Vintage Footage From The 1960s Proves That Shenandoah National Park In Virginia Has Been Cherished For Decades

Shenandoah National Park is undoubtedly one of Virginia’s crown jewels. Offering endless hiking trails, pristine forests, and expansive views of the mountains, this park has been a treasure for decades. Legislation to build a park in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia was first introduced in 1901, although the park wouldn’t be officially established until December 26, 1935. Of course, the history of Shenandoah long preceded the establishment of the park. Generations of families and Native Americans shaped the important history of the land, relying on and learning from the land’s resources.

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Check out this nostalgia-inducing video of Shenandoah National Park from 1961, courtesy of travelfilmarchive, and see what you think:

What are your thoughts on the video? Does it take you back to earlier days of exploring the park? We’d love to hear some of your favorite memories! The Shenandoah National Park official website also has some fascinating resources and accounts about the park’s history and culture. You can click here to learn more.

For related content, you might enjoy seeing some of these vintage photos of Virginia’s state parks.

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