Front Royal,city (1990 pop. 11,880), seat of Warren co., N Va., at the junction of South and North forks of Shenandoah River, inc. 1788. Furniture, lumber and building materials, automotive paints, and modular homes are among the local manufactures; limestone is quarried in the area. Tourism is also important; Front Royal is at the north end of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National ParkShenandoah National Park,
198,081 acres (80,195 hectares), N Va., extending 80 mi (129 km) along the crest of the Blue Ridge. Authorized in 1926, it was fully established as a national park in 1935. Skyline Drive, a north-south highway, winds for 105 mi (169 km) through the park.
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(Thomas Jonathan Jackson), 1824–63, Confederate general, b. Clarksburg, Va. (now W.Va.), grad. West Point, 1846. Like a Stone Wall
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