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.   February days may still 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

Theater production at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, W.Va.

204 N. George St. One Slight Hitch. Comedy, rated PG 14. Not recommended for young children. Performance schedule continues Feb. 12-14. Tickets: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., $19. Sunday matinees sy 2:30 p.m., $17, All performances $12 for students. For more information, call 304 725-4420 or visit

Convocation lecture at Bridgewater College

Cole Hall. Molodi, a traveling step team, incorporates military marching drills, schoolyard games, song, dance and acrobatics. Free admission, open to the public.

Ancient history exhbition at James Madision University

Lisanby Museum, Room 1108, Festival Conference and Student Center. Coming Forth By Day: Life and Death in Ancient Egypt. Runs through Feb 26, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

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.

Big Band concert at Shenandoah University

Armstrong Concert Hall, 702 University Drive. Craig Fraedrich directs Shenandoah Conservatory Little Big Band: The Music of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Tickets: $12. For more information, visit


Play performance at the Schultz Theatre in New Market, Va.

9357 N. Congress St. The Fourposter. Drama. Performances on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 3 p.m., Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $13 for adults, $11 for for students and seniors. Tickets available online and at the door. For more information, call 540-740-9119 or visit

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

Art exhibition at Bridgewater College

Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery. Scott Jost, associate professor of art: Rivers and Roads: American Landscape, Two Perspectives. Runs through March 5,  8 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Artist Reception on Feb. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., Talk at 5:30 p.m. Free admission, open to the public.

Civil War history Lincoln commemoration in Linville, Va.

Lincoln Homestead Cemetery, Route 42, six miles north of Harrisonburg. Lincoln Birthday outdoor ceremony. Dr. Phil Stone, President of the Lincoln Society of Virginia will give a talk.

Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. The Tempest. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit

Art Workshop at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

901 Amherst St. Sketching in the Galleries. Monthly program. Open to all ages and experience levels. Materials provided. Registration not required. Free admission for museum members. All others: $10, includes museum admission. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit

Valentines Show at Black Box Theater in Winchester, Va.

15 N. Loudoun St. Comedy Hypnotist Gary Conrad. For more information, visit

Album Release Party at Black Box Theater in Winchester, Va.

15 N. Loudoun St. Burning Dirty Red Velvet. Indie-rock. For more information, visit

Political festival Washington and Lee University

204 W. Washington St. 2016 Mock Convention. Feb. 11-13 at 5 p.m. Mock convention rallies, Main St. parade, and a student vote to formally formally predict the 2016 Republican Party presidential nominee. Presidential Debate atLee Chapel, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. Delegate Parade, Feb. 12 at 9:30 a.m. Warner Center Conventions: Session 1 at 1:30 p.m., Session 1 at 7 p.m. Session #2. Session 3 at 10 a.m. Feb. 13. Session 4 at 3 p.m. Admission: Debate, $20. One-day pass: $50, Four-session pass, $80.

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House Mountain in Rockbridge County, Virginia

Natural landmark provides a distintive skyline for nearby Lexington, Virginia. The mountain is over 3,600 feet high and offers hiking trails.

About Burton R. Floyd

Burton Floyd is photographer and graphic designer in Lexington, Virginia who loves to experience and record the beauty of Virginia‘s Shenandoah Valley. by Burton R. Floyd