No More Swimming

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

After welcoming swimmers and sunbathers for more than 80 years, a Valley tradition is shutting its doors.

Shenandoah Acres Resort would normally be preparing to open up for the summer.

But the owners of the inland beach sold it this year, saying the liability of running the place became too expensive.

The new owners agree and say opening up is just not profitable.

But they say they are sad to make so many families find new ways to spend the Memorial Day weekend.

"When you think of Stuarts Draft, you think Shenandoah Acres," said Petie Eavers, one of the owners. "It is Shenandoah Acres. It's part of it. And we would like to go on but what will happen we really don't know. But we would hope something like a Christian retreat would come along."

You can still step on the beaches for at least one more time next month.

The Eavers are planning on hosting a fundraiser there for Vector Industries on June 11.

But there is still a place where you or your little ones can take a dip.

The brand-new Stuarts Draft public pool will open up this coming Saturday.

The Augusta County Department of Parks and Recreation is making sure it's all set and is excited to finally have people in the pool.

They say they are sad to say good-bye to Shenandoah Acres but are confident they can handle the crowds.

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