As I remember well there are three shops at Luray Caverns:
- the Country Store which offers some handicraft souvenirs,
- two gift shops in the Entrance Building and in the Car and Carriage Caravan offering gifts , books, CDs etc. related to the place as well as Virginia wine.
In the Entrance Building I've paid attention to beautiful and large stone fireplace.
What to buy: I didn't buy anything but I thought over buying some interesting CDs or books on the cars displayed in the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. It's likely I would buy some Virginia wine but I already did it in Jefferson's Winery in Charlottesville.
What to pay: To my surprise (especially after a visit to Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC) the prices are reasonable, for example $7 - $11 for a bottle of local wine.
Rainbow Hill would seem to some people to be just another tourist trap. However, it has a lot to offer in the way of gifts and collectibles, wine and beer, Christmas trinkets, food, and ice cream. Each store is well-decorated and the items are well presented. My mother even bought something small here. It is open all year from 10am-9pm.
McKim & Huffman Pharmacy has been serving the health care needs of Page County since 1867. Unfortunately, it has been bought out by Epic Pharmacy. They no longer have their lunch counter or soda fountain. Even in a small town like Luray, corporate influences trump small-town charm.
Hours: Mon - Fri. 8:45am - 6:00pm; Sat. 9:00am - 2:00pm; Sun. Closed
Those who know me or have been shopping with me know that I really like antiques, even if it is just to look. Here is some basic information on a few of the antique shops my family, Jessi, and I went into during our week in Luray. All of them are in the historic downtown.
Court House Antiques
East Main Street
Hours: Mon., Thurs.-Fri. 10:00am - 4:00pm; Tues & Wed: Closed; Sat. 10:00am-5:00pm; Sun. 11:00am - 5:00pm
Phone: (540) 743-2333
Country collectibles, baskets, stained glass, tin signs, candles, and Pennsylvania Dutch Candies.
22 E. Main St.
Antiques, glass, furniture, crafts, and china. There is also a private cranberry glass direction on display.
Hours: Mon - Sat. 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sun. 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Phone: (540) 743-1352
10 E. Main St.
Antiques, new & used furniture. Musical Instruments, gifts & collectibles, a unique collection of old knives, local art & crafts...even old trunks.
This -N- That
16 - 18 East Main Street
It is the largest of the antique stores in the downtown area. So, it has more floor space to sell a wider selection of antiques, collectibles, gifts, books, art, glass, furniture and musical instruments.
Hours: Thur., Fri., Sat., Mon. 10:00-5:00; Sun. 1:00 to 5:00
Phone: (540) 743-5810
Virginia Gift Shop
24 E. Main Street, Luray
All kinds of gifts, collectibles, jewelry, Virginia products, teddy bears, candles, and Christmas collectibles.
Hours: Mon - Sat. 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sun. 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Phone: (540) 743-4022
At Old Mundellsville on the west branch of the Hawksbill Creek is typical of flour mills found in this area in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The place is of special interest because Mundellsville was the birthplace of Dr. Henry Ruffner, who was the first state superintendent of schools in Virginia under the constitution of 1869. Peter, the first Ruffner in Page County, owned the land from the mouth of the Hawksbill Creek up both sides for 6 or 8 miles. Joseph's farm lay next to his father's on both sides of the Hawksbill and included the north fork of the creek where the two branches unite. He had a grist mill and a saw mill. The place is now known as Willow Grove Mill. Flour was produced here from about 1885 to 1943.
What to buy: Flour