As many of you know, Ben 'Cooter' Jones owns and operates 3 Dukes of Hazzard attractions in Tennessee and Virginia. The Virginia location, which was located in Sperryville, has recently moved location a few miles away to neighboring Luray, Virgina. The new Luray location is the biggest venue he has ever had- when it is finished it will have a retail store, Daisy's Diner, Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia museum, and will house replicas of the General Lee, Boss Hogg's Caddy, Roscoe's Patrol Car, Cooter's tow truck, and others. The retail store and Daisy's Diner is already open 7 days a week (and you won't find a better grilled cheese sandwich anywhere). The retail store carries a great line of original Dukes merchandise- everything from lighters to stuffed General Lees, and of course great T-shirts. Admission is always free, but I challenge any Dukes fan to visit without buying at least a T-Shirt!
In addition, about a quarter of the building is being turned into a replica of Cooter's Garage that visitors can explore! Construction of the garage 'set' is currently underway and is stating to look very familiar (see pictures below).
I've had the privilege of working with Ben Jones and his wife Alma to bring the garage to life. Its an amazing and fun project, but the best part has been getting to know Ben and Alma and their extended Hazzard 'family' who work with them to run all the Cooter's locations. Ben and Alma are two of the most genuine and creative people I've ever met.
The grand opening of the Luray location will be May 6th of this year when Cooter's hosts the Shenandoah Jamboree music festival. But the big Dukes blow-out comes on July 29 and 30 with 'Cooter's Last Stand'. This event will be a 'Dukesfest' style event with vendors, music, Dukes cast members, and a General Lee jump! (For more information on any of the events, go to Cootersplace.com)
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