Thousands know the Mt. Crawford exit off I-81 as the way to the Green Valley Book Fair. They also know it is in a rural area that has a Wal-Mart Distribution Center surrounded by farm land. To find food and lodging, travelers had to drive further north to Harrisonburg or south to the Staunton area. For just food, they could travel west to a Burger King in Mt. Crawford, or go a few miles further to Bridgewater.
That will be changing in the near future as a McDonald's restaurant, gas station, and hotel are planned for Exit 240 with building expected to be completed within the next six months. Book Valley visitors will be able to get fries to go with their book bargains before hitting the road home.