“Christmas in October” Celebration and Craft Fair
This year, the Fort Valley Museum’s annual “Christmas in October” celebration and craft fair will be held on the Museum grounds on Saturday, October 29th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 30th, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Crafters will be set up at Trinity Church, and both Trinity and the Old Brick Church will be decorated for the holidays. Apple cider will be squeezed on the premises and complimentary cookies will be available. Please join us and shop early for unique Christmas gifts! On sale in addition to the wares of local crafters will be the eighth edition of the Museum’s annual pewter ornament, featuring the Daniel Munch House. Also, there will be museum logo mugs, tees, and ball caps; a variety of note cards, prints, and books, among them copies of the book “Welcome to Fort Valley,” with its 600 pages
of Fort Valley history and culture.
October 29-30, "Christmas in October" Festival and close of 2016 Museum season
April 19,2017, Annual Appreciation Dinner, Fort Valley Fire Hall
May 27-28, 2017, Opening Weekend of the Fort Valley Museum 2017 Season
Mission: The Fort Valley Museum is a bright and welcoming community museum that depicts Fort Valley’s past history. Exhibits include: The Church; The One-room School, The Fort’s 19th century Cold-blast Iron Furnaces (along with the history of cast iron stove plates found locally), The Seven Fountains Resort (1850-1888), The Home, The Farm, The Country Store, Music in the Fort, and a recently donated collection of local Shenandoah Valley Pottery.
Buildings: In addition to the original Museum building, the Old Brick Church (circa 1830), the Trinity Brethren Church (1904) on Dry Run Road became a part of the Museum in 2008. This lovely old church is open to the public on special occasions and by request. It currently houses a religious and organizational history of the Fort, and a newly created spinning exhibit. In progress are a portrait room and an archive and genealogical resource room.
Dates of Operation: The Fort Valley Museum is open each Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day Weekend through October.
Hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Location: 8631 Fort Valley Road; the intersection of the main Fort Valley Road with Dry Run Road.
Directions: From Front Royal or Strasburg, take Rte. 55 to Rte 678, Fort Valley Road. Turn south on 678, travel about 10 miles. The museum is on the right at Dry Run Road. From Edinburg (U.S. 11 north), turn right (east) on Rte 675 to T-intersection at King's Crossing. Turn left (north) on Rte. 678, go about 8 miles. The museum is on the left at Dry Run Road.