Shenandoah Acres

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Shenandoah Acres Campground
Shenandoah Acres tower.jpg
The Pink Zipper slide, which replaced a cable ride in the early 2000s
Location Stuarts Draft, Virginia
Coordinates 37°59′56.5″N 79°1′36.3″W / 37.999028°N 79.026750°W / 37.999028; -79.026750Coordinates: 37°59′56.5″N 79°1′36.3″W / 37.999028°N 79.026750°W / 37.999028; -79.026750
Type Drive in
Land Adjacent to George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
Facilities Bath house, lake house, camp store, chapel
Water Yes
Fires Yes
Website http://www.shenandoahacresfc.com

Shenandoah Acres a resort in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. The Acres closed in 2004 and was later open infrequently. It reopened in 2014 as Shenandoah Acres Family Campground.

The most visible aspect of Shenandoah Acres is its small, spring-fed lake that was unique for its use of playground equipment in the water. Shenandoah Acres also featured 250 camp sites, 35 cabins, horseback riding, miniature golf, and tennis courts.[1]

History[edit]

Shenandoah Acres was a farm owned by Dr. William Dodge in the 1930s. He charged visitors ten cents to swim and picnic on the property.

The Acres was purchased by Rupert A. Blacka in 1935 and developed into the water park. He developed a small, rather muddy, swimming area into a clear lake. A concrete pier was built in 1948 with a diving board and a zip line that ended in the water. Insurance began to rise and the diving boards were removed in the 1960s. The campground was added along with horseback riding, miniature golf, tennis, bike rentals, ball fields, hiking trails, as well as horseshoes, croquet, shuffleboard, and volleyball. In 2000, the zip lines were removed due to insurance issues. Admissions dropped and the Acres closed in 2004.

Goodfaith LLC purchased Shenandoah Acres in 2005.[2] They reopened the campground in 2009 and operated as Mountain Spring Resort.[3] In 2011, it reverted to the Shenandoah Acres name under new management with plans to reopen the lake in spring 2012.

In 2014, Garland Eutsler and ShenAcres Holdings LLC purchased the property and planned to reopen it as a resort.[4] On Memorial Day weekend 2014 Shenandoah Acres re-opened for business.

Ecology[edit]

Originally, Shenandoah Acres was a farm consisting of orchards, and a cranberry bog encircling a small pond. The cranberry bog was well known by botanists as a location for several rare plants and orchids including the rose pogonia and grass pink orchids. In the journal Claytonia, the botanist Lloyd Carr described the pond as a sea of pink when the orchids were in bloom. The cranberry bog was one of a series of sinkhole ponds and wetlands in the Maple Flats area; perhaps the only one remaining with a similar flora is Spring Pond. After the bog was destroyed to create Shenandoah Acres, many of the rare species once found there became locally extinct.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The News Leader – Area Overview: Recreation
  2. ^ "Goodfaith Buys Shenandoah Acres". The Daily News Record. Media General News Service. March 10, 2005. 
  3. ^ Slack, Ken (September 4, 2009). "Shenandoah Acres Campground Re-Opens". NBC 29. 
  4. ^ Peters, Laura (January 15, 2014). "Businessman hopes to reopen Shenandoah Acres". News Leader (Staunton, Virginia). 
  5. ^ Blacka, Aaron; Couture, Pierre; Coale, Charles; Dooley, John; Hankins, Andy; Lastovica, Ann; Mihalik, Brian; Reed, Charlotte; Uysal, Muzzo (November 2001). "Agri-Tourism". Virginia Cooperative Extension. 

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