Shenandoah County Historical Society announces award winners

The Shenandoah County Historical Society has announced it presented three Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards at its annual meeting and banquet held on May 13 at the historic Edinburg Mill.

The society’s new awards program seeks to recognize outstanding preservation projects in the fields of history, architecture, scenic beauty and material culture, in the hope that public recognition of such achievements will encourage others to follow their examples and thus bring about a greater awareness of the value of historic preservation. Each year, the society gives up to three awards to deserving nominees.

The 2014 awards were presented to the following nominees:

R. Patrick Murphy, for his well-documented and beautifully written book, “The French and Indian War in Shenandoah County: Life on the Inner Frontier, 1752-1766”

Kenna Fansler, for a faithful and elegant rehabilitation of his historic Federal-style and Greek Revival home located on Main Street in the Mount Jackson National Register Historic District, where it will serve as a valuable model for future projects

The Strasburg Presbyterian Church, for outstanding restoration and reconstruction of its historic church, the oldest church in Strasburg, badly damaged by fire in July 2011, and for creating an attractive and functional addition to address modern safely needs.

For more information, contact the Shenandoah Historical Society at 540-459-1795 or, or call Barbara Adamson at 465-5570.