Did you know that there is a little town called Lahore in the Orange County, Virginia, U.S? It may come to you as a surprise because, before 2007, the existence of the town was never really brought to the limelight.
But in 2007, Noor Naghmi, the son of Abul Hasan Naghmi, a Pakistani broadcaster, brought the town to the news.
Believe it or not, the town has existed since the 1850s and as the story goes, it was named by a couple who visited the Lahore in Punjab when there was no Pakistan.
Plans for Lahore in Virginia
Noor Naghmi who is a financial services professional in Vienna, Virginia bought around 235 acres of the town from the owner. This area also covered the center of the town and it cost him 3 million dollars.
In 2007, Noor revealed his plans to turn Lahore, Virginia into a regional tourist attraction for the South Asians and other communities in the United States.
His plan includes a banquet hall remodeled after the famous Shalimar Gardens of Lahore, a library, and museum dedicated to the history of Lahore in Virginia and Pakistan. He also planned to open a bed and breakfast that would serve the iconic Lahori favorite naan and channa breakfast with boiled eggs and toast. He even planned to organized annual Basant in the town.
But unfortunately, as of today, the plans envisioned by Noor Naghmi never came to fruition.