Moments in History

Text of radio broadcasts, by SCHS President, Barbara Adamson, on a whole array of subjects in Shenandoah County History

To view each moments story, simply click on the title text of the one you want to read. After you are finished, you can either click on the title again to close the story, or use the "CLOSE" link at the bottom of the text of each story.

In Richard Kleese's "Shenandoah County in the Civil War," we learn that bushwhackers were a particular annoyance for Sheridan's Federal cavalry. Learn about the 1865 Bushwackers in this interesting piece.
One of the Civil War's more colorful characters was Belle Boyd, a young woman from the Valley whose activities as a spy…
The original name of Shenandoah County was Dunmore. The history behind the name is described here.
John Wayland in his book, "A History of Shenandoah County," tells the interesting story about the beginning of Henkel Press.
A most interesting person during the early years in Shenandoah County was the Rev. James Ireland, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a successful and charismatic Baptist preacher in the Valley. John Wayland tell about him in this excerpt from his book, "A History of Shenandoah County."
The First Civilian Convervation Corp. camp was Camp Roosevelt. The beginnings of the CCC are described here.
Confederate Colonel Gilmore spent New Year's Eve at Orkney Springs in 1863. You can read his account of the evening here.
The Burning of the Valley in 1864 is the subject of this "Moment."
Bernard, Duke of Saxe Weimar, took a trip through the Valley in 1825, and shares his thoughts about what he saw.
The Shenandoah County Court House had the first addition built in 1871. The process is described in this report.
The Shenandoah County Farm and Alms House has quite an interesting history.
A conflict with the Indians in 1864, near Strasburg, is the subject of this report about the massacre of the Miller Family.
Taxidermist Asa Sheetz, of Woodstock, was well-known throughout the state, for his vast collection of mounted wildlife specimens.
In earlier days, the people of Shenandoah County lived pretty self-sufficiently, as did the citizens of rural communities everywhere. One indication of local self-sufficiency is the number of mills that once existed. Click here and read about the mills of Mill Creek, near Mt. Jackson.
The bloody battle of 3rd Winchester occurred on September 19, 1964, with Union forces victorious.
The Hottel-Keller Family has an annual reunion the first weekend in August. One can also visit their Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum at their Homestead.
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