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Join Us Oct. 30 and 31 afternoons for our Fort Valley Craft Event!

Join Us Oct. 30 and 31 afternoons for our Fort Valley Craft Event!

The Fort Valley Museum and the Pandemic: Looking Ahead  

As you may already know, the Fort Valley Museum has been open for the usual weekend hours since the Fourth of July, but up until recently, the Board had not yet decided about holding the annual Fall Craft Festival. 

Now, we are excited to announce that we will indeed have an outdoors curated event on Saturday, October 30th, from1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and Sunday, October 31st from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm). 

The Festival will include local crafters, artisans and demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodworking, and other heritage skills. There is no rain date. 

A new docent with deep Fort Valley roots, Amy Jett, has stepped forward to oversee the event, and our friend Ann Heap is currently contacting and organizing the crafters.

Food and beverages will be available on site The Old Brick Church part of the Museum will be open for visitors.  Safe COVID practices including masking will be observed within the Old Brick Church.

We are also pleased to announce that more copies of the book Welcome to Fort Valley: the History and Culture of Virginia’s “Valley within a Valley,” should be available for sale by late October, as will extra 2020-2021 Christmas ornaments , with the latest ornament featuring the Fort Valley Elementary School. There will also be a variety of Museum-related gift items available.

Also, for any who might still want to purchase William G. Melson’s book, Geology Explained: Virginia’s Fort Valley and Massanutten Mountains (2004), Bill’s widow has recently donated the last 10 copies to the Museum. They are available for sale. 

We are grateful for the continued contributions that have come in, even during this difficult time, and we sincerely thank those who have provided them.

In Grateful Acknowledgment

So many people have stepped up to help us in the past few months that it seems important to acknowledge their contributions. 

After our friend Deborah Hilty visited and gave great exhibit advice for the Old Brick Church, George Winn, Ann Rand, and Eileen Drinkwater aided us in getting exhibits ready for the July 3rd, 2021 opening. 

Since then, Frank Tilko and his son completed a number of small construction projects, have painted and made repairs at Trinity Church, and had worked with the Deren boys, Ricky Saffell and Hayden Shifflett whenever we needed heavy lifting. 

Available for rewiring and other repair projects has been Board member Charles Lichliter, and Tony Selby has closed up a window on the south side of Trinity Church in order to create an important new storage space. 

Hank Zimmerman set up our new computer for business and installed the Museum inventory program. He has redone our website and is working with Amy Jett, who has become our new social media person. 

Rosette and Lloyd Moss have volunteered to organize our document and photo archive in the near future. 

Throughout these months, Dianne Maggard has worked with John Gaunt and Meg Trott as we begin the long process of sorting and accessioning our many new acquisitions to the collection. 

Many of these items are the gifts of the George and Jeanette Ritenour Estate, brought to us by Jeanette’s daughter, Jolene Caspar. 


Fort Valley Museum, Inc., P.O. Box 32, Fort Valley, VA 22652

Fort Valley Museum, Inc., P.O. Box 32, Fort Valley, VA 22652