The Augusta County Historical Society

Hope Reborn of War

Hope Reborn of War: The story of a World War II military hospital, a world famous rehabilitation center, and a unique educational community in Fishersville, Va., is a 356-page paperbook book by Nancy Sorrells that includes a 42-minute documentary by Connie Doebele. The 7×10 inch fully-indexed book contains over 200 photographs from 1942 to the present. 

The book chronicles the history of the creation of the Woodrow Wilson General Hospital that opened its doors in 1943. After the war the hospital was repurposed into a consolidated high school (Wilson Memorial High School), the first state comprehensive rehabilitation center in the world (Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center), a technical school (Woodrow Wilson Technical School), and a unique neighborhood. The story of the hospital, the rehabilitation center, the schools, and the neighborhood are told through the eyes of those who lived, worked, and visited this special geographical spot.

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Augusta County’s history is America’s history.

Here in the county that once stretched west to the Mississippi River and north to the Great Lakes…Native Americans clashed with pioneers opening the frontier…Revolutionary War patriots helped secure their nation’s liberty…America’s agricultural revolution restoredbegan…a future U.S. President was born…Civil War armies vied for control of a state…and great artists shaped their vision.

Indeed, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Cyrus McCormick, Woodrow Wilson, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson all played important roles in our history, but so did Grandma Moses, George Caleb Bingham, Kate Smith, John Coalter and William Sheppard. Daniel Boone visited kinfolk here, Santa Anna stopped here, Charles Lindbergh landed here, Erwin Rommel studied here and Billy Sunday preached here. Even history’s great names like Eisenhower and Lincoln traced their ancestral homes to this county. And, we cannot tell a lie – George Washington slept here.