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

newspaperApples once played a vital role in the economy of Augusta County and the Shenandoah Valley. 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.

Part of the Society’s Stuart Talks series, the presentation will be 7 p.m. Thursday, October 2, in the R. R. Smith Center for History & Art (2nd floor Lecture Room).  The event is free to ACHS members and $5 for non-members.  Student admission is $1.

Jost researched and published Shenandoah Valley Apples, an in-depth look at the unique relationship between this area and its once dominant apple industry.  Through oral histories and old photographs, Jost has assembled a unique and personal picture of the culture that grew around the apple industry, and the orchards – great and tiny – that once dotted Augusta County and the Valley.  He will speak of his findings, how apples shaped life in the Valley, and how he assembled his great collection or oral histories and images.

Jost is associate professor of art and chair of the Art Department at Bridgewater College.  He has published or contributed to several books on Valley history, and his photography has been exhibited across Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic states.

The ACHS was founded in 1964 to study, collect, preserve, publish, educate about, and promote the history of Augusta County and its communities. The society is marking its 50th year in 2014 with special events and presentations.  More information is available online at

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