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America’s Bloodiest Battle: Death, treachery and cover-up

Tens of thousands dead, almost 100,000 wounded. The story of the bloodiest battle in U.S. military history has drama and thrills.

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Valley iron industry focus at Augusta County History Society Spring Meeting

A booming iron industry existed across the Shenandoah Valley for more than two centuries – and lasted until early in the 1900s.

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National Park Service director coming home to address Augusta County Historical Society banquet

Jonathan Jarvis, director of the U.S. National Park Service, will bring his passion for “his children” to the 20th annual banquet of the Augusta County Historical Society March 19.


Popular “Conversations from the Grave tour returns Sept. 26-27 in Thornrose Cemetery

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27, the Augusta County Historical Society will sponsor “Conversations from the Grave,” a unique guided tour that takes visitors back in time through Staunton’s most beautiful final resting place, Thornrose Cemetery.

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A chance to look behind the news: Augusta County Historical Society offers glimpse into how the sausage is made

The presidential election will be big news over the next year. Join the Augusta County Historical Society for a November 9 trip that will offer an inside look at the world of news gathering, and the challenges of news reporting in a chaotic digital world.

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The Stonewall Brigade Band: 160 years and beyond

The 160-year history of Staunton’s own Stonewall Brigade Band will be detailed through photographs and historical artifacts in an Augusta County Historical Society exhibit opening May 15 at the R. R. Smith Center for History and Art in Staunton.

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Grant from Community Foundation launches book, film project

With the support of a grant from the Community Foundation’s Carroll and Grace “Patsy” Guynn Memorial Fund, the Augusta County Historical Society is documenting the history of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation (WWRC) complex in Fishersville.

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Inside Swannanoa: Builders of the mysterious mansion on the mountain

James and Sallie Dooley used their great wealth to shape a dream in marble on a mountaintop above Waynesboro. On Sunday, March 29, historian Dale Wheary will speak at the Augusta County Government Center about this fascinating couple, their passion, their connections to the Valley and the magnificent Swannanoa they inspired and built nearby.


Valley author to speak on controversial aviator Charles Lindbergh

A noted former Smithsonian curator, aviation enthusiast and author will speak to his passion – Charles Lindbergh – Thursday, February 19, at the Smith Center in Staunton.


Augusta County Historical Society offers Library of Congress tour

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library and the repository of a remarkable collection of photos, maps, recordings and historical items.


Swannanoa: The mysterious mountaintop mansion, its little-known history

Airisun Wonderl will pull back the curtain of mystery that sometimes has hidden the magnificent marble Swannanoa that stands atop the line between Augusta and Nelson counties.


Augusta County’s past: Captured in remarkable photographs

Photographs will provide a peek at Augusta County’s past on Sunday, November 2, at a special presentation by the Augusta County Historical Society.


How apples shaped the Valley: A talk by author Scott Jost

Author Scott Jost will describe the history of the apple industry in the Valley through oral histories and photographs in an October 2, program sponsored by the Augusta County Historical Society.


Kitty Greene: A strong woman who helped shape a nation

A close friend of Virginia’s Revolutionary War heroes Patrick Henry and George Washington, Catharine “Kitty” Littlefield Greene, was known as a vivacious flirt who could be brutally honest.


Dedication of Grandma Moses historical highway marker

A state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources highlighting the years that Anna Mary Robertson Moses – known to the world as Grandma Moses for her Primitive American style of painting – spent with her husband and children in Augusta County will be dedicated this week.


Local author Nancy Sorrells to sign copies of new Augusta County book at Bookworks

Book signing featuring Images of America: Augusta County, by local author Nancy T. Sorrells.

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General talks of storied Stonewall Brigade at Historical Society’s March 16 gathering

At the Spring Meeting of the Augusta County Historical Society, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, a Staunton native and former commander of the Stonewall Brigade will speak on the frequently honored fighting unit, and ongoing efforts to remember those who served.

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New book discusses Augusta County history

Augusta County, the new addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, presents an overview history of Augusta County, Va., from its inception in 1738.


CW 150 Legacy Project visits Staunton

CW 150 Legacy Project staff will be visiting Staunton on Friday, March 21, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Staunton Public Library.


Colonial Money program rescheduled

Award-winning numismatist Philip I. Mossman, MD, will present a program on “The Money of Colonial Virginia” 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the R. R. Smith Center in Staunton.


Colonial Money: How it evolved, fought, conquered – and was counterfeited

Award-winning numismatist Philip I. Mossman will present a program on “The Money of Colonial Virginia” 7 p.m. February 13 and 20 at the R. R. Smith Center in Staunton. The presentations are part of the popular Stuart Talk series presented by the Augusta County Historical Society.


Staunton newspaper history featured at R.R.Smith Center

The Augusta County Historical Society launches an exhibit, a lecture, and a book signing at the Smith Center on Thursday, January 23 to celebrate the history of newspapers in this community.

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Augusta County Historical Society program focuses on Jack Jouett

On Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. until noon, the Augusta County Historical Society is sponsoring Staunton storyteller and folk musician Bill Wellington in a program on the second floor of the R.R. Smith Center for History & Art. Wellington is hoping that his program, “Poetic Justice,” will finally give this Revolutionary patriot his just due.

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Augusta County Historical Society Fall Meeting focuses on Lewis family

As our nation looks back on that defining period of the Civil War – a history played out 150 years ago – it is sometimes too complex to grasp. The reality is that the history of that tragic war is actually comprised of millions of unique stories, some told on the battlefield and some on the homefront. One family’s history in that war will be the topic of the Augusta County Historical Society’s Fall Meeting to be held Sunday, November 3, at 3 p.m. at Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church in Fort Defiance.

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Trains and photography featured in exhibit and program

Train enthusiasts and anyone seeking a nostalgic look at a vanished rural America will enjoy the “Life Along the Line” exhibit currently on display in the History Gallery at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art.


‘Spirited’ talk about the history of distilling in Augusta County

The traditional craft of distilling whiskey came from Ireland in the 1730s, with the earliest settlers in Augusta County. Making whiskey became a routine way to get grain and corn crops to market compactly and profitably. Before the Civil War there were sizable commercial distilleries in the area, with two of the best known near Middlebrook.

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President James Monroe speaks up in Staunton

Fifth President James Monroe appears at Francis Auditorium, Mary Baldwin College, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., in the person of Dennis Bigelow, a re-enactor at Monroe’s Charlottesville home, Ash Lawn Highland.

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U.S. President James Monroe Speaks Up!

The Augusta County Historical Society will host a special living history program with U.S. President James Monroe on Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.


Augusta County Historical Society presents program on Matthew Fontaine Maury

The story of Matthew Fontaine Maury’s fascinating career will be told as part of the continuing Stuart Speaker Series sponsored by the Augusta County Historical Society on Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. Colonel Keith Gibson, director of the VMI museum system, has put together a fascinating program that explores Maury’s life and career.

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Historical Society talk focuses on emancipation

The Augusta County Historical Society will continue its popular Stuart Series Talks with a special presentation on the Emancipation Proclamation by Dr. Holt Merchant, a professor of history at Washington & Lee University, on Thursday at 7 p.m.


Historical Society event examines Emancipation Proclamation

Washington & Lee University history Professor Holt Merchant will explain the idea of freedom that was introduced into the nation’s psyche on Jan.1, 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Augusta County Historical Society to spotlight Valley Campaign

The year 2012 marked the 150th anniversary of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Conducted during the spring and early summer of 1862, Jackson’s maneuvers in the Valley are still considered by historians and military strategists to be nothing short of tactical genius. On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., the Augusta County Historical Society will present “Keeping the Federals at Bay: Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign.”

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Death by Chocolate: The ultimate whodunit

It started out as a fun evening of chocolate and champagne at an Augusta County Historical Society fundraiser held in the Smith Center for History and Art in Downtown Staunton. And then the evening turned sinister as party attendee and prominent architectural preservationist Bill Frazier turns up dead in the very building he helped restore a decade ago. At least that’s what supposedly happens at the hilarious mystery spoof, “Death by Chocolate,” being conducted by the society on Sunday, November 4 at 7 p.m.


Tuskegee Airmen to speak at local celebration

The famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II will be recognized in a community-wide celebration at the gym in Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, on Sunday, July 15

Jamestown Archaeologist Dr. William Kelso to speak at Augusta County Historical Society’s Annual Banquet

The incredible rediscovery of the original Jamestown settlement of 1607, thought to have been washed into the James River long ago, is now the centerpiece of Historic Jamestowne. On Tuesday, April 24, Dr. William “Bill” Kelso, Director of Archaeological Research and Interpretation for the Preservation Virginia Jamestown Rediscovery Project, will be giving a presentation on […]

Montgomery Hall Park history preserved

Until the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, African Americans in the Jim Crow South lived under the harsh social and legal laws that created a separate and very unequal society. That was as true for African Americans in Staunton and Augusta County as it was anywhere else. However, in 1946, thanks to the perseverance […]

Shenandoah National Park focus of Historical Society’s Spring Meeting

Martha Bogle, superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, will lead the Augusta County Historical Society’s spring meeting in considering the history and future of the park, which celebrated its 75th Anniversary last year. Her talk, “Shenandoah National Park: 75 Historic Years & Growing,” is Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at Wilson Memorial High School, Fishersville. […]

Historic Valley Road subject of program

A year ago the Smith Center filled to capacity with people eager to learn more about the historic road that runs the length of the Shenandoah Valley. Now, back by popular demand, the Augusta County Historical Society will present another program on that historic highway—the Great Valley Road of Virginia—on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 […]

Crozet Tunnel focus of Historical Society meeting

More than 150 years ago about 2,000 Irish immigrants changed the face of Augusta County. For eight years they joined with over 100 African-American slaves and, by hand, dug 4,262 feet through the rock of Afton Mountain to built a railroad tunnel. When they were finished in the 1850s, Richmond was connected by railroad to […]

Historical Society offers Hotchkiss tour

Join the Augusta County Historical Society as the group follows in the footsteps of Stonewall Jackson’s renowned mapmaker, Jedediah Hotchkiss. The daylong bus tour on Saturday, Oct. 15 runs from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. Although Hotchkiss gained international fame for his cartography skills during the Civil War, the New York native had already […]

Historical Society highlights region’s apple heritage

Pippin and blacktwig, stamen and Grimes golden, Virginia beauty and winesap … once every housewife knew which apple to put in her pie, which to store in the root cellar, and which to send to the men for the cider press. Learn more about the area’s apple heritage at the premier Augusta County Historical Society […]

Historian to highlight Historical Society banquet

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Civil War historian Dr. James “Bud” Robertson will highlight the Augusta County Historical Society’s 14th annual Spring Banquet with a presentation on “Bringing Light from the Darkness: Virginia Marks the Civil War Sesquicentennial.”

Historical Society features talk on whiskey distilling

   Staff Report freepress2@ntelos.net In the late 1700s and early 1800s all the components were in place for Augusta and Rockbridge to become the nation’s leading producers of whiskey. The main cash crop was grain; the Scotch-Irish brought the skill of distilling with them from the Old World; and the American Revolution knocked the legs […]

Staunton’s silent-movie star the subject of Historical Society talk

William Haines, a native of Staunton who was the leading male film star in the world in 1930 before he rose to even greater heights as one of the nation’s most influential interior designers, will be the subject of the next Augusta County Historical Society’s Stuart Speaker Series held at the Smith Center on Thursday, […]

African American CCC camp is focus of Historical Society fall meeting

The young men who signed up to construct roads and buildings in the nation’s parks and forests during the Great Depression often endured back-breaking work. Those young men who were also African American endured even more. Last year the Civilian Conservation Corps celebrated its 75th anniversary. Much has been written about the CCC throughout the […]

Historical Society spring banquet to feature White House historian

In recognition of the bicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, ACHS will feature nationally recognized White House historian, Dr. William Seale at its 13th annual Spring Banquet to be held at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel on April 21. Dr. Seale will present, “The Lincoln Years in the White House.”

Historical Society looks back at 1

We just inaugurated 44 last week. The Augusta County Historical Society is looking back a couple hundred years at the man we could call 1.