Lahore, Virginia

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Lahore
Coordinates: 38°11′56″N 77°58′6″W / 38.19889°N 77.96833°W / 38.19889; -77.96833Coordinates: 38°11′56″N 77°58′6″W / 38.19889°N 77.96833°W / 38.19889; -77.96833
CountryUnited States
StateVirginia
CountyOrange
Elevation
364 ft (111 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,111
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,096
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
22567
Area code(s)540

Lahore /ləˈhɔːr/ is an unincorporated community in Orange County, Virginia, United States, which was named after the historical city of Lahore in Punjab, modern day Pakistan in the 1850s. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. The elevation is 364 feet (111 m).[1]

The village was named in the 1800s by the owner of a general store, after reading and studying a book about India.[2]

Purchase of lands[edit]

Noor Naghmi, son of Pakistani broadcaster Abul Hasan Naghmi, brought the American Lahore to the news in 2007. The junior Naghmi, is a financial services professional in Vienna, Virginia. After a years long negotiation with farmer Nancy Wallace, who owned 235 acres (0.95 km2) of American Lahore (including the center of the town), Naghmi was able to strike a deal for 3 million dollars.[2]

Noor Naghmi's plan[edit]

Naghmi told the Washington Post in 2007 that his 3 million dollar deal will turn Lahore, Virginia into a regional tourist attraction for South Asians and others.[2] His plans include a banquet hall fashioned after his hometown's famous Shalimar Gardens. He also envisions a library and a museum dedicated to the histories of both Lahores. He wants to open a bed-and-breakfast place to serve chickpea curry alongside eggs and toast. He wants to organize Basant with all its fanfare and pomp in the American Lahore.

As of 2021 the property has not been sold to Noor or anyone else. The owner has died and the estate has not yet been setttled.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile for Lahore, Virginia, VA". ePodunk.com. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Somashekhar, Sandhya (12 April 2007). "Building on a Dream". The Washington Post. Retrieved 14 May 2015.