nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
      Subscribe | Special Sections


Local News arrow Alex Bridges arrow Warren County

| 0

Canoe sign greets Warren County visitors

2014-08-18canoe.jpg
George McIntyre, co-owner of Apple House Restaurant and Gift Shop, left, and local architect Fred Andreae pretend to ride in the new canoe-themed welcome sign on Va. 55 in Linden. The sign greets travelers entering Warren County and also serves as a photo opportunity prop. Courtesy photo

(Buy Daily photos)

By Alex Bridges

A new canoe-themed welcome signs greets Warren County visitors as they drive into Linden.

County officials held a ribbon cutting and dedication recently for the sign on Va. 55 (John Marshall Highway).

The sign, made of stone and concrete around a cinderblock base, features a canoe floating over cascading river rapids framed by trees behind it. As County Administrator Douglas Stanley explained in a news release, the sign ties together the Shenandoah River, the commerce it generates and the mountains and trees that surround the community.

Stanley recalled Friday that he and George McIntyre, co-owner of nearby Apple House Restaurant and Gift Shop, began talking about the need for a welcome sign greeting visitors coming into Linden. Stanley credited McIntyre for spurring on the project.

"I thought, 'don't want to do just a sign,'" Stanley said. "What about something that when people go by it, they'll remember?"

Stanley pointed out that the Linden exit off Interstate 66 serves as the primary tourist entrance for the community. It's the first exit motorists see on the highway directing them to Skyline Drive.

Local architect Fred Andreae designed the sign based on a concept Stanley devised that incorporated Warren County's designation as the canoe capital of Virginia. Local artist Michele Sommers painted the concrete to give the appearance of the canoe floating on water. Kym Crump of the Blue Ridge Arts Council recommended Sommers for the painting job.

John Gibson of the Downriver Canoe Company donated the canoe. Materials for the sign cost $6,700. The Parks and Recreation Department's maintenance crew and local jail inmates built the sign.

The Apple House Restaurant and Gift Shop provided the land easement to the county for the sign. McIntyre said Friday he's already seen the sign draw visitors.

"That greeting, frankly, has worked out just like I hoped it would," McIntyre said. "People are constantly in here, stopping, taking pictures of it, asking what's ahead."

Images of the popular, unusual welcome sign can now be distributed across social media, McIntyre said. Stanley recalled that McIntyre suggested that visitors who stop in the area could climb into the canoe to have their picture taken and post the image on social media sites, thus turning the sign into an interactive attraction.

"We're hoping it will stimulate business and, frankly, show them the nice community we have," McIntyre said.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com


Keep up to date on local news

Sign up here to receive Northern Virginia Daily news delivered to your email box each morning and when breaking news occurs.

Comments

Comments that are posted represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com. View our comments/submisssions policy. Report abuse by clicking the X next to the comment.














Local News Sections

Affordable Care Act Agency on Aging Agriculture Alex Bridges Apple Blossom Festival Automotive Aviation Basye Berryville Boyce Brad Fauber Breaking News Business Charities Cigarette Trafficking Civil War Clarke County Colleges Corrections & Clarifications Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Education Edward N. Bell Election 2012 Election 2013 Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fishers Hill Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal George Washington National Forest Guest Column Hard Times Health History Holidays Homes In The Spotlight Jeff Nations Joe Beck Josette Keelor Katie Demeria Kim Walter Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mount Jackson New Market Page County Pet of the Week Pets & Animals Politics Progress 2013 Progress 2014 Quicksburg Recreation Religion Rockingham County RSW Jail Ryan Cornell School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery State Stephens City Steven A. Boyce Strasburg Tommy Keeler Jr. Toms Brook Tourism Traffic & Transportation Utilities Valley 911 Warren County Weather West Virginia Winchester Woodstock Year in Review


News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Classifieds
Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Comments/Submissions Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

nvdaily.com
2014 Virginia Press Association Grand Sweepstakes Winner
The Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!


nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com