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 - January 25, 2024 - 7:00
    New Market Town Council Chambers
    A History of Mining in the Shenandoah Valley
    presented by Dave Cress

    There are records of 78 mines listed by the United States Geological Survey that are located in Shenandoah County. Some mines supplied materials used to create weapons during the revolutionary and civil wars.
    Dave Cress, a mining engineer, will detail the history of mining in our valley with emphasis on “furnaces” and the making of iron locally from iron ore. Dave is the owner of Quarry Permitting, Environmental, and Training Services LLC in Winchester..

    Guests are invited • Light refreshments are served

  • Last Meeting - November 16, 2023 - 7:00
    New Market Town Council Chambers
    Lucy Frances Simms
    presented by Dale MacAllister

    Dale MacAllister, resident historian of the Harrisonburg Rockingham Historical Society shared information from his research for the book: Lucy Frances Simms; From Slavery to Revered Public Service. She was the most famous African American teacher in the Shenandoah Valley spending almost six decades teaching African American children in Harrisonburg.

    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.