The New Market Historical Society begins the year with its annual dinner meeting on the 4th Thursday in January. It then meets at 7:00 pm the fourth Thursday of March, May, July and September as well as the third Thursday in November. The July meeting is a "potluck" picnic held at a local site of historical importance. The meetings are usually held in the New Market Town Council Chambers at 9418 John Sevier Rd. in New Market, Virginia 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 January dinner meeting are "free".

You can view programs scheduled by other area historical organizations by clicking HERE.

Thursday, March 22 - 7:00 - New Market Town Council Chambers

The New Market Longrifle

Local longrifle collectors, John Adamson and Burt Sours will share rifles from their private collections that were made by the Spitzer family of gunsmiths in New Market between 1795 and approximately 1845. The program will consist of brief biographical information on the Spitzer family and a very short introduction to longrifles. The majority of the program will be a display of approximately eight Spitzer rifles allowing audience members to examine these rifles closely and ask questions of John and Burt.

Guests are invited!


Thursday, May 24 - 7:00 New Market Town Council Chambers

Virginia Iron: The Evolution of the Iron Industry and its Impact on Southern Decorative Arts presented by Rod Graves

The Iron History of the Valley and its Visual Impact on the Southern Decorative Arts. Join us to learn about the history of the iron furnaces which are in the area, how the iron industry evolved, and how the iron industry influenced southern decorative arts. Luray Caverns and Luray Valley Museum Senior Vice President Rod Graves will illustrate the historic intersection of industry and art.

Guests are invited!

Thursday, July 26 6:30 "Potluck" Picnic at the Clinedinst/Crim House, New Market

"Mother Crim" and the Clinedinst/Crim House in New Market

A "potluck" picnic followed by a tour and history of the Clinedinst/Crim House, the home of "Mother Crim" known for her efforts in caring for the wounded VMI Cadets after the battle of New Market. Bring a potluck dish and serving utensils.
NMHS will provide paper plates, napkins, cups, plasticware, sweet iced tea and bottled water.

Guests are invited.


Thursday, September 27 - 7:00 New Market Town Council Chambers

Petroglyphs in Virginia presented by Jack Hranicky

Petroglyphs are rock carvings made by pecking directly on the rock surface using a stone chisel and a hammerstone. Petroglyphs are found world-wide, and are often (but not always) associated with prehistoric peoples. There are 17 known rockrt sites in Virginia. Jack Hranicky is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA). During his forty-year career his scholarship has focused on the Paleo-Indian period and, in particular, stone tools and rock art. He has published more than 200 scholarly papers and 32 books.

Guests are invited.

Thursday, November 15 - 7:00 New Market Town Council Chambers

To Be Announced


  • New Market Town Hall

    9418 John Sevier Road.

    Unless otherwise specified, our meetings are held in the Town Council Chamber 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.

  • PROGRAMS for 2018

    We are actively seeking programs for our 2018 meetings. Program content is unlimited as long as it carries a "history" theme and is not limited to local, New Market, Shenandoah Valley, and Virginia areas.