Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Hidden Valley in western Virginia ... "Sommersby" location

This is Warwickton, the estate built in 1851 by James Woods Warwick and tucked away in Hidden Valley near The Homestead in western Virginia. It was the location of the 1993 movie, "Sommersby," a post-Civil War story starring Richard Gere and Jodie Foster. Hidden Valley was chosen for the movie because it's a beautiful, serene location in the George Washington National Forest where time seems to have stood still ... no power lines, no signs of modern civilization ... basically looking as it did at the time of the Civil War. Warwickton is now a bed and breakfast that still welcomes guests.
This area of Virginia is beautiful. Warwickton was built in 1851 and the surrounding valley consisted of fields and livestock. Today the hay is harvested keeping the valley open and grassy along the Jackson River. There is a campground in the Valley along with picnic tables, hiking trails, and fishing.

Warwickton was decorated for autumn....
The mansion is surrounded by unspoiled 360-degree mountain views.
Warwickton sits amongst the Alleghany Mountains. During this mid-October visit, many trees were past peak color and were already bare. The first snowflakes of winter were not far behind.
Hidden Valley ...
... a hidden jewel in western Virginia. SWAC Husband and I love to visit and, in the "off-season," it's possible to practically have the place to yourself.

The road to Hidden Valley ...

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
October 2010

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