The plan for the day did not include a visit to Browntown. I turned down a road to look at some buildings along the railroad tracks at Bentonville and by the time I found a place to turn around it seemed easier just to keep going. And then I came upon the small village of Browntown.
Although the history of settlement in the area goes back to the 18th century, the town got its start in 1870 and was once a thriving commercial center. It is a wonderful little town that has survived into the 21st century, but seems much closer to the 19th century.
Join me this week as we take a look around Browntown.
(Note: Browntown is located in the Shenandoah Valley close to Front Royal. There is another Browntown in Albemarle County, Virginia, not too far to the south.)