family get together.Simply appointed, with beautiful views of the property from our window in the room.
We have visited several times and will visit many more times in the future. Peaceful and relaxing, and family style meals served to us in the Tucker lodge dining room.
In the lounge areas , Brown Hall and Art Hall, which is home to art of John Douglas Woodward, uncle of Shrinemonts founder (1846-1924). Large stone fireplaces burning with a cozy fire, are so inviting.
Entrance to Shrine Mont
Tables dressed for Fall
Lounge in Va. house
view from our window
lounge next to our room
beautiful pieces of furniture in the lounge area
other views of property- if you enlarge, you can see the stone fence.
fireplace in Tucker dining hall
first station of the cross.
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beautiful views and baptismal font
little dark, but this stained glass was so pretty with the light coming through it.