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 - 1864

Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey

Both are Henkel Granddaughters. This is the fourth book in the series "Life in the Shenandoah Valley." A journal, letters and news articles lead the reader through trying times when the Battle of New Market and Sheridan's Burning of the Valley bring the War in Virginia to the doorsteps of the Henkel, Coiner and Miller families. 2014. 340 pages.

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Item# 1019

Price: $20
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The Wounding of Jackson

Capt. R. Wilbourn

A document based on a report by Captain R.E. Wilbourn, Chief Signal Officer, Army of Northern Virginia, CSA. 4 pages.

Softcover
Item# 1014

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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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    A Pictorial History of Shenandoah County: 50 Years through the Lens of Hugh Morrison, Jr.   •   John Adamson   •   206 Photographs tell about life in the Shenandoah County of Va. The subjects include portraits, family events, christenings, sports, farms, animals, children, landscapes, soldiers, cars, school events, buildings, professionals, everything you can think of that makes up day to day life. All identified photos in the Morrison book of photos are listed, and list is regularly updated as new identifications are made. 2007. 230 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #2002  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
  • Union Forge   •   Mary Ann Williamson   •   Records of the forge, store, and churches, plus genealogical records. 1997. 317 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #2019  •   Price: $27   Members: $26
  • Surveys of Jacob Rinker 1785-1794   •   Daniel Warrick Burruss and Sandra Helsley Yelton   •   A book of Records of Plots & Certificates of Surveys of Jacob Rinker, beginning July 1, 1785. Abstracts. 1999. 110 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2001  •   Price: $16   Members: $15
  • 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

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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
Bloody Autumn - The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864   •   Daniel T. Davis & Phillip S. Greenwalt   •   Newest edition to the Emerging Civil War Series by two longtime students of the War. This book shifts attention away from the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia to the campaign that ultimately determined the balance of power across the Eastern Theater. 2014. 168 pages, 10 maps, 184 images.  Softcover  •   Item #1018  •   Price: $13   Members: $13

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