- Cloudburst on Shenandoah Mountain
- Stokesville is Gone!
- The Cramer Family
- The Michael and Emmett Families
- The 4-H Campers and Girl Scouts
- Harry (Doc) Jopson's Story
- After the Flood: Flood Prevention
The June 1949 cloudburst over the Reddish Knob area was a significant event in the history of Shenandoah Mountain with 15 inches of rain falling in one day. The little town of Stokesville was wiped out, and Bridgewater experienced a historic flood, as did farms and homes along the North River. The families who were affected have stories they have passed down to their children and grandchildren. After the Flood of 1949, dikes and reservoirs were constructed to prevent another devastating flood of this magnitude. The mature, deep-rooted forest that grows on the steep slopes of Shenandoah Mountain today will also help reduce the severity of future floods.
Lynn Cameron, Co-Chair of Friends of Shenandoah Mountain, and Caroline Whitlow, a JMU Social Work major, teamed up to research the flood and interview survivors. The result is a series of stories about what happened on Shenandoah Mountain and in the Stokesville area.
Dr. Clarence Geier, Professor Emeritus of James Madison University, gave an engaging presentation on the early history of Stokesville on May 23, 2018, in Bridgewater. Dr. Geier has given Friends of Shenandoah Mountain permission to share his presentation with those who were unable to attend.
Many thanks to Dr. Geier for presenting research that he, Dr. Carole Nash, and Dr. Skip Hyser did this boom town at the base of Shenandoah Mountain. It's a fascinating story!
Dr. Geier and Dr. Nash are writing a book on Stokesville that will be published by the Archaeological Society of Virginia with the permission of the U.S. Forest Service.
Almost 70 participants and guides gathered at the base of Shenandoah Mountain on Saturday, April 28, to go on our annual wildflower hikes. Participants had a choice of three hikes:
Headwaters Master Naturalists and Friends of Shenandoah Mountain cosponsored this event. Stay tuned. We plan to offer wildflower hikes again next April.
Dr. Clarence Geier, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at James Madison University, will reconstruct the town plan and the lumber industry that supported this North River Gap boom town. Stokesville is located at the foot of Shenandoah Mountain in western Augusta County.
According to the Stokesville historical marker:
Have you been wanting to explore the proposed Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area, but aren't sure where to start? Friends of Shenandoah Mountain has developed a web page with several recommended short hikes on Shenandoah Mountain. For each hike you will find a hike description, directions to the trail head, photos, and a map.
Go to: Short Hikes on Shenandoah Mountain
We have also developed a "Short Hikes on Shenandoah Mountain" brochure (shown below), which is available at local outdoor stores and at White's Wayside on Rt. 250.
Mushroom and lichen enthusiast Jack Wilson of White's Wayside will lead this easy 1-2 mile hike in the George Washington National Forest near Braley Pond Rd. The pace will be slow to give time for participants to discover the rich diversity of fungi and learn from Jack. Bring lunch, water, and your camera.
This is a great opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time, but beware! Jack's enthusiasm about mushrooms and lichens is contagious.
Learn more and sign up.
Our annual spring wildflower walks will be held o Saturday, April 28 this year. These walks are a great opportunity to explore the beauty of Shenandoah Mountain and find a variety of wildflowers. Each hike will have a wildflower expert to help identify flowers.
Choose from three walks:
Cosponsored by Friends of Shenandoah Mountain and Headwaters Master Naturalists
Native Americans at the Western Edge of the Shenandoah Valley: Program by Dr. Carole Nash on March 31
Dr. Carole Nash, Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University, will give a presentation on "Native Americans at the Western Edge of the Shenandoah Valley."
The high mountains that border the western Shenandoah Valley drain to three watersheds that were occupied by Native peoples for thousands of years. Join us as we explore how the Shenandoah Mountain system was first settled by the First Americans.
When: Saturday, March 31, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Where: Bridgewater Municipal Building, Arey Assembly Hall, 201 Green St., Bridgewater, VA 22812
This program is free and open to the public.
Come and learn more about Shenandoah Mountain!
Sponsored by Friends of Shenandoah Mountain
The campaign to designate Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area has reached a new milestone. Over 300 businesses, organizations, and faith groups have endorsed our proposal. New endorsements include:
Enjoy these beautiful photos taken by Steven David Johnson's Conservation Photography class at Eastern Mennonite University, fall semester of 2017. Many thanks for their work which illustrates what's special about Shenandoah Mountain.
High Knob Fire Tower sits on the crest of Shenandoah Mountain, a stately reminder of an important era in the history of our national forests. James Madison University students Caroline Whitlow and Tyler Gingrich partnered with Friends of Shenandoah Mountain this fall to research the history of High Knob Fire Tower. They dug through Forest Service archives, conducted interviews, and wrote an informative and interesting piece about the history of the tower and its first fire watch, Gerald Fawley.
Read History of High Knob Fire Tower
The article includes directions for a hike to High Knob Fire Tower.