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Graves Mountain Lodge Celebrates 4th of July Following Clean-Up from Flooding

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People enjoyed popcorn, live music, and time with family People enjoyed popcorn, live music, and time with family
People came out to Graves Mountain Lodge on July 4 People came out to Graves Mountain Lodge on July 4
MADISON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Graves Mountain Lodge in Madison County was hammered by flooding from excessive rainfall just over a month ago.

But after a team effort by workers to get it cleaned up, it’s now back open and ready to celebrate Independence Day.

That flooding wiped out a pedestrian bridge, washed away roads, and brought down trees.

But on Wednesday, July 4, people are celebrating a successful cleanup effort and America's birthday.

“We had a lot of water, and it was just water everywhere,” says James C. Graves Jr., the manager and part-owner of Graves Mountain Lodge.

It wasn’t too long ago that the situation at the lodge was much more dismal.

“It just blew all these trees down and we had about 125 to 150 mile an hour winds, and so the barn over here got blown down,” says James C. Graves, Sr., the owner of the lodge.

But a resilient spirit carried on through long-standing family values has helped the Graves' get back on track.

“It kinda comes from my granddaddy, you know, ’cause it seemed like nothing ever bothered him,” says Graves, Jr. “If something adversity came, he just went on with it and did what we always do and it seems like that's instilled in me now.”

If you visit Graves Mountain now, other than a few down trees and small pieces of lingering debris, you would never know how bad the damages were following the storms.

“This has been the worst year we’ve ever had,” says Graves, Sr.

People are back to enjoying the great outdoors, and on Wednesday people celebrated America at the lodge.

“I love it for the people to come out here and enjoy the beautiful views out here, and just come have a day where the family can be together and celebrate Independence Day,” says Graves, Jr.

No Fourth of July celebration would be complete without popcorn, ice cream, music, and, of course, family.

“Families always have been coming out here a long time, and we’re getting a lot of repeat customers, some of the kids that I grew up with, you know, playin’ with up here are now bringing their kids back,” says Graves, Jr.

And Graves Mountain put the cherry on top of the celebrations with a fireworks display Wednesday evening.

All the money raised from parking will benefit the Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.

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