Lahore, Virginia

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Lahore /ləˈhɔːr/ is a town in Orange County, Virginia in the United States of America, which was named after the historical city of Lahore in Punjab, modern day Pakistan (then India) in the 1850s. The latitude of Lahore is 38.198N. The longitude is -77.969W. 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.

See also[edit]


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

Coordinates: 38°11′55″N 77°58′10″W / 38.19861°N 77.96944°W / 38.19861; -77.96944