[46], The largest employment sector in the county in 2012 was government, accounting for 34.1% of jobs. [34][35] The tornado's classification on the Fujita scale is reported by the National Weather Service in its database to be unknown,[34] though another document records it as an F1. Hours. The center opened in 1996 and became a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2003. This line was proposed as a narrow gauge railroad to be built from Harrisonburg, Virginia to Monterey and then westward into West Virginia, eventually reaching western markets. [15] As the county lies within the Ridge-and-Valley province of the Appalachian Mountains, it features numerous valleys and mountain ridges that are generally oriented in a "northeast to southwest" direction. [117], Additionally, other outdoor sports such as fishing, hiking, hunting, caving, and cycling are enjoyed in the county. [11][54] Continuing on U.S. 250 east provides access to Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 near Staunton. Everything your office needs from a photocopier, printer or scanner to furniture, stationery & consumables. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000", "County Totals Datasets: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012", "DP02. [14] The valleys are from west to east the Alleghany Valley, the Bluegrass Valley, the Monterey Valley, the Bullpasture Valley, and the Cowpasture Valley. The finance and insurance sector accounted for 9.6% of all jobs, and health care and social assistance accounted for 8.2%. By all accounts, documented in many letters home from young troops, a miserable winter in 1861 was spent by Union and Confederate troops holding opposing high elevation positions along the road. These institutions are generally within a two-hour drive from Highland County. [101], The county is a dry county, meaning the "on-premises sale of liquor by the drink" is prohibited. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.60. Sugar House Furniture provides finely-crafted mission furniture to residents throughout the Salt Lake City area, who are looking to add an extra touch of elegance and quality to their home. Highland County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For every 100 females, there were 99.7 males. 2892 S. Highland Drive In the 21st century, it remains Highland County's major east–west roadway, and crossing into West Virginia, becomes a National Scenic Byway. [33], Since 1955, Highland County has experienced twenty instances of severe hail, which is defined by the National Weather Service as hailstones having a diameter of at least 1 inch (2.5 cm). The Jackson River flows out of Bluegrass Valley to the east through Vanderpool Gap approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Hightown. [111] Exhibits feature the history of Highland County and the history of the Battle of McDowell during the American Civil War. 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If the old definition of at least 3⁄4 inch (1.9 cm) diameter hailstones is considered, the county has experienced twenty-two instances of severe hail during the same period. The route travels 14.94 miles (24.04 km) in Highland through the villages of Mill Gap and Meadowdale before reaching U.S. 220 at Vanderpool. [1] Its county seat is Monterey. [30] From 1948 to 1990, the average annual precipitation was 40.96 inches or 1,040.4 millimetres and the average annual snowfall was 34.40 inches or 0.87 metres. Sugar House Furniture provides finely-crafted mission furniture to residents throughout the Salt Lake City area, who are looking to add an extra touch of elegance and quality to their home. Rescue squad services for the county are provided by the Highland County Volunteer Rescue Squad which has locations in Monterey and McDowell. 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[91], Highland County has historically been one of the most consistently reliable strongholds for the Republican Party in national elections, voting for the Republican candidate for U.S. President in every election since 1936. It was not until 1820 that education became publicly supported, having been left to private hands previously. [75][79], The Highland County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement services to the entire county and is located in Monterey. [96] Currently, Highland County is located in Virginia's 6th congressional district[97] which is represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Republican Ben Cline. [11][54] Hightown marks the division between the watersheds of the James and Potomac Rivers, for the headwaters of the Jackson River, a tributary of the James, and the South Branch Potomac River are located near the village. Read customer reviews and common Questions and Answers for Highland Dunes Part #: HIDN2907 on this page. Our unique Arts and Crafts, and Craftsman furniture has established us as the “must visit” destination along the Wasatch front. [4], In the 20th century, the Turnpike was re-designated as U.S. Route 250. [87] There were 1,081 households and 721 families residing in the county. Even after Virginia and the other 12 colonies won their independence from Great Britain after the American Revolutionary War, the area remained sparsely populated. [86] The ancestry of the population was 30.5% German, 16.4% American, 14.5% Scotch-Irish, 11.6% Irish, 11.3% English, and 4.8% French. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. [43] According to 2007 census data, there were 239 farms, 76,764 acres (310.65 km2) of farmland, and 8,581 acres (34.73 km2) of harvested cropland in the county. [86], The median income for a household in the county was $63,636, and the median income for a family was $76,566. A short distance south, the Bluegrass Valley is drained by the Back Creek. [32] Another possible, but unconfirmed, tornado touchdown may have occurred on April 4, 1974 during the 1974 Super Outbreak. [36], Highland County has significant wind resources, attaining an average annual wind power class of 5 in some regions. Highland lays claim to being one of the least populous counties and one of the highest average elevations east of the Mississippi River. The northern section of the valley, in the area of the village of Blue Grass, is considerably wider than the southern section of the valley. The Highland Haven Creekside Inn is a modern Colorado mountain inn that features seventeen distinctive guest rooms, cottages, and luxury suites plus one decadent Treehouse. [4], Highland County was formed in 1847 from Bath County and Pendleton County after a bill was passed by the Virginia General Assembly on March 19 of that year. [102], Highland County is known by the nickname "Virginia's Switzerland" or "Virginia's Little Switzerland",[106][107] in reference to the steep mountains and valleys. [11][12] The county is 153 miles (246 km) northwest of Richmond, Virginia. [49], Highland County does not possess within its borders any section of the Interstate Highway System, though east–west Interstate 64 and north–south Interstate 81 are accessible in adjacent Augusta County near Staunton. The median age was 52.9 years. There were 1,837 housing units at an average density of 4.42 per square mile (1.71/km2). Selected Social Characteristics in the United States: 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates", "County Membership Report: Highland County, Virginia", "2010 U.S. Elite Interiors and Furniture Gallery offers High End Furniture Manufacturers at discounted prices. In the 1840s, the historic Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike was built through the area. Free woodworking videos online from Highland Woodworking's popular Web TV series The Highland Woodworker. As German immigrants began to push over the mountains to the northern area of the present county, those of Scots-Irish descent settled in the southern part. The McDowell Volunteer Fire Department, organized in 1978, serves the areas of McDowell, Doe Hill, and Head Waters. Both the elementary and high schools are housed in one building located southeast of Monterey. [90], The local government of Highland County consists of a three-member Board of Supervisors who are elected at-large to serve four-year terms. Males had a median income of $53,704 versus $41,720 for females. [42] In 2012, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting accounted for 7.8% of the jobs in the county. [50] Historically, no permanent rail lines ever existed within the county's borders, though several were proposed. The railroad, which has been described as being "so poorly conceived that its failure was inevitable", was never built. Mission furniture is comprised of carefully crafted solid wood (Quarter-Sawn Red & White Oak, Cherry, Maple, Walnut, & Elm) that has been engineered to last and also complement a variety of different settings. [48] The county as of 2014[update] is considered to have a "transitional" economy by the ARC, meaning it ranks "between the worst 25 percent and the best 25 percent" of counties and it is in a transitional period between weak and strong economies. [108][109] The mountains of Highland have historically attracted many tourists to the region, including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and other prominent inventors and businessmen who visited the area in 1918. Sugar House Furniture is one of the premier specialty furniture stores in Salt Lake City, UT and Ogden UT, specializing in Mission Furniture. [61][62] The Augusta, Highland, and Alleghany Railroad appears to have never been organized or built, as documents from 1911 and 1922 state that no railroad existed in the county. The remaining 54% of the county's revenue was from state and federal sources. The employees were happy to help and let us wander undisturbed. [81], As of the census[86] of 2010, there were 2,321 people, making it the least populous county in Virginia. The road traverses 23.59 miles (37.96 km) within the county. [86], The religious makeup of Highland County is composed mainly of Protestant Christian denominations. [38] Between 1955 and 2012, there have been twenty-one instances of damaging wind in the county on record with the National Weather Service. [75][79][80] The areas of Monterey and Blue Grass are served by the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department. [52] All primary routes and over 213 miles (343 km) of secondary roads in the county are serviced and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation. These locations include the Jack Mountain tract southwest of McDowell, the Bullpasture Mountain tract south of McDowell in the southeastern corner of the county, and the Little Doe Hill tract west of McDowell. Great customer service, Great quality products for fair prices. [14][37] Class 5 wind power is considered excellent for generating electricity via wind power, with average annual wind speeds between 16.8 miles per hour (27.0 km/h) and 17.9 miles per hour (28.8 km/h). [32] The exact path of the tornado is uncertain, however, no damage or injuries were reported. Sauder offers an impressive variety of affordable style in your home or office with the latest in bedroom, living room and office furniture. The largest denomination in 2010 was the United Methodist Church with 709 members, or 30.5% of the population, followed by the Presbyterians and non-denominational Christians, each with 219 members or 9.4% of the population. [51], U.S. 220 is Highland County's major north–south route, entering Highland County from the north from Pendleton County, West Virginia. In 1957, all high schools in the county were consolidated and all high school students were located at the Monterey High School. Highland County has three primary state highways, which are Virginia State Route 84 and two U.S. [73] By the early 1900s, the county was divided into three school districts: Blue Grass, Monterey, and Stonewall. Beautful work of art in this store to the beauty of the furniture to the picture frames. [28] The lowest temperature on record in Monterey occurred in January 1985 at −26 °F (−32.2 °C) and the highest recorded temperature occurred in July 1952 at 95 °F (35 °C). [110], The Highland County Museum and Heritage Center is located at McDowell and is operated by the Highland Historic Society. Good furniture store, customer service is also good and negotiate able prices. By 1929, the total number of schools decreased to 32 as the school district became more consolidated. Our esteemed Client has a new opportunity for an Office Furniture sales person to join their team on a permanent basis, based in Inverness and serving the Highland region. [114][115] Highland also hosts a seasonal farmers' market,[116] and the Allegheny Mountain School, an organization to help secure community food systems. All our guests enjoy freshly made breakfast boxes delivered to their room every morning and a complimentary happy hour in the evening. [31], Tornadoes in Highland County are very rare, with only one tornado on record in the county with the National Weather Service. [50] Commercial air transportation is available at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in neighboring Augusta County, Virginia. [6] Highland was named for its lofty elevation. [112] According to the National Park Service, the battlefield is the best preserved battlefield of all Shenandoah Valley battlefields. The district has one elementary school, Highland Elementary School, serving grades kindergarten through 5th, and one high school, Highland High School, serving grades 6th though 12th. I will shop there again. The remainder of jobs were distributed among various other sectors. Mission Furniture brings sophistication, elegance and style to your home. The remainder of the population was split among twelve other different countries of mostly European origin, all of which accounted for less than 100 people each. We have relocated across the street from our old store. Settlement of this portion of the Colony of Virginia by Europeans began around 1745. Equipping all sizes of business in the Highlands since 1974. To the north of Monterey, the valley is drained by the Strait Creek and South Branch Potomac River; to the south, the valley is drained by the Jackson River. Of the nine instances which have estimated wind speeds, the average maximum gust speed was 52.8 miles per hour (85.0 km/h). [11][53][58], Highland County has no public airfields; however, there is a private airfield located within the county south of Monterey. We strive to keep our prices fair and affordable while maintaining our commitment to providing superior customer service and heirloom quality products. Forsey's has two store locations in Salt Lake City, UT. It currently showcases, vintage and one of a kind sourced antiques and collectables as well as regional art, and lines such as Hickory Chair, Lee Industries, Highland House, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, as well as bespoke pieces designed by Lisa and handcrafted by our field of talented local craftspeople. [12], The average elevation of Highland County is 2,832 feet (863 m), which is the 16th highest average elevation among counties in the Eastern United States. Among government jobs, local government jobs represented the majority, with 25.7% of jobs in all sectors. [88], There were 1,081 households, out of which 17.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. [75] In 2012, the department had 7 sworn officers and employed 5 civilians. [41] Agricultural purposes use approximately 36% of the county's land. [69][70], The first record of educational services in the area of Highland County is from 1755 with the arrival of a teacher by the name of William Steuart. The road traverses 32.45 miles (52.22 km) within the county. American made. [75][76] Highland County is one of four counties in Virginia and one of only 50 counties in states east of the Mississippi River (excluding Minnesota) that is designated as a frontier county. This type of furniture offers clean edges, flat panels and straight lines that convey a timeless and rustic look for the ultimate in home furnishing distinction. The Bluegrass Valley contains the headwaters of the Jackson River south of U.S. 250 and the South Branch Potomac River to the north. About 7.8% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over. [9][10][11] The county is bordered to the west by Pocahontas County in the state of West Virginia, to the north by Pendleton County, West Virginia, to the east by Augusta County, Virginia, and to the south by Bath County, Virginia. 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