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MADISON COUNTY
HISTORICAL SOCIETY

MADISON, VIRGINIA
(Madison,VA 22727)
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Madison County Historical Society
Madison County Virginia (VA)

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OLD MADISON COUNTY PHOTOS 

We are looking for old photos of life in Madison County. We will scan them and return them to you while you wait. Please call 540-948-5488 for more information or to make an appointment.

steve hoffman SPEAKER AT FEBRUARY 19, 2017 

MCHS QUARTERLY MEETING

Our speaker for the February 19, 2017 Madison County Historical Society quarterly meeting will be Mr. Steve Hoffman and the topic of his presentation is “stills.”  Steve is a well-known

Madison County native, having overseen the family business of period furniture restoration, and served in a myriad of local capacities including that as member of the Madison County Board of Supervisors, Madison County Volunteer Fire Co., Rescue Squad, Planning Commission and Chamber of Commerce to name just a few. His hobbies have included amongst others the collection of antique tools, guns, coins (numismatics) and of course, “stills.”

Most everyone is familiar with what was the “moonshine industry” and, in particular, the untaxed liquor made in the mountains of Virginia and the lore surrounding this particular industry. Franklin County has the dubious distinction of being called the “Moonshine Capital of the World,” and has garnered many intriguing stories of the moonshine industry there.

Steve will bring two stills to display and explain the present law governing the holding of a still. He will bring ledger books from the 1880’s and speak to us about the history of moonshine in this County and the laws that apply.

We will learn from him how to make moonshine and he will tell us how the “proof” was determined. Steve has the gift for storytelling and this should be a fascinating and interesting presentation.

The meeting will be held in the Madison County Administration Offices auditorium at 2:00pm Sunday February 19th. Everyone is invited to attend and refreshments will be served following the meeting.


Spring Tea Set for March 29th

Plans are underway for the spring luncheon tea scheduled for Wednesday, March 29th, at 12:30 p.m., at the Kemper Residence.  The $25 charge is a donation to the Society.  It does not cover any of the expenses, all of which are donated. Some menu items will be familiar while you can also expect a few new treats.

You have read elsewhere in this newsletter that changes are being made in the building to move the Historical Society’s museum into the lower level of the Kemper Residence.  All tea seating will now be on the main floor so we must strictly limit the number of guests for the tea.  You may want to reserve your place early so you will not be disappointed when we reach capacity.  Create your own group of two, four or six, or come as a single and be seated with other guests.

Please call 540-547-4398 and leave a message to reserve your place.  We will call you back to confirm. Reservations will be accepted as soon as you receive this newsletter.

As always, your entire $25 donation directly supports the Madison County Historical Society.  Make your plans to welcome warmer weather by joining friends at the Kemper tea on March 29th.