The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
Who was George Catlett Marshall and why do we ask?


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.

Wintertime in the Valley
Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia

Yea, and furr'd moss besides, when flowers are none, To winter-ground thy corse.   January days may be cold, but it's always warm inside Shenandoah Valley theaters. And the solidude of Winter trail walks, the glitter of famous caverns and the outdoor excitement at area resorts all beckon, should cabin fever ever strike.

  Happening today

National Theatre of Scotland performance at Shenandoah University

Brewbakers Restaurant, 168 N. Loudoun St. National Theatre of Scotland performs downtown in the Back Room at Brewbakers Restaurant. Tickets: $25. For more information, visit

Weekly Lexington Indoor Farmers Market in Lexington, Va.

East Nelson St. Indoor Farmers Market is held every Wednesday through April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Art exhibition at Carrier Arboretum

Frances Plecker Education Center. Art in the Arboretum. Deborah Davis: Moth paintings. Runs Jan. 8 through Feb. 29, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. exhibition closes at 12 p.m. on its final day of Feb. 29. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit

Garden Walkabout program at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

901 Amherst St. Meet at the top of the gallery stairs. Feb. 10, 17 and 24, from 11-11:45 a.m. Join an MSV educator and explore the galleries. Free admission. Free admission to the museum on Wednesday. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit

Apple Blossom Festival talent contest series in Winchester, Va.

Bright Box Theater in Old Town Winchester mall. Apple Blossoms Got Talent. $5,000 first prize. Second Audition of five audition events. Tickets available in Winchester or online. For more information, visit

Bluegrass music jam sessions in Lexington, Va.

Blue Sky Bakery, 16 Lee Ave. Live bluegrass music every Wednesday morning. Bring a musical instrument to jam with, or just listen.

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Grand Caverns in Grottoes, Virginia

Grand Caverns was discovered in 1804 and was used by both the Confederate and U.S. armies during the American Civil War. The caverns and a surrounding park are now owned and operated by the town of Grottoes, Virginia and are open to the public.

About Hank Zimmerman

Hank Zimmerman owns and operates Shenandoah Valley Productions LLC, publisher of by Hank Zimmerman