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Slavery in the Valley: Different than elsewhere?

The lower number of slaves in the Shenandoah Valley before the Civil War has fostered the idea that slavery there was different or more benevolent. Not so, says local historian Nancy Sorrells. In a Sunday program at the Government Center, Sorrells will present the facts on “Slavery and its Aftermath in the Upper Valley.”

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.


Remembering the Shenandoah Valley’s muley cows and cattle drives

The Middlebrook Library Station will host a free program called Muley Cows and Mutton Soup at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 16. Part of the Middlebrook Living History Series, the lecture will feature noted local historian Nancy Sorrells.

Stone Soup hosts Augusta County Alliance pipeline presentation

Stone Soup Books and Cafe invites the community to come learn about the proposed Dominion gas pipeline and have a chance to discuss the issues relating to it.


Battlefields Foundation presents conference on 1864 Shenandoah Campaign

In late 1864, the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley came to its thunderous climax. From May to July of that year, Confederate forces under Gen. Jubal A. Early had continued to make the region a “Valley of humiliation” for the Union.

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.

‘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.

Moving forward in Riverheads

Ground was broken on the new Riverheads fire and rescue station in August a couple of weeks before all hell started to break loose on the future of the whole volunteer fire-rescue concept that has served Augusta County for decades. Construction crews were busy at the site Wednesday morning with quite visible signs of progress […]

Augusta: Developing a new model for fire, rescue

It was sometime around 2000 or 2001 when I realized that the way we’ve always done things in Augusta County relative to the provision of fire and rescue service, with the bulk of the work done by volunteers, was no longer sufficient to get the job done. I had invited myself out on a Saturday […]

Riding the roads

A new online resource available to local cycling enthusiasts will make finding safe and convenient roads for biking that much easier.

Augusta: The divided Augusta BOS

The Top Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net On its face, the drive by Tracy Pyles to have members of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors share on the Internet the details of their expense reports makes sense. County taxpayers, as Pyles argues, do have a right to know how their money is being spent, and […]