One of the best things about Massanutten Military Academy is its picturesque location. Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains in Woodstock, Virginia, Massanutten is situated directly in a small and safe community with a long and rich history.
Students at MMA hail from all over the country and even the world. Some students join us from large metropolitan cities and others from quaint towns. The town of Woodstock, Virginia is the perfect setting for our students as it is a small, close-knit place with a population size of about 5,000 people. As the fourth oldest town in Virginia, Woodstock has a deep history of being friendly and community oriented. The town welcomes our campus and student body with open arms and makes everyone feel as if they are right at home.
Students and families alike often remark on the at-home feeling the atmosphere of Woodstock provides. As you walk through town, sounds of church bells ringing, beautiful scenery line the street framing historic buildings. It seems like something out of a movie setting: one will stroll past a community movie theater, an old time pharmacy with handspun milkshakes, and other landmarks that take you back to what small towns used to be. Cadets are given town passes and can explore everything Woodstock has to offer in their free time. This opportunity allows students to understand small town living and the simple pleasures of life that most modern, fast paced communities do not offer. Woodstock truly provides a landscape for students to experience life, as it should be.
Things to Do in Woodstock, Virginia
Whether you want to relax and escape the big city while visiting your cadet or are one who likes to stay busy and immerse yourself in the culture of a new place, Woodstock has something for everyone! Stroll through the town that dates back to the Revolutionary War during a self-guided tour. You will see historic homes, churches, and buildings –including the original Shenandoah Country Court House, which was actually designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1795.
Another perk of Woodstock is that it is positioned directly in the Shenandoah Valley. This makes the perfect family weekend with fun for all ages and experience rural charm, natural beauty, and of course, relaxation. Popular valley activities include:
- Walking trails & scenic byways
- Canoeing, swimming, fishing
- Skiing, snowboarding , ice skating
- Farms and Farmer’s Markets
- Shenandoah Valley battlefields and Virginia’s Civil War Trail
- George Washington National Forest
- Shenandoah National Park
- Plus, tons of town concerts, festivals, and parades.
We are so fortunate that our gorgeous campus is apart of such a historic and charming community. Our streets cater to a leisurely stroll in which you and your family can pop into shops of all kinds: antiques, wine, gourmet food, clothing and accessories, garden centers, and of course, a farmer’s market – with fresh products from local sources. While visiting, enjoy your dining experience at award-winning cafes and restaurants.
Woodstock is not just a weekend destination. With an excellent hospital, distinguished library, fitness centers, grocery stores, restaurants, and more, our town has everything you need – of course operated by friendly Woodstock residents.
Finally, business is booming in Woodstock! Local businesses are thriving and there are all types of companies represented in our little community. From hospitality to retail to agriculture to finance, there is a little bit of everything here. Check out the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce to get a feel for what kinds of businesses you will encounter and work with in Woodstock.