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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Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1861

Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey

Both are Henkel Granddaughters. A compilation of the Journal of Siram Peter Henkel, the letter collection of Caspar Coiner Henkel, M.D. and the Richmond Times Dispatch. These accounts of the first year of the Civil War reveal how the transition from peace to war affected his community and the Town of New Market, Va. A look at life in 1861. 2011. 346 pages.

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Item# 1004

Price: $20
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49th Virginia Infantry

Richard Kleese

This is a numbered edition of 1000 and signed by author. One of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series. An excellent genealogical resource, lists names and information on those who served. Includes some photos, maps and narrative about the battles and campaigns.

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Item# 1022

Price: $27
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September 23rd from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Tour of the Cool Springs Battlefield in Bluemont, VA
Noted Civil War historian, Jonathan Noyalas, will conduct a guided tour of the Cool Spring Battlefield at 1400 Parker Lane in Bluemont, VA.  The event is sponsored by the Winchester-Frederick Historical Society.  For info:  540-662-6550

October 10th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM: WWII Video Lecture Series in Dayton, VA
The WWII Lecture Series this month, at the Valley Heritage Museum at 382 High Street in Dayton, VA, will feature Carlo D'Este speaking on "Warlord: Winston Churchill at War" ad Craig Symonds discussing "James Doolittle's Daring Raid on Japan".   The series is free and is sponsored by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.  For info:  540-879-2681

October 15th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Lord Fairfax Descendent Introduces New Book in Winchester, VA
Hugh Fairfax, younger brother of Nicholas, Lord Fairfax,  direct descendant from Colonel William Fairfax of Belvoir, will introduce his new book at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester, VA.   The author will discuss the book, Fairfax of Virginia - the Forgotten Story of America's Only Peerage, 1690-1960.  The book will be available for purchase and signing, after which there will be refreshments.  The event is free and the public is invited.  Lecture guests are invited to come early and receive free admission to the museum and gardens.  The Shenandoah County Historical Society and the French and Indian War Foundation are sponsoring this event.

Upcoming events...

September 23rd from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Tour of the Cool Springs Battlefield in Bluemont, VA
Noted Civil War historian, Jonathan Noyalas, will conduct a guided tour of the Cool Spring Battlefield at 1400 Parker Lane in Bluemont, VA.  The event is sponsored by the Winchester-Frederick Historical Society.  For info:  540-662-6550

October 10th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM: WWII Video Lecture Series in Dayton, VA
The WWII Lecture Series this month, at the Valley Heritage Museum at 382 High Street in Dayton, VA, will feature Carlo D'Este speaking on "Warlord: Winston Churchill at War" ad Craig Symonds discussing "James Doolittle's Daring Raid on Japan".   The series is free and is sponsored by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.  For info:  540-879-2681

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    Strasburg, Virginia Our History in Post Cards   •   Gloria Stickley   •   A narrative history of Strasburg, Va. accompanied by an impressive collection ofpost cards - most in color - that start when post cards first became popular. Also maps. 2013. 92 pages. Color.  Hardcover  •   Item #2026  •   Price: $31   Members: $30
  • Virginia 'Publick' Claims Shenandoah County   •   Janice L. Abercrombie & Richard Slatten   •   Compiled & transcribed. A Listing of Claims, seeking compensation,made by Shenandoah County citizens for goods provided to militia or Virginia and Continental armies during the Revolutionary War. (Copied from original Revolutionary Claims in the Library of Virginia). 26 pages. 5 3/8 x 8 3/8.  Softcover  •   Item #2024  •   Price: $8   Members: $8
  • 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
  • Shenandoah County Gazetteer & Historical Geography   •   Irvin D. Magin   •   A collection of places throughout Shenandoah County, with geographical coordinates, descriptions and historical information. 1991. 188 pages. 8x10. Revised 2003.  Softcover  •   Item #2008  •   Price: $13   Members: $12

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Decision at Toms Brook - George Custer, Thomas Rosser, and the Joy of the Fight   •   William J. Miller   •   A must-have book for every Civil War collection. The story of two West Point graduates who find themselves on opposite sides of the Civil War conflict. Their separate paths meet in the Shenandoah Valley. The story is about the conflict between the two men as well as of the Generals they served.  Hardcover  •   Item #1027  •   Price: $31   Members: $30
Touring Virginia's & West Virginia's Civil War Sites   •   Clint Johnson   •   This new edition includes new sites, new photographs and updated directions to the significant civil war sites in both Virginia and West Virginia. The 18 tours visit cemeteries, battlefields, historic houses and buildings, monuments and statues, rivers and mountains, sharing the history behind each location. Some stops are surprising. 2011. 280 pages. 2nd edition.  Softcover  •   Item #1011  •   Price: $21   Members: $20

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