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

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

Burlesque show at Black Box Theater in Winchester, Va.

15 N. Loudoun St. Rock-N-Roll Burlesque Revival. Classic and contemporary burlesque stylings. For more information, visit

Valentines Day carriage rides at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Horse drawn carriages driven by a coachman. Proceeds benefit the arboretum, reservations requested, pre-paid reservations accepted. Weather permitting. Walk-ups subject to availability. Age, capacity restrictions apply. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit

Wine and Dessert Pairing at Crosskeys Vineyard in Mt. Crawford, Va.

6011 East Timber Ridge Rd. Feb. 11 - 14. Sample four wines and four desserts. Reservations not required but recommended. Feb. 13: Valentines Day dinner on Feb. 13:Llight hors d`oeuvres, three course meal with wine pairings and entertainment. Reservations required. For more information, visit

Art Exhibition at Bridgewater College

Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery. Staunton, Va. still-life artist Cleveland Morris and Rockbridge County, Va. artist Elisabeth Sauder: Inside Outside. Runs March 14 - April 8.  Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Artists Talk and Reception on March 14 from 5 to 7 p.m., Artists Talk at 5:30 p.m. Free admission, open to the public.

Quilt exhibit opening at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.

95 Chalmers Ct. The Beatles Quilt Exhibit. Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles in the United States. 150 fiber artists from around the world were challenged to create a quilt based on a different song by the Beatles. Exhibit through Feb. 13. Free admission. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit

Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

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

Gallery Talk program at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

Love Stories from the CUT exhibtion. Feb. 14 or Feb. 26, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Explore costumes from movies with love themes during exhibition tour. Free admission for museum members. Pre-register by Feb. 12 or24. Walk-in admission subject to availability. All others: $10, includes museum admission. For more information, call 540-662-1473, ext. 240 or visit

Shenandoah National Park Announces Winter Visitor Center Hours

Byrd Visitor Center open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays when Skyline Drive is open as well as on Jan. 18 and Feb. 15 Presidents Day. Closed on Dec. 25. No visitor sercies open except , weather permitting: Elkwallow, Pinnacles, South River, and Dundo picnic areas. Use caution regarding potential severe and changing weather conditions, particularly in higher elevations and along Skyline Drive. Bring extra clothing and layer up, and water and food, a flashlight, map, and  hiking boots traction coils. Skyline Drive is open year round, weather permitting. $20-per-vehicle entrance fee, good for seven days. For more informatioin, call 540-999-3500, choose Option 1, and then Option 1. Visit Facebook or Twitter or

Princess Bride Family Party at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, Va.
181 Kernstown Commons Blvd. Dress in royal or pirate attire, watch the film, Princess Bride with karaoke-style subtitles, swords for fighting, special games, and other props. For more information, call 540-313-4060.
Winter Hours at Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, Va.

18 North Coalter St. Interpretive tours of Woodrow Wilson birthplace, self-guided tours through the museum and the period garden, and the Presidents Shop are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday, and 12 p.m. through 5 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday during January and February. Normal daily operations resume March 1. Archival collections remain accessible through the e-library or by appointment. For more information, call 540-885-0897 or visit

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Edith J. Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Virginia

The arboretum has been a part of James Madison University campus since 1985, consisting of 125 acres of unspoiled forest land and hiking trails, including this small swinging suspension bridge.

About Manny Jose

Manny Jose has loved the Shenandoah Valley since the mid-1970s when he came to the area as a university student. He moved back to the Valley permanently in 1999. Subsequently, since 2012, he has been passionately taking photographs to capture the scenic beauty, rich history, unique people groups and cultures, and current happenings in the Valley. by Manny Jose