Monday, August 17, 2009

The Village at Afton

Needed Now More than Ever...

Welcome Center
The Tourist Information Center will soon move to other quarters. There is no running water and guests must use portable toilets outside the facility.

Dear Mr. Dulaney,

My family just spent a wonderful week on vacation and I was impressed with the visitor information facilities one finds on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Well maintained facilities with clean rest rooms make a wonderful first impression. Coming back into Augusta County on the way home I was impressed in another way. Rockfish Gap, the entrance to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway... is falling into ruin! Once the Gap boasted a Howard Johnsons and a flagship Holiday Inn. The numbers would seem to be there, but this valuable piece of real estate resembles Bosnia Herzegovina after the war. What a sad first impression for our visitors!

While I an a believer in private property rights, it just seems that this current economic crisis would be an ideal time to begin to build something wonderful on top of the pass. Many talented people could be employed by a project such as The Village at Afton [click to read]. I think there are people who would find such a development an attractive investment.

I have created The Village at Afton Concept [click to read] to fit into the existing infrastructure in the hopes that people of vision will rise to the task and create a World Class Entrance [click to read] to our beautiful part of the world. I implore you to take a look and see if you might agree that this would be a great blessing to your neighbors in this difficult time and yourself as well.

Little Bosnia
Ruined motel units at Rockfish Gap...

...and a vision for tomorrow.

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