Front Royal Town

Warren County, Virginia

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Front Royal Town Hall is located at 16 North Royal Avenue, Front Royal VA 22630; business office: 540‑635‑7799.

Erin, circa 1848

Samuels Public Library is located at 538 Villa Avenue; post office at 120 East 3rd Street; Chamber of Commerce, 104 East Main Street.


Historical Background [1]

By 1790, the Town of Front Royal, Virginia was an important crossroads for travelers throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. It remains so today. Situated just west of the Blue Ridge and at the head of the Massanutten Mountain range, near the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River, Front Royal's history reflects European and American migration patterns of the 18th and 19th centuries and the economic and political development of an important, and distinct region of Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley. As part of the Valley, citizens of Front Royal have participated in several transformative movements in Virginia's history. During the American Civil War, their town witnessed battle and occupation. Throughout the 19th century, Front Royal experienced both the positive and negative effects of industrialization. With the creation of the Skyline Drive at its doorstep, Front Royal, was at the forefront of Virginia's development of tourism as a significant sector of its modern economy. Finally, in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, some Front Royal citizens brought forth profound change as they campaigned for equal education and voting rights for African Americans.

See: Front Royal Historic District

  1. Johnston, Edna and Smith, Kathryn Gettings, Front Royal Historic District, 2002, nomination document, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington D.C.

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