1795 Swiss guard weathervane back at Old Courthouse
Since SCHS began planning for the visitor’s center and museum at the historic courthouse in 2013, we have hoped to be able to exhibit portions of the elaborate, original 1795 weather vane, already in our possession, with the figure from the weather vane. The two were separated many years ago when the original, damaged vane was removed and a replica erected on top of the courthouse. Most of the pieces were stored but the figure, often referred to as a Swiss Guard, was given for safekeeping to the Woodstock Library.
Civil War anniversary exhibit at Historic Courthouse Visitors Center
Shenandoah County Historical Society is pleased to announce that a new exhibit has been placed in the space used for rotating exhibits at the Historic Courthouse in Woodstock. The new exhibit features local items from the Centennial of the Civil War. It is interesting to see how the Civil War was treated 50 years ago. The display includes brochures, license plate attachments, a restaurant place mat, souvenir drinking glasses and a host of other memorabilia produced to mark the 100th anniversary of the Civil War.
January 9th at 3:00 PM - Historical program in New Market, Va.
Lay Aside Your Prejudices -- The Era of George Rye, Shenandoah County Abolitionist will be presented by Shenandoah County Archivist, Zach Hottel, at the New Market Library at 140 E Lee Street, New Market, Va. Between the time he reached adulthood in the 1830s and his death in 1890, George Rye was one of the few Shenandoah County residents who supported the abolishment of slavery. For this he was vilified, prosecuted, ex-communicated and threatened. For info: 540-984-8200
February 11th, (time to be announced) - Historical Program in Boyce, Va.
George and Martha Washington: An Enduring Union will be discussed In a program by historian Steven A. Campbell on the “first” First Family, at the Long Branch Plantation, Long Branch Lane, Boyce, Va. The event is sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Association. Come learn more about the deep bond George and Martha Washington had throughout their 40 year marriage, and how it survived through the birth of our new nation. For info: 540-955-2600
February 16th at 7:00 PM - Black History Month program
in Edinburg, Va. Consolidating Lives: Integration in Shenandoah County is the subject of the program celebrating Black History Month at the Shenandoah County Library, 514 Stony Creek Boulevard. Archivist, Zach Hottel, will be focusing on integration in the 1950s, 60s, and beyond. The event will take place in the Activity Room. For info: 540-984-8200