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  • King's Dominion

    My wife and I recently went to King's Dominion on an early fall weekend and had a really great time. I lived in Ohio and went to Cedar Point a lot when I was younger, so I'm kind of spoiled for theme parks. I have a really high standard, but I was pleasantly surprised at King's Dominion. We went on a Sunday in September, which is a great time to...

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  • THE TRENCHES

    Though they trenches don't show up well in the photos, these really are among the best-preserved from the Civil War. The fronts of the trenches still reach four to six feet high with lateral walls coming off every 15-20 feet or so to allow local breakthroughs to not put the entire line at risk. The trenches are smack in the middle of a forest...

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  • THE TRAIL

    Extending back into what seems to be primeval forest, from the parking lot a well-laid out trail will take you back - in about 2.4 miles - through the forests to several stops where you can see where Lee's men had dug in on the inverted 'v' line above the Ox Ford, effectively cutting the Federal army in half. The trees were not there at the time of...

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  • Rebel Yell

    This is a double wooden roller coaster that was there at the opening of the park. However, I didn't work up the courage to ride it until 4 years later. In the early 1990s they added a new twist: one of the tracks goes backwards.

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  • The Anaconda

    At the time it was built (1991), the Anaconda was the biggest roller coaster in the park. The lift hill reaches 140 feet (40 m.), it makes a slight turn, and descends into a tunnel UNDER the lake, goes through two loops, and winds up with a series of corkscrew turns.

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  • Roundabout

    This roundabout was originally built in 1917 and used at a fun fair in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1974-75, the Philadelphia Toboggan Company restored the old roundabout for the (then) new King's Dominion. It still operates in place today.

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  • White Water Canyon

    If you want to get wet, this is the ride for you. It is very refreshing ride on a hot summer day, but I would bring along a dry pair of socks because you get wet to the very marrow of your bone.

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  • Scooby Doo coaster

    Although this coaster has changed paint jobs several times since it was introduced in 1975, it is still in place albeit in a bright blue colour now. The photo has it in its original colour. Junior sized wooden roller coasters are rare, so it's good that the folks at Paramount at least kept this one.

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  • View from the tower observation deck

    From the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower replica, you can see for miles. However on that hazy day, you could barely see the paper mill on the other side of the woods just beyond the Rebel Yell.

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  • Eiffel Tower replica

    King's Dominion's landmark is a 1/3 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. It stands at 331 ft. (100 m.) high and on a clear day, you can see the Richmond skyline from the southern observation deck.

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  • The Avalanche

    The Avalanche is a roller coaster whose cars are fashioned after winter olympic bobsleds. It's not really an up and down roller coaster like the Grizzly and Rebel Yell, but rather it sort of corkscrews back down to the station house. It doesn't have a high lift hill, nor is it very fast, but it is a smoother ride than the Grizzly.

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  • The Shock Wave

    In 1986, King's Dominion officially arrived when it opened a standup roller coaster called Shock Wave. It has a 95 ft. (29 m.) lift hill, a loop, and a series of corkscrews. In August, 1999, another irresponsible guest died. He broke free of his restraints at the top of the lift hill and fell off the ride. Ironically, the Shock Wave was put in the...

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Doswell Restaurants

  • Tired of the confiscatory King's...

    As I've said before, a good indicator of the quality of food served at a restaurant is how many trucks are parked there. This is one of my favourite places to eat. My parents thought it was better food for the money than the confiscatory prices in the park. When it used to be Jarrell's truck plaza, we would sometimes eat here after a long day at...

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  • Country Kitchen

    The Country Kitchen is located in the Old Virginia section of the park. It specialises in basic country cooking- barbecue, fried chicken and ribs. This is not a bad attempt at country cooking, however it is pricier than it needs to be. Fried chicken, fries and corn on the cob.

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Doswell Shopping

  • Everything old is new again

    Squashapenny Junction is one of the best-preserved rural stores in Hanover County. Its original run lasted 90 years up until the owner died in 1988. In its heyday, it was a gathering place for people of Doswell and the surrounding areas. It lay abandoned for almost 10 years before a former art teacher bought it at auction and converted it into an...

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  • International Street

    International Street is where many of the shops and restaurants in the park are located. A fountain divides the street and the Eiffel Tower replica is at the end of it.

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Doswell Local Customs

  • Shrimp 'n Suds Feast

    The Shrimp 'n Suds Feast is sponsored by the Hanover County Rotary Club to benefit local youth and family charities. (For those from Roxboro, suds means beer. It isn't a party for short people and a car wash.) The mid-May annual event is at the King's Dominion Pavilion. It features spiced shrimp, beer, soft drinks, and live music. You never can...

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  • Cartoon characters

    All over the park, but especially in Hanna-Barbera land, cartoon characters look to meet and entertain kids. In the photo, my brother takes advantage of a photo op with Yogi Bear.

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Doswell Warnings and Dangers

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    warning atop Rebel Yell lift hill

    by b1bob Updated May 10, 2007

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    Unless you're riding the Shock Wave, a stand up roller-coaster, don't stand up on the rides. An irresponsible 13-year old died on the Galaxy roller coaster about 20 years ago because he ignored the warning and injured his head from banging into a piece of overhead track. You can also fall out from great heights.

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Doswell Tourist Traps

  • Berserker

    I would put the Berserker as a "must see activity", but it really isn't much of a ride. It is a Viking ship on a pendulum that builds momentum and suspends riders upside down. Yeah, they strap you in well, but they must make a fortune from the loose change that falls out of people's pockets, as if the park's confiscatory prices aren't bad enough.

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  • They even mess with the water

    It isn't bad enough that they don't let you bring your own drinks in. King's Dominion makes the water in the drinking fountains warm enough that it won't quench your thirst so you will be forced to pay their confiscatory prices for drinks. I'm afraid the park has made you a captive audience.

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Doswell What to Pack

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    sun screen / lip protection

    by b1bob Updated Mar 7, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For cool evenings, especially at the end of the season during Fearfest, bring a light jacket. Always bring comfortable, broken-in shoes. If you choose to ride the super soaker rides in the summer, bring an extra pair of dry socks.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: For those hot summer days, bring sun screen and lip protection.

    Photo Equipment: 35mm camera, but be sure you secure it on some of the wilder rides

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Doswell Off The Beaten Path

  • Scotchtown

    Charles Chiswell acquired about 10000 acres in what is now western Hanover County in 1717. It was named Scotchtown because he brought over a bunch of Scotsmen to build the main house and the outbuildings. Scotchtown is most famous for the seven years (1771-78) Hanover native Patrick Henry owned it. Scotchtown today contains several items that...

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  • Ashland Berry Farm

    Children of all ages, including the 10-year old on the right in the photo, enjoy Ashland Berry Farm's "pick your own" strawberries and pumpkins, hayrides, and bonfires. 12607 Old Ridge Rd., Beaverdam, VA 23015From I-95: Take exit 92-B (Ashland). Head west on Route 54. Turn Right onto Route 1 North. Go 4-5 miles (7-8 km.). Turn left on Rt. 738 (Old...

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Doswell Favorites

  • The Apple Turnover

    This was one of my favourite rides from the time I worked up the courage to ride it in the spring of 1979 (with the prodding of Debbie Wilson) through to the time they removed it in the early 1990s. There's not much to it really. It is a spinning ride on a hydraulic arm that gradually takes you up 65 feet (±20 m.), you spin at maximum height a few...

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  • 4th of July fireworks

    In the few days leading up to American Independence Day, King's Dominion puts on a fireworks display just before closing that is almost as good as those at the Disney theme parks. The practice was put into peril for a time in the 1980s when a local horse breeder complained that the noise freaked out her precious equines. The powers that be did...

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  • Hanna-Barbera Land

    King's Dominion set aside an area with rides especially for the younger kids. The area was secluded in Hanna-Barbera Land where kids would often get a surprise visit from the likes of Scooby Doo, Fred Flintstone and Huckelberry Hound and well shaded for those hot summer days. Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters (like Dick Dastardly, Muttley, Captain...

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