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

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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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Price: $20
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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.

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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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    History of Shenandoah County, 2nd (Augumented) edition   •   John W. Wayland   •   The definitive work on Shenandoah County, Va., one of the oldest counties in the Valley. Includes a vast amount of family genealogy, early settlers, Indians, forts, town histories and Civil War history. 1969. 896 pages. 2006 reprint.  Hardcover  •   Item #2009  •   Price: $56   Members: $55
  • Our Mountains - The View from Shenandoah County Virginia   •   Array   •   A brochure, reproduced by The Mountain Courier monthly newspaper, based on their May 2012 feature about Living in the Great Valley of the Appalachians. The full color brochure shows the mountains on both sides of Shenandoah County. Every peak and gap and all of the main roads are shown. May, 2012. Eight 6 1/4  x 11 panels on card stock. If only item ordered, include $1.50 for shipping.  Brochure  •   Item #2022  •   Price: $5   Members: $4
  • Welcome to Fort Valley   •   Jeanette Connor Ritenour, James Harris Trott & Margaret Akers Trott   •   Over 500 pages & 200 photos and illustrations in this large-sized book tell of the many pioneer families who settled the valley within a Valley beginning from the mid 18th century. There were furnaces, resorts and many stories about this community and the proud caring people who lived there. 2010. 590 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #2020  •   Price: $75   Members: $70
  • Road Trip to History   •   Wayne Bronson, Oak Tree Productions   •   "The Road Trip to History" series, known for its TV programs featuring the many towns along the Great Valley Pike in the Shenandoah Valley, focuses here on the work of Hugh Morrison, Woodstock photographer, and the efforts of SCHS to preserve the history in his photography. 2009.  DVD  •   Item #2013  •   Price: $15   Members: $14

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The New Civil War Handbook: Facts & Photos for Readers of All Ages   •   Mark Hughes   •   Coverage includes battles, charts, technology, weapons, women, African American and Native American participation, the common soldier, prisons, hospitals, quotations, breakdown of troops by state, and much more. Close to 150 photos. 2009/2011. 158 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1006  •   Price: $16   Members: $15
Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah - Remembrance, Reunion and Reconciliation   •   Jonathan Noyales   •   After four bloody years of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley, the region's inhabitants needed to muster the strength to recover, rebuild and reconcile. This book examines the evolution of attitudes among former soldiers as the Valley sought to find its place in the aftermath of the national tragedy. 2015. 192 pages. 6"x9" 48 images.  Softcover  •   Item #1025  •   Price: $23   Members: $22

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