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

Youth Fiddle Workshop at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.

95 Chalmers Ct. Kids Fiddle Workshop with David Van Deventer. Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Music theory, ear training. Sing and play in the old-time music tradition. For more information, visit

Weekly open jam session Thursdays in Berryville, Va.

Fire House Gallery, 23 East Main St. Lunchbox Jam Session at 12 p.m. every Thursday. For more information, call  540-955-4001 or visit

Endowed Lecture program at Bridgewater College

Cole Hall. Dr. Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. Dr. Nafisi is Director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. Free admission, open to the public

Art exhibition at Mary Baldwin College

Hunt Gallery, Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall, 218 Hunt Drive. Sticks and Stones: New Work by Pamela Fox. Runs through Feb. 11. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-887-7196 or visit

Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. Measure for Measure TalkBack discussion session follows performance. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit

Senior Dance Concert at James Madison University

Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. Feb. 11 through Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. JMU senior dance majors perform. For more information, visit

Weekly old-time music jam at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.

95 Chalmers Ct. Every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Play old-time music, or just listen. Family friendly event. Barns bar open untill 8 p.m. For more information, visit

Electronics petting zoo in Harrisonburg, Va.

174 S. Main St. Public petting zoos of popular electronic devices, co-hosted by Massanutten Regional and James Madison University Libraries. Learn how to download library eBooks on provided devices on Feb. 4, downloadi library digital magazines and audiobooks on Feb. 11. Programs at 7 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. 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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Cullers Overlook, Shenandoah River State Park in Warren County, Va.

Also known as Andy Guest State Park, its hiking trails provide scenic views of the Shenandoah River and Massanutten Mountain Range.

About William I. Spinrad, Jr - Land Matters Photography

William I. Spinrad, Jr. resides in Frederick County, Va. and is a former Park Ranger with the National Park Service, as well as a Land Resources Officer. He has a degree in Geology and working towards a Masters in Recreation Resources Management. He works part time as a Visitor Assistant at the Virginia State Arboretum/Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia, and believes in conserving land and natural and cultural resources. Photography is both a hobby and a professional pursuit. Mr. Spinrad owns and operates Land Matters Photography. by William I. Spinrad, Jr - Land Matters Photography