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 - May 24 - 7:00
    New Market Town Council Chambers
    Virginia Iron 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!

  • Last Meeting - March, 2018
    the New Market Spitzer Long Rifle
    presented by John Adamson

    On Thursday evening, March 22, a little bit of history was made at our March meeting when 49 attendees viewed probably the largest collection of Spitzer long rifles ever assembled at one time. Through the efforts of John Adamson, Joe Minnick, Bert Sours, and Sam Koontz 14 rifles were on display.
    After a brief introduction to the rifle making history of the Henry Spitzer family by John Adamson, the group was invited to view this exhibit of 200 year-old long rifles made right here in New Market and to ask questions of these 4 generous men who graciously shared their collection and time with us.
    This was an extremely informative evening.
    TYo view a slideshow displaying larger pictures click HERE.

    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.

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