Books

The following publications are available from the Page County Heritage Association.
Profits from the sale of these books go towards maintenance of our Historic Properties.
TitleDescriptionAuthor(s)Price (US $)Availability
Mauck-Brubaker (Families of the Page Valley of Virginia) The descendants of Daniel Mauck who died in 1803 and Abraham Brubaker (1723-1804) are included. All the information on these families was compiled by Miss Mary Brubaker between 1920 and 1950. Janie Mauck Spitler $39.50 IN STOCK
 (reprint)
Record of the Hawksbill Church 1788 - 1850 in Page County VaGerman entries from the German Union Church - Hawksbill Creek near Luray Va. Index of 850 names. Klaus Wust $10.00 IN STOCK
NEW in 2015!
Remembering the Civil War Reunion and the Limits of ReconciliationThe author who hails from Luray, Va. Is a history professor at Pudue U. She examines how the war generation - men and women, black and white, Unionists and Confederates crafted and protected their memories of the nations greatest conflict. She explores the subtle yet important differences between reunion and reconciliation.  451 pages. Caroline E. Janney $37.00         IN STOCK
NEW in 2015!
Touring Virginias and West Virginia's Civil War Sites
2nd Edition
This new edition includes new sites, new photographs and updated directions to the significant civil war sites in both Va and W. Va. The 18 tours visit cemeteries, battlefields, historic houses and buildings, monuments and statues, rivers and mountains, sharing the history behind each location.Clint Johnson $21.00 IN STOCK
NEW in 2015!
1861 Life in the Shenandoah ValleyThis book is an extensive record of Siram Peter Henkel's day-to-day activities and experiences written in a journal which he kept for many years.  Siram and his wife, Margaret Coiner, had three sons who served in the war between the states.  They lived on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River a few miles west of New Market, VA.  Included in the book are a collection of letters written to, or by, Dr. Casper Coiner Henkel.  Lots of pictures included.Elsie Renalds Newcomer & Janet Renalds Ramsey$21.50IN STOCK
1862 Life in the Shenandoah ValleyThis book is a compilation of "The Journal of Siram Peter Henkel", the Letter Collection of Casper Coiner Henkel, M.D., and The Daily Dispatch of Richmond, VA.Elsie Renalds Newcomer & Janet Renalds Ramsey$21.50IN STOCK
1863 Life in the Shenandoah ValleyThis book is a compilation of "The Journal of Siram Peter Henkel", the Letter Collection of Casper Coiner Henkel, M.D., and The Daily Dispatch of Richmond, VA. This book has lots of illustrations.Elsie Renalds Newcomer & Janet Renalds Ramsey$21.50IN STOCK
1864 Life in the Shenandoah Valley This book is a compilation of "The Journal of Siram Peter Henkel", the Letter Collection of Casper Coiner Henkel, M.D., and The Daily Dispatch of Richmond, VA. This book has lots of illustrations. Elsie Renalds Newcomer & Janet Renalds Ramsey $21.50 IN STOCK
 1865 Life in the Shenandoah Valley This book is a compilation of "The Journal of Siram Peter Henkel", the Letter Collection of Casper Coiner Henkel, M.D., and The Daily Dispatch of Richmond, VA. This book has lots of illustrations. Elsie Renalds Newcomer & Janet Renalds Ramsey $21.50 IN STOCK
The French and Indian War in Shenandoah County: Life on the Inner Frontier 1752-1766This is the story or the French and Indian War in Shenandoah County ("the Forgotten War") as it exists in memory and artifact.  It has colored illustrations and a fold-out map showing the French and Indian war sites in the county.  Soft-cover.R. Patrick Murphy$30.00IN STOCK
The Keyser ChroniclesThis spiral-bound publication was written for the Keyser/Kiser/Kayser Families of the Shenandoah Valley. This chronicle was recently found among our treasure trove of books and has not been in print for some time.  This is an exciting addition to our collection and a must-have for the Keyser Families in the area.Jack Keyser$15.00IN STOCK
CONTRABAND Slaves - Captured, Fugitive and Emancipated Slaves Regarded as Contraband During the Civil WarA collection of articles from The Richmond Daily Dispatch of Richmond, VA 1860-1865Janet R. Ramsey (compiled)$30.00IN STOCK
Pictorial Heritage of Page CountyThe newest publication from The Page County Heritage Association, featuring 208 pages of pictures of people, places and things in and about Page County. This hard cover books has a beautiful blue cover with gold lettering, a high quality dust jacket featuring the Mauck Meeting House, Calendine Museum, Hamburg Store and Massanutten One Room School. This is surely going to be a future collectible.$49.50SOLD OUT!
Page County, Virginia 1840 CensusAn easy to read transcription of the first census taken after Page became a county. It has an introduction and is well indexed.Jon Vogt$13.00IN STOCK
Historic HarrisonburgFirst published in 1949, this book has a wealth of information of the people and places in and around Harrisonburg, Va.  419 pages, hard cover, also contains pictures , maps and very well indexed.Dr. John Wayland$20.00IN STOCK
Aunt Betty’s Story, The Narrative of Bethany Veney, A Slave WomanBethany Veney was born a slave in Luray, Page County, Virginia in 1815. Originally published by George H. Ellis Press in Boston in 1889, this booklet relates her everyday stories and hardships, her fidelity to trust, her religious experiences, her angers and sorrows, and finally her freedom in 1858 and her new home in the North.$5.00IN STOCK
Dismissing the Peculiar Institution: Assessing Slavery in Page and Rockingham CountiesHistorians Wayland and Strickler have presented the low percentage of African American slave inhabitants in Page and Rockingham Counties, compared with the higher percentages for other Shenandoah Valley counties as well as those counties east of the Blue Ridge, as an indication that slavery was of little economic and social significance in Page and Rockingham counties. Ballard challenges these beliefs in several areas, especially the importance of industrial slavery to the iron working industry.Dr. Charles Ballard$5.00IN STOCK
ForerunnersThis is Harry Strickler’s first book, published in 1924, on the history and genealogy for the Strickler families, their kith and kin, including Kauffmans Stovers, Burners, Ruffners, Beavers, Shaffers, Brumbacks, Zirkles, Blossers, Groves, Brubakers, Neffs, Rothgebs, and other early families of Shenandoah, Rockingham, Augusta, Frederick and Page Counties. The information in this book dates to 1700.Harry M. Strickler$36.00IN STOCK
From Iron Plantation to Company Town: The Shenandoah Iron Works, 1836-1907Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries iron mining and manufacturing emerged as an integral component of the regional economy of the greater Shenandoah Valley and Appalachian highlands of Virginia and West Virginia. A large iron works that, to date, has not received deserved attention was the Shenandoah Iron Works, located at or near the town of Shenandoah in Page County, Virginia. These now defunct works were in operation from 1836-1907, and Dr. Ballard writes an excellent history on the operations of these Works and its contributions to the county economy as well as the Civil War effort.Dr. Charles Ballard$5.00IN STOCK
The German Element of the Shenandoah Valley of VirginiaIn this volume, Dr. Wayland gives us an account of the first white men in the Valley, the Germans-whence they came, why, and when, early settlements, counties and county records, towns and town founders, religious life and organizations, politics and war, education and literary activities, rum and slavery, home life, industrial habits and enterprises. An appendix gives interesting data on early records and transactions. Published 1907.Dr. John Wayland$30.00IN STOCK
A History of the Valley of VirginiaThe all-time favorite history of Virginia’s famous Shenandoah Valley. The first edition was published in 1833, revised and enlarged by the author in 1850. A third edition followed in 1902, and a fourth in 1925. Probably the best and fullest authority on the early conditions in the Valley. Kercheval enjoyed the very great advantage of having conversed with men and women who had been actors in the pioneer period. A lot of the information in this book was derived first hand.Samuel Kercheval$35.00IN STOCK
History of Rockingham CountyHard Cover history originally printed in 1912, reprinted in 1996, from a great history of one on the Shenandoah Valley's most historic counties.  466 pages and well indexed.Dr. John Wayland$37.50IN STOCK
Luray/Page County Men and Women in World War IIShortly after World War II, Luray’s VFW Post 621 compiled photographs and service information on over 400 Page County men and women who served in the U.S Armed Forces during the war. The resulting book was printed in a limited quantity, and therefore has become a much sought after item. Responding to numerous requests from the community, the Heritage Association has republished this popular book. It is now available for relatives and friends of WWII veterans and others interested in this period of Page County history.$15.00IN STOCK
MassanuttenThis book discusses the first settlement in the Shenandoah Valley in 1726. This settlement was the beginning of five counties—Augusta, Frederick, Shenandoah, Rockingham and Page. The materials in this book for genealogies are voluminous and valuable. There is good information on early religious organizations, mainly the Baptists and Mennonites. Also information on many old homes and forts. Originally published in 1924, reprinted in 1994.Harry M. Strickler$18.00IN STOCK
Old Homes of Page CountyLocations, exterior and interior photos and extensive descriptions of a number of old Page County homes and forts. This book is in its fourth printing because of popular demand. Published 1962.Jennie Ann Kerkoff$30.00IN STOCK
Page County, Virginia, Men in GrayThis book was published in 1997. While the Regimental Histories provide much information on the veteran’s service, they do not include much genealogical data. Men In Gray accomplishes this and in many instances parental information, spouses, and names of children and burial sites for all Page County veterans. Names are also listed alphabetically by unit. If you don’t know what unit your veteran was in and/or you want some genealogical information, this is the book.Thomas M. Spratt$28.00IN STOCK
Shenandoah County, Virginia, Men in GrayWhile the Regimental Histories provide much information on the veteran’s service, they do not include much genealogical data. Men In Gray accomplishes this and in many instances parental information, spouses, and names of children and burial sites for all Shenandoah County veterans. Names are also listed alphabetically by unit. If you don’t know what unit your veteran was in and/or you want some genealogical information, this is the book.  Two volume set.Thomas M. Spratt$59.00IN STOCK
Page, The County of PlentyIn 1976 the Page County Bicentennial Commission printed this booklet to celebrate our nation’s 200th birthday. In accordance with this celebration, the Commission "wished to commemorate the efforts and deeds of our forefathers and leave for posterity a tangible and fitting remembrance of them." These brave men forged in to the Page Valley and established a heritage upon which their descendants could build a productive future. Page County is indeed proud of her long history and of her contributions to the spirit of independence that brought our great nation into being. This historical booklet was dedicated to all persons, past and present, who have been fortunate enough to call Page County their home. This booklet is a basic must for all county households.$5.00IN STOCK
A Short History of Page CountyOne of Virginia’s more important county histories. It is believed that here was the first settlement of the Shenandoah Valley at Massanutten in 1726. Old homes, excerpts from court records, the Civil War, towns and villages, Shenandoah National Park, churches, education, industry, Indian mounds, biography and genealogy. A must in a Page County resident’s library. Published in 1952. Reprinted 1996.Harry M. Strickler$43.00IN STOCK
Twenty-Five Chapters on the Shenandoah Valley of VirginiaTo which is appended a concise history of the Civil War in the Valley. Featured are various phases of interest that have hitherto not been given prominence. The formation of the counties, the comprehensive variety of races and religions composing the population, historical literature and newspapers, singing and the production of singing books, and other important subjects such as the Revolutionary War period in the Valley, the naming of streams and mountains and the old wooden bridges and their builders. Published 1957.Dr. John Wayland$43.00IN STOCK
Herbert Barbee's RootsA thirty page page pamphlet about the life of the sculptor, with ties to many "old valley names".Rolf Hubbee$10.00IN STOCK
Virginia Valley Records440 pages of well indexed lists of marriages, landowners, church records, old letters, court records, family histories and much more. A wealth of information. This pertains mostly to Rockingham and Augusta counties, with some information from surrounding counties. Originally published in 1930.Dr. John Wayland$43.00IN STOCK
Shenandoah, Daughter of the StarsIn 1945, Julia Davis published the original text for this book. In 1994, Lucian Niemeyer collaborated with Mrs Davis by adding the most spectacular color photography imaginable. This book has 212 pages, fully indexed. It measures 10 1/2 x12 inches, hard cover. Originally sold for $39.95, we are offering this book for much less. Would make a great gift!Julia Davis$25.00IN STOCK
History of Shenandoah CountyThis is the most comprehensive book available covering Shenandoah County, Virginia, written by the most notable historian in this region. Over 850 pages filled with facts , photos, and stories for anybody connected to this great county. Hard cover, well indexed.Dr. John Wayland$52.50IN STOCK
Civil War Diary of Joseph F. Kauffman$7.50IN STOCK
 Shenandoah Valley CookbookFeaturing folk food in the days of farm and family self sufficiency.  Lots of old timey recipes and folklore talesShenendoah Valley Folklore Society $5.00 IN STOCK
 1885 Atlas of Shenandoah and Page CountiesHistoric Atlas with reprints from Lakes Atlas 1885.  Lots of great maps by district! Maps were added in 1991.  Shenandoah County Historical Society  IN STOCK
 Interesting Page County Landmark BookletPictures and a brief history of many Page County Landmarks  $3.00 IN STOCK            
Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads (2nd ed.)    A guide to the history and beauty of the Valley.  13 separate tours from Presidential homes to wonderful caverns, the book is filled with pictures showing many historical sites and old homes.  A must-have for touring our valley!Andrea Sutcliffe $21.00IN STOCK