Shenandoah County
Historical Society
Shenandoah County
Historical Society
 

2024 SCHS Annual Meeting Scheduled for May 21st
The 2024 Shenandoah County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Dinner will be held Tuesday, May 21st in Edinburg at the historic Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2447 located on Stony Creek Blvd at the railroad crossing. A social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.  The program, “Learn about a new folk art tradition -- Barn Quilts” will be presented by Sally Shomo. She creates these beautiful objects throughout the Valley, and she will talk about how they had been used during the Civil War. A presentation of the annual John H. Adamson Excellence in Preservation Awards will also be held.  A brief SCHS business meeting will precede the Preservation Awards and the program.  Download a printable Meeting Response Form.

March 19th Public Program with historical novelist Karl Rhodes: The story of “Peggy’s War” Available on YouTube



The SCHS March 19th public historical program series event in Edinburg, Va. featured a 193rd birthday celebration for Margaret “Peggy” Rhodes, who, like most Shenandoah Valley Mennonites of her time, opposed slavery, secession and war, and also clearly sided with the Union.  Her great-great-grandson, Karl Rhodes, highlighted the remarkable story documented in his historical novel, Peggy’s War.  Peggy Rhodes had expressed her opposition in real ways, such as by running an underground railroad depot for Mennonites and Dunkers who refused to fight on either side. That, along with tending to her five children, ailing husband and a 120-acre farm.  The program is available for viewing on YouTube.
Historical Barns Project: John Adamson



2024 SCHS Annual Meeting Scheduled for May 21st
The 2024 Shenandoah County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Dinner will be held Tuesday, May 21st in Edinburg at the historic Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2447 located on Stony Creek Blvd at the railroad crossing. A social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.  The program, “Learn about a new folk art tradition -- Barn Quilts” will be presented by Sally Shomo. She creates these beautiful objects throughout the Valley, and she will talk about how they had been used during the Civil War. A presentation of the annual John H. Adamson Excellence in Preservation Awards will also be held.  A brief SCHS business meeting will precede the Preservation Awards and the program.  Download a printable Meeting Response Form.

March 19th Public Program with historical novelist Karl Rhodes: The story of “Peggy’s War” Available on YouTube



The SCHS March 19th public historical program series event in Edinburg, Va. featured a 193rd birthday celebration for Margaret “Peggy” Rhodes, who, like most Shenandoah Valley Mennonites of her time, opposed slavery, secession and war, and also clearly sided with the Union.  Her great-great-grandson, Karl Rhodes, highlighted the remarkable story documented in his historical novel, Peggy’s War.  Peggy Rhodes had expressed her opposition in real ways, such as by running an underground railroad depot for Mennonites and Dunkers who refused to fight on either side. That, along with tending to her five children, ailing husband and a 120-acre farm.  The program is available for viewing on YouTube.
Historical Barns Project: John Adamson



Shenandoah County Historical Society Mission Statement

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

•   Aid in the collection and creation of materials and publications about the history of Shenandoah County and ensure that they are preserved and made available to the community.

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

•   Share history through programs and exhibits.



Organizational Tax Status

The Shenandoah County Historical Society was founded in 1985 and is established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is completely volunteer driven. The Society is sustained by memberships, donations, grants and profits from book sales. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Bust of Revolutionary War Patriot, John Peter Muhlenberg, "Clergyman, Statesman, Soldier," commissioned by Narrow Passage Chapter, DAR, and sculpted by Caroline Muhlenberg Hufford Anderson. Dedicated in 1988, it stands in front of the 1795 Historic Shenandoah County Courthouse in Woodstock, Va. 4 3/8 x 5 1/2.

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Postcard picturing the weather vane, crafted by a local artisan, that is mounted atop the cupola on the 1795 Historic Shenandoah County Courthouse in Woodstock Va. 4 5/8 x 6 1/8.

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Fiber Day at the Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum on June 1
11523 Back Road, Toms Brook, Va.  Fiber Day will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Open to the public.  Learn about historic spinning, weaving, and knitting. Bring along a bag lunch and explore the historic Hottel-Keller farm and museum.  The bake oven will also be in operation and bead will be ready at midday. 

Colonial Kids Day on July 13th at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va.
Eighth Annual Colonial Kids Day at the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va., July 13th, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Interactive activities include blacksmithing, craft-making, colonial games, a scavenger hunt, the history of the Mill, living history interpretations, and grinding in action. $5 per person.  More information.  


Upcoming events...

Fiber Day at the Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum on June 1
11523 Back Road, Toms Brook, Va.  Fiber Day will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Open to the public.  Learn about historic spinning, weaving, and knitting. Bring along a bag lunch and explore the historic Hottel-Keller farm and museum.  The bake oven will also be in operation and bead will be ready at midday. 

Colonial Kids Day on July 13th at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va.
Eighth Annual Colonial Kids Day at the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Va., July 13th, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Interactive activities include blacksmithing, craft-making, colonial games, a scavenger hunt, the history of the Mill, living history interpretations, and grinding in action. $5 per person.  More information.  


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  • Post Card   •   The 1795 Historic Shenandoah County Courthouse in Woodstock Va. is the oldest working courthouse west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The earliest section now functions as a museum and also houses a visitor center. 4 3/8 x 5 1/2  Postcard  •   Item #8008  •   Price: $1   Members: $1
  • Post Card   •   A statue of Rev. Peter Muhlenberg, noted for his famous call to arms during the Revolutionary War, who later became a general under George Washington's command. Sculpture is by Gary Casteel and was installed in front of the Historic 1795 Shenandoah County Courthouse in Woodstock Va., in 2008. 4 3/8 x 5 1/2.  Postcard  •   Item #8010  •   Price: $1   Members: $1
  • Post Card   •   An early photo of the 1795 Historic Shenandoah County Courthouse in Woodstock Va. that shows the original building with two later additions, at the beginning of the 20th century. 4 3/8 x 5 1/2.  Postcard  •   Item #8009  •   Price: $1   Members: $1
  • Post Card   •   Postcard picturing the weather vane, crafted by a local artisan, that is mounted atop the cupola on the 1795 Historic Shenandoah County Courthouse in Woodstock Va. 4 5/8 x 6 1/8.  Postcard  •   Item #8002  •   Price: $1   Members: $1
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    Post Card   •   Postcard picturing the weather vane, crafted by a local artisan, that is mounted atop the cupola on the 1795 Historic Shenandoah County Courthouse in Woodstock Va. 4 5/8 x 6 1/8.  Postcard  •   Item #8002  •   Price: $1   Members: $1
    Post Card   •   Bust of Revolutionary War Patriot, John Peter Muhlenberg, "Clergyman, Statesman, Soldier," commissioned by Narrow Passage Chapter, DAR, and sculpted by Caroline Muhlenberg Hufford Anderson. Dedicated in 1988, it stands in front of the 1795 Historic Shenandoah County Courthouse in Woodstock, Va. 4 3/8 x 5 1/2.  Postcard  •   Item #8007  •   Price: $1   Members: $1

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