Staunton is just one Valley locality that may be getting a new tourist attraction for something that's been around for hundreds of years. A group called the Wilderness Road Committee has been working since 2005 to share Route 11's history.
They want state funding to turn the 500 mile stretch from Winchester to Bristol and Lee County into an attraction to bring tourists into the area. They want to install 1,000 signs with historical information, but they need every community to sign on before that can happen.
"That's what they're hoping to get, some interpretive signs. Of course, along 500 miles, that's kind of expensive. So that's the reason they need it to be designated a wilderness road, so they can get General Assembly funding," says Sheryl Wagner, Staunton Tourism Director.
Staunton will decide whether it will sign onto the project at Thursday's meeting since Route 11 runs through the city. The project needs approval by 28 communities.