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Lexington and Natural Bridge in the Shenandoah Valley 1957

“Lexington and Natural Bridge in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia” – Time capsule from 1957. Jefferson’s Natural Bridge is not only “sublime,” the Bridge is the ‘narrator’ in this Lexington Chamber of Commerce promo feature! “For it is I the bridge…” The Natural Bridge tells you about Rockbridge County, Virginia, “All these natural beauties my county offers you today as it has since time immemorial.”

No doubt, some ‘interesting’ words issue forth from Virginia’s Natural Bridge, the 1950s ethos is the ‘rock’ of this text.

As a fan of Thomas Jefferson and the Bridge he purchased from his favorite guy, King George III on July 5, 1774, I thought this video a fascinating glimpse of a bygone era. The content, the sound, images and description of Rockbridge County are reflections of the time period of the 1950’s, it seemed interesting to pull out of the archives this historical artifact and present it for historical purposes.

Perhaps the image of Natural Bridge seems unchanged, but what is says would be different today. Every generation may have their own words to put into the rolling tones of a Natural Bridge narration. In his book, Notes on the State of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson called his bridge “sublime.” What would Thomas Jefferson have wanted his Bridge to say?

C. 1957 Lexingon CoC, Natural Bridge Corporation of Virginia.