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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 540-395-5119 for more information or to make an appointment.

Dr. carole nash to speak AT

QUARTERLY MEETING AUGUST 20, 2017

Dr. Carole Nash, a Middle Atlantic archeologist who specializes in Native American studies and human ecology in mountain settings will speak at the August 20, 2017 meeting of the Madison County Historical Society.  The topic of her talk will be Belmont Vineyard in Shenandoah National Park.

The study of early-history vineyards and wine making in the Blue Ridge has been restricted to small-scale operations associated with individual homesteads.  In fact, current popular reconstructions of the Virginia wine industry focus on the limited success of production vineyards until the late 20th century.  However, recent historical research and archeological survey in Shenandoah National Park have led to the rediscovery of Belmont, a significant Warren County, Virginia vineyard and winery with origins prior to the Civil War. By 1890 this business was producing and shipping thousands of gallons of wine and brandy across the eastern United States. Belmont was established by farmer Marcus Buck in 1848 on tracts of Blue Ridge land now within the National Park and was a mixed livestock, grain, and fruit operation.  Its development slowed by the Civil War, Belmont’s vineyards recovered and ultimately encompassed 100 acres of the 800-acre farm. Since 2011, archeological survey funded by the National Park Service has located remains of the manor house, dependencies, extensive road and stone wall networks, and two three story wine cellars constructed into the mountain.

Dr. Nash is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University.

The meeting will be held in the Madison County Administration Offices auditorium at 3pm Sunday August 20th.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Refreshments will follow the meeting in the Kemper Residence and Museum next door and there will be a sampling of wines from DuCard vineyards.


Luncheon Teas Support Historical Society

Thanks to enthusiastic support from Madisonians and friends from nearby communities, the Spring Luncheon Tea was another success.  Attendance was at full capacity in the Kemper Residence.

Even though summer is not even here yet, plans are underway for the Fall tea scheduled for September 27.  Our chefs are testing recipes so we can offer some new items along with the popular standbys.  You’ll just have to join us to find out what will be new!

The Fall tea will mark 15 years since a group of loyal and dedicated volunteers began donating, preparing and serving all the food for this semi-annual event. Some of the faces have changed over the years, but their loyalty is firm. Over the years, the Tea Group has been responsible for raising significant funds for the Society.

We hope you will mark your calendars for September 27, and make your plans to be present.   As usual, we are happy to accommodate groups up to six, as well as individuals who can meet new friends.

We look forward to another successful tea to support the Madison County Historical Society.