Among the most prominent of residences in the valley is the home of Calendine, which was built in 1840 for the original owner, Townsend Young. The building was later sold to the family of William Randolph Barbee, who was a classic sculptor from the region, made famous for his life-sized statures. The Page County Heritage Association obtained the property in 1988, and the home has been renovated, and many of the rooms restored to look much as it would have during the era when the Barbee family called it home. It today also serves as the Page County Heritage Museum, with several collections of area artifacts including furniture, dolls, clothing, photos and books. The museum is open throughout the year and is open daily.

Herbert Barbee, son of William Randolph Barbee, was also a sculptor and he created the Page Country Confederate Monument, which was unveiled in July of 1898 and today can be seen on Luray’s East Main Street.

The surrounding area is well known for its Civil War trails, and numerous armies marched through this region during the bloody series of engagements from 1861 until 1865. Famous Confederate General Stonewall Jackson’s forces burned the White House Bridge outside of town on Route 211 in 1862 to delay attacks by Union forces. Nearby was the scene of some short but intense fighting.