Postcards circa 1949-1960s
Afton, Virginia
 -- High atop Afton Mountain

Also known as Waynesboro or Swannanoa, the Afton Howard Johnson's Restaurant is believed to have opened in late 1948. The building was a Canton-type so called because it followed the general plan of the Canton, Massachusetts Restaurant.

It was strategically located at the juncture of the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway--a spot which had once been a heavily visited tourist destination. Moreover to ensure a steady stream of patrons, Afton was sited on a major U.S. highway leading west through Rockfish Gap, about midway between Staunton and Charlottesville.


Above: Aerial view of junction of Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway and Route 250 -- between Staunton and Charlottesville near Waynesboro, Va.
Postmarked September 1952
Howard Johnson Restaurant on U.S. Route #250, at the junction of Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waynesboro, Virginia

Above: Skyline Parkway Motor Lodge Waynesboro, Virginia Located on top of the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Cool, Comfortable, Modern Cottages. Each with an unsurpassed view of The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Easily accessible from Staunton, Waynesboro, or Charlottesville on Route 250 at the Junction of Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. Howard Johnson Restaurant & Gulf Service Station (Adjacent for your convenience)

Below: Where Skyline Drive Meets the Blue Ridge Parkway Waynesboro, Va. Skyline Parkway Motel, Howard Johnson's Restaurant, High View Gift Shop, Gulf Service Station