The New Market Historical Society 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 are "free".

Thursday, 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


Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 6:30 • Manor Memorial Methodist Church, New Market

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier presented by Philip Bilger

Quicksburg resident Philip Bigler will present a program based on the history of one of the most unique monuments in the United States - the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. His book, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: A Century of Honor, 1921-2021 tells the story of the shrine that was put up to honor the country’s fallen soldiers. Bigler, who worked as a historian at Arlington National Cemetery in the 1980s, said he spent two years doing research on the monument, which was set up at the cemetery after the end of the first World War.
Guests are invited.

Our annual dinner program is returning with this March 21 program as a buffet dinner prior to the presentation in Farrow Hall at Manor Memorial Methodist Church in New Market.
Menu and complete details will be available mid-January on this website and at the January 25, 2024 meeting.

  • 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 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.