Natural Bridge in Shenandoah Valley, VA by Debbie Robbins

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This NATURAL Bridge is located in the Town of Natural Bridge, VA… USA

Mother Nature at her finest… A MUST SEE if you ever get the chance…

My hubby is just about to walk under it in this shot.
Traffic still travels over it on top… it is US Rte. 11 in Natural Bridge, VA…

From Wikipedia:

Natural Bridge, in Rockbridge County, Virginia is a geological formation in which Cedar Creek (a small tributary of the James River) has carved out a gorge in the mountainous limestone terrain, forming an arch 215 ft (66 m) high with a span of 90 ft (27 m). It consists of horizontal limestone strata, and is the remains of the roof of a cave or tunnel through which the creek once flowed. Natural Bridge has been designated a Virginia Historical Landmark and a National Historical Landmark.

The Natural Bridge was a sacred site of the Native American Monacan tribe, who believed it to be the site of a major victory over pursuing Powhatans centuries before the arrival of whites in Virginia.

Some believe George Washington came to the site in 1750 as a young surveyor on behalf of Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron. To support claims that Washington surveyed the area, some tour guides claim the initials “G.W.” on the wall of the bridge, 23 ft. up, were carved by the future president. Legend also has it that George Washington threw a rock from the bottom of Cedar Creek over the bridge. In 1927, a large stone was found, also engraved “G.W.” and bearing a surveyor’s cross, which historians accepted as proof that he indeed surveyed the bridge.

Thomas Jefferson purchased 157 acres (635,000 m²) of land including the Natural Bridge from King George III of England for 20 shillings in 1774. He called it “the most Sublime of nature’s works”. Jefferson built a two-room log cabin, with one room reserved for guests, beginning its use as a retreat. While President, in 1802, he surveyed the place with his own hands. It has been said that Jefferson was able to throw a stone from the ground below the bridge to the top. Many famous guests stayed here, including John Marshall, James Monroe, Henry Clay, Sam Houston, and Martin Van Buren.

Natural Bridge was one of the wonders of the new world that Europeans visited during the 18th and 19th centuries. Vacationing guests from all over the world took day trips from Natural Bridge on horseback or horse drawn carriages to explore the countryside. In 1833, a new owner erected the Forest Inn to accommodate the increasing number of people. The bridge had considerable notoriety during the 19th century.

Herman Melville alluded to the bridge in describing Moby-Dick: “But soon the fore part of him slowly rose from the water; for an instant his whole marbleized body formed a high arch, like Virginia’s Natural Bridge…”

William Cullen Bryant, another American literary figure, said that Natural Bridge and Niagara Falls were the two most remarkable features of North America. During the 1880s Natural Bridge was a resort owned by Colonel Henry Parsons.

Today, in order to view the bridge from below, a ticket needs to be purchased for 18 U.S. dollars. The top of the bridge can be seen for free from U.S. Highway 11, which runs on top of it. However, fences on either side of the highway block the view of the canyon from the bridge.

Following the trail under the bridge, in addition to seeing it from its less-often-photographed side, the visitor can walk some distance to the end of that trail, beyond which the remnant of the waterfall that helped to form the bridge can be seen.

Natural Bridge is also the name of a town in the vicinity of the bridge, located in Rockbridge County.


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I LOVE the many kind lessons I have learned here… and look forward to Learning much more…

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Wow! That’s quite a sight! Great capture, Cookie.

  • It is truly a WONDER to behold Dot! :)))x

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Cookie :o)

  • Many thanks Miss Dawn!!!! and for the fav!!! :)xxx

    – Debbie Robbins

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous shot of a beautiful location!

  • Thank you so much Gina!!! twas gorgeous!!! xxx

    – Debbie Robbins

  • CanyonWind
  • THRILLED once more my friend CanyonWind!!! :))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • SummerJade
    SummerJadeover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture, Debbie!! I was there last November, took hundreds of photos, but every one I took of the Bridge is VERTICAL!! I can’t believe I never tried a horizontal shot. I love yours!! ♥♥♥

  • Aw, thanks so much Jade!!!!! Thrilled you like… :)))) isn’t it am amazing place!!! Did you walk to the Waterfall… ??? xxx

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 3 years ago

    Wow, it is wonderful cookie. Would you consider posting this in the Volcanoes, Earths Geology & Atmosphere group?

  • Thank you Ann!!!! I shall check that out… :)))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Just fantastic,..loved all the history you wrote about,…Great shot,…would love to visit there too,…Love this tour were on,…I`m surprised they have a road on it,…

  • It is incredible that the traffic drives over that!!! wow… I was amazed John… a truly amazing place… thanks to Mother Nature! :)))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

    Stunning, what a sight to behold!

  • It was indeed Pam.. thanks!!! :))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 3 years ago

    Fabulous work,anna

  • Thank you so much Anna!!! :))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot!!

  • Many thanks again dear Gena!! :)))

    – Debbie Robbins

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