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Prince Edward County is located in "Virginia's Heartland", at the crossroads of US 460 and US 15, two of Virginia's primary east-west and north-south transportation corridors, which provides direct access to four interstate highway systems: I-95, I-85, I-81 and I-64.

The county is the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement due to the dubious honor of being the only place in the country where children of color felt the need to strike in 1951 to protest the very unequal education offered here. That history can be found at the Moton Musuem in Farmville, Virginia.

The Moton Museum is one of the cornerstones of the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail - the only trail of its kind in the nation. The Moton Museum is named for Robert Russa Moton, one of the most influential figures in African American history. His importance is felt by the Tuskegee Airmen who might not have become American heroes without Mr. Moton, who as Chancellor of Tuskegee Institute after the end of World War I, procured the first aircraft for the school.

The county is also home to many of the spots for Civil War buffs. Prince Edward County has many Civil War/Lee's Retreat and Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail signs posted and maintained so that civil war and civil rights buffs can easily find their way to prominent historical sites. One of the very last battles to be fought in the Civil war was over High Bridge which joins Cumberland County to Prince Edward County. High Bridge played a key role during the last few days of the Civil War.

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SKYLINE DRIVE...
The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.

As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.

The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.



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