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 7:00 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.

  • Next Meeting • November 21, 7:00
    New Market Town Council Chamber
    Civil War Medicine - presented by Jake Wynn
    National Museum of Civil War medicine

    The Civil War came at a time when there were very few advancements in terms of medicine and the treatment of injuries and ailments. Although medications and methods of treating injuries were in their infancy, the weapons of war were advancing. As a result, this created problems when it came to saving the lives of soldiers. Severe infections were also common and hindered treatment and the healing process. Because the overall living environment of the soldier was unsanitary disease also ran rampant. When it came to the death of Civil War soldiers, illness was twice as likely to be the culprit versus an injury sustained in battle.
    This program will look at some of these challenges that faced medicine during the American Civil War.

    Guests are invited.

  • Last Meeting Sept. 26, 7:00
    New Market Town Council Chamber
    Burning of the Valley - presented by Terry Heder
    Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

    Pictured above is Terry Heder, Director of Interpretation, Education and History for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, addressing the group of over 50 attendees at our September 26 meeting.
    The topic, "The Burning of the Shenandoah Valley", refers to the military action that General Philip Sheridan launched, a 12-day period when Union forces brought war to the residents of the valley. Mills, barns, homes, crops, supplies and anything considered a possible aid to the Confederate effort was systematically torched by Union cavalry. During his presentation, Terry described a number of the activities in the surrounding area during this extremely destructive war tactic. A Union soldier wrote in his diary, "The whole country around is wrapped in flames, the heavens are aglow with the light thereof." This was an extremely informative program.

    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.