Located in Virginia’s northwest corner, Front Royal, flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and Massanutten Range to the west, is the county seat of Warren County. The North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River join here to form the main stem of the Shenandoah River.
Originally called LeHewtown, it was later incorporated as Front Royal on November 15, 1788. Rail service was established in 1854 with the construction of the Alexandria, Orange and Manassas Gap Railroad between Manassas and Riverton. This line was soon extended to Strasburg in time to become a factor in the Battle of Front Royal on May 23, 1862 and throughout the Civil War. Lumber, agriculture, manufacturing and grain mills provided employment in the region for decades after the Civil War.
Front Royal serves as the northern gateway to the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah National Park and lies in close proximity to the George Washington National Forest. It is also a designated Appalachian Trail Community. Nearby Bentonville offers access to the Shenandoah River State Park.