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.
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 baptismal font was originally a dugout stone used by Indians to grind corn. The Shrine is the site of regular weekly worship and is available for groups and conferences for their worship.
The Virginia House
The Shrine Mount Conference Center
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 1873 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.