Front Royal, city (1990 pop. 11,880), seat of Warren co., N Va., at the junction of South and North forks of Shenandoah River, inc. 1788. Furniture, lumber and building materials, automotive paints, and modular homes are among the local manufactures; limestone is quarried in the area. Tourism is also important; Front Royal is at the north end of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park and near Skyline Caverns and part of the George Washington National Forest. Christendom College and the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center are also nearby. Front Royal was the site of a Confederate victory in 1862 (see Jackson, Stonewall ).
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: U.S. Political Geography