Shenandoah County
Historical Society
Shenandoah County
Historical Society
 

New Courthouse exhibit opens Sept. 1st



The Wolf Gap Chapter of Civilian Conservation Camp Camp Roosevelt is well-known locally as the first CCC Camp in the United States. Our new exhibit at the Historic Courthouse introduces us to a previously little-known CCC Camp, Camp Wolf Gap.

Established in 1933, not long after its counterpart across the county, Camp Wolf Gap served young Black men in those segregated times.

Little physical evidence remains of Camp Wolf Gap. Work is underway to mark vestiges of the camp and its history. This exhibit shows us how long-buried history can be brought to light.

The exhibit will be at the Historic Courthouse through September of 2024. The Courthouse Visitor Center and Museum is open every Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm., March through December.



2024 Presentation Award Recipients Announced



The Shenandoah County Historical Society presented three John H. Adamson Excellence in Historical Preservation Awards for 2024 at their May 21 Annual Dinner Meeting in Edinburg, Va.  

The award recipients for 2024 are:

BCD Enterprises, LLC and Huber Architects, PC for the rehabilitation of the historic Calvert House in New Market, VA (built in 1770) for adaptive reuse as office space, including use of as much of the original building materials as possible.

Cheryl Lyon, Hope Brim, and Neil Thorne for their research, securing a state historical marker, and the book Creative Women of Fisher’s Hill which rediscovered the history of three unique women who lived in Shenandoah County during the 19th/early 20th century:  Bertha Von Hillen, Marla J. C. a’Becket and Emma Howard Wight.

Seven Bends State Park with Tom Stevens, Park Manager, for the preservation of 1066 acres of land along the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, and for preserving the history of the river, farmland, the historic Woodstock Reservoir, Camp Lupton and the Dellinger Family Cemetery.

Each year, the Society asks the community for nominations of recent, significant works of historic preservation in Shenandoah County in the recent past.  General preservation categories include History, Architecture, Material Culture (such as textiles, documents, folk art, photographs, tools, and more) and Scenic Beauty. The awards are intended to build greater awareness of the value of historic preservation and to encourage others to follow the examples of those being recognized.  Up to three awards are presented each year.  (Photo by Andrew Thayer)



Lena Clemmons Artz will be subject of September 17th Program Meeting


Andrea Weeks, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Ted R. Bradley Herbarium at George Mason University will speak about a pioneering botanist, Lena Clemmons Artz, (1891-1976) who was born, raised and is buried in Woodstock VA

The Shenandoah Valley was once home to Ms. Artz, a high school biology educator, who dedicated her life outside of the classroom to documenting the unique plant communities of Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties and advocating for their preservation.

Until an archive of her field notebooks and personal papers was discovered, little was known about her life or her contributions to our knowledge of the flora of Virginia. This presentation summarizes findings from this archive and her herbarium specimens to illuminate her life’s work and how it unexpectedly intersected with that of another unsung, resident botanist of the Shenandoah Valley, Francis W. Hunnewell, Il.

A Massachusetts attorney and prolific botanical collector with lifelong ties to Harvard, Hunnewell became a Virginian by choice as the last private owner of Belle Grove Plantation. Despite their very different backgrounds, he and Lena had much in common and conducted fieldwork together. Come to the presentation to learn about these fascinating individuals and their contributions to our knowledge of the flora of the southeastern US.

The Program will take place at the St. Paul’s Heritage Center, 106 S. High Street in Edinburg, VA at 7:00 pm. There will be refreshments following the presentation. Parking is available in the Shentel Lot across the street.




80th Anniversary of D-Day to be honored in Shenandoah County


SCHS will host a special exhibit honoring the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal moment during WWII. The event will take place at the National Guard Armory in Woodstock from October 5 – October 20, 2024.

Shenandoah Valley soldiers were a part of D-Day and we’re pleased that we’ll be able to help tell the story of DDay at Omaha Beach.

The exhibit has been created by local and internationally known artist Keith Rocco with other artists and historians. Stay tuned as we work out details for this important traveling exhibit to be on view in Shenandoah County.



New Member Joins the Courthouse Visitor Center and MuseumTeam


We welcome new Historic Courthouse Visitor Center and Museum volunteer Clemmitt Sigler! It has been terrific to not only have a new volunteer docent, but someone with an extensive family connection with the history of the courthouse. Clemmitt’s father, Marvin Sigler, served as Clerk of Circuit Court of Shenandoah County for 32 years. Mr. Sigler’s original office was in the rear addition to the Historic Courthouse. Clemmitt remembers when he was young coming to work with his Dad some Saturday mornings and crawling around on the original 19th century tile floors. 

Clemmitt grew up on a Standardbred horse farm near Mt. Jackson and graduated from Triplett Elementary School and Stonewall Jackson High School in the class of 1979. He studied Chemical Engineering at VA Tech and worked at Oak Ridge, TN and Havre de Grace, MD before returning to VA Tech for graduate studies. He earned his M.S. in physics in 1992 and settled in Blacksburg. While there he heard his call to serve as Lay Reader and Warden in the Anglican church, first in Blacksburg, then at Covenant Reformed Episcopal Church in Roanoke. He now serves as Pastor of Branch of the Vine, a new church in the Mt. Jackson area.

We are delighted to have Clemmitt join our volunteer corps!



SCHS Board Officers Elected for 2024-2025


At the meeting of the SCHS Board of Directors on June 5th, the following officers were elected for the coming year:

President: Barbara Adamson

Vice-President: Rick Lytton

Secretary: Susan Walls

Treasurer: Laura Zimmerman

Janet Wagniere will continue to serve as Newsletter Editor, as well as Dennis Atwood will handle Publicity and Financial issues, Hank Zimmerman will continue as Webmaster and Susan Walls will continue to head up the Church Project.



Historical Barns Project: John Adamson




New Courthouse exhibit opens Sept. 1st



The Wolf Gap Chapter of Civilian Conservation Camp Camp Roosevelt is well-known locally as the first CCC Camp in the United States. Our new exhibit at the Historic Courthouse introduces us to a previously little-known CCC Camp, Camp Wolf Gap.

Established in 1933, not long after its counterpart across the county, Camp Wolf Gap served young Black men in those segregated times.

Little physical evidence remains of Camp Wolf Gap. Work is underway to mark vestiges of the camp and its history. This exhibit shows us how long-buried history can be brought to light.

The exhibit will be at the Historic Courthouse through September of 2024. The Courthouse Visitor Center and Museum is open every Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm., March through December.



2024 Presentation Award Recipients Announced



The Shenandoah County Historical Society presented three John H. Adamson Excellence in Historical Preservation Awards for 2024 at their May 21 Annual Dinner Meeting in Edinburg, Va.  

The award recipients for 2024 are:

BCD Enterprises, LLC and Huber Architects, PC for the rehabilitation of the historic Calvert House in New Market, VA (built in 1770) for adaptive reuse as office space, including use of as much of the original building materials as possible.

Cheryl Lyon, Hope Brim, and Neil Thorne for their research, securing a state historical marker, and the book Creative Women of Fisher’s Hill which rediscovered the history of three unique women who lived in Shenandoah County during the 19th/early 20th century:  Bertha Von Hillen, Marla J. C. a’Becket and Emma Howard Wight.

Seven Bends State Park with Tom Stevens, Park Manager, for the preservation of 1066 acres of land along the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, and for preserving the history of the river, farmland, the historic Woodstock Reservoir, Camp Lupton and the Dellinger Family Cemetery.

Each year, the Society asks the community for nominations of recent, significant works of historic preservation in Shenandoah County in the recent past.  General preservation categories include History, Architecture, Material Culture (such as textiles, documents, folk art, photographs, tools, and more) and Scenic Beauty. The awards are intended to build greater awareness of the value of historic preservation and to encourage others to follow the examples of those being recognized.  Up to three awards are presented each year.  (Photo by Andrew Thayer)



Lena Clemmons Artz will be subject of September 17th Program Meeting


Andrea Weeks, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Ted R. Bradley Herbarium at George Mason University will speak about a pioneering botanist, Lena Clemmons Artz, (1891-1976) who was born, raised and is buried in Woodstock VA

The Shenandoah Valley was once home to Ms. Artz, a high school biology educator, who dedicated her life outside of the classroom to documenting the unique plant communities of Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties and advocating for their preservation.

Until an archive of her field notebooks and personal papers was discovered, little was known about her life or her contributions to our knowledge of the flora of Virginia. This presentation summarizes findings from this archive and her herbarium specimens to illuminate her life’s work and how it unexpectedly intersected with that of another unsung, resident botanist of the Shenandoah Valley, Francis W. Hunnewell, Il.

A Massachusetts attorney and prolific botanical collector with lifelong ties to Harvard, Hunnewell became a Virginian by choice as the last private owner of Belle Grove Plantation. Despite their very different backgrounds, he and Lena had much in common and conducted fieldwork together. Come to the presentation to learn about these fascinating individuals and their contributions to our knowledge of the flora of the southeastern US.

The Program will take place at the St. Paul’s Heritage Center, 106 S. High Street in Edinburg, VA at 7:00 pm. There will be refreshments following the presentation. Parking is available in the Shentel Lot across the street.




80th Anniversary of D-Day to be honored in Shenandoah County


SCHS will host a special exhibit honoring the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal moment during WWII. The event will take place at the National Guard Armory in Woodstock from October 5 – October 20, 2024.

Shenandoah Valley soldiers were a part of D-Day and we’re pleased that we’ll be able to help tell the story of DDay at Omaha Beach.

The exhibit has been created by local and internationally known artist Keith Rocco with other artists and historians. Stay tuned as we work out details for this important traveling exhibit to be on view in Shenandoah County.



New Member Joins the Courthouse Visitor Center and MuseumTeam


We welcome new Historic Courthouse Visitor Center and Museum volunteer Clemmitt Sigler! It has been terrific to not only have a new volunteer docent, but someone with an extensive family connection with the history of the courthouse. Clemmitt’s father, Marvin Sigler, served as Clerk of Circuit Court of Shenandoah County for 32 years. Mr. Sigler’s original office was in the rear addition to the Historic Courthouse. Clemmitt remembers when he was young coming to work with his Dad some Saturday mornings and crawling around on the original 19th century tile floors. 

Clemmitt grew up on a Standardbred horse farm near Mt. Jackson and graduated from Triplett Elementary School and Stonewall Jackson High School in the class of 1979. He studied Chemical Engineering at VA Tech and worked at Oak Ridge, TN and Havre de Grace, MD before returning to VA Tech for graduate studies. He earned his M.S. in physics in 1992 and settled in Blacksburg. While there he heard his call to serve as Lay Reader and Warden in the Anglican church, first in Blacksburg, then at Covenant Reformed Episcopal Church in Roanoke. He now serves as Pastor of Branch of the Vine, a new church in the Mt. Jackson area.

We are delighted to have Clemmitt join our volunteer corps!



SCHS Board Officers Elected for 2024-2025


At the meeting of the SCHS Board of Directors on June 5th, the following officers were elected for the coming year:

President: Barbara Adamson

Vice-President: Rick Lytton

Secretary: Susan Walls

Treasurer: Laura Zimmerman

Janet Wagniere will continue to serve as Newsletter Editor, as well as Dennis Atwood will handle Publicity and Financial issues, Hank Zimmerman will continue as Webmaster and Susan Walls will continue to head up the Church Project.



Historical Barns Project: John Adamson




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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2022 Calendar: The Barns of Shenandoah County

Each month features a different barn in the county. 8½” x 11”.


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Christmas Ornament - Courthouse Weather Vane

Ornament replica of the weather vane atop the historic Shenandoah County Court House 1772-1972. Gold-tone.


Item# 101

Price: $19
Members: $18

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Upcoming events...


Colonial Kids Day on July 13th at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va.
Eighth Annual Colonial Kids Day at the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va., July 13th, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Interactive activities include blacksmithing, craft-making, colonial games, a scavenger hunt, the history of the Mill, living history interpretations, and grinding in action. $5 per person.  More information.  

Ice Cream Social at Fort Valley Museum on July 28th
The Fort Valley Museum 19thAnnual Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, July 28 2024, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., on the Museum grounds at the intersection of Fort Valley and Dry Run Roads. “Fort Valley Smokers” Barbeque and six flavors of hand-dipped ice cream will be available (Yes, we will have grapenut and cookie dough flavors!). Fort Valley Volunteer Fire Department will have a display set up, and live music under the pavilion will be provided by the Con Burch Trio. The Fort Valley Museum will be selling its  50th year anniversary pewter ornament. Also featured is a new museum exhibit of textiles, including historic quilts, linens and clothing. For more information, visit fortvalleymuseum.org, or @FortValleyMuseum on Facebook.

Public program and oral history interviews at Fort Valley Museum on Aug. 17th
The Fort Valley Museum is hosting a public program, which will include oral history interview sessions, part 2 of a series about Lena Clemmons Artz, a Fort Valley botanist who was well-known throughout the northern Shenandoah Valley in a variety of ways, but primarily as a a trailblazing botanist who documented the unique plant communities of Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties.  She had passed away in 1976. The FVM is looking for people who may have personal stories to share about Lena. The program and interviews will be conducted by Dr. Andrea Weeks, Ph.D. at the Fort Valley Museum Trinity Church Building on Aug. 17, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. For more info: 540-933-6690 or visit FortValleyMuseum.org

Upcoming events...

Colonial Kids Day on July 13th at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va.
Eighth Annual Colonial Kids Day at the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va., July 13th, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Interactive activities include blacksmithing, craft-making, colonial games, a scavenger hunt, the history of the Mill, living history interpretations, and grinding in action. $5 per person.  More information.  

Ice Cream Social at Fort Valley Museum on July 28th
The Fort Valley Museum 19thAnnual Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, July 28 2024, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., on the Museum grounds at the intersection of Fort Valley and Dry Run Roads. “Fort Valley Smokers” Barbeque and six flavors of hand-dipped ice cream will be available (Yes, we will have grapenut and cookie dough flavors!). Fort Valley Volunteer Fire Department will have a display set up, and live music under the pavilion will be provided by the Con Burch Trio. The Fort Valley Museum will be selling its  50th year anniversary pewter ornament. Also featured is a new museum exhibit of textiles, including historic quilts, linens and clothing. For more information, visit fortvalleymuseum.org, or @FortValleyMuseum on Facebook.


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  • Morrison Exhibition Magnets   •   Refrigerator Magnet with photo from the 2011 Morrison exhibit at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Two different photos. 2x3 inches.    •   Item #105  •   Price: $4   Members: $4
  • Marriage Certificate   •   Copy of a Marriage Certificate from an 1875 family Bible. (May be completed by purchaser). 8 1/2 x 11.    •   Item #104  •   Price: $4   Members: $4
  • Morrison Exhibition Note Cards   •   Four different photos from the collection of Morrison photos on display in the 2011 exhibit at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va. 16 cards. Four of 4 scenes with envelopes.    •   Item #103  •   Price: $15   Members: $14
  • Christmas Ornament - Courthouse Weather Vane   •   Ornament replica of the weather vane atop the historic Shenandoah County Court House 1772-1972. Gold-tone.    •   Item #101  •   Price: $19   Members: $18
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    Christmas Tree Ornament - Alms House   •   A goldtone Christmas Tree Ornament depicting the Shenandoah County Alms House that burned in 2014.        •   Item #106  •   Price: $15.00   Members: $14.00
    Christmas Ornament - Courthouse Weather Vane   •   Ornament replica of the weather vane atop the historic Shenandoah County Court House 1772-1972. Gold-tone.    •   Item #101  •   Price: $19   Members: $18

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