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The Page Valley is a small valley geographically and culturally associated with the Shenandoah Valley. The valley is located between the Massanutten and Blue Ridge mountain ranges in western Virginia.

Geography

The valley is approximately long. At its widest, across from New Market Gap near Luray, the valley is about wide, while at its narrowest north of Luray near Compton, it is only . Similarly to the south of Luray, at Ingham, the valley narrows to wide.

The valley encompasses primarily the Page County, Virginia area and the southern portion of Warren County, Virginia, near the northern terminus, a few miles south of Front Royal, Virginia.

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River flows down the center of the Page Valley.

Transportation

U.S. Route 340 runs north-south through the valley, while U.S. Route 211 cuts east-west across the valley from Thornton Gap in the Blue Ridge, through Luray to New Market Gap in the Massanutten.

History

During the American Civil War, it was known as the Luray Valley since Luray, Virginia (the County seat of Page County) is located in the center of Page Valley. The valley played a significant role in the strategy of Confederate Major General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson during his Valley Campaign of 1862 in which he defeated three numerically superior Union armies.

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