THE LAND AROUND OUR
Benjamin Turner 15
It is said that we are living in the garden spot of Virginia.
It is true that we do live in a very beautiful valley surrounded by
mountains on almost every side. Some of them may be classed as only hills.
The mountains near us afford much beautiful scenery. They are
visited by tourists every year and have been declared as beautiful as some of the
mountains of Switzerland. Where the North Fork of the Shenandoah River breaks through the
mountains the scenery is beyond description.
Gap Rock, about a mile from our school is a place of interest for
those living near and for travelers.
The farming land around our school is rolling but fertile. The soil
is principally limestone and clay. Most all grains are raised here, wheat being the
principal crop. More grain is raised than is needed for home purposes. The remainder is
sold to other parts of the world.
Through this valley flows the North Fork of the Shenandoah River
which affords water supply for a great many mills.
It moistens the bottom ground and in this way good crops can be
grown in time of drought.
With all this beauty and abundance of every good thing needed for
life, I do not see how anyone could not be happy or not want to live in the valley of