The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
The 20th century legacy of George Catlett Marshall lives on in Lexington, Virginia


Quick: Think of the words “military man” and “Shenandoah Valley” and what names pop into your mind?  Perhaps Robert E. Lee?  “Stonewall” Jackson?  

Certainly these names are forever synonymous with Valley history, and particularly here in the Lexington, Va. home of these two legendary American Civil War generals.

But there is another military man whose life we can discover in the Shenandoah Valley's Lexington, one whose more recent legacy has left perhaps a most enduring impact on the entire modern world: George C. Marshall.

Although Marshall was born in Uniontown, Pa., he began his long and distinguished career of service at Virginia Military Institute, where he graduated in 1901, and where his Foundation and Museum has been located since 1964.

The Marshall Foundation building houses several floors of public museum exhibits and extensive archives that relate to Marshall's long career.

The building that's home to the George C. Marshall Foundation seems to blend in almost too easily with the uniform, no-nonsense-yet-elegant style of the VMI campus, or “Post” – as it's formally termed. The Marshall Foundation can be found on the south side of the large, square, central Parade ground.

The building's unassuming setting in the VMI Post could possibly resonate with Marshall's tendency to want to  “blend in” and stay focused on achieving results. His quiet character is just one extraordinary characteristic that made Marshall the notable man that he was.

The Fall Season is here!
Shenandoah Valley battlefield

Summer fades into shorter days, cooler temps, gorgeous natural displays and fall festivals –including Civil War history events. We never celebrate Civil War history, but we also can never forget it. It happened, here. We will continue to honor the memory of all Americans bled into on our battlefield soil. The land is both beautiful to behold and melancholy to experience.

  Happening today

Outdoor program at Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke County, Va.

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane. Visitors Center. Save the Monarch Exhibit. Celebrates the National Save the Monarch initiative. Runs through Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Family friendly. Admission: Free with $5 parking fee. For more information, call 540-592-3556 or visit

Art exhibition at OASIS Fine Art and Craft in Harrisonburg, Va.

103 S. Main St. Water St. Window Gallery: Glasswork by Barbara Camph. Runs through Sept.30 For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit

Public program at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Va.

Bowman Library Meeting Room. Maker Monday Workshop series: Electronics Crash Course. Hosted by Valley Makers Association. Limited availability. Reservations requested. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-869-9000, extension 203 or visit

Convocation program at Bridgewater College

Cole Hall. Constitution Day Convocation. Barry T. Meek, associate general counsel at the University of Virginia and Douglas L. Guynn, counsel at BotkinRose PLC: Freedom of Expression: What are the Limits? Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit

Film screening at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Monday at the Movies series. Doors open every Monday at 6 p.m., all films roll at 7 p.m. Also offering a 2 p.m. Monday matinee. Discussion follows 7 p.m. film. Hosted by Classic Cinema Club. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit

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You’ve just landed in the scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia, USA.
“The daughter of the stars.” is owned and operated by Shenandoah Valley Productions, a little “mom-and-pop” business, but one that’s located right here in the region. Our mission has long been to showcase the area’s visual beauty, unique “Valley” people and culture and, of course, some really, really rich history.

We first fell in love with Virginia in 1970, courtesy of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk. That was the year Virginia officially declared itself “for lovers.” But for us, the real love affair started in 1977, when we first visited the Shenandoah Valley on our wedding night. We moved here a year later, and well ...we are still here!

So it’s kind of a long story how we got from 1978 to this website, but here it is.

Website background photos are provided by a select group of photographers from across the region who share their own love of the Valley through the lenses of their cameras. Words alone may not really describe the place.

Our regional events listings are always up to date, and we’re not really selling anything on here. In fact, we get no outside funding, but are wholly independent. Like many of our friends and neighbors who also feel blessed to live here, free and independent, surrounded by peace and beauty.

Each month we head out to some part of this diverse region and do a feature story and travel video about it -- some cool event, piece of history or special place that makes the name "Shenandoah" so uniquely known worldwide.

So, come and set a spell, and please also consider making a donation. Either way, we’re glad you stopped by. Come on back to see us again!

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Stone House, Shenandoah County, Virginia

A stone house stands in a field just north of the village of Hudsons Crossroads, a few miles west of Mount Jackson, Shenandoah County, Virginia. The high doorway is an example of how early Valley settlers built their homes to ward off attacks by hostile Native Americans.

About West Phillips

West Phillips is an international portrait and travel photographer, currently based in Miami, Florida. He began his photography career in 2010 while living in San Francisco, California. by West Phillips