Shrine Mont is a place where people are more important than things, where prayer and reflection, rest and recreation are more important than appointments and tasks. It’s a place where people give thanks to God for his creation -- from the beauty of the streams, flowers and wildlife which are at home here, to the people who come to this place to celebrate being part of the family of God.
THE VILLAGE AT ORKNEY SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Nestled among the trees at the foot of Great North Mountain in the Shenandoah Valley is the beautiful, serene community of Orkney Springs. From the days when the elegant and historic Orkney Springs hotel (currently the Shrine Mont hotel) was host to hundreds of guests from throughout the country coming to take advantage of the healthful “cold water springs,” this little town has been a place to get away. And since the 1920s, it has also been home to a respite of a different sort – Shrine Mont, a conference center of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.
THE CATHEDRAL SHRINE OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
The Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, an open-air cathedral of the Diocese of Virginia, was consecrated in 1925. Each of its stones was pulled by horse or rolled by friends from the mountain that embraces it. The baptismal font was originally a dugout stone used by Indians to grind corn. The Shrine is the site of regular weekly worship and is available for groups and conferences for their worship.
Comfortable mountain cottages are within very short walking distances of all camp activities. Rooms are furnished with 1-3 single beds; most have private baths.
Home style cooking in the Southern tradition, served in abundance, is a hallmark of Shrine Mont’s gracious hospitality. A bell rings to announce meals served buffet style in one dining room, family style in another.
ON-SITE RECREATION ACTIVITIES
Shrine Mont offers on-site:
- Two large outdoor pavilions
- Tennis court
- Volleyball court
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Two large recreation fields suitable for softball, soccer and other sports and games
- Campfire rings
- Horseshoes and croquet
- Scenic hiking trails
- A bookstore
- 18 hole golf course – Bryce Resort
- Riding stables
- Fishing (with license)
- Civil War Battlefield