The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
 
The 20th century legacy of George Catlett Marshall lives on in Lexington, Virginia

 

Quick: Think of the words “military man” and “Shenandoah Valley” and what names pop into your mind?  Perhaps Robert E. Lee?  “Stonewall” Jackson?  

Certainly these names are forever synonymous with Valley history, and particularly here in the Lexington, Va. home of these two legendary American Civil War generals.

But there is another military man whose life we can discover in the Shenandoah Valley's Lexington, one whose more recent legacy has left perhaps a most enduring impact on the entire modern world: George C. Marshall.

Although Marshall was born in Uniontown, Pa., he began his long and distinguished career of service at Virginia Military Institute, where he graduated in 1901, and where his Foundation and Museum has been located since 1964.

The Marshall Foundation building houses several floors of public museum exhibits and extensive archives that relate to Marshall's long career.

The building that's home to the George C. Marshall Foundation seems to blend in almost too easily with the uniform, no-nonsense-yet-elegant style of the VMI campus, or “Post” – as it's formally termed. The Marshall Foundation can be found on the south side of the large, square, central Parade ground.

The building's unassuming setting in the VMI Post could possibly resonate with Marshall's tendency to want to  “blend in” and stay focused on achieving results. His quiet character is just one extraordinary characteristic that made Marshall the notable man that he was.

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The Fall Season is here!
Shenandoah Valley battlefield

Summer fades into shorter days, cooler temps, gorgeous natural displays and fall festivals –including Civil War history events. We never celebrate Civil War history, but we also can never forget it. It happened, here. We will continue to honor the memory of all Americans bled into on our battlefield soil. The land is both beautiful to behold and melancholy to experience.

  Happening today

Music and Dancing in Raphine, Va.

Clarks Ole Time Music Center, located at Clarks Lumber Co., 1288 Ridge Road. longtime Friday-night tradition of old-time music and dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission: $8 per person, $15 per couple. For more information, call 540-377-2490.


Art exhibition at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.

Blandy Experimental Farm dining room. Deana B. Marion: Macro photography exhibit. Runs through September. Open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit www.blandy.virginia.edu


Theater production at the Apollo Theater in Martinsburg, W.Va.

128 East Martin St. Chicago. Musical. PG-13. Sept. 22 - Oct. 1. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 304-263-6766 or visit apollocivictheatre.org


Theater production at Winchester Little Theatre in Winchester, Va.

315 W Boscawen St. Breath of Spring. comedy. Last show today. Tickets $15.50-$19.75. For more information, call 540-662-3331 or visit www.wltonline.org.


VMI Cadets parade in formation at Virginia Military Institute

Parade Ground. Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets march in full formation. Free admission, open to the public. 4:35 p.m. on Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6 and 20, Nov. 3, Feb. 9, March 2 and 16, April 13, 20 and 24, and May 14 2:30 p.m. Graduation Parade. 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 11, April 21 and May 15 at 2 p.m. at New Market Parade and Ceremony. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit vmi.edu


Rock music concert at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. The Petty Hearts. Tom Petty tribute band. Tickets: $35. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org


Outdoor music concert in Staunton, Va.

Sunspots Pavilion, Byers St, in the Wharf district. April through October, music and other types of live performances on outdoor stage. Schedule available online. For more information, call 540-885-0678 or visit www.facebook.com/sunspotspavilion


Outdoor music festival in Buena Vista, Va.

Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Drive. Nothin Fancy Bluegrass Festival. Sept. 21-23 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Advance tickets: $30 Thursday and Friday, $35 on Saturday. $35 Thursday and Friday, $40 on Saturday at the door. For more information, call 540-529-0568 or visit www.glenmaurypark.com


Civil War history program in Shenandoah County, Va.

Stoner-Keller Mill, Fishers Hill, 2900 Battlefield Road. Fishers Hill: The Story of a Battlefield, with Clarence Geier and Joe Whitehorne. Free admission. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or visit ShenandoahAtWar.org


Theater production at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. Love`s Labour`s Lost. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com


Outdoor program at Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadows Area, mile 51, inside the Rapidan Camp Gate. Night Skies. Astronomy program. Bring a blanket, chair, and flashlight. Hosted by Delaware North. Weather permitting. Free admission. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit goshenandoah.com


Art workshop at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Pavilion, 780 University Blvd. Martha Crider Henderson: En Plein Aire Sessions, continuing on Sept. 22, and Oct. 6 and 20, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Bring an easel, canvas, pencils, paints, and brushes. All skill levels. Automatic rain date: the Saturday following current session date and time. Limited availability. Reservations required. Admission: $12. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


Outdoor festival in Berryville, Va.

Watermelon Park, 3322 Lockes Mill. 14th annual Watermelon Park Fest. Del McCoury Band, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Keller Williams, The Seldom Scene, The Deep South, the Quebe Sisters, The Bumper Jacksons, Furnace Mountain, the Woodshedders and many more. Music workshops. Youth activities. Three contests: Eastman Mandolin Pickin Contest, Fairbuilt Guitar Pickin Contest, $1000 Band Contest. Tickets: 4 day passes, includes camping: $120, Day Tickets: $70. For more information, call 540-955-1621 or visit watermelonparkfest.com


Film screening at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.

14F Court Square. Hunting Film 2017 Corporate Tour. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. For more information, visit ValleyArts.org


Stage show at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.

15 N. Loudoun St. Playing Our Respects: A Tribute To Shenandoah Valley Musicians Who Have Left The Stage. Mod and the Rockers. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com


Nature program at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Frances Plecker Education Center, 780 University Blvd. Fall Plant and Bulb Sale. Sept. 22-30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. No Sundays. Shop natives and other plants, shrubs and trees, naturally suited to regional climate and soils. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


Heritage festival in Jefferson County, W.Va.

1330 Job Corps Rd.The Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival. Sept. 22-24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music. Circa Blue, Dan Paisley and The Southern Grass, The Hillbilly Gypsies, Mill Run Bluegrass Band, Patent Pending. Artwork available. Crafts will be sold. Live music. Food available. Wine-tastings. No pets. No outside alcohol. No firearms or weapons. Hosted by Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Admission: Adults: $7, ages 6-17, $4, ages under 6 admitted free. For more information, visit www.mhacfestival.org


Fishing event in Luray, Va.

Lake Arrowhead. Lake Arrowhead Night Catfishing. Every 2nd and 4th Friday through October. Open until midnight For more information, visit townofluray.com


Civil War history program at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.

336 Belle Grove Rd. Belle Grove Plantation front yard. Belle Grove in a Box. 30 minute interactive orientation for all ages about the history and settlement of the Shenandoah Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War on the Valley. Sept.22-23, and 25 at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Various props from a box to visually interpret surrounding landscape features. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Auto race at Natural Bridge Dragstrip in Natural Bridge, Va.

168 N. Dry Well Rd. Fast and Furious Friday Nite. Racing schedule subject to change. For more information, call 540-291-3724 or visit naturalbridgedragstrip.com


Civil War history program in Middletown, Va.

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, front lawn. 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaigns in a Box. 30 minute program provides an overview of either the the 1862 or 1864 Shenandoah Valley Civil War campaigns. Sept. 22, and 23 at 2:30 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cebe


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About ShenandoahValley.com


You’ve just landed in the scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia, USA.
“The daughter of the stars.”

ShenandoahValley.com is owned and operated by Shenandoah Valley Productions, a little “mom-and-pop” business, but one that’s located right here in the region. Our mission has long been to showcase the area’s visual beauty, unique “Valley” people and culture and, of course, some really, really rich history.

We first fell in love with Virginia in 1970, courtesy of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk. That was the year Virginia officially declared itself “for lovers.” But for us, the real love affair started in 1977, when we first visited the Shenandoah Valley on our wedding night. We moved here a year later, and well ...we are still here!

So it’s kind of a long story how we got from 1978 to this website, but here it is.

Website background photos are provided by a select group of photographers from across the region who share their own love of the Valley through the lenses of their cameras. Words alone may not really describe the place.

Our regional events listings are always up to date, and we’re not really selling anything on here. In fact, we get no outside funding, but are wholly independent. Like many of our friends and neighbors who also feel blessed to live here, free and independent, surrounded by peace and beauty.

Each month we head out to some part of this diverse region and do a feature story and travel video about it -- some cool event, piece of history or special place that makes the name "Shenandoah" so uniquely known worldwide.

So, come and set a spell, and please also consider making a donation. Either way, we’re glad you stopped by. Come on back to see us again!

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LOVE sign at Constitution Park in Waynesboro, Virginia

Constitution Park, located on the banks of the South River, is home to the Waynesboro Farmers Market, and has a two shelters and a soccer field. It was also designated as the first Urban Trout Fishery in Virginia.

About Christy McKee

Christy McKee is a professional portrait and wedding photographer since 2011, based in Staunton, Virginia. She lives there with her husband and hopes to raise her children within the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. Mrs. McKee uses both film and digital photography to capture the details of daily life, She also is involved with landscape and macro photography.

...photo by Christy McKee