Alexander Spotswood Discovers the Valley of the Shenandoah

Alexander Spotswood Discovers the Valley of the Shenandoah (HMKB)

Location: Elkton, VA 22827 Rockingham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 21.462', W 78° 32.831'

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Twelve men I chose to see the waiting land,
Where the rivers are jeweled in sunlight,
And the hills are a deep blue ocean with living spars
Of pine to catch the clouds and spread white sail.
My band, Knights of the Golden Horse Shoe,
I led upon a phantom trail
Where torrents blocked the way;
A cloud of dew came down by night, the sun was fire by day.

We followed writhing paths
Where fountains broke through stone; we drank
The crystal courage of the hills, and bowed to thank
The hand of Might that blended brawn and wonder,
And hid his handicraft behind a silver veil
That welded earth and sky.
Only the Savage knew the unmarked trail;
His ear had caught the music under ground
Made audible in water,
His eye had found the shadow-print of moss against a tree.

We stumbled on, up scarp and jagged boulder
And down the wet ravines, and up again we fought
Until one dawn we stood upon a Titan's shoulder,
And saw—beyond the blue unchallenged hills
That bore no trace of sorrow or of wars—

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? —Gertrude Claytor
Year Placed1934
Placed ByThe Virginia State Commission on Conservation & Development
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 2:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 714315 N 4248351
Decimal Degrees38.35770000, -78.54718333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 21.462', W 78° 32.831'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 21' 27.72" N, 78° 32' 49.86" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 116-118 US-33, Elkton VA 22827, US
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