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About Shrine Mont

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.

Shrine Mont opens in early spring and remains open through the second Sunday in November. We can accommodate retreat groups and conferences ranging in size from 20 to 550. Family reunions and individuals are always welcome. Individual reservations are accepted. We host church retreats, camps for children, meetings and conferences for religious and secular groups, high school bands, and are home each year to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival and a number of weekend programs for all interests.

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 local people from the mountain that embraces it. The Shrine is the site of regular weekly worship and is available for groups and conferences for their worship.

The Virginia House

The Virginia House (formerly known as the Orkney Springs Hotel) is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was purchased by Shrine Mont in 1979. With its white clapboard structure and tall, green-shuttered windows, The Virginia House is four stories high. The 96,000 square-foot structure was built in 1875 and restored in 1987. At that time, the common areas, meeting rooms and dining facilities were renovated.

The Village of 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.