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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.

From the days when the elegant and historic Orkney Springs Hotel (currently the Shrine Mont Conference Center) was host to hundreds of guests from throughout the country coming to take advantage of the healthful “cold water springs,” this little town has been a place to get away. And since the 1920s, it has also been home to a respite of a different sort—Shrine Mont, a conference center of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.