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The town of Luray is small yet picturesque, and it has been mostly kept unspoiled by modern urban sprawl and strip malls.
The town boasts the expected small but impressive “down town” with a main street that hearkens back to yesteryear. Undergoing renovations and revitalization, store fronts are filling up with new businesses. Street benches line the sidewalks and becoken you to sit, relax and watch the world go by. New restaurants are coming in as well as other shops. A new BB&T Performing Arts Center at the intersection of Routes 211 and 340 in the middle of Luray pened in September 2006 and already has at least one concert scheduled every monty through June 2007. Check their web site for concert schedules and plan on attending a concert if your will be in Luray in the coming year! The Performing Arts Center will help even further in bringing new life to the historic downtown.
The area around Luray features some impressive 19th century architecture including the Massanutten School, which is an excellent example of a mid-19th century one-room school. It was used in the community from 1875 until 1937, and restored in 1972 when it was moved to its current site. It features numerous examples of desks and items from the Civil War period. Open during the Heritage Fesival the first weekend of October and for other special events.
The Hamburg Country Store on Hamburg Road is very much as it was nearly 100 years ago. This small store is vastly different from today’s massive grocery stores, when shopping was as much a social activity for sharing of news and information as picking up some milk. The building has been excellently preserved and today evokes the old time experience of shopping. Open during the Fall Heritage Festival and for special events.