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, 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

Rod Graves will present a program about the iron industry of the valley. Learn how forges and furnaces were a major component of change in a community, with emphasis on those located in Shenandoah County, including Pine Forge on Smith Creek 4 miles north of New Market. Learn the differences between a forge and a furnace and the components necessary for the two and the skills of a forge/furnace laborer, including slave labor. Rod will bring a few stove plates from the Luray Museum and talk about the decorative arts aspect, and bring a bell from Pine Forge.
Rod is a charter member of the New Market Historical Society, Senior Vice President of Luray Caverns and is founder and historian of the Luray Valley Museum.

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

Tracing your Civil War ancestors presented by Nicholas Picerno

Nicholas Picerno is Chairman of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Picerno will speak on tracing your Civil War ancestors. He will demonstrate on-line resources for conducting Civil War genealogies as well as explain how archives and historical societies can assist with ancestor research.
If you had an ancestor who served in the Civil War, particularly your Confederate ancestor, have his name and regiment ready and Picerno will reveal his Civil War history.

Guests are invited.

  • 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.