The New Market Historical Society, Inc. (NMHS) is a non-profit organization that encourages the discovery and preservation of historical homes, buildings and other significant sites along with pictures and documents related to the New Market area. The Town of New Market has been listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places since 1972. There are 40 pre-Civil War buildings in the town.
The New Market Historical Society begins the year with its annual dinner meeting on the 4th Thursday in January. It then meets at 7:30 pm the fourth Thursday of March, May, July and September as well as the third Thursday in November. The meetings are usually held in the New Market Town Council Chambers on John Sevier Rd. in New Market although sometimes we meet at nearby historic locations.
Speakers discuss topics of local historical interest and refreshments are provided. Our meetings are open to the general public and except for our annual dinner meeting, meetings are "free".

We hope you will make plans to attend one of our meetings.

1843 Neff Quilt Coming Home

During the March 31 meeting, it was announced that the funds required to purchase the quilt signed "Elizabeth Neff's property, Shenandoah County, Virginia, 1843," had been aquired. Gloria Comstock, the Virginia Quilt Museum's curator, received a check for $1,125 from NMHS President Dean Clatterbuck. The money, collected from donations made by society members, marked the achievement of the $4,000 goal to purchase the piece from a San Diego, Calif., collector.
Further details about this quilt can be read by clicking HERE.

  • Next Meeting - May 26
    Shenandoah Valley Minstrels

    The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels were formed in 2009 to provide music for the Civil War Ball in Luray Caverns. Since that day, the group has immersed itself in the music from the Civil War era, performing at additional Balls in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, historical celebrations and memorial days, civil war re-enactments and encampments, and even in a few parades. They will entertain us with their music and songs of the civil war with each song's "story" told and then performed.

    Guests are invited!

  • Last Meeting - March 31
    From the Rhine to the Shenandoah

    In the Shenandoah Valley, many settlers in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries were German-speaking immigrants from various political entities of the Rhineland, especially Alsace, the Palatinate, and several Swiss cantons. They brought with them a unique culture that left a permanent imprint on the Shenandoah and made major contributions to the development of a new "American" culture. Dr. Daniel Bly helped us explore several basic questions about these people: who were they, and why did they leave their European homelands? Why did they choose to settle in the Shenandoah Valley? What is the legacy of the early German pioneers here in the Shenandoah?
    It was an extremely interesting and enjoyable evening.

    Meeting Archives

  • New Market Town Hall

    9418 John Sevier Road.

    Unless otherwise specified, our meetings are held in the Town Council Chambers at the New Market Town Hall.

  • Directions to Town Hall

    You can get driving directions to Town Hall from any location using Google Maps by clicking the map above.

  • What's in a logo?

    Our logo deserves a little more than a passing glance at the top of the page. It was designed by Jean Caggiano, a charter member of NMHS. In case you never thought about the lines under our name in the logo, watch the transformation above to see what it represents.
    Thanks again Jean.