The Glory of the Blue Ridge Tunnel

Blue Ridge TunnelThe Blue Ridge Tunnel is one of the most historic and beautiful landmarks in the State of Virginia and has continued to impress throughout the generations. Originally completed in 1858, at the time it was the world’s longest tunnel stretching a then massive 4,273 feet and was intended for trains to pass from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Ohio River Valley.

To this day, the Virginia Blue Ridge Tunnel is hailed as an unbelievable feat of engineering and remains a major attraction of the area. In 1976 it was deemed a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers and it sits 700 feet under the crest of the Blue Ridge at Rockfish Gap.

Celebrate the Essence of Virginian History

Come out and join us along with local author and Affiliate Fellow at the Virginia Center for Humanities, Mary E. Lyons, to talk about her new book “The Blue Ridge Tunnel:  A Remarkable Engineering Feat in Antebellum Virginia”.  This wonderful writing follows three Irish families as they persist through the elements and social handicaps to help construct Crozet’s renowned tunnel as well as their own slice of the American dream.

  • Deadline for Sign-Up: August 1.
  • Event Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
  • Event Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Cost: FREE for Members of The Nature Foundation, $5 for Non-Members.
  • Where: The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen (3421 Wintergreen Dr. Roseland, VA, 22967)

I look forward to seeing you all there as we come together to appreciate The Blue Ridge Tunnel and all that it stands for: hard work, perseverance, and the true essence of America.

Until we meet,


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