Shenandoah County
Historical Society
Shenandoah County
Historical Society
 

A 2024 Heritage Day Invitation
Shenandoah County Heritage Day 2024 is almost here! This countywide day of sharing our history is set for Saturday, April 13, 2024 at the New Market Fire Hall on South Congress St. in New Market. The Fire Hall is a wonderful, large space and so were hoping that, in addition to our local history organizations, many individuals will attend and bring and share their historical stories.We invite you to come and exhibit family, house, church, cemetery, town and village histories, and more. Many topics to choose from! There is no cost involved. We supply tables and chairs.Heritage Day is hosted by SCHS and the Shenandoah County Library Archives. For more information, contact Zach Hottel, county archivist, at 540-984-8200, or leave a message at the SCHS, 540-459-1795.
March 19th Public Program with historical novelist Karl Rhodes: The story of “Peggy’s War” Available on YouTube



The SCHS March 19th public historical program series event in Edinburg, Va. featured a 193rd birthday celebration for Margaret “Peggy” Rhodes, who, like most Shenandoah Valley Mennonites of her time, opposed slavery, secession and war, and also clearly sided with the Union.  Her great-great-grandson, Karl Rhodes, highlighted the remarkable story documented in his historical novel, Peggy’s War.  Peggy Rhodes had expressed her opposition in real ways, such as by running an underground railroad depot for Mennonites and Dunkers who refused to fight on either side. That, along with tending to her five children, ailing husband and a 120-acre farm.  The program is available for viewing on YouTube.
2024 Shenandoah County Historical Society Annual Meeting set for May 21st
The 2024 SCHS Annual Dinner and public program will be held on Tuesday, May 21st, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the VFW building in Edinburg, located next to the Stony Creek Blvd. railroad crossing.  The program, “Learn about a new folk art tradition -- Barn Quilts” will be presented by Sally Shomo. She creates these beautiful objects throughout the Valley, and she will talk about how they had been used during the Civil War. Download a printable Meeting Response Form.

Historical Barns Project: John Adamson



A 2024 Heritage Day Invitation
Shenandoah County Heritage Day 2024 is almost here! This countywide day of sharing our history is set for Saturday, April 13, 2024 at the New Market Fire Hall on South Congress St. in New Market. The Fire Hall is a wonderful, large space and so were hoping that, in addition to our local history organizations, many individuals will attend and bring and share their historical stories.We invite you to come and exhibit family, house, church, cemetery, town and village histories, and more. Many topics to choose from! There is no cost involved. We supply tables and chairs.Heritage Day is hosted by SCHS and the Shenandoah County Library Archives. For more information, contact Zach Hottel, county archivist, at 540-984-8200, or leave a message at the SCHS, 540-459-1795.
March 19th Public Program with historical novelist Karl Rhodes: The story of “Peggy’s War” Available on YouTube



The SCHS March 19th public historical program series event in Edinburg, Va. featured a 193rd birthday celebration for Margaret “Peggy” Rhodes, who, like most Shenandoah Valley Mennonites of her time, opposed slavery, secession and war, and also clearly sided with the Union.  Her great-great-grandson, Karl Rhodes, highlighted the remarkable story documented in his historical novel, Peggy’s War.  Peggy Rhodes had expressed her opposition in real ways, such as by running an underground railroad depot for Mennonites and Dunkers who refused to fight on either side. That, along with tending to her five children, ailing husband and a 120-acre farm.  The program is available for viewing on YouTube.
2024 Shenandoah County Historical Society Annual Meeting set for May 21st
The 2024 SCHS Annual Dinner and public program will be held on Tuesday, May 21st, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the VFW building in Edinburg, located next to the Stony Creek Blvd. railroad crossing.  The program, “Learn about a new folk art tradition -- Barn Quilts” will be presented by Sally Shomo. She creates these beautiful objects throughout the Valley, and she will talk about how they had been used during the Civil War. Download a printable Meeting Response Form.

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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The Shenandoah River Atlas

William E. Trout, III

Published by the Virginia Canals and Navagation Society. Historic sites on the Shenandoah River, its Forks and the North River are featured. River mileage system indicated on map pages. Spiral bound to allow for easier opening and turning of the pages. 2013. 109 pages. Revised Edition.

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Item# 2030

Price: $27
Members: $26

Images of America: Strasburg

Kathy Kahoe & the Strasburg Museum

27 vintage photos that tell the story of the town of Strasburg, Va. since 1761. Written in conjunction with the Strasburg Museum. 2023. 128 pages. 6.5 x 9.25 in.

Softcover
Item# 2042

Price: $23
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32nd annual Brocks Gap Heritage Day on April 20th
The 32nd annual Brocks Gap Heritage Day will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2024, at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School in Broadway, Va., from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No charge for admission. Over 180 posters of vintage photographs feature families, churches, communities, schools, and other topics, along with personal libraries of family, local and regional histories used for research. Other researchers will share their material and be gathering new information. Three programs are featured: Head for the Hills: the Refugees of Peggy’s War, by Karl Rhodes; Speck Fulk in World War II, by Joe T. May and Mountain Women Live on: Life & Legacy of Appalachian Women, by Dr. Peggy Shifflett. Table spaces available, reservations must be made by April 10th. More information at brocksgapvirginia.blogspot.com.

Art At The Mill: Spring Show, April 20th -- May 5th in Millwood, Va.
The Clarke County Historical Association hosts Art At The Mill: Spring Show at the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va. April 20th - May 5th, 2024, Sunday through Friday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission: $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors. Free admission for students. Art at the Mill is back this spring as the Burwell-Morgan Mill turns into a one-of-a-kind art gallery featuring works for purchase by over 300 local artists.  More information

Millers Training Day on May 18th at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va.
Learn historic milling 101 at the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va., May 18th, 2024, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed-toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting flour on are required. The ticket price includes lunch and is refundable if you volunteer for three mill grinding days over the summer.  Sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Association. $40.00 for non-Members, $20.00 for members.  More information.  

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32nd annual Brocks Gap Heritage Day on April 20th
The 32nd annual Brocks Gap Heritage Day will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2024, at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School in Broadway, Va., from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No charge for admission. Over 180 posters of vintage photographs feature families, churches, communities, schools, and other topics, along with personal libraries of family, local and regional histories used for research. Other researchers will share their material and be gathering new information. Three programs are featured: Head for the Hills: the Refugees of Peggy’s War, by Karl Rhodes; Speck Fulk in World War II, by Joe T. May and Mountain Women Live on: Life & Legacy of Appalachian Women, by Dr. Peggy Shifflett. Table spaces available, reservations must be made by April 10th. More information at brocksgapvirginia.blogspot.com.

Art At The Mill: Spring Show, April 20th -- May 5th in Millwood, Va.
The Clarke County Historical Association hosts Art At The Mill: Spring Show at the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va. April 20th - May 5th, 2024, Sunday through Friday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission: $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors. Free admission for students. Art at the Mill is back this spring as the Burwell-Morgan Mill turns into a one-of-a-kind art gallery featuring works for purchase by over 300 local artists.  More information


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  • Shenandoah Voices   •   John Heatwole  •   Stories about life in the Shenandoah Valley, collected and recorded over a lifetime, that open a window to long  ago when the pace of life was governed by the seasons and settlers relied on the traditions of their ancestors. OUT OF PRINT  Hardcover  •   Item #2036  •   Price: $79 (out of print)   Members: $79 (out of print)
  • A Trip by Rail in the Shenandoah Valley on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Southern Railway   •   Bob Cohen  •   An in-depth retrospective of trains, stations, towns and stories from throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Photos of trains, depots, schedules, maps, and other memorabilia appear, along with text, on every page of this colorful book that brings back memories of this period in history. 2013. 162 pages. 8 1/2 x 11. Many color photos.  Hardcover  •   Item #2027  •   Price: $61   Members: $60
  • We Can Take It - A Short Story of the CCC   •   Ray Hoyt  •   History on the establishment of the CCC program. Addresses the social aspects of camp life, work projects educational opportunities, recreation and preparation for then to go out into the world.  Softcover  •   Item #2035  •   Price: $9   Members: $8
  • Shenandoah County and Its Court House   •   Fred Painter  •   This History of the Shenandoah County Court House tells about the building of the structure, its many additions and chronicles happenings through the years. It is the oldest operating Court House west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 1979. 162 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2014  •   Price: $8   Members: $7
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    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
    The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution   •   Edward Hocker  •   A biography of General Peter Muhlenberg, Lutheran clergyman, military chieftain, and political leader. In a new foreword by John Huffman he reminds us that throughout Christian history, Godly men have seen the need to take up arms to defend their homes and families. Edward Hocker has done an honorable job of presenting an accurate picture of a genuine hero, while at the same time not creating an ideological myth of a hero with no flaws. Published:  1936. Reprinted:  2019. Size:  9 x 6 in. 180 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2038  •   Price: $18   Members: $17

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