The Augusta County Historical Society


Take the Augusta County Historical Society Driving Tour

Click on the tour image to download the tour description and map

Cabin fever getting to you? We at the Augusta County Historical Society have a solution—the Twin Villages Ramble, a 34-mile historical driving tour of southeastern Augusta County.

During this historic pandemic you can practice your SOCIAL DISTANCING while getting outside and learning some history.

It’s simple—download and print the “Augusta Highways and Byways” Historic Road Tour.

Then hop in your car and enjoy the spring weather and beautiful countryside while immersing yourself in our area’s amazing history.

 


COVID-19 Update

We as a nation continue to adjust our everyday lives in order to protect ourselves against the spread of the Coronavirus. At the Augusta County Historical Society must do our part as well. Starting immediately, the historical society’s offices, archives, and research library are closed to the public. This closure will continue until the end of the month at which time we will re-evaluate the situation.

In addition, our upcoming events: the annual banquet, the women's lecture series, and the spring meeting have all been postponed. The banquet has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 19. We are working on new dates for the other events.

Please bear with us during these difficult times as we work together as a community to protect those among us who are most vulnerable. History tells us that it is times like these when our country shines the brightest. We are confident that this will once again be the case.

In the meantime, stay safe, clean the house, use the internet to research your family genealogy, and write down your experiences regarding the Pandemic of 2020 so that your great-grandchildren will know what happened to their ancestors. Stay safe, wash your hands and we will see you when the weather warms.

In the meantime, if you have questions, please feel free to email us at augustachs@ntelos.net or call and leave a message at 540-248-4151.

Yours in History,
Augusta County Historical Society

 


ACHS Banquet Postponed

Message from ACHS President Nancy Sorrells

Dear History Lovers Near and Far,

These are certainly times that future generations will read about in the history books! Believe it or not, I was scheduled to give a program next week on the flu pandemic of 1918. However, it was postponed because of the Pandemic of 2020! How crazy is that?

I know that many of you were looking forward to our 24th Annual Augusta County Historical Society Banquet on April 6 in which Dr. George Rable was going to present a fascinating program “God as General: Was There a Religious History of the American Civil War?”

In the wake of our national emergency, however, we have decided that the most prudent course of action at this time is to postpone the banquet.

The good news is that, by working quickly with Dr. Rable and the Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, we have been able to lock in a new date — MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 — meaning that our spring banquet is now a fall banquet.

ON-LINE SILENT AUCTION
And there is even more good news: we have put together an exciting package of silent auction items -- trips, golf packages, antique furniture, play tickets, and beautiful art. We know that you don't want to wait until fall to bid on these wonderful prizes. So, in the very near future we will be putting everything on the world wide web for an on-line auction. Doesn't that sound like fun? And you can sit at home and bid on these wonderful items without worrying about social distancing. Stay tuned!

READ THE BOOK
And, a final silver lining is that you will have plenty of time between now and October to read Dr. Rable's book, "God's Almost Chosen Peoples" A Religious History of the American Civil War.(Contact the ACHS office at augustachs@ntelos.net if you want to purchase a copy.)

If you have already purchased banquet tickets or have signed up as a banquet sponsor, we will be communicating directly with you through email, snail mail, or both in the next few days. We will, of course, also be in touch with everyone in late summer as we gear up for the banquet in the fall.

OTHER EVENTS
Some of you might also have been looking forward to our upcoming lectures on the stories of pioneering women in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Rest assured that we are working to reschedule that for the fall as well. When we have everything in place, we will be in touch with you.

You might also be wondering about our Spring Meeting with a talk, by me, on historic livestock in Augusta County. That talk was scheduled for Sunday April 19 at the Frontier Culture Museum. We are pondering the possibilities of what to do with that program so just hang loose for now.

In the meantime, we hope everyone remains healthy and safe. We are confident that our communities, nation, and the world will work together to end this pandemic and send it packing out of our lives and into the history books.

Please let us know if you have any questions or ideas as we confront the many issues that are facing us as we go forward. And remember, wash your hands.

Yours in History,
Nancy Sorrells
Augusta County Historical Society President

 

24th Annual Spring Banquet
God as General: Was There a Religious History of the American Civil War?

(A look at how Americans interpreted the causes and course of the Civil War through the lens of religious faith.)

Dr. George C. Rable
Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama
Author, God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War.
University of North Carolina

Monday, April 6, 2020
6pm-9pm

Social 6 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center

2020 Banquet Invitation

2020 Sponsor Opportunities

Tickets & Sponsor Levels

  • Individual Seats: $60.00
  • Reserved Patron Seats: $100.00
  • General Sponsor: $1000 (Includes 4 seats, other recognition)
  • Commander Sponsor: $750 (Includes 3 seats, other recognition)
  • Captain Sponsor: $500 (Includes 2 seats, other recognition)
  • Chaplain Sponsor: $250 (Includes 1 seat, other recognition)
  • Foot Soldier Sponsor: $100 (Includes recognition)

Tickets can be mailed at no fee and can also be picked up at the door.

Books can be mailed ($8.50), picked up at ACHS, or picked up at the door.

 

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.