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".


Thursday, January 23 - 6:30 - Farrow Hall, Manor Memorial Methodist Church, New Market

"Soundtrack to the Settling of America" - live musical program presented by the Frontier Culture Museum

Start the evening with a buffet dinner catered by the Southern Kitchen. Then join Frontier Culture Museum Musicians Davis Tierney and Zach Bell in a lecture concert on the origins of American roots music in the 19th century. See how this quintessentially American music genre was born from the traditions of the different immigrant groups that came to this country in the 18th and 19th centuries. Tickets are $15.00 for NMHS members and $20 for non-members. Join that night and receive the member discount. Reservation information will be available on this website on January 6.
Guests are invited.

Thursday, March 26 - 7:00 New Market Town Council Chambers

Tracing Your Civil War Roots 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.


Thursday, May 28 - New Market Town Council Chambers

Locomotives Up the Turnpike - presented by David Bright

David Bright, the author of Locomotives Up the Turnpike, will present a snapshot of the Civil War career of Quartermaster Captain Thomas R. Sharp, C. S. A. - and the story of the haul of a dozen Baltimore & Ohio Railroad locomotives and over one hundred cars up the Virginia Turnpike, from Martinsburg to Strasburg. Captain Sharp established a major locomotive repair facility, acted as Superintendent of the Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad, and filled other significant railroad positions.
Guests are invited.

Thursday, July 23 - 7:00 - the Ros and Joanne Poplar Home

Annual "Potluck" Picnic

Following a "potluck" picnic beginning at 6:30 you will begin your visit to the current home of Ros and Joanne Poplar. Known as the Sam Wine farmhouse, the house sits on the original Jacob Holeman 1749 land grant. Based on land records the main house dates back to 1810. The house has been through several interior renovations over the past 200 years however still possesses the charm and character of a Valley 2 story log home. The property consists of the main house, smoke house and spring house (circa 1770 to 1780).
We thank the Poplars for this kind invitation to visit their home.
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 24 - New Market Town Council Chambers

Shenandoah County's Historic Barns Program, presented by John Adamson, Program Manager

Shenandoah County's historic barns comprise a unique collection of structures, built from the mid-1700s until the 1950s, which document the agricultural history and development of our county. Today, these icons of material culture and the rural landscape are seriously threatened. Changes in technology have made traditional barns largely obsolete for modern agriculture. The high cost of maintenance or restoration of these structures makes it difficult for many individual owners to preserve their barns. The Shenandoah County Historical Society has begun a program to document our historic barns, creating a permanent record and promoting their preservation. John Adamson, the program manager, hopes this program will generate community enthusiasm for our barns and support for barn owners in their efforts toward preservation.
Guests are invited.

Thursday, November 19 - 7:00 New Market Town Council Chambers

Artisans of New Market, Virginia - 1780-1930 presented by Jeffrey Evans

A new book detailing New Market craftsmen and the objects they made during this period will be presented by its author, Auctioneer and antique expert Jeffrey Evans.
New Market, Virginia was an important center for artisans of all types during the better part of the 19th century. Its location on the Great Wagon Road centrally between Winchester and Staunton, and at a major east/west crossroads was one reason for the influx of artisans. With a population of 700 in 1835, it held more craftsmen per capita than any other Virginia town during that period.
Of special interest is the immigration of the Shomo family, French woodworkers who arrived in the 1790s and brought a distinctive French style to the furniture being made in New Market. He also explored the degree of influence the Henkel family had on attracting and disseminating craftsmen through correspondences that has recently become known.
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

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  • PROGRAMS for 2021

    We are actively seeking programs for our 2021 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.