While farming, agriculture and the Amish/Mennonite people are all still a very important part of our economy and culture, there are now several very successful manufacturing plants in the area, including a Little Debbie's plant and a Hershey's Chocolate plant.
Evidence of the fact that farming is still a big part of our local economy and way of life is the photo below, taken by me from a sidewalk "downtown" on Main Street Stuarts Draft last year. Not too long after that, I stopped and helped Larry Cohron (being interviewed in the video that is posted below the image) catch a steer that had managed to slip through his fence. Mr. Cohron's family has been in Stuarts Draft since the 1700's.
|Main Street (aka Draft Ave.), Stuarts Draft, VA - 2015|
Below is the video mentioned, put together by Simon Kinsinger, a family with deep Mennonite ties to Stuarts Draft. If you are at all familiar with, or interested in, the history of the Shenandoah Valley, I think you will find this video quite interesting.