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

Old Time Music Jam at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.

Anderson Coliseum Work Horse Cafe. Mountain music jam session honoring mountain heritage. Musicians welcome to play and audience encouraged to dance and sing along. Concessions available. Sessions held second Tuesday of each month, starting at 6 p.m. More information at 540-464-2950.

Mardi Gras Celebration at James Madison University

Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. Forbes Fat Tuesday. Wear decorative mask and colorful beads to a New Orleans music concert performed by JMU Jazz Ensemble. A Forbes Family Fun event. For more information, visit

Convocation program at Bridgewater College

Boitnott Room. Amy Tillerson-Brown, an associate professor of history: Black Lives Matter: Movement and Misconceptions. Free admission, open to the public.

Art exhibition at Washington and Lee University

Staniar Gallery, 204 W. Washington St. Nyeema Morgan: I, Rhinoceros. Runs through Feb. 10 from 9 5 p.m. Paper and sculpture works. Free admission, open to the public.

Weekly Tuesday evening bingo in Shenandoah, Va.
Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Company, Shenandoah Community Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games start at 6:30 p.m.
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Rainbow at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia

The State Arboretum of Virginia (also known as the Orland E. White Arboretum) occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm. Started in the 1930s, it now contains over 5,000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world.

About Blandy Experimental Farm-Tim Farmer

Tim J. Farmer is the Public Relations Coordinator at Blandy Experimental Farm and is an expert photographer. by Blandy Experimental Farm-Tim Farmer