Evergreen Magazine 
Articles written in 1921 by students of Cootes Store Schoolhouse, Rockingham County, Virginia

Cootes Store
The Landscape
The Way It Was
The School
Hunting & Fishing
First Graders
The Students
Cootes Home
Cootes & Co.
Family Bible 1
Family Bible 2
Flood of 1936
Cootes Store 1999
Chimney Rock 1999
Gap Rock 1999
Samuel Cootes
Cootes Deeds (1821 to 1881)
1885 Map



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Shenandoah River, Cootes Store

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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 Virginia.