Hidden away in the Shenandoah Valley, "Valleyville" is considered by many to be Central Virginia's own twist on the legendary "Area 51." Like its famous counterpart, Valleyville is an off-limits region whose only access roads are gated and guarded, whose perimeter is electronically sealed and monitored, and whose existence itself is denied by the government. Unlike Area 51, however, Valleyville serves an entirely different purpose. There are no runways at Valleyville and no top-secret aircraft being tested in the middle of the night, and there are most certainly no pieces of UFO wreckage or frozen alien corpses secreted away there. Instead, Valleyville is by all outward appearances a town...a seemingly self-contained town which for all intents and purposes is sealed off from the rest of the world.
Tucked away in a nook-and-cranny of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley, there is no vantage point in Valleyville from which another town or even a road can be seen. Likewise, it is nearly impossible for the outside world to peer into Valleyville, and airspace within three miles of the town's center is restricted.
Shown here is a rare photo of the town, a very fuzzy image taken several years ago with an extreme telephoto lens by a daring soul who ignored sternly-worded warning signs and who braved barbed wire to reach a distant vantage point. What is the purpose of Valleyville? There is much speculation, but the running consensus is that Valleyville is in all probability some form of international (or possibly internal) political "detainment center."
A Charlottesville newspaper in 1994 hired former Navy Seal Peter McGowan to infiltrate Valleyville and uncover its secrets, but after acknowledging initial entry, radio contact was broken and McGowan was never heard from again. Efforts are ongoing to bring down the shroud of secrecy surrounding the town, but for the time being, Valleyville remains the "Town That Doesn't Exist."
Originally posted by Mcphisto
...could you perhaps get the co-ordinates for a looksie on Google Earth?
Allegedly secreted away in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley
Originally posted by marcopolo
anyone seen prison break?? you know where the guy is meant to be dead but instead he is secretly tucked away out of sight. couldnt this be some same kindof idea, who might live there...?...Hitler??...?...
Lynchburg West End Sinkhole
On the morning of March 13, 1953, dozens of residents of Lynchburg's "West End" were jolted out of their beds and arose to discover the earth literally collapsing under them. An underground explosion of unknown origin had triggered a "sinkhole," and over the course of only a few minutes, the sinkhole swallowed over fifteen homes in this once-fashionable suburb of the town. To the left is an aerial view taken within a few hours of the development of the sinkhole. The smoke visible in the photo is from homes still smoldering from fires triggered by the disaster. Remarkably, only two people lost their lives in this bizarre tragedy. The map to the right shows the area affected by the sinkhole, an area which was sealed off immediately following the extraction of casualties and of the injured. Undisturbed for nearly fifty years, the affected area is now overgrown and generally inaccessible due to the dangers associated with the open pit and the unstable partially-collapsed structures. To the left is the view today down Wingfield Avenue, which was dead-ended by the sinkhole.
UPDATE: The nature of the underground explosion which triggered the West End Sinkhole remains unknown to this day, but a study in 1992 concluded that the explosion occurred approximately 7000 feet below the surface. Speculation on the cause ranges from an occurrence of nature involving a trapped pocket of gas to an accidental explosion in a suspected subterranean government facility.
"Mags" the Headless Cat
Found along the Lynchburg Expressway by city employee Earl Swinton, what at first appeared to be the remains of another misfortuned animal soon became the surprise of Earl's life. Swinton had collected the remains of a cat which had been decapitated in an accident, but a half hour later as he was disposing of his collection for the day, Earl was shocked when he noticed that the cat's headless body was breathing.
The Galax "Gravity Hole"
(the world's only known low-gravity cavern)
Although not actually in central Virginia, the Galax low-gravity cavern bears inclusion here for its uniqueness. In 1996, Virginia spelunkers Tim Doyle and Vaughan James were exploring unmapped areas of a cave near Galax, Virginia when they entered a chamber in which they suddenly felt light on their feet. They quickly discovered to their utter amazement that, in this chamber, they could effortlessly leave the ground merely by "pushing off," and rise high into the chamber before gently falling back to the floor.
Originally posted by neformore
Did any of you READ the site at all?