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.

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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

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

901 Amherst St. Jewelry Making. Make a necklace and earring set. Beginners welcome. Light refreshments. Register by Feb. 5. Snow date, Feb. 27. Museum members: $40, all others: $48. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.theMSV.org.


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 www.oldoperahouse.org.


Brass Band concert at James Madison University

Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. Cory Band. Hailing a brass band ensemble from South Wales. For more information, visit www.jmuforbescenter.com.


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 www.schultztheatre.com


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 ShenandoahPerforms.org.


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

Horse drawn carriages driven by a coachman. Feb. 13 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Feb. 14 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. 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 www.jmu.edu/arboretum.


Poetry program and outdoor stargazing at Friends Wilderness Center in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Poems and and Planets. Share poetry in the afternoon. Night time stargazing through telescopes provided with special guidance. Attend either program or both. Dinner available for $10, with RSVP.  For more information, call 304-728-4820 or visit www.friendswilderness.org.


Valentines wine paring at Fox Meadow Winery in Linden, Va.

Perfect Pairings: Long-stemmed rose, crystal glass and truffles. Dozen roses with purchase of case of wine. For more information, visit www.foxmeadowwinery.com


Civil War living history dance in Harrisonburg, Va.

First Presbyterian Church, 17 Court Square. 4th annual Red, White, Blue and Gray Valentine Ball. Proceeds benefit the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Afternoon refreshments and social hour, silent auction from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Followed by dancing until 5 p.m. Dress for the period or for the occasion. Live music. Dance instruction provided by the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers. Admission: $15 singles, $25 couples. For more information, call 540-743-9389 or visit sites.google.com/site/svcwed.


Blues Music concert at Black Box Theater in Winchester, Va.

15 N. Loudoun St. Terry Oates and The Mudcats. Blues, big band swing, rock, Motown, funk, and soul music. For more information, visit www.brightboxwinchester.com.


Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

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


Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. Measure for Measure. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.


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 www.jmuforbescenter.com.


Be a volunteer guide at Patsy Cline Historic House in Winchester, Va.

JC Penney Court at Apple Blossom Mall. Sign up to volunteer and meet other guides. Includes history training. House opens to public on April 1. Guides needed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 31. For more information call 540-662-5555, or visit celebratingpatsycline.org.


Youth program at Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, Va.

Dolores Lescure Building, 18 North Coalter St. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum Mad Hatters Party. Celebrates 150 years of Alice Adventures in Wonderland. Crafts, scavenger hunt, tea party. For ages 6 through 10 years old. Registration requested. Admission: $10 each or $25 for two. For more information, call 540-885-0897, extension 110, or visit www.woodrowwilson.org/events.


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.


Rock tribute show in Winchester, Va.

Blue Fox Billiards, Bar and Grill, 1160 Millwood Pike. Little Ozzy in Concert, Ozzy Osbourne impersonator. For more information, call 540-665-2114.


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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.

...photo by William I. Spinrad, Jr - Land Matters Photography