Skyland Resort was a small
privately-owned community located in Page County, Virginia in the
Blue Ridge Mountains. Skyland was built at
what later became the highest point on the Skyline Drive with a
sweeping view of the Shenandoah Valley at 3,680 feet.
The Skyland Resort, originally
called Stony Man Camp, was built in 1895 by George Freeman Pollock, a
young Washington, DC man whose father owned a great deal of the land
surrounding the resort. Skyland was intended to be a place where the
affluent people from major cities would come to relax and recreate.
Early in its life, it was advertised as a dude ranch. When it opened,
transportation was by horse or wagon. It competed with the nearby
Panorama Resort, which opened in 1924.
Around 1931, it was taken over by the
Shenandoah National Park,
and the Skyline Drive was built past
it. Rather than destroying the improvements to restore the
natural beauty as was the practice in most parts of the Park as it was
established between 1924 and 1936, Skyland's accommodations were
expanded, and are available to visitors today.