whitney h

Clarksburg, WV

#21 Jan 31, 2007
Every year my family went to SA for a vacation.We went camping there with a bunch of family friends and they brought their kids with them,My mother and I went up there on August 2006 and we were suprised that all we saw was the place that looked like a ghost town and it looked as if it was abandoned.We drve like 3-4 hours just to go to our favorite place and when we seen the lake being almost all dried up really upset us.The pink Zipper was one of their newest attractions and now it is going to waste.I just wish they could reconsider because that place had to of made alot of money. Thank You!
charlie

Stafford, VA

#22 Feb 4, 2007
the main thing is that it will make more money as a private resort . no one cares about the community anymore . the all mighty dollar is what matters to people like them
Sheri Morris

AOL

#23 Feb 6, 2007
My most favorite camping place as a child was Shenandoah Acres. I have many happy memories of my family there. Fortunately, I was able to take my children there as well. It's so very sad that it's gone now. I sure would like to share it with my grandchildren as well. Please consider re-opening it.
Lonnie

Charlottesville, VA

#24 Feb 16, 2007
I won't morn the loss of this place. Few people are around that know that it actually used to be a rare natural treasure, before it was dug out and covered with sand to be an amusement park.

Once upon a time, it was a cranberry bog with hundreds of rare native orchids. It was said it was a sea of pink when they were in bloom. I find it the greatest of ironies that people say that this is where they and their families came to appreciate nature, when instead this place represented the destruction of one of the greatest natural sites in Augusta County.

I can't help but ponder how our nation got to the point where our nation's parks have become parking lots for RVs, and how those who sincerely believe they are seeking to appreciate nature are becoming complicit in destroying it instead. Maybe someone could contact this developer who has bought the place and encourage him to set aside a corner of the lake to restore part of the old cranberry bog? Of course, something like that that took thousands of years to build is probably lost forever. To me that really puts the loss of a few plastic dinosaurs into perspective.
LMH

Manassas, VA

#25 Feb 19, 2007
i was just a baby on my first family vacation to shenandoah acres. i had a rash on my bottom and was not able to get in the water.

but i made up that every year after.

driving along, i knew when we got to the corn fields, we were almost there!!

i remember the big water wheel and playing in water that flowed into the lake (before they enclosed it and took out the water wheel).

i loved the merry-go-round type things and i'll never forget the first time going down the "big" slide.

i remember the sand on the beach house floor when me, my grandma, and brother would walk down to get ice cream at night...looking for frogs and skunks along the way!

i remember the big water tower over by that big hill we'd ride our bikes down..i remember laughin at those 2 ladies carrying coffee tryin' to cross the creek (don't know why..but it's just a happy memory!)

i was kinda upset when they put in the newer slides and such and took out all the old skool things i rememer....but to take it all away...

what are you alls memories? What is the area looking like today?
angie

AOL

#26 Mar 14, 2007
I am so disheartened that SA has closed. With four children it is often difficult to go on a big vacation. SA was always our favorite. It was a place we could feel safe, and the staff was always pleasant. I keephoping I'll get online and find that through a miracle, it has reopened. Does anyone know of a similar place located in VA? I have yet to locate one that has similar facilities.
Yvette Hayes

New York, NY

#27 Mar 19, 2007
I remember going as a child and was looking it up to see about bringing my own children there. I had a great time there in the mid-seventies and loved the cable ride (and we are still laughing about my mom climbing to the top, only to chicken out and walk back down). What a shame!
Michelle

AOL

#28 Mar 20, 2007
I agree that it stinks that SA is gone. A large group of my extended family loved going to SA together in the summer. Does anyone know of anything similar to SA in the area?
kathryn

Scottsville, VA

#29 Apr 23, 2007
I used to spend my birthdays at SA with friends and family and now my oldest is turning 4 next month. I was searching for info to have his party at SA and am so sad to hear it has closed! I have such great memories of my parties there!
Andrew

Suffolk, VA

#30 May 17, 2007
I wholeheartedly agree with you sir. Yes Those orchids are rare ! People can camp anywhere or go to a dipping hole for a swim. The Eavers should start growing some pink Pogonias if they scour & find any left at site.
Lonnie wrote:
I won't morn the loss of this place. Few people are around that know that it actually used to be a rare natural treasure, before it was dug out and covered with sand to be an amusement park.
Once upon a time, it was a cranberry bog with hundreds of rare native orchids. It was said it was a sea of pink when they were in bloom. I find it the greatest of ironies that people say that this is where they and their families came to appreciate nature, when instead this place represented the destruction of one of the greatest natural sites in Augusta County.
I can't help but ponder how our nation got to the point where our nation's parks have become parking lots for RVs, and how those who sincerely believe they are seeking to appreciate nature are becoming complicit in destroying it instead. Maybe someone could contact this developer who has bought the place and encourage him to set aside a corner of the lake to restore part of the old cranberry bog? Of course, something like that that took thousands of years to build is probably lost forever. To me that really puts the loss of a few plastic dinosaurs into perspective.
Andrea

Glen Allen, VA

#31 May 22, 2007
This is really disheartening to me. I am recently a new mother and was planning a family trip there and to find out it has closed... Those people have some nerve to do that to such a nice place in Virginia!
Billy

Fredericksburg, VA

#32 May 28, 2007
Memorial Day Weekend Planning Shot. My wife and I are newlyweds and I have heard stories of Shenandoah Acres with its rip-tide cord drop into a beautifully carved lake in the Shenandoah. My wife has said over and over that she wished to take me for a visit. She and I spent a few minutes searching for its website only to find that it is GONE. It is a shame that yet again a good Virginia jewel is lost to Condo, Stripmall building developers.
diane busch bowers

AOL

#33 May 31, 2007
I to am saddened at the news sa is no longer opened.I came there with my father back in 1955,1956.we loved it so.I was planning a visit with my husbond and grandchildren this summer.soooo sad. it was a wonderful place.I guess this is what you call PROGRESS but we can't call it good.
Angie S

United States

#34 Jun 2, 2007
My Grandparents were among the first guests at SA and our family became good friends with everyone there over the years. We had all of our family reunions there. My first trip as a baby was to SA.
Every great memory I have of our family is us at SA. Cabin H...playing in the creek...my cousin taking his first steps over the frozen lake at Christmas time, feeling like it was all ours at Christmas with no one else there. It was the perfect meeting spot for my family, halfway between us. Playing on the playground, building sand sculptures, checking out everyone else's and trying to one up them. The arcade...I still have some tickets left. Campfires, s'mores, softball games in the field, the cable ride, the "big" slide, the merry-go-rounds.
I remember dreaming of the day I would take my own kids there. Too bad that day never came. Pictures and memories are all that is left now.
DFT123

Alexandria, VA

#35 Jun 26, 2007
UNBELIEVABLE....why cant something saty as it once was??? SAD..is the only thing that comes to mind now when i think of SA. I have so many memories of that place. So many happy and exciting ones.I have a 4 year old son that wont ever know how fun the simple life can be . i can only hope some rational man or woman will embark on a crusade to bring all our happiness back.PLEASE some one bring back that "HAPPY TIME".For the childrens sake!!Isnt that what it iall about... the children.
Debbie Bush

Charlottesville, VA

#36 Jun 29, 2007
Kim

AOL

#37 Jul 1, 2007
I can't believe that SA is closed. I spent many summers there and was hoping to take my grand children so they could have the same wonderful memories of SA that I do. It is totally a shame that they have closed. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE reconsider.
Bob B

New York, NY

#38 Jul 7, 2007
OUR FAMILY IS DEVASTATED TO HEAR OF THE CLOSING OF THIS REMARKABLE, ONE OF A KIND RESORT!!! Our 4 kids grew up measuring things in terms of "2nd level or third level" which was the wonderful CABLE RIDE which even Disney couldn't equal! The last time we were ther all 4kids in their 40's JUMPED FROM THE THIRD LEVEL and my wifem Grace and I, in our 70's RODE THE CABLE!!
Please, someone out there......let us know if there is any hope of ropening or what the plans are. Email us at:
Sirbob2828@aol.co
connie TN

Knoxville, TN

#39 Jul 9, 2007
I loved going to SA as a child I took my child when she was a baby so she does not remember it we moved to TN so we stoped going but I was at Natural Bridge this past week-end and it got me to thinking about it again,I remember my entire family Parents aunt uncles and cousins would all go camping together there,we had so much fun I really do miss it,it would be wonderful to have the money to buy it and reopen it.If someone out there has and thoughts of wanting an investment a place to make money and give back alot of fun to millions of people here you go.
ray

United States

#40 Jul 10, 2007
okay how many of you remember the mushroom - when it spun it sounded like thunder; and the shuffle board at the lake house...not to mention the big metal maypole rides (x2!). of course the cable and multiple slides. and the games of 500 lasted until our parents called us in.. and the blue bug zappers.... what a shame

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