A Walking Tour of Front Royal, Virginia
a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com
by Doug Gelbert
published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords
Copyright 2010 by Cruden Bay Books
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Front Royal developed along three major travel routes that intersected her. Today’s Chester Street was the main route from Chester’s Gap in the Blue Ridge to Thomas Chester’s ferry that crossed the Shenandoah River near present day Riverton, north of Front Royal. The road continued northwest of the ferry crossing, until it reached Winchester, the valley’s main trade center. Today’s South Royal Avenue follows the age-old path along the eastern shore of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River before crossing both branches of the Shenandoah River and linking with the Valley’s foremost travel route, the Great Wagon Road. Today’s East Main Street connected the other two routes with Rappahanncock County and the population and trade centers in central Virginia.