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Middletown was established in 1797 by Peter Senseney as a tollhouse and tavern location along the Great Wagon Road. The town became notable primarily for the climactic Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864. Middletown is home to several important institutions, including the Wayside Inn, the oldest continuously operating inn in America, and the great Wayside Theater, which operated for 52 seasons and hosted prominent actresses like Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates. Through vintage photographs ranging from the establishment of Virginia's first agricultural high school to the inception of Lord Fairfax Community College, which developed from humble beginnings into one of the fastest-growing colleges in the state, Middletown is a visual celebration of a community that has blossomed into a picturesque town.
ISBN: 9781467122429
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 185
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Charles Harbaugh IV is the mayor of Middletown and a Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation board member. He has a master's degree in business administration from Shenandoah University. Jeff Pennington has had a lifelong interest in local history and the Civil War. He has a bachelor of arts in history from James Madison University and has penned articles for local publications. Both authors have been participating in Civil War and other historical reenactments for many years.
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