10 April 2016

The Importance of Community & Culture - Stuarts Draft, Virginia

I have called Stuarts Draft, Virginia home for almost 30 years now. My wife and I purchased some land and built a home in the area in 1987. Stuarts Draft was once a thriving Mennonite and Old Order Amish (horse and buggy) community with farming being it's principle economic activity. This was still largely the case even into the 1970's. 

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.

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