Front Royal, VA

Front Royal is a town in Warren County, Virginia, United States. The population was 13,798 as of 2006. It is the county seat of Warren County.

Originally called LeHewtown (after Peter LeHew, a French Huguenot who purchased 200 acres (0.81 km²) here in 1754), the Town was later purchased by a group of real estate speculators who arranged to have it incorporated as Front Royal in 1788. Front Royal was also known as "Helltown" in the 18th century, due to the supposed readiness of its residents to fight at the slightest provocation. This was possibly due to the abundance of rough and wild mountaineers and river travelers in the area who came into town looking for alcohol and women.

Originally called LeHewtown (after Peter LeHew, a French Huguenot who purchased 200 acres (0.81 km²) here in 1754), the Town was later purchased by a group of real estate speculators who arranged to have it incorporated as Front Royal in 1788. Front Royal was also known as "Helltown" in the 18th century, due to the supposed readiness of its residents to fight at the slightest provocation. This was possibly due to the abundance of rough and wild mountaineers and river travelers in the area who came into town looking for alcohol and women.

Rail service was established in 1854 with the construction of the Alexandria, Orange and Manassas Gap Railroad between Manassas and Riverton. This line was soon extended to Strasburg in time to become a factor in the Battle of Front Royal on May 23, 1862 and throughout the Civil War. Lumber, agriculture, manufacturing and grain mills provided employment in the region for decades after the Civil War. Front Royal is situated near the junction of the North Fork and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

The origin of the name "Front Royal" remains uncertain. The first of two current versions of the origin holds that, in early decades of European settlement, the area was referred to in French as "le front royal," meaning the British frontier. French settlers, trappers, and explorers in the Ohio Territory of the mid-1700s were referring to the land grant made by King Charles II, then in control of Thomas, Lord Fairfax, Baron of Cameron. In English, "le front royal" is translated to the "Royal Frontier."

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Front Royal is the home of Randolph-Macon Academy (founded 1892) which features an Air Force JROTC program. Front Royal is also the home of Christendom College and the Smithsonian's Conservation and Research Center.

Commercially, it is the home to a Virginia Inland Port situated on U.S. Route 522.

Like many outer suburbs, Front Royal is facing the challenge of providing jobs to its community and preventing a slide into being a bedroom community. It also faces tensions between long-time residents, recent (10-20 years ago) arrivals and newly-arrived residents. This struggle was reflected in Centex's huge 1,862-home "The Villages at Twin Rivers" proposal, which sought to transform 579 agriculturally-zoned acres just outside the town into a residential district. The proposal was large enough that Centex is offering to build a new interchange on Interstate 66 and help fund a new elementary school. However in late 2006, Centex scaled back its plans and is no longer offering to build an elementary school. Front Royal is also home to the Avtex Fibers Superfund Site. Once Virginia's largest Superfund site, this former rayon manufacturing facility is being recovered to provide a 175-acre (0.71 km²) eco-friendly office park, 30 acres of soccer fields, and 240 acres (0.97 km²) of conservancy park along the Shenandoah River.

Front Royal is also home to the Canine Enforcement Training Center (CETC) which trains dogs in various detection abilities for numerous Federal Agencies. The Confederate Museum on Chester Street has many interesting artifacts from the 1860s. Front Royal has been designated the canoe capital of Virginia.

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