The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
Who was George Catlett Marshall and why do we ask?


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.

Wintertime in the Valley
Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia

Yea, and furr'd moss besides, when flowers are none, To winter-ground thy corse.   February days may still be cold, but it's always warm inside Shenandoah Valley theaters. And the solidude of Winter trail walks, the glitter of famous caverns and the outdoor excitement at area resorts all beckon, should cabin fever ever strike.

  Happening today

Adult Workshop at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

901 Amherst St. Jewelry Making. Make a necklace and earring set. Beginners welcome. Light refreshments. Register by Feb. 5. Snow date, Feb. 27. Museum members: $40, all others: $48. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit

Brass Band concert at James Madison University

Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. Cory Band. Hailing a brass band ensemble from South Wales. For more information, visit

Valentines Day carriage rides at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Horse drawn carriages driven by a coachman. Feb. 13 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Feb. 14 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the arboretum, reservations requested, pre-paid reservations accepted. Weather permitting. Walk-ups subject to availability. Age, capacity restrictions apply. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit

Poetry program and outdoor stargazing at Friends Wilderness Center in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Poems and and Planets. Share poetry in the afternoon. Night time stargazing through telescopes provided with special guidance. Attend either program or both. Dinner available for $10, with RSVP.  For more information, call 304-728-4820 or visit

Valentines wine paring at Fox Meadow Winery in Linden, Va.

Perfect Pairings: Long-stemmed rose, crystal glass and truffles. Dozen roses with purchase of case of wine. For more information, visit

Civil War living history dance in Harrisonburg, Va.

First Presbyterian Church, 17 Court Square. 4th annual Red, White, Blue and Gray Valentine Ball. Proceeds benefit the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Afternoon refreshments and social hour, silent auction from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Followed by dancing until 5 p.m. Dress for the period or for the occasion. Live music. Dance instruction provided by the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers. Admission: $15 singles, $25 couples. For more information, call 540-743-9389 or visit

Blues Music concert at Black Box Theater in Winchester, Va.

15 N. Loudoun St. Terry Oates and The Mudcats. Blues, big band swing, rock, Motown, funk, and soul music. For more information, visit

Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. The Tempest. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit

Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. Measure for Measure. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit

Be a volunteer guide at Patsy Cline Historic House in Winchester, Va.

JC Penney Court at Apple Blossom Mall. Sign up to volunteer and meet other guides. Includes history training. House opens to public on April 1. Guides needed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 31. For more information call 540-662-5555, or visit

Youth program at Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, Va.

Dolores Lescure Building, 18 North Coalter St. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum Mad Hatters Party. Celebrates 150 years of Alice Adventures in Wonderland. Crafts, scavenger hunt, tea party. For ages 6 through 10 years old. Registration requested. Admission: $10 each or $25 for two. For more information, call 540-885-0897, extension 110, or visit

Rock tribute show in Winchester, Va.

Blue Fox Billiards, Bar and Grill, 1160 Millwood Pike. Little Ozzy in Concert, Ozzy Osbourne impersonator. For more information, call 540-665-2114.

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Natural Chimneys in Mt. Solon, Virginia

This natural wonder formed out of limestone rock that began to harden about 500 million years ago. The natural towers are now the site of a park and campground.

About Manny Jose

Manny Jose has loved the Shenandoah Valley since the mid-1970s when he came to the area as a university student. He moved back to the Valley permanently in 1999. Subsequently, since 2012, he has been passionately taking photographs to capture the scenic beauty, rich history, unique people groups and cultures, and current happenings in the Valley. by Manny Jose