VIRGINIA CADDEN

Virginia Cadden holds up pot on display in the pottery wing of the Strasburg Museum in this April 2002 photo. Cadden died earlier this week.

Strasburg resident Virginia “Gin” Cadden,  remembered for her contributions to the community, including the founding of the Strasburg Museum, passed away Monday. She was 94.

“Gin was a lady loved by everybody in town,” said Gloria Stickley, president of the Strasburg Museum. “She was very devoted to the town.”

Stickley said that Cadden worked for several years to get a museum opened in Strasburg, including working on an agreement with Southern Railway to turn the old train station on East King Street into a museum.

“It took a long time to accomplish,” she said. “They made it possible to make the train station to be a museum.”

Cadden became the first president of the Strasburg Museum when it opened in 1970.

“She was one of the first people to make the community aware of its history,” Stickley said.

Aside from the various artifacts that have been collected over the years, the museum is also home to a pottery room, named after Cadden, which was a passion of hers. In the early years of Strasburg’s existence, the town was famous for its pottery trade, earning Strasburg the name of “Pot Town.”

“She wanted to make sure there was a place to display pottery,” she said. “Gin displayed her own collection. People in the area started looking for pottery because of her.”

Cadden was also a force in the creation of the Strasburg Community Library.

“When I was a young girl, we didn't have a library,” Stickley said. “Gin was my Girl Scout leader at the time and she was interested in the town having a library.”

Cadden was also recognized as one of the first directors of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.

“I remember when her son Sean was young. She arranged a bus trip for local children to take them to the music festival,” Stickley said. “She introduced culture to our children.”

A viewing for Cadden will be held at Stover Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Strasburg Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery.

Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com