Shenandoah County
Historical Society
Shenandoah County
Historical Society
 

John Adamson Remembered

Dr. Kristen de Graauw is the Dendroarchaeologist who worked with Historic Barns Program Manager John Adamson for over nearly two years. John's sudden death on November 19th led to the cancellation of the Nov. 22nd "encore" presentation of the SCHS October 26th Zoom program, "Drilling In On Dendroarchaeology," which had not been recorded. Dr. de Graauw subsquently recorded a moving video tribute to John on November 22nd.


Shenandoah County commemorates its 250th anniversary during 2022. A variety of history-themed events are planned throughout the year. Visit sc250.org for more information.

Revolutionary War Exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum During October

Diorama prepared by Jim Stevenson

This diorama does not represent any specific battle but is intended to show a mixture of soldiers and the various uniforms they wore during the Revolutionary War. Soldiers from European nations generally wore distinct uniforms and could be identified by country of origin because of this. American soldiers wore a variety of civilian clothing and military uniforms that gradually evolved into more consistent dress as the war progressed. Represented in the diorama are the following:

 • Hessian soldiers in dark blue coats
 • British soldiers in red coats
 • British Highlanders in kilts and red coats
 • American militia in civilian coats of various colors
 • Continental (American) soldiers in brown coats
 • Continental (American) soldiers in blue coats
 • French soldiers in white coats
 • French soldiers of the Lauzon regiment in light blue coats
 • Indians wearing a wide variety including native garb and a mixture of civilian and military dress

For more information: 540-459-1795 or SCHS.VA@gmail.com

 




Shenandoah County commemorates its 250th anniversary during 2022. A variety of history-themed events are planned throughout the year. Visit sc250.org for more information.

Revolutionary War Exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum During October

Diorama prepared by Jim Stevenson

This diorama does not represent any specific battle but is intended to show a mixture of soldiers and the various uniforms they wore during the Revolutionary War. Soldiers from European nations generally wore distinct uniforms and could be identified by country of origin because of this. American soldiers wore a variety of civilian clothing and military uniforms that gradually evolved into more consistent dress as the war progressed. Represented in the diorama are the following:

 • Hessian soldiers in dark blue coats
 • British soldiers in red coats
 • British Highlanders in kilts and red coats
 • American militia in civilian coats of various colors
 • Continental (American) soldiers in brown coats
 • Continental (American) soldiers in blue coats
 • French soldiers in white coats
 • French soldiers of the Lauzon regiment in light blue coats
 • Indians wearing a wide variety including native garb and a mixture of civilian and military dress

For more information: 540-459-1795 or SCHS.VA@gmail.com

 



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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A Diary of Henry Saint John Rinker (1862 - 1867)

Daniel Warrick Burruss & Sandra Helsley Yelton

His account of events commencing January 1862 and ending December 1867. 1999. 111 pages.

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Item# 4004

Price: $16
Members: $15

FORERUNNERS - A History and Genealogy of the Strickler Families, Their Kith & Kin

Harry M. Strickler

The information in this book, includes material dating back to 1700.  Some of the family names included are the Kauffmans, Stovers, Burners, Ruffners, Beavers, Shaffers, Brumbacks, Zirkles, Blossers, Groves, Brubakers, Neffs, Rothgebs and other early families of Shenandoah, Rockingham, Augusta, Frederick and Page Counties. First Published: 1925. Reprinted - 1998. 427 pages.

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Item# 4022

Price: $36
Members: $35

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  • A Diary of Henry Saint John Rinker (1862 - 1867)   •   Daniel Warrick Burruss & Sandra Helsley Yelton  •   His account of events commencing January 1862 and ending December 1867. 1999. 111 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #4004  •   Price: $16   Members: $15
  • Shenandoah County Birth Records of Free Born Children (1853 - 1871)   •   Elisabeth Risdon  •   Alphabetical listing of recorded births during the time period listed. 1995. 89 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #4005  •   Price: $16   Members: $15
  • The Rinkers of Virginia, Their Neighbors and Kin in the Shenandoah Valley   •   Daniel Warrick Burruss  •   The story of Jacob, Casper and Heinrich Rinker and their ancestors. Some photos. 1993. 210 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #4010  •   Price: $26   Members: $25
  • In Search of Your German Roots   •   Angus Baxter  •   This book is designed to help you trace your German ancestry, not only in Germany, but in al the German-speaking areas of Europe, from the Baltic to the Crimea, from the Czech Republic to Belgium. This 5th edition highlights all of the recent developments – new facilities, new websites, and newly-available records. The most comprehensive guide to German roots available. 2015. 140 pages. 5th Edition.  Softcover  •   Item #4017  •   Price: $22   Members: $21
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    Christian Bowman & The Sabbatarians - Strasburg/Sandy Hook Virginia Heritage   •   Robert Lee Bowman  •   History of the "Forbidden Shenandoah Valley," Indian conflicts, Sabbatarian Settlement, and Local Swiss-German families in the context of other early Virginia Historical Highlights. 2011. 50 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #4013  •   Price: $13   Members: $13
    The German Element of the Shenandoah Valley   •   John W. Wayland  •   A book about the early German settlersin this region of Virginia. Included is area geography, early towns, records of the Germans, religion, customs, education, as well as Revolutionary War German pensioners. 1907. 312 pages. 2007 reprint.  Hardcover  •   Item #4007  •   Price: $31   Members: $30

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