Lord Fairfax ProgramLord Fairfax event scheduled at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Hugh Fairfax, the younger brother of the present Lord Fairfax, whose family played a vital role during the European settlement of our region, has written a new book about his ancestors. In the 18th C., the 6th Lord Fairfax owned over 5 million acres of land in Virginia, which included all of what is now Shenandoah County and the northern Shenandoah Valley. Many families here in the county still have their old family deeds signed by Lord Fairfax that were written on parchment/sheepskin.

Fairfax family members remained in the U.S. for many years, with Hugh’s grandfather returning to England more than 100 years ago to re-claim the family title. Hugh’s book, Fairfax of Virginia - The Forgotten Story of America’s Only Peerage 1690-1960, is the result of years of research into the story of his family’s forgotten history.

The Shenandoah County Historical Society and the French and Indian War Foundation are sponsoring Hugh’s lecture about his book, to be held Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. in Winchester, at 2:00PM. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author. The event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served. Plan to come early as attendees will have free admission to the Museum and Gardens.

 


Lord Fairfax ProgramLord Fairfax event scheduled at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Hugh Fairfax, the younger brother of the present Lord Fairfax, whose family played a vital role during the European settlement of our region, has written a new book about his ancestors. In the 18th C., the 6th Lord Fairfax owned over 5 million acres of land in Virginia, which included all of what is now Shenandoah County and the northern Shenandoah Valley. Many families here in the county still have their old family deeds signed by Lord Fairfax that were written on parchment/sheepskin.

Fairfax family members remained in the U.S. for many years, with Hugh’s grandfather returning to England more than 100 years ago to re-claim the family title. Hugh’s book, Fairfax of Virginia - The Forgotten Story of America’s Only Peerage 1690-1960, is the result of years of research into the story of his family’s forgotten history.

The Shenandoah County Historical Society and the French and Indian War Foundation are sponsoring Hugh’s lecture about his book, to be held Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. in Winchester, at 2:00PM. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author. The event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served. Plan to come early as attendees will have free admission to the Museum and Gardens.

 


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•   Foster a spirit of cooperation between existing organizations, writers, historians, genealogists, collectors, preservationists, and other members of the Shenandoah County community.

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•   Support efforts by citizens, organizations and government to preserve historic buildings and sites.

•   Share history through programs and exhibits.

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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.

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Item# 1003

Price: $8
Members: $7

Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1863

Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey

Both are Henkel Granddaughters. This book is the 3rd in the series "Life in the Shenandoah Valley." A journal, letters and news articles lead the reader through trying times in New Market and the Valley of Virginia - a time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to harvest. See the Henkel, Coiner & Miller families at home as the men march through Chancellorsville & Gettysburg. 2013. 340 pages.

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Item# 1015

Price: $20
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October 21st from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Historic Farming and Survey Day in Berryville VA
A unique historical program that looks at historic farming and surveying at one of Clarke County's oldest farms, Clermont Farm, will be presented by the County Historical Association.  After the program begins of the old barn, there will be a hayride and historical surveyor, Duane Brown, will lead a hands-on program on eighteenth century land surveying.  Mr. Brown was featured on the History Channel's TV program, "How the States Got Their Shapes."   There is a small fee.  For info:  540-955-2600,

Saturday, October 28th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Ghost Tours take place in Strasburg, VA
The annual Strasburg Ghost Tour will begin at Hotel Strasburg, 203 S. Holliday St.  A one-hour walking tour, hearing ghost stories and enjoying the Halloween decorations will leave every 15 minutes.  Advance tickets are $3 at the Town office.  Tickets at the Hotel on the day-of will be $5.  Children are free.  Info:  540-325-4397

October 29th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Lecture on Nelly Custis in Berryville, VA
Historian David Plater will give a lecture on "Nelly Custis and Edward G.W. Butler:  A Tight Fit?".   During the early 1800's, a number of Virginians moved to the old southwest during what was called The Great Migration.  Among those affected by this event was Nelly Custis Lewis, granddaughter of Martha Washington, who resided at Audley Farm.  This will examine how the Lewis family was affected by "The Great Migration" and explore the latter years of Nelly Custis Lewis's life.  The talk will be given on the estate in which Nelly Custis Lewis once resided.  The program is sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Association and will take place at the Audley Farm, 752 Audley Lane in Berryville, VA.   The fee is $10 for CCHS members and $15 for non-members.  For info:  540-955-2600

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October 21st from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Historic Farming and Survey Day in Berryville VA
A unique historical program that looks at historic farming and surveying at one of Clarke County's oldest farms, Clermont Farm, will be presented by the County Historical Association.  After the program begins of the old barn, there will be a hayride and historical surveyor, Duane Brown, will lead a hands-on program on eighteenth century land surveying.  Mr. Brown was featured on the History Channel's TV program, "How the States Got Their Shapes."   There is a small fee.  For info:  540-955-2600,

Saturday, October 28th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Ghost Tours take place in Strasburg, VA
The annual Strasburg Ghost Tour will begin at Hotel Strasburg, 203 S. Holliday St.  A one-hour walking tour, hearing ghost stories and enjoying the Halloween decorations will leave every 15 minutes.  Advance tickets are $3 at the Town office.  Tickets at the Hotel on the day-of will be $5.  Children are free.  Info:  540-325-4397

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    The French & Indian War in Shenandoah County - Life On the Inner Frontier, 1752-1766   •   R. Patrick Murphy   •   The Story of the French and Indian War, Shenandoah County's "forgotten war," as it exists in memory and artifact. Color illustrations and fold out map of F&I War sites in the County. 2013. 142 pages. Foldout map.  Softcover  •   Item #2025  •   Price: $31   Members: $30
  • SCHS Glass Plate Processing Project   •   Array   •   Produced by filmmaker and SCHS Board Member, Philip Crown, documents the process by which 27,000+ glass negatives have been cataloged, reproduced, stored and made available to the community. 30 Minutes.  DVD  •   Item #2023  •   Price: $10   Members: $9
  • Shenandoah County Trivia (And a little bit more!)   •   Irvin D. Magin   •   1000+ bits and pieces of facts and figures about this Virginia county, its people, its history, and what makes things go. 2002. 138 pages. 4 1/8x 7 3/8.  Softcover  •   Item #2029  •   Price: $8   Members: $9
  • Tales from Shenandoah   •   Joseph Floyd Wine   •   A collection of tales both oral and in written form that have been passed down through the years, telling of interesting events and people. 1989. 85 pages  Hardcover  •   Item #2017  •   Price: $12   Members: $11

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Remembering the Civil War Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation   •   Caroline E. Janney   •   The author, who hails from Luray, Va., is a history professor at Purdue U. She examines how the war generation -- men and women, black and white, Unionists and Confederates -- crafted and protected their memories of the nation's greatest conflict. She explores the subtle, yet important differences between reunion and reconciliation. 2013. 451 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #1020  •   Price: $37   Members: $36
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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