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Strasburg, VA Contractors

Located in Virginia's Shenandoah County, Strasburg is roughly 50 miles from Washington, D.C.. With a population of about 6,500, it's the largest city in the county. Strasburg is at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley, bordered by the Shenandoah River, and nestled in the foothills of the Massanutten and Blue Ridge Mountains. It's close to the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in nearby Middletown, VA, and is known as a great place to shop for spectacular antiques. Strasburg has been called the "Antique Capital of Virginia" and cited as one of the 50 Best Small Southern Towns. Hupp House, the Strasburg Historic District and the Strasburg Museum are all on the National Register Of Historic Places.

History

Strasburg was the earliest settlement in the Shenandoah Valley. The first residents, German immigrants from Pennsylvania, arrived in the early 1700s. As farmers, they appreciated the lush, green landscape. The town of Strasburg was founded by Peter Stover. He was born in Germany in 1715 and in 1718, his family moved to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Stover migrated to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley in 1739, and in 1749 he bought a large parcel of land from his future father-in-law, Jacob Funk. Mr. Funk had acquired the land from speculator Henry Willis in 1735. Peter Stover divided his newly-acquired land into plots and sold them to new settlers, thereby establishing the village that was to become Strasburg in 1761.

Demographics

With a population of roughly 6,500, Strasburg has about 1,800 households. Almost 50 percent of households are married couples, roughly 40 percent are non-families or individuals, and about 30 percent of households include kids under 18. The median resident age is about 37 years old, and median household income is about $35,000 per year.

Antiques And Collectibles

The entire Shenandoah Valley is known for fabulous antiques, and Strasburg is at the center of it all. Historic Downtown Strasburg is peppered with antique shops and galleries featuring the work of local artists. The antique district is anchored by the huge Strasburg Emporium, which was established in 1979 and covers roughly 1.5 acres. Inside the Emporium, there are more than 100 arts and antiques dealers offering everything from authentic Victorian furniture to first edition books. To one side of the Emporium is the Strasburg Flea Market, a large indoor antique mall where more than 40 dealers display a wide variety of collectables. The flea market is known for an extensive LP collection, but visitors will also find plenty of CDs, DVDs, videos, games, stamps, coins, comics and books.

Things To Do

Visitors and residents alike enjoy the Mayfest Celebration, held every third weekend in May. In the fall, Oktoberfest is celebrated on the first Saturday of October. Mayfest offers arts and crafts, a parade and carnival rides, while Oktoberfest features traditional German food, street dancing and live music. For hiking enthusiasts, there is the 10.2 mile Signal Knob Loop Trail that's rated as moderately challenging.

Climate

This city has warm summers with an average daytime high of 85. Many homeowners have discovered that ductless air conditioning is an efficient way to keep cool indoors when temperatures rise. A high-efficiency Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Mini Split System can reduce monthly power bills significantly, and with ductless HVAC in Strasburg, you can cool only the rooms you use. Installation is quick, maintenance is easy, and when you upgrade to ductless AC in 2013, you can earn up to $300 in 25C federal tax credits. To learn more about Strasburg ductless air conditioning, find a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor at http://virginiaacdealers.com