History

Digging up the past

October 28th, 2014

STRASBURG — Archaeologists and volunteers on Tuesday began digging into Strasburg’s pottery past.

Preserving the past

October 8th, 2014

STRASBURG — The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation has made an “unprecedented victory in historic preservation,” according to CEO Keven Walker.

In Front Royal, a grim reminder

September 22nd, 2014

The deaths of six men by shooting and hanging without trials amid a group of terrified civilians might sound like the latest news bulletin from the Middle East, but the violence is an all too real part of Front Royal’s Civil War history from 150 years ago.

Foundation plans for 150th anniversary celebrations

August 13th, 2014

WINCHESTER — For the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation and CEO Kevin Walker, the 150th anniversary of the Third Battle of Winchester is more about the future than it is the past.

Meem’s Bottom Bridge damaged again, repairs underway

July 15th, 2014

The Meem’s Bottom Bridge has received its share of punishing blows during its long history, so it was no surprise to state road officials when it took another hit Sunday, this one from a tractor trailer that failed to squeeze in under the bridge roof.

Historical event benefits veterans

June 20th, 2014

While local historical reenactors demonstrate strategies used during a war that took place 70 years ago, their work will be benefiting those who served more recently.

Civil War-era Bible inscription adds greater mystery to Hupp family history

June 20th, 2014

STRASBURG — Sally Hupp of Strasburg did not expect to find anything special in a Bible her great-grandfather Luther Hurn passed down through her father’s family. Looking through some family documents on Memorial Day weekend, she found the travel-sized Bible she had seen many times before but never thought to open.

Corps youth crews rehabilitate Skyland Stables

June 4th, 2014

Skyland Stables in Shenandoah National Park was built in 1939 as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps. Now, a similar program has recently finished a major rehabilitation of the historic structure.

Battle of New Market to commemorate 150 years

May 12th, 2014

Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge is remembered 150 years after the Battle of New Market for an order that sent 257 young cadets to war. “Put the boys in, and may God forgive me for the order,” he famously said.

Toms Brook UMC remembers 135 years with reunion, book

April 25th, 2014

Until about seven years ago, the history of Toms Brook United Methodist Church was packed away in suitcases under the church historian’s bed. Now historian Gloria Ryman challenges the community to look through their own homes for information to add to the book the history committee has been writing.

Lessons on swords, warfare planned in Front Royal

April 16th, 2014

Sword specialist Richard W. Hoover plans a pointed lesson at the Warren Heritage Society this evening. Then next week, a yearlong exhibit called “The Year of the Burning,” about the valley campaigns of 1864, kicks off with an evening reception. Both events are at 7 p.m.

Front Royal family plans Civil War burials this Saturday

April 16th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Wanda Fox Bryant still has the sugar bowl her mother carried with her when forced to abandon her family home in the 1941. One of 465 families displaced for the construction of Shenandoah National Park, the Foxes of Warren County still honor their past in the Blue Ridge.

Homeschool Day teaches battlefield basics

March 22nd, 2014

NEW MARKET — Hundreds of homeschooled children and their families packed the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park on Saturday to get a hands-on history lesson in Civil War life.