Shenandoah County
Historical Society
Shenandoah County
Historical Society
 


Shenandoah County commemorates its 250th anniversary during 2022. A variety of history-themed events are planned throughout the year. Visit sc250.org for more information.

Virtual Program Announcement

Using Tree-Ring Dating to Examine Historic Barns

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00 pm

Earlier this year, SCHS completed a program to examine six historic barns using dendroarchaeology (tree-ring science). This science allows us to determine the year trees used in barn construction were cut down, or felled. Because barns were usually built within one year of the felling of the trees, an implied construction date can be determined. Join team members John Adamson, Kristen de Graauw and Barbara Adamson as they present information about six old Shenandoah County barns which were investigated by this project. How old are the oldest barns? Did they survive the Civil War? What do family history and public records tell us about these barns?

Those interested in this subject can attend the program which will be presented virtually, via Zoom technology on Tues., Oct. 26 at 7 pm. The event will last approximately one hour with time for all attendees to ask questions of the project team.

To register for this program, send an email to adamsons@shentel.net Details will be sent via email about one week before the program.

This program has been made possible by a grant from the Virginia Humanities with additional support from The Shenandoah County Historical Society.

Hope you will join us... virtually!

The SCHS Board of Directors


Revolutionary War Exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum During October

Diorama prepared by Jim Stevenson

This diorama does not represent any specific battle but is intended to show a mixture of soldiers and the various uniforms they wore during the Revolutionary War. Soldiers from European nations generally wore distinct uniforms and could be identified by country of origin because of this. American soldiers wore a variety of civilian clothing and military uniforms that gradually evolved into more consistent dress as the war progressed. Represented in the diorama are the following:

 • Hessian soldiers in dark blue coats
 • British soldiers in red coats
 • British Highlanders in kilts and red coats
 • American militia in civilian coats of various colors
 • Continental (American) soldiers in brown coats
 • Continental (American) soldiers in blue coats
 • French soldiers in white coats
 • French soldiers of the Lauzon regiment in light blue coats
 • Indians wearing a wide variety including native garb and a mixture of civilian and military dress

For more information: 540-459-1795 or SCHS.VA@gmail.com

 




Shenandoah County commemorates its 250th anniversary during 2022. A variety of history-themed events are planned throughout the year. Visit sc250.org for more information.

Virtual Program Announcement

Using Tree-Ring Dating to Examine Historic Barns

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00 pm

Earlier this year, SCHS completed a program to examine six historic barns using dendroarchaeology (tree-ring science). This science allows us to determine the year trees used in barn construction were cut down, or felled. Because barns were usually built within one year of the felling of the trees, an implied construction date can be determined. Join team members John Adamson, Kristen de Graauw and Barbara Adamson as they present information about six old Shenandoah County barns which were investigated by this project. How old are the oldest barns? Did they survive the Civil War? What do family history and public records tell us about these barns?

Those interested in this subject can attend the program which will be presented virtually, via Zoom technology on Tues., Oct. 26 at 7 pm. The event will last approximately one hour with time for all attendees to ask questions of the project team.

To register for this program, send an email to adamsons@shentel.net Details will be sent via email about one week before the program.

This program has been made possible by a grant from the Virginia Humanities with additional support from The Shenandoah County Historical Society.

Hope you will join us... virtually!

The SCHS Board of Directors


Revolutionary War Exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum During October

Diorama prepared by Jim Stevenson

This diorama does not represent any specific battle but is intended to show a mixture of soldiers and the various uniforms they wore during the Revolutionary War. Soldiers from European nations generally wore distinct uniforms and could be identified by country of origin because of this. American soldiers wore a variety of civilian clothing and military uniforms that gradually evolved into more consistent dress as the war progressed. Represented in the diorama are the following:

 • Hessian soldiers in dark blue coats
 • British soldiers in red coats
 • British Highlanders in kilts and red coats
 • American militia in civilian coats of various colors
 • Continental (American) soldiers in brown coats
 • Continental (American) soldiers in blue coats
 • French soldiers in white coats
 • French soldiers of the Lauzon regiment in light blue coats
 • Indians wearing a wide variety including native garb and a mixture of civilian and military dress

For more information: 540-459-1795 or SCHS.VA@gmail.com

 



Shenandoah County Historical Society Mission Statement

•   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.



Organizational Tax Status

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.

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The Battle of Fisher's Hill - Breaking the Shenandoah Valley's Gibraltar

Jonathan A. Noyalas

First book-length study of 1864 battle, the last major battle in Shenandoah County, which set the stage for The Burning

Hardcover
Item# 1017

Price: $21
Members: $20

It's About Time: The sculpting of the Memorial of General James Longstreet

Gary Casteel

This Monument is to be found at the Gettysburg Battlefield. 1998. 47 pages. Signed.

Softcover
Item# 1003

Price: $8
Members: $7

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  • Shenandoah County Men in Gray (Volume 1 and 2, complete 2-volume set)   •   Thomas Spratt  •   This two-volume set reproduces the service record of the Confederate soldiers from Shenandoah County who served in all the theaters of combat. It also gives valuable information regarding the soldier’s family and where possible, personal facts including where buried. 1992. 902 total pages (total of both volumes).  Softcover  •   Item #1029  •   Price: $55   Members: $53
  • Rough Winds: The Battle of New Market   •   Nancy B. Stewart  •   A story about the Battle of New Market on May 15th, 1864. 1994. 21 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1008  •   Price: $6   Members: $5
  • Call Out the Cadets -- The Battle of New Market May 15 1864   •   Sarah Kay Bierle  •   The battle of New Market, though a smaller conflict in the grand scheme of that blood-soaked spring, became the last major Confederate victory in the Shenandoah Valley. Author Bierle traces the history of this important, yet smaller battle which also follows the history of individuals whose lives or careers were changed because of the fight. 2019. 192 Pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1034  •   Price: $16   Members: $15
  • Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign: War Comes to The Home Front   •   Jonathan A. Noyalas  •   This is a new addition to the series of books by Civil War scholars to honor the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. Noyalas examines Jackson's Valley Campaign and how those victories brought hope to an infant Confederate nation, transformed the lives of the Valley's civilians and emerged as Jackson's defining moment. 2010. 157 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1010  •   Price: $21   Members: $20
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    The Wounding of Jackson   •   Capt. R. Wilbourn  •   A document based on a report by Captain R.E. Wilbourn, Chief Signal Officer, Army of Northern Virginia, CSA. 4 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1014  •   Price: $2   Members: $2
    The Burning   •   James Morris and Hank Zimmerman  •   The Burning of the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 was a well planned and brilliantly directed campaign by Gen. Philip Sheridan. Based on John Heatwole's work by the same name, the movie tells the stories of the soldiers, civilians, and families caught in the terrible firestorm. The Edinburg Heritage Foundation produced this documentary. 2008. 50 minutes  DVD  •   Item #1002  •   Price: $20   Members: $20

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