Architecture and Landscapes of Shenandoah National Park

Photographed for the 80th anniversary of the park in June 2016, and the centennial of the National Park Service. All images photographed with film.

In the forested uplands of northwestern Virginia, Shenandoah park overlooks the valley of the river for which it is named. Elevations range from 560 to over 4000 feet. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile parkway, traverses the ridges of the park. Following the dedication of Shenandoah National Park in 1936, a lodge and cabins for visitors were constructed at Big Meadows in a rustic, utilitarian style, yet which featured a dining room with elegant chestnut paneling. A second lodging area, Skyland, was later developed at the location of a small resort established in the 1880s.

 

click to view image   Entrance, Laurel lodgings, Skyland
click to view image   Laurel lodgings
click to view image   Balcony, Raven’s Nest lodgings, Skyland
click to view image   Big Meadows Lodge. Among the original National Park lodges, the historic hostelry was constructed in 1939.
click to view image   Dining Room, Big Meadows Lodge
click to view image   Lodging, Big Meadows
click to view image   “Copper kettle” trail marker at Skyland
click to view image   Misty horseshoe curve in trail from Skyland dining room to lodgings in lower meadow
click to view image   Mountain cabin at dusk
click to view image   Rolling hills of Shenandoah. View from Hawksbill peak. Crescent Rock Overlook on Skyline Drive is visible in lower right.
click to view image   Mountain office. Skyland Lodge is managed from this picture-windowed office overlooking the forested valley below.
click to view image   Gray birch at Big Meadows. Fierce winter conditions at the mountaintop meadow limit the growth of even the hardiest trees.
click to view image   Big Meadows
click to view image   Byrd’s Nest cabin. Built in 1906, Byrd’s Nest is among the earliest remnants of the resort at Skyland established three decades before the national park. The cabin was most recently renovated in 2000.
click to view image   Motel-style rooms, Birmingham lodgings, Skyland
click to view image   Staff housing, Skyland
click to view image   Dining Room, Skyland
click to view image   Panoramic windows, Dining Room, Skyland
click to view image   Skyland Lodge in late evening
click to view image   Conference Hall, Skyland
click to view image   Skyline Drive
click to view image   Trailhead, Limberlost Trail
click to view image   Plank trail over wetlands, Limberlost Trail
click to view image   Bridge on White Oak Canyon Trail
click to view image   Descent to White Oak Canyon
click to view image   South River Valley
click to view image   View of Skyland lodge complex from Stony Man overlook.
click to view image   Big Meadows Lodge
click to view image   Gift shop, Big Meadows Lodge.
click to view image   Reception desk, Big Meadows Lodge.
click to view image   Original lodgings, Big Meadows.
click to view image   Older cabin at Big Meadows. A small number of such lodgings have not been restored.
click to view image   Canyon lodgings in morning fog, Skyland
click to view image   End of trail at Stony Man cliffs
click to view image   Forest view from balcony, Raven’s Nest lodgings, Skyland.
click to view image   Décor by Tap Room Lounge, Big Meadows Lodge
click to view image   Television Room, Big Meadows Lodge. Frozen in time.
click to view image   Mountain cemetery south of Big Meadows
click to view image   Stalwart tree on windswept ledge, Thornton Gap

 

Massanutten Lodge, Skyland

Massanutten Lodge, Skyland. Built in 1911, this large cabin predated the establishment of the national park.

 
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