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The Lost River Valley

The Lost River flows south to north through the valley of the same name,

parallel to the Shenandoah Valley and the I-81 corridor. Our Valley lies

between Great North Mountain to the east and South Branch Mountain to

the west. 

The valley was originally settled--by Europeans, that is--in the mid-1700s.

While historically the community has relied heavily on agriculture, the

town of Lost City grew up around a tannery, which thrived from 1892 until

it closed in 1927.  Now not much more than a wide spot in the road, Lost

City once had a theater company, a baseball team, a newspaper and three



With its natural resources, spectacular views and easy pace, the valley is a

favorite weekend destination for Washingtonians and anyone else seeking

to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.  Whether your ideal weekend

involves hip waders and a fly rod or a good book and a pair of comfortable

shoes, you'll find what you're looking for in and around Lost River.


Morning in Mathias

Courtesy of Ed Szrom



Wood Family Homeplace as seen from our parking lot


Lost River Valley Sunset

Summer Sunset as viewed from Settlers Valley Way

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