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Goshen is a town in Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States. The population was 406 at the 2000 census.The town is known for hosting Goshen Scout Reservation, one of the largest Boy Scout camps in America.HistoryGoshen was once inhabited by Indian tribes such as the Cherokee and Shawnee. In the 18th century, European settler, Alexander Dunlop and his wife Anna MacFarlane moved to the Calfpasture. A few of the first settlers include Bratton, Lockridge, Graham, Carter, and Davis. The first Goshen council was headed in 1744 by James Patton and John Lewis.Goshen was based on farms, much like today, raising mainly corn. While Goshen was mainly farmland, in the 1800s, Goshen Pass and Panther's Gap was a bustling community with a school, a hotel, a post office, and foundries.The Alleghany Hotel was built by the Goshen Improvement company, the company which in the boom period of 1890 selected Goshen station as a site for laying of and the founding of a new city. The hotel was known as the "house of entertainment," but a few years before the fire, it was renamed the Alleghany Sanitarium, housing tuberculosis patients. On Thanksgiving Day, 1922, the Alleghany Hotel smoldered in flames and ash for 2½ hours before the building was completely destroyed. During this time, Goshen was without a fire department to combat the flames.The Goshen Land Company Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.GeographyGoshen is located at (37.989100, -79.498603).Goshen is in Virginia (VA). Add Goshen and other destinations in United States to your travel itinerary using our United States itinerary planning website .
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