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article imagePhoto essay: A glimpse of picturesque Strasburg, Virginia Special

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By Leigh Goessl     Sep 7, 2012 in Travel
Strasburg - Located in Virginia's northern Shenandoah County, Strasburg is a charming town, full of history and fabulous scenic views. A great stop either during a road trip or for a weekend getaway.
For those living in the Washington area, it's only about 90 minutes away.
Recently, I had the pleasure of making a stop in this picturesque town and had the opportunity to stay overnight and explore some of what the town has to offer.
We stayed at the Hotel Strasburg, which was built in 1902 as a hospital, but eventually was transformed into a hotel. Currently, the hotel has been remodeled to its original Victorian style. Highly recommended as a place to stay if you're in or around Strasburg, the restaurant is great too. The prices are reasonable for the region (especially if you're used to Washington prices).
Hotel Strasburg was originally built as a hospital in 1902. Today the building operates as a hotel.
Hotel Strasburg was originally built as a hospital in 1902. Today the building operates as a hotel.
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Hotel Strasburg has been restored to the Victorian Age. The majority of the furniture is antique.
Hotel Strasburg has been restored to the Victorian Age. The majority of the furniture is antique.
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While in Strasburg, I'd recommend taking the time to stop in the local museum. A historical landmark in itself, and the stories exhibited and told inside are interesting. The museum is opened seasonally, from May through October, so I was glad to have the opportunity to spend a good amount of time there and learn about the local history.
Once a building that produced pottery  and later a railroad depot  today this building houses the St...
Once a building that produced pottery, and later a railroad depot, today this building houses the Strasburg Museum.
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An exhibit in Strasburg Museum
An exhibit in Strasburg Museum
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Due to the rich clay in the region, Strasburg has deep roots to pottery. According to the town's website, the pottery industry emerged around 1761 and, at one point, at least 17 potters operated commercially. The last pottery closed down in 1909.
Strasburg has a rich history in the pottery industry. If memory serves  this book is a ledger from o...
Strasburg has a rich history in the pottery industry. If memory serves, this book is a ledger from one of the potters that operated in town.
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Pottery turntables (circa 1890s) that were donated to the museum by the Bell family  who once operat...
Pottery turntables (circa 1890s) that were donated to the museum by the Bell family, who once operated Bell Pottery (S. Bell and Sons) in town.
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The town is also tightly entwined with Civil War history, being "The Great Train Raid of 1861" occurred there after Stonewall Jackson hijacked several trains in West Virginia and pulled them by horsepower to Strasburg to use for the Confederate cause. Some battles also took place in the vicinity of Strasburg.
A Civil War marker located off a gravel road on the outskirts of downtown Strasburg.
A Civil War marker located off a gravel road on the outskirts of downtown Strasburg.
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There is also a self-guide walking tour, which unfortunately I did not get to do, but hope to come back and see what other gems are tucked away in Strasburg. Driving in and around Strasburg offered some very scenic views of rivers, mountains, and flora. Imaging this is a great destination for fall foliage, might be a good time to take a ride back!
Strasburg  Va.  is full of many picturesque sites  such as this building.
Strasburg, Va., is full of many picturesque sites, such as this building.
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A house located in the historic district in Strasburg. This house was mentioned as being a historica...
A house located in the historic district in Strasburg. This house was mentioned as being a historical landmark.
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Strasburg is full of pretty views
Strasburg is full of pretty views
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Strasburg is full of pretty views
Strasburg is full of pretty views
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