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".

You can view programs scheduled by other area historical organizations by clicking HERE.

Thursday, March 28 - 7:00 - New Market Town Council Chambers

Mosby and Special Operations Forces presented by Eric Buckland

Eric Buckland will give a presentation entitled "Mosby and Special Operations Forces." His talk will focus on the many similarities that exist between the tactics, techniques and procedures used by the famed Mosby's Rangers during the Civil War and today's United States Special Operations Forces, especially the Army's Special Forces ("Green Berets").

Buckland is the author of several books about some of the men who rode with Mosby's Rangers. During his talk, he will provide compelling and entertaining stories about the individuals and the combat actions of Mosby's Rangers to demonstrate the connection between the unconventional warriors of over one hundred and fifty years ago and today.

Guests are invited!


Thursday, May 23 - 7:00 New Market Town Council Chambers

Genealogy 101 - A beginners guide to genealogy research presented by Shannon Combs-Bennett

By researching our ancestry, we learn about ourselves. Genealogical research reveals each family member's personal history. Much more than just names and dates, it uncovers the historical foundations upon which our natural inclinations are built. At its best, the resultant genealogical research shows us why we are who we are as a direct derivation of the cultures and traditions of our ancestors. The journey into our personal family history is worth the effort, both for us and for our descendants.

This program will help us get started on this journey.

Guests are invited!

Thursday, July 27 6:30 "Potluck" Picnic then visit to the Luray Valley Museum

Luray Caverns. Luray

Following a "potluck" picnic beginning at 6:30 you will begin your visit to the Luray Valley Museum in the Stonyman building which houses historic items from pre-contact native peoples to life in the bustling 1920s. You then continue by visiting the seven-acre recreation of a small 19th century farming community including the Hamburg Regular School, the Elk Run Dunkard Church, and much more.
We thank Rod Graves for his kind invitation to visit this unique museum.

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 26 - 7:00 New Market Town Council Chambers

Burning of the Valley - 155th Anniversary presented by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

In 1864, a new kind of warfare came to the Valley. That fall, Gen. Philip Sheridan's Union army embarked on "The Burning," a systematic two-week campaign to neutralize the Shenandoah Valley's role as the "Breadbasket of the Confederacy." Thousands of mills, barns, and farm buildings were put to the torch, stores of grain and livestock were destroyed or confiscated, and livelihoods were turned to ash.
This program will look back on those events.

Guests are invited.

Thursday, November 21 - 7:00 New Market Town Council Chambers

Civil War Medicine presented by Jake Wynn, Director of Interpretation, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick Md

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.

  • 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.

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  • PROGRAMS for 2018

    We are actively seeking programs for our 2018 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.