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Forestville Historic District,
 Shenandoah Co.

Located in southern Shenandoah County along Route 42, the 190-acre Forestville Historic District encompasses a crossroads mill village settled initially by German emigrants.
  The village arose around a gristmill (center photo) that Andrew Zirkle constructed about 1760, one of seven mills built in the area in response to the growing importance of commercial wheat production. Although a handful of Forestville's buildings were erected in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, village lots were not explicitly subdivided until 1838. By 1869, Forestville had a population of 200, two stores, and a number of artisan shops.
   Forestville remains one of the most well-developed and preserved examples of a mill village within the northern Shenandoah Valley. In addition to Zirkle Millnotable in that it was not burned during the Civil Wartoday’s district features many 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century buildings and structures that embody both the vernacular building trends of the early German settlers and the evolving character of Shenandoah Valley architecture. These include a 1918 schoolhouse and an 1873 Italianate-style church (top photos).