Our local  committee for the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War...

The  Page County Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee was formed in November 2008 with support from the Page County Board of Supervisors and consists of members:

 Rod Graves - Chairman
 (Luray Caverns Corporation)
Sharon Sampsell - Co-Chair/Liaison/Secretary
(Citizen Member)
Brianna Campbell
(Luray-Page Chamber of Commerce)

Emily Campbell
(Luray-Page Chamber of Commerce)

Art Candenquist - Treasurer
(Sons of Confederate Veterans)
Michael Bell
(Sons of Union Veterans)

Gary Drum
(Appalachian Outdoors Adventrues)
Shelby Hartman
(United Daughters of the Confederacy)
Bob Kotlarek 
(Council of Virginia Archaeologists)
Terry Heder 
(Shenandoah Valley Battlefields )
Tom Mack
(Page County Public Schools)
Francis Menefee 
(United Daughters of the Confederacy)
Robert Moore 
(Author and Historian)

Nancy Sottosanti
(Luray-Page Tourism Council)
For additonal information about this committee please contact...
 Sharon Sampsell at
540-743-4440 or e-mail 

Would you like to know more about what this committee is doing?  Read the "Sesqui News", an update of what's been happening in Page County!

Sesqui News Oct 2009.pdf Sesqui News Oct 2009.pdf
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We invite all who may be interested to join our local committee!  Our next meeting will be on November 16th  at 11:00 AM at the Luray Caverns Restaurant! 

Page County, Virginia in the Civil War...

Page County, Virginia, or known as the Luray Valley and later Page Valley during the Civil War, is located between the majestic Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountains on the east and west and with the ever-flowing Shenandoah River running south to north (yes, this is correct).   The significance of the Page Valley as an avenue of armies through the Shenandoah Valley, to and from Gettysburg and as a prominent thoroughfare for General "Stonewall" Jackson, with its stories, is a valuable resource that must be preserved and shared.  Within the boundaries of this fertile valley Confederate and Union soldiers marched and died, commanders contemplated strategies that would affect the entire Shenandoah Valley, supporters and sympathizers went about daily life at home, slaves were bought and sold, barns, mills and bridges were burned and General "Stonewall" Jackson with 38,000 troops marched through his "beloved" valley. 

The local committee for the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War invites you to share in our journey of discovery as we search for our "unknown stories....the American Civil War".

Page County's unknown stories...

The Page County committee for the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War has developed, as part of their 150th commemoration contribution, an Historical Driving Tour Brochure.  "Discover Page County's unknown stories...the American Civil War" Historical Driving Brochure is an invitation to discover the Civil War in Page County, with a guided tour to sites, history, education and imagination.   The brochure is an easy to follow informational guide to 24 historical Civil War sites throughout Page County.  With GPS coordinates, professionally created map, researched historical descriptions and eye-catching photos this brochure has been designed and created to be inclusive of all aspects of the Civil War in Page County, bringing the follower into each of our county's towns (Luray-Stanley-Shenandoah) along the route.   The local commitee will be hosting a bus excursion and 149th Anniversary of Virginia's Secession (and Page County's vote by representative Peter Brock Borst) commemoration event on Saturday, April 17, 2010.  Guests will be transported on a scenic and historic tour throughout our County and to each of the 24 historical sites, experiencing the same view that "Stonewall" Jackson and his troops viewed enroute to Shenandoah Valley campaigns, and with imagination, feeling the tingle of anticipation in the wind as we visit hallowed ground and hear the whisper of now silent voices... 

"Discover Page County's unknown stories....the American Civil War" Historical Driving Tour Brochure and sites map can be downloaded below.  We invite you to visit Page County, Virginia and discover for yourself...

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Did you know...

With the help of historian and author, Robert H. Moore, many stories of the American Civil War in Page County are being told.   Our "Did you know..." stories can open your mind and imagination to days gone by of daily life, struggle and valor during the Civil War... 

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Additional resources...

Additonal information on the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and on Virginia's Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission can be found at:  http://shenandoahatwar.org  and  http://virginiacivilwar.org.

Page County is home to approximately 24,000 citizens and boasts 316 square miles of scenic vistas, fabulous eateries and lodging, a multitude of recreational activities, art and cultural events and the renoun Luray Caverns and Shenandoah National Park.   For additional information please go to http://luraypage.com or http://pagecounty.virginia.gov.

Would you like to help...

The Page County local Sesquicentennial Commitee is now accepting donations and sponsorships for upcoming commemorative events.  The strength of Page County's people has carved out the destiny of our history.  You can help protect our Civil War heritage as a legacy for all generations.  Please contact Sesquicentennial Committee Treasurer, Art Candenquist at mailto:AC9725@cs.com for additional information. 

All funds will be used to support Page County's efforts during the Sesquicentennial commemoration.

THANK YOU TO THE LURAY CAVERNS CORPORATION!  John Graves, President of the Luray Caverns Corporation has announced their donation of $2,000 to the Page County Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee.   On behalf of the committee...we are very grateful!

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