A new exhibit opened on March 1st in the Visitor Center at the Historic Courthouse in Woodstock, Virginia. The exhibit is by Shentel – Shenandoah Telecommunications Company – one of the oldest businesses in Shenandoah County. This small display is from the museum at the Shentel Center, 500 Shentel Way, Edinburg, Virginia, where they celebrate the early years as a telephone company.
In 1902, a group of farmers joined together to create Farmers Mutual Telephone System. There was telephone service in the towns at that time, but not in the rural areas. From those humble roots Shentel has emerged as a company that offers a broad range of diversified telecommunications services through its high speed, state-of-the-art network to customers in the Mid-Atlantic United States.
The Company's services include: wireless voice and data; cable video, internet and voice; fiber network and services; and local and long distance telephone. Shentel is the exclusive Personal Communications Service (PCS) Affiliate of Sprint in portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.
A 1959 telephone directory, an actual dial telephone and other items are also on display. The exhibit will be on display through June of 2019.
• Foster a spirit of cooperation between existing organizations, writers, historians, genealogists, collectors, preservationists, and other members of the Shenandoah County community.
• Aid in the collection and creation of materials and publications about the history of Shenandoah County and ensure that they are preserved and made available to the community.
• Support efforts by citizens, organizations and government to preserve historic buildings and sites.
• Share history through programs and exhibits.
The Shenandoah County Historical Society was founded in 1985 and is established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is completely volunteer driven. The Society is sustained by memberships, donations, grants and profits from book sales. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.