FREDERICK COUNTY VIRGINIA

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Not many places in the United States hold the distinction of tying together the lives of one of its most important founding fathers and America’s favorite country music sweetheart, however Frederick County can be counted among them. At two very different points in time, Frederick County was home to Colonel George Washington and many years later to Patsy Cline. It is through these unique facets of history that Frederick County has made its name over the years.

Located in the northern tip of Virginia, Frederick County is the pride of the Shenandoah Valley, one of the most beautiful regions in the United States. Characterized by its rolling river valley and bounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, Frederick County captures home owners’ delight with its spectacular countryside and vibrant downtown areas such as the one in its county seat, the city of Winchester.

Living in Frederick County

Frederick County is made up of a number of small, but dynamic communities. A large portion of the 81,319 residents that call Frederick County home, according to the U.S. Census, reside in Winchester, which has a local population of 26,203 residents. The city is host to a number of attractions and events that draw revelers from surrounding counties and states all year long.

One of the most popular events is the annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which has been held every year since 1924. Over the years, the festival has evolved from a one-day event to its current form as a six-day spectacle with a carnival, several races and walks, dances, concerts, parades and the crownings of Miss Apple Blossom and Queen Shenandoah. The event has been known to attract celebrities and in the past has featured appearances from the likes of Lucille Ball, Katie Couric, Mario Lopez and Dorothy Hamill.

Other popular events to occur throughout the year celebrate the region’s important role in historic founding events such as the Colonial Era, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

Country music enthusiasts often make the pilgrimage to Winchester to visit the home of one of the genre’s most famous voices, Patsy Cline. The Patsy Cline Historic House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most popular attractions in the area.

Living in Frederick County is like living in an integral piece of history. In the early years of the founding and establishment of the United States, the county played an integral role as a military base and the setting for many historic battles. Today, Frederick County home owners have a constant appreciation for these events with sites such as the Cedar Creek Battle Field and the Old Court House Civil War Museum just outside their backdoors.

Modern Amenities in Frederick County

In spite of its strong historical aspect, Frederick County has managed to evolve into a modern community with ample opportunities for its home owners. Many of those employed within the county work in manufacturing and government jobs. Some major employers in the area include the Navy Federal Credit Union, U.S. Department of Homeland Defense and Kraft Foods according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

It’s not all work and no play however. Frederick County has a wide range of modern amenities, including a diverse batch of shops and entertainment venues to frequent in downtown Winchester, Middleton and Stephens City.


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