Woodruff House Bed and Breakfast
330 Mechanic St, Luray, Virginia, 22835, United States
More about Luray
The fountain in the center
The entrance to the maze
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Travel Tips for Luray
"Nature's largest hidden treasure"
The largest, most popular caverns on the Eastern seaboard. I do not particularly like caves but this place is unbelievable. The most awesome aspect for me was the stalacpipe organ which they bill as the world's largest musical instrument. It's pipes cover over three acres and it really works. The caverns are well lit with walkways and handrails for safety. Some of the stone columns are more than 10 stories tall. There are underground lakes that look like deep mirrors.
Please visit their website at www.luraycaverns.com
for a delightful preview tour as well as a guide to many above ground features.
Luray-Page County Farmer's Market
It was a tough call on whether to put this under shopping or local customs. It is a shopping opportunity, but it is more of a local event. The Farmers Market Luray happens every Saturday from March to November in the train station Parking Lot. You can find local produce in season; locally-made arts and crafts as well as baked goods.
Tripod is a must
Take a jacket or sweater - it's about 50 F (10 C) in the caverns. Tripod is simply a must. The option is using a flash but those built-in in cameras are enough for taking pictures up to say 3-5 m aditionally in strange colours. If you have external, good flash take it as well. Keep in mind that colours in pictures taken with a flash and without it (tripod necessary) are different - compare my pictures.
The square, stone Luray Singing Tower was well seen from my parking lot in front of the Luray Caverns entrance. It is officially known as the Belle Brown Northcott Memorial. The 117 feet (46 m) high tower was put up in 1937 in memory of Colonel T.C. Northcott's wife. There are 47 bells behind three Gothic arches under the peaked roof.
Free recitals are given at frequent intervals. Ask about hours in the Luray Caverns Entrance Building or follow the link below. I finished my visit to Luray almost 3 hours too early to hear the Singing Tower.
The oldest American and French cars
Orient Auto from 1903 is the oldest American car on display in the Car & Carriage Caravan Museum. This unique automobile was built almost entirely of hickory wood in the Waltham Manufacturing Company in Massachussets (museum now). It was the first car owned by Ralph De Palma, the famous race driver. These cars were used for postal delivery. Single cylinder, air-cooled, 4 horse power gasoline engine needed a lot of fuel: gas consumption was 35 miles per gallon.
Look at French Peugeot Touring manufactured in Paris in 1896 (picture 3-5). The best seen feature of this car is a single and large lamp put assymetrically on a front bumper. The passangers on front benches were seated back to the front. This car could move at very high speed for that time: 20 mph. It has the first Peugeot engine: 2-cylinder, water cooled, gasoline engine of 4 hour power as well as 4 gear manual transmission. Very unusual feature of this vehicle is the crossbar, two-handled steering mechanism in place of either tiller or wheel.
Parisien industrialist Armand Peugeot produced bicycles in the beginning (till 1926). The first Peugeot automobile (a three-wheeled steam-powered car) was produced in 1889, the first petrol-fueled Peugeot (four-wheeled) automobile from 1890 was powered by a Daimler engine. First Peugeot fuel engines were manufactured in 1896.