The ‘narrow passage’ on the Great Wagon Road through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (now U.S. Route 11) was a popular spot for Indian attacks. Settlers often took refuge behind the inn’s sturdy log walls over the next 20 years.
During the War Between the States, Confederate General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson made the inn his headquarters during the Valley Campaign of 1862. It was here that he ordered his famed Staff Cartographer Jedediah Hotchkiss to “Make me a map of the Valley.”
The inn became a ‘resort’ along the river for people escaping the heat of the cities. Later it was a private school for young ladies.
Ed & Ellen finish the first round of expansions and officially open for business!
For over 30 years, Ellen and Ed have hosted thousands of guests from all over the world, offering them warm hospitality and information on ways to enjoy the Shenandoah Valley. They love it here, and they hope you will love it, too!