Lord Fairfax ProgramLord Fairfax event scheduled at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Hugh Fairfax, the younger brother of the present Lord Fairfax, whose family played a vital role during the European settlement of our region, has written a new book about his ancestors. In the 18th C., the 6th Lord Fairfax owned over 5 million acres of land in Virginia, which included all of what is now Shenandoah County and the northern Shenandoah Valley. Many families here in the county still have their old family deeds signed by Lord Fairfax that were written on parchment/sheepskin.

Fairfax family members remained in the U.S. for many years, with Hugh’s grandfather returning to England more than 100 years ago to re-claim the family title. Hugh’s book, Fairfax of Virginia - The Forgotten Story of America’s Only Peerage 1690-1960, is the result of years of research into the story of his family’s forgotten history.

The Shenandoah County Historical Society and the French and Indian War Foundation are sponsoring Hugh’s lecture about his book, to be held Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. in Winchester, at 2:00PM. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author. The event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served. Plan to come early as attendees will have free admission to the Museum and Gardens.

 


Lord Fairfax ProgramLord Fairfax event scheduled at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Hugh Fairfax, the younger brother of the present Lord Fairfax, whose family played a vital role during the European settlement of our region, has written a new book about his ancestors. In the 18th C., the 6th Lord Fairfax owned over 5 million acres of land in Virginia, which included all of what is now Shenandoah County and the northern Shenandoah Valley. Many families here in the county still have their old family deeds signed by Lord Fairfax that were written on parchment/sheepskin.

Fairfax family members remained in the U.S. for many years, with Hugh’s grandfather returning to England more than 100 years ago to re-claim the family title. Hugh’s book, Fairfax of Virginia - The Forgotten Story of America’s Only Peerage 1690-1960, is the result of years of research into the story of his family’s forgotten history.

The Shenandoah County Historical Society and the French and Indian War Foundation are sponsoring Hugh’s lecture about his book, to be held Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. in Winchester, at 2:00PM. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author. The event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served. Plan to come early as attendees will have free admission to the Museum and Gardens.

 


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•   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.

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Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1861

Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey

Both are Henkel Granddaughters. A compilation of the Journal of Siram Peter Henkel, the letter collection of Caspar Coiner Henkel, M.D. and the Richmond Times Dispatch. These accounts of the first year of the Civil War reveal how the transition from peace to war affected his community and the Town of New Market, Va. A look at life in 1861. 2011. 346 pages.

Softcover
Item# 1004

Price: $20
Members: $19

Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market

Charles R. Knight

This new look at the Battle of New Market, Va. and the Opening of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of May, 1864, is the first full-length account in more than three decades to reexamine this historic event. The author is a former historical interpreter at New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. 2010. 313 pages.

Hardcover
Item# 1012

Price: $31
Members: $30

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October 21st from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Historic Farming and Survey Day in Berryville VA
A unique historical program that looks at historic farming and surveying at one of Clarke County's oldest farms, Clermont Farm, will be presented by the County Historical Association.  After the program begins of the old barn, there will be a hayride and historical surveyor, Duane Brown, will lead a hands-on program on eighteenth century land surveying.  Mr. Brown was featured on the History Channel's TV program, "How the States Got Their Shapes."   There is a small fee.  For info:  540-955-2600,

Saturday, October 28th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Ghost Tours take place in Strasburg, VA
The annual Strasburg Ghost Tour will begin at Hotel Strasburg, 203 S. Holliday St.  A one-hour walking tour, hearing ghost stories and enjoying the Halloween decorations will leave every 15 minutes.  Advance tickets are $3 at the Town office.  Tickets at the Hotel on the day-of will be $5.  Children are free.  Info:  540-325-4397

October 29th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Lecture on Nelly Custis in Berryville, VA
Historian David Plater will give a lecture on "Nelly Custis and Edward G.W. Butler:  A Tight Fit?".   During the early 1800's, a number of Virginians moved to the old southwest during what was called The Great Migration.  Among those affected by this event was Nelly Custis Lewis, granddaughter of Martha Washington, who resided at Audley Farm.  This will examine how the Lewis family was affected by "The Great Migration" and explore the latter years of Nelly Custis Lewis's life.  The talk will be given on the estate in which Nelly Custis Lewis once resided.  The program is sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Association and will take place at the Audley Farm, 752 Audley Lane in Berryville, VA.   The fee is $10 for CCHS members and $15 for non-members.  For info:  540-955-2600

Upcoming events...

October 21st from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Historic Farming and Survey Day in Berryville VA
A unique historical program that looks at historic farming and surveying at one of Clarke County's oldest farms, Clermont Farm, will be presented by the County Historical Association.  After the program begins of the old barn, there will be a hayride and historical surveyor, Duane Brown, will lead a hands-on program on eighteenth century land surveying.  Mr. Brown was featured on the History Channel's TV program, "How the States Got Their Shapes."   There is a small fee.  For info:  540-955-2600,

Saturday, October 28th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Ghost Tours take place in Strasburg, VA
The annual Strasburg Ghost Tour will begin at Hotel Strasburg, 203 S. Holliday St.  A one-hour walking tour, hearing ghost stories and enjoying the Halloween decorations will leave every 15 minutes.  Advance tickets are $3 at the Town office.  Tickets at the Hotel on the day-of will be $5.  Children are free.  Info:  540-325-4397

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    History of Edinburg Va.   •   Mary Ann Williamson & Jean Allen Davis   •   This soup-to-nuts chronicle of everything you'd like to know about Edinburg, VA,was written by two school teachers who grew up in the town. It is filled with pictures, and stories about people, places and events. Originally published in 1994, it was updated in 1995. 1995. 676 pages  Hardcover  •   Item #2008  •   Price: $45   Members: $45
  • Lake's 1885 Atlas of Shenandoah and Page Counties   •   Array   •   The SCHS reprinted the popular Lake's Atlas of 1885. Also included are several pages from Gray's Atlas of 1878, which contain slightly more detailed maps of many of the communities in Shenandoah County. With added pages from Gray's 1878 Atlas. 2009. 12x18.  Softcover  •   Item #2007  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
  • The Word Gatherer   •   Carol Maureen DeHart   •   An oral history interview with historian John L. Heatwole, who often traveled the Valley doing research. In the process, he gathered hundreds of oral history and folklore stories and felt they needed to be preserved. This book was part of that process. 2007. 114 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2021  •   Price: $10   Members: $9
  • History of Shenandoah County   •   John W. Wayland   •   A searchable PDF file, on a CD, of the printed, book version.  CD  •   Item #2010  •   Price: $15   Members: $15

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Remembering the Civil War Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation   •   Caroline E. Janney   •   The author, who hails from Luray, Va., is a history professor at Purdue U. She examines how the war generation -- men and women, black and white, Unionists and Confederates -- crafted and protected their memories of the nation's greatest conflict. She explores the subtle, yet important differences between reunion and reconciliation. 2013. 451 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #1020  •   Price: $37   Members: $36
23rd Virginia Cavalry   •   Richard Kleese   •   This is a numbered edition of 1000 and signed by author. One of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series. Lists names with short bio information on those who were part of this group. Includes some photos and maps and detailed descriptions of battles and campaigns.  Hardcover  •   Item #1023  •   Price: $27   Members: $26

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