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Boy and the Boot

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Orkney Springs, Virginia

The former Orkney Springs Hotel, now named the Virginia House, has been standing since 1873. Old post cards show that it has had a Boy with a Boot statue as its second floor dining hall centerpiece since at least the 1950s. The statue was probably outside before that, then moved indoors to minimize its upkeep -- a familiar pattern with Boy and the Boot statues, whose popularity has been far more durable than their flimsy "pot metal" bodies.

In 1987 the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia bought the old hotel and renovated it into a conference center, changing its name but wisely keeping its Boy and the Boot.

Also see: Boy and the Boot Round-Up

Boy and the Boot

221 Shrine Mont Circle, Orkney Springs, VA
In the dining hall of the Virginia House (an old hotel). I-81 exit 273. Turn west onto Hwy 292/703. Drive a little over a mile. Turn left onto Hwy 614. Drive one mile. Turn right onto Hwy 263. Drive 11 miles. You'll see the large, four-story Virginia House building on the left.
Call ahead to make sure it's open. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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