Peopling the Shenandoah Valley

A mid 1800s lithograph print shows a painting of a valley town.
"Staunton, Va. / drawn from nature by Ed. Beyer" print by Woldemar Rau, 1857

Library of Congress

The Shenandoah Valley supported human settlement for thousands of years that continues today. Virginia's colonial land policies meant both opportunity for colonists but danger for those human buffers against colonial conflicts. Not all settlement was voluntary; enslaved inhabitants shaped the Valley's history too.

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    Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    Last updated: October 13, 2023