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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Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market

Charles R. Knight

This new look at the Battle of New Market, Va. and the Opening of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of May, 1864, is the first full-length account in more than three decades to reexamine this historic event. The author is a former historical interpreter at New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. 2010. 313 pages.

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Item# 1012

Price: $31
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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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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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    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
  • 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
  • Images of America: Around New Market   •   James R. Graves & John D. Crim   •   New Market lies at the western base of the Massanutten range. Its crossroads go back to two Native American hunting trails that crossed here throughout the ages. The Town was incorporated in 1796 and the area still shines with its agrarian roots, while over the years it has fostered many educational institutions and maintained historically heavy commerce. The book has lots of photos. 2007. 128 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2031  •   Price: $23   Members: $22
  • The Shenandoah River Atlas   •   William E. Trout, III   •   Published by the Virginia Canals and Navagation Society. Historic sites on the Shenandoah River, its Forks and the North River are featured. River mileage system indicated on map pages. Spiral bound to allow for easier opening and turning of the pages. 2013. 109 pages. Revised Edition.  Softcover  •   Item #2030  •   Price: $27   Members: $26

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The Women of the Confederacy   •   Rev. J.L. Underwood   •   Learn how the women of the Confederacy handled the deprivations and hardships of war as they experienced what it was like to have war, not across an ocean, but in their own back yard. This book, first published in 1906, is an up-close and personal look at the brave women of the Confederacy. 1906. 313 pages. 2004 Reprint.  Softcover  •   Item #1021  •   Price: $31   Members: $30
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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